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Payments To Rural Hospitals To Change

The Wolf Administration on Thursday announced plans to start paying hospitals in rural areas of the state based on health outcomes, instead of admissions. Officials told Radio PA News that, under the current payment model, facilities can operate on razor-thin margins. A$25-million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation will fund a five-year initiative to…

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Rains End; Flooding Still Possible

As the rains that pummeled the area on Thursday have ended and the temperature has dropped back to a seasonal norm, the Oil Region is still looking for the potential of additional flooding. Late Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service posted a Flood Warning for the Allegheny River in Venango, Clarion and Armstrong Counties. The average flood…

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Crash In Rouseville Due To Water On Roadway

Police say they believe the injuries sustained by an Oil City man in a crash in the Rouseville area were minor. It appears that heavy rains may have contributed to the incident. State Troopers say a car driven by 22 year-old Hugh Lawson slid through water covering Route 227 in Oilcreek Township and struck an…

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Northwestern Pennsylvania Highways Flood During Thursday’s Rains

Extensive rainfall, compounding problems with streams and creeks swollen by recent snow melt, produced flooding in many areas of northwestern Pennsylvania and prompted weather forecasters and emergency officials to issue cautions about travel in certain areas. As a matter of fact, many roadways, including at least nine state highways in Crawford, Warren and Erie Counties…

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Flood Warnings Extended Until 4:30 PM Thursday In Venango And Mercer Counties

The National Weather Service has extended a Flood Warning for Venango and Mercer Counties until 4:30 PM on Thursday, January 12, and has added Forest County to the Flood Warning list. At 1:14 PM, the NWS reported road flooding through the area with some local creeks and streams still rising, and more rain was predicted for Thursday afternoon…

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Congressman Thompson Named Vice Chair Of House Agriculture Committee

Congressman Glenn Thompson has been named the Vice Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. Committee chairman Michael Conaway, a Congressman from Texas, noted that in the previous legislative session, Thompson oversaw the Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry. Thompson responded to the appointment by saying he considers it a privilege to be considered one of…

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Ovechkin Scores 1,000th Points In Washington’s 5-2 Win Over The Penguins

Alex Ovechkin scored twice, helping set up a 5-2 home victory for the Washington Capitals over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The first goal represented Ovechkin’s 1,000th career point in the National Hockey League. Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist scored for Pittsburgh as the Caps (27-9-5) moved ahead of the Pens into sole possession…

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Artis Scores 43, And Pitt Loses 85-80 In Louisville

Jamel Artis scored a career-high 43 points on Wednesday night, but the Pitt Panthers ended up on the losing end of an 85-80 decision in Louisville. Reminiscent of their loss in Syracuse last Saturday afternoon, the Panthers (12-5; 1-3 ACC) fell behind early by more than two dozen points and could not climb back quite…

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Lawmakers Oppose Possible State Prison Closings

Plans to close a pair of state prisons are being met with opposition from lawmakers whose districts may be affected. State Corrections Department officials announced last week that two prisons will be closed due to budgetary problems, and they will be selected from among five facilities on a “short list” which includes the nearby Mercer…

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No Injuries As Propane Tank Burns In Forest County

There were no injuries reported Tuesday in an incident in which the contents of a 30,000-gallon propane tank caught fire in a remote area of Forest County. Officials say they were able to safely release much of the 15,000 or so gallons of propane in the tank, and allowed the remainder to burn off before…

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