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Government To Reopen Following Passage Of Congressional Agreement

An agreement has been approved to avoid a federal Treasury default and to restart the government after a 16-day partial shutdown. Both Houses of Congress then gave their approval to the plan on Wednesday evening.  The Senate vote was 81-18, while the House tally came in at 285-144. President Barack Obama said he would sign the measure as soon…

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16 To Face Charges In California-To-Venango County Drug Connection

Franklin City Police officials say a dozen warrants were issued in Venango County last Friday, and another four in California for individuals wanted in a California-to-Venango County narcotics connection. The police report did not name names, or specify the drug or drugs involved.  Numerous felony charges are pending Reporting officer Kurt Gindhart says the warrants…

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Mercer-Area Woman Dies In Thursday Morning Crash In Sandy Lake

A Mercer-area woman died early Thursday morning in a one-vehicle crash on North Main Street in Sandy Lake. State Police officials say 21 year-old Amanda Jones was killed when she was ejected from her vehicle when it ran off the street, hit a tree, traveled across a sidewalk and clipped the top of a stone…

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Tionesta Man Hospitalized In Pittsburgh Following Route 208 Crash

A Wednesday afternoon crash has sent a 61 year-old Tionesta man to a Pittsburgh hospital. The man, whom police did not identify, was traveling on Route 208 in Washington Township in northern Clarion County at about 3:30 PM Wednesday when the vehicle left the pavement, struck a mailbox, and rolled several times, coming to rest…

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Governor Signs CHIP Extension, Calls Again For Action On Transportation Funding

As he signed a bill to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) on Wednesday, Governor Tom Corbett again called on state lawmakers to take action on transportation funding. Corbett said, if lawmakers can put policy ahead of politics on the CHIP extension for Pennsylvania’s children, they can do the same thing for the state’s…

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State Legislature Okays Lower Limit For Funds For Economic Development Projects

Governor Tom Corbett’s office indicates that the Governor will sign a measure passed by the state legislature Wednesday that cuts the amount of money the state can borrow for economic development projects, and puts into law restrictions on the way the program operates. Both the House and Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to cut $600-million from…

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30 Counties Now Included In State’s Human Services Block Grant

Pennsylvania’s Human Services Block Grant has been extended by ten counties to a total of 30, according to Governor Tom Corbett’s office. Last year, 30 counties applied, and 20 counties, including Venango, Crawford, Butler and Erie Counties, were chosen to be the initial participants. The Human Services Block Grant consists of seven funding streams, and is…

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Cooksburg Man Hospitalized In Pittsburgh After Fall From Moving Vehicle

A Cooksburg man has been hospitalized in Pittsburgh following a fall from a moving vehicle in the Cook Forest area. State Police from the Marienville station say the 55 year-old victim was a passenger in a vehicle traveling north on Route 36 shortly after 7:00 PM Tuesday evening.  For some reason, the passenger side door…

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State Senate Passes Bill That Would Toughen Penalties For Arson

The state Senate has passed a bill to toughen Pennsylvania’s arson law by setting more stringent sentencing guidelines. Under the measure, sponsored by Senator John Rafferty, a person could be convicted of a new crime, aggravated arson, if he or she intentionally starts, aids in starting or pays someone to start a fire with the…

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CHIP Plan Expansion Wins State Legislative Approval

One part of Governor Tom Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania Plan has cleared the state legislature. The State House this week voted to concur with Senate amendments to extend the Children’ Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2015.  Corbett wanted the waiting period for enrollment eliminated, and that is what the amendment has done. The House vote was…

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