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Bank Branches In Hermitage And Elsewhere Closed Tuesday Due To Bomb Threats

Bank branches in Hermitage were included among several in western Pennsylvania which were shut down temporarily and evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat made against many of the company’s offices. In Hermitage, the investigation into the call also prompted the temporary closing of three branches, a Wal-Mart store in which a bank branch is located…

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State Senate Votes To Delay Keystone Exam Graduation Requirements

The state Senate voted this week to postpone until 2019 the use of the Keystone Exams as a high school graduation requirement. The vote tally was 49-to-0. The bill, sponsored by Republican Senator Lloyd Smucker from Lancaster County, would delay for two years a requirement that students pass end-of-course examinations in algebra, literature and biology…

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Blackhawks Are Again Stanley Cup Champions

The Chicago Blackhawks claimed the NHL’s Stanley Cup for the third time in the last six seasons, blanking the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Chicago on Monday night, and winning the league’s championship series four-games-to-two. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 25 saves in earning his fifth career postseason shutout.  Duncan Keith, who broke a scoreless…

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Pirates Use 18 Hits To Romp 11-0 Over White Sox; Liriano Throws 2-Hit Shutout Over Eight Innings

The Pittsburgh Pirates (36-27) slammed 18 hits on Monday night, and starting pitcher Francisco Liriano hurled a two-hitter through eight innings as the Pirates routed the Chicago White Sox 11-0 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh for their fifth consecutive victory, four of which have been shutouts. Throwing exactly 100 pitches, Liriano (4-5; 2.94 ERA) struck out twelve…

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Pirates Sign Number-1 Draft Pick Kevin Newman

The Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday signed their number-one draft pick, University of Arizona shortstop Kevin Newman. The 19th selection overall, the 21 year-old Newman hit .370 this past season at Arizona with two home runs, 19 doubles and 22 stolen bases.  He was named to the All-Pacific 10 team in each of his three seasons…

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Oil Region Weather Problems Continue

The rockslide on Oil City’s so-called “Hogback Hill” early Monday, on which KQW reported Monday, was only one of the area’s weather-related problems. Numerous roads were either flooded or blocked by fallen trees, and a power outage affected Seneca Street on Oil City’s North Side early Monday. Flooded roadways included Hamilton Corners Road in Cherrytree Township, Fauncetown Road…

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S-U-V Strikes Clarion Hospital Facility

A driver was treated at Clarion Hospital early Monday evening after a vehicle struck the side of one of the hospital’s buildings. The identity of the driver of the S-U-V was not immediately released, and no injury report was made available. The affected building, called the Health Complex of Clarion Hospital, was being inspected Tuesday for…

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State House Passes Bill Banning Sale Of e-Cigarettes And Vaping Products To Minors

The state House of Representatives on Monday unanimously passed a measure banning the sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping products to minors. The measure sponsored by state Representative Kathy Rapp, from Warren County, would add so-called “nicotine delivery products” to the list of tobacco products that are illegal for sale to minors in Pennsylvania. Rapp’s…

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Governor Reinstates Open Records Office Director; State Police Commissioner Nominee’s Name Withdrawn

Governor Tom Wolf has conceded the position of executive director of the state Office of Open Records back to Erik Arneson, an appointee of outgoing Governor Tom Corbett. The Wolf administration, though, will apparently continue its appeal of the Commonwealth Court ruling from last week that Arneson should be restored to the position with back…

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Flash Flood Watch Extended Until 2:00 PM Tuesday

Additional heavy downpours Monday night have prompted the National Weather Service to extend their Flash Flood Watch for our area until 2:00 PM Tuesday. The watch area extends from Venango County south through the remainder of western Pennsylvania and into the panhandle of northern West Virginia, and includes portions of east central Ohio. The NWS…

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