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State House Approves Property Tax Reform Bill; Plan Would Raise State Sales And Income Taxes

A plan to sharply reduce property taxes is now before the state Senate after having been approved in the House of Representatives. Similar to a plan favored by Governor Tom Wolf, the measure would cut local property taxes by forty to sixty percent, but would raise the state’s sales tax from six to seven percent…

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State Senate Okays Overhaul Of State’s Two Main Pension Plans

The state Senate on Wednesday voted in favor of a major overhaul of the state’s two main pension plans. Senators voted 28-to-19 along party lines in favor of a measure which would switch retirement plans for future teachers and state workers from traditional pensions to 401(k)-style defined contribution plans.  It would also require concessions from…

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Seneca Man Jailed In Domestic Assault Investigation

A Seneca man was charged this week in connection with what State Police investigators have termed a domestic dispute. Police say 51 year-old Timothy Gruber was charged with simple assault, trespassing, harassment and criminal mischief for incidents alleged to have occurred on Tuesday at a location on Route 322 in Cranberry Township.  Investigators say the…

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Parker Man Enters Guilty Plea In U-T-V Crash Which Killed A Passenger

A Parker man has entered a guilty plea in Clarion County Court to a charge of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and to a D-U-I highest-rate charge in a utility vehicle crash in September that led to the death of a passenger. 22 year-old Kyle Bailey will be sentenced in June. The…

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Oil City Man Sentenced To Up To 22 Years In Prison In 11 Year-Old Child Abuse Case

An Oil City man was sentenced this week to 59 months to 22 years in state prison in a child abuse case from more than eleven years ago. 41 year-old Thomas Kahle was convicted in early January by a Venango County Court jury on four charges in connection with accusations brought in early 2013 by…

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Harrison, McCutchen Homer In Pirates’ 7-2 Victory In Philadelphia

Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen both homered Tuesday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates (17-16) won their fourth consecutive ballgame, beating the Phillies 7-2 in Philadelphia. Harrison, who was in a 2-for-27 (.074) slump, slammed a three-run shot in the fourth inning, and McCutchen added a two-run blast in the seventh frame.  Gregory Polanco added a…

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Franklin Woman Dies As Car Drives Into The Path Of A Tractor-Trailer Between Cochranton And Meadville

A Franklin-area woman died on Tuesday morning when her car was struck by a tractor-trailer along Route 322 between Cochranton and Meadville. State Police from the Meadville station have identified the victim as 33 year-old Beth-Anne Owens. Troopers say it appears that Owens was headed toward Meadville at about 7:30 AM when she twice tried…

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Medical Marijuana Legislation Passes State Senate; Measure Sent To The House

The Pennsylvania Senate, on a 40-to-7 vote on Tuesday approved and sent to the House of Representatives a revised medical marijuana bill. The legislation would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana through oil extracts, pills, liquids, gels, ointments, tinctures and nebulizers.  Smoking marijuana and edible products would not be permitted.  Patients would be required to…

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27 Pennsylvania Counties Listed Under Drought Watch; Mercer And Lawrence Counties Are Included

Even following a winter with as much snow as we received, groundwater levels in much of Pennsylvania are considered to be abnormally low, so the state’s Department of Environmental Protection has issued a Drought Watch for 27 of the state’s 67 counties. Mercer and Lawrence Counties are included on the list. A Drought Watch is…

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NHL/NBA Results – Tuesday, May 12

NHL Playoff Result  –  Tuesday, May 12  (best-of-seven conference semifinal series):   Tampa Bay 4, Montreal 1  (Lightning wins series 4-games-to-2)     NBA Playoff Results  –  Tuesday, May 12  (best-of-seven conference semifinal series):   Cleveland 106, Chicago 101  (Cavaliers lead series 3-games-to-2) Houston 124, LA Clippers 103  (Clippers lead series 3-games-to-2)

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