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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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Pennsylvania’s Medicare Enrollment Is Underway

Medicare enrollment for Pennsylvania residents ages 65 and up began Tuesday (Oct. 15), and runs through December 7. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging reminds us they have a program called APPRISE through which beneficiaries may learn about what plans are available.  Applicants would sit down with APPRISE counselors to learn about the options, and choose…

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State Senate Finance Committee Takes Up Property Tax Reform

Outlining a 50-page report for the state Senate Finance Committee, the Independent Fiscal Office stressed this week that a plan to eliminate school property taxes and replace them with expanded sales taxes and increased income taxes would not keep the state on pace with current revenue collections. The information was handed down to lawmakers who…

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Citizens Group’s Tuesday Protest Targets State’s Republican Congressmen

A liberal political activists group crisscrossed the state Tuesday, calling on Pennsylvania’s Republican Congressmen to help put an end to the partial federal government shutdown. The group’s visits included a stop at Congressman Glenn Thompson’s office in Titusville. Members of the organization Keystone Progress handed the lawmakers’ representatives what they called “cease-and-desist” orders, demanding action…

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Malkin Goal Lifts Penguins To 3-2 Win Over Edmonton And A 5-1 Record

Evgeni Malkin scored the tiebreaking goal at the 7:20 mark of the third period on Tuesday night, giving the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the struggling Edmonton Oilers at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The win gives the Pens a 5-1 mark, and a 4-0 home record.  They lead Carolina by three points in…

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Cards, Red Sox Hold Leads In League Championship Series

Matt Holliday and Shane Robinson both homered for the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night, and the Cards moved to within one win of a National League championship and a berth in the World Series with a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in the fourth game of the League Championship…

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Temporary Food Stamp Increase Ends October 31

Those who receive food stamps in Pennsylvania will find their benefits reduced at the end of the month. The four-year “temporary” increase in food stamp benefits expires on October 31, so for 1.8 million people in Pennsylvania, less funding will be made available for individuals and families in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Carey…

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Brown, Johnson Placed On Steelers’ Injured Reserve List

His 2013 stint with the Pittsburgh Steelers having ended before it began, offensive tackle Levi Brown has been placed on the Steelers’ injured reserve list, and will not play again this season. Tight end/fullback David Johnson was also placed on the IR list on Tuesday. Brown was acquired October 2 in a trade with the…

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Three Jailed For $700,000 Vandalism Spree At Youngsville High School

Three men have been sentenced to nine months to two years in the Warren County Jail, and have been ordered to pay more than $700,000 in damages for a vandalism spree at Youngsville High School in June. 20 year-old Duston Miller, from Youngsville, 20 year-old Derek Gifford, from Greensburg, and 18 year-old Tylor Keyes, from…

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Drake Well Museum To Host Gathering Of Oil Historians

Officials at Drake Well Museum and Park have announced a unique event scheduled for next week. A day set aside for what is being called a “gathering of oil historians” is intended to expand the knowledge of Pennsylvania’s oil history and add to the number of people involved in its study. The event is scheduled for Saturday,…

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