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Crawford County Lawmaker Seeks Reforms In Colleagues’ Expense Reinbusements

A lawmaker from Crawford County wants to reform the way state legislators are compensated for travel, lodging and meal expenses. State Representative Brad Roae says his bill is partially in response to media reports that claim lawmakers are collecting “per diem” reimbursements for work supposedly performed on weekends, on holidays, when the House is not…

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Islanders Tie Penguins At 2-2 With 6-4 Victory In New York

John Tavares and Mark Streit both scored twice on Tuesday night, leading the New York Islanders to a 6-4 home victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The win ties the teams’ best-of-seven, opening-round Stanley Cup Playoff series at two games apiece.  Game five will be played Thursday night at 7:00 PM at Consol Energy Center in…

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Gomez, McCutchen Lead Bucs To 4-1 Victory Over Seattle

Spot starter Jeanmar Gomez (2-0; 2.38 ERA) pitched five innings of two-hit, shutout baseball on Tuesday night, and Andrew McCutchen went 4-for-4 as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the visiting Seattle Mariners 4-1 in the Bucs’ first interleague game of 2013. Gomez earned the start after the Pirates (18-14) placed starter James McDonald (2-2; 5.76 ERA) on…

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Oil City Man Charged In 2003 Child Sex Assault Case

An Oil City man was charged Tuesday in a sexual assault on a young girl that allegedly occurred ten years ago. Oil City Police say the alleged victim was six years old at the time. On Tuesday afternoon, police charged 39 year-old Thomas Kahle with two different counts of indecent assault on a child, and…

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Kittanning Man Sentenced To Jail For Running Over State Trooper With ATV

A Kittanning man has been sentenced to one to two years in jail in an incident in which he was accused of running over and dragging a State Police trooper with an all-terrain vehicle. 50 year-old Jeffrey Wiegand will reach one year of jail time this week, and is being given credit for time already…

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Venango County Courthouse Renovations Underway

Work on the $260-thousand project to renovate the Elk Street entrance to the Venango County Courthouse in Franklin should begin today (May 8). Workers have spent the last two days building a temporary ramp to the Liberty Street entrance at the front of the courthouse to accommodate handicapped accessibility. The project in the rear of…

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Crawford County Courthouse Roof Repairs To Top $700,000

The Crawford County commissioners revealed Tuesday that repairs to the leaking county courthouse roof are expected to cost more than $700,000. Water problems have been reported at numerous areas on the courthouse roof, and especially around the building’s clock tower. About sixty percent of the estimated cost would actually come from the replacement of the…

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Longer Delays Possible Thursday, Friday At Seneca Hill Construction Site

PennDOT says a project to relocate utility lines could lead to traffic stoppages of up to 15 minutes at a time this Thursday and Friday (May 9 and 10) at the bottom of Seneca Hill at the intersection of Routes 62 and 257. The work is being done in connection with the realignment and improvement…

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Proposed Panel Would Look At Health Issues Related To Marcellus Shale Drilling

A leading Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to create an advisory panel to look at possible health issues related to Marcellus shale natural gas drilling. Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati’s bill would create a 13-member panel to study any potential health impacts and any potential health benefits. Panel members would not be paid. Governor Corbett’s energy…

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Governor Signs New Bill Allowing Counties To Abolish Jury Commissioner Posts

Governor Tom Corbett has signed into law a revised bill that would allow Pennsylvania counties to abolish the posts of jury commissioners. A similar 2011 law was struck down by the state Supreme Court which ruled that the law violated a requirement of the state Constitution that mandates that legislative bills be confined to a…

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