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First West Nile Virus Positives Of 2013 Announced

State officials say they have detected the first two positive tests of mosquitoes for the West Nile virus for this year. The Department of Environmental Protection says the virus has been found in mosquito samples taken last week in Erie (Harbor Creek) and Adams Counties.  That’s nearly three weeks earlier than the first positives are,…

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Martin’s Bases-Loaded Single Gives Bucs Another 11-Inning, 1-0 Shutout

Russell Martin drove in the game’s only run with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th innings at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Thursday night, and for the second time in three evenings the Pittsburgh Pirates posted a 1-0, 11-inning victory over the Detroit Tigers. Neil Walker’s home run in the top of…

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Former Steelers Coach Bill Austin Dies At Age 84 – Preceded Noll, Suceeded Lombardi

The last man to coach the Pittsburgh Steelers before the legendary Chuck Noll took over the team’s helm has died at the age of 84.  Bill Austin passed away on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas.  A cause of death was not announced. Born in California, Austin played at Oregon State, and then for seven…

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Kinzua Dam Outflow Boost Will Raise Level Of Allegheny River

For the first time since January, officials will be boosting the outflow of water from behind the Kinzua Dam. Although the move will be made piecemeal, the water level on the Allegheny River is expected to noticeably rise as the weekend begins. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the move was necessitated by heavy…

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Pool Owners Reminded To Safely Handle Waste Water

State officials are reminding pool owners that chlorinated wastewater must be handled responsibly. The Department of Environmental Protection stresses that the discharge of swimming pool water into local waterways without a permit is a violation of the Clean Streams Law.  This includes the discharge of the wastewater into a storm sewer, by which it can…

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Oil Region Jobless Numbers Climb In April

Unemployment numbers climbed in much of the Oil Region in April, even as the state’s jobless figure dipped again – this time to 7.6 percent. In Venango County, about 2,100 people were looking for jobs in April, pushing the county’s unemployment figure from 7.9 percent to 8.1 percent.  In Clarion County, the April jobless figure increased…

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Fredonia Man Gets Jail Time For Leaving Scene Of Friends’ Fatal Accident

A Mercer County man was sentenced Tuesday to 3-and-a-half to 14 years in state prison for leaving the scene of a motorcycle accident in which two of his friends died. 23 year-old Joseph Diefenderfer had originally been charged with homicide by motor vehicle. Testimony in Mercer County Court had revealed that Diefenderfer had been drinking…

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Another Rabies Case – This Time In Mercer County

The latest confirmed case of an animal testing positive for rabies comes from Mercer County, In Coolspring Township near Mercer, a woman turned over a dead bat that two pet cats found in her home to be tested.  The bat showed a positive test for rabies. Officials say the woman’s cats have been quarantined for a six-month…

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More Weather Damage Wednesday In NW Pennsylvania

The confirmed tornado touchdowns in northwestern Pennsylvania on Tuesday night were followed up Wednesday with a late afternoon downburst in the Cambridge Springs area. There were reports of homes and vehicles damaged by falling trees caused by the strong winds, and the roof of an auto repair shop was blown off.  No injuries were reported.…

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Butler Man Drowns In Slippery Rock Creek

The body of a Butler man was pulled from Slippery Rock Creek on Wednesday night after he went under water while swimming with friends near the Kennedy Mill Bridge in Slippery Rock. Companions said 22 year-old Mazzarny Sanford disappeared under water at about 6:30 PM.  His body was discovered about 90 minutes later some 500…

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