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Some State Lawmakers Still Want A Marcellus Shale Severance Tax

A small group of state lawmakers is renewing the debate over taxing the production of Marcellus shale natural gas. A pair of moderate Republicans and two Democrats want the legislature to reconsider a severance tax on Marcellus shale production, instead of the current per-well impact fee.  Governor Tom Corbett has always ruled out such a…

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Pens Win 5th Straight Game 4-3 In A Road Shootout With The New York Rangers

The Pittsburgh Penguins killed a 4-man-to-3 overtime penalty disadvantage on Wednesday night, and Brandon Sutter followed by scoring the only goal in a shootout as the Penguins pulled out a 4-3 road win over the New York Rangers for their second five-game winning streak of the season and their tenth win in their last eleven…

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Steelers Special Teamer Terence Garvin Fined $25,000 For Hit On Bengals Punter

Reports indicate that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin has been fined $25,000 for a hit on Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber that ended Huber’s season with a broken jaw and a cracked vertebrae in his neck. The play occurred during Antonio Brown’s 67-yard punt return touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 30-20 win over Cincinnati last Sunday, and…

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Titusville Woman Headed To Court In Facebook Defamation Case

A Titusville woman is headed to court to face charges in a case in which she is accused of creating a Facebook account in another woman’s name, and of using the site to defame the other woman and harass her own mother. On Wednesday, in Venango County Court, 28 year-old Jessica Kelly waived a hearing…

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Oil City Council To Vote Thursday On 2014 Budget With 1.3 Mill Real Estate Tax Increase

Oil City Council is scheduled to take its final vote Thursday (Dec. 19) on a 2014 city budget which now reportedly will contain a 1.3 mill real estate tax increase. The change in millage would add about $13 in taxes for every $10,000 worth of assessed property value. Council had given preliminary approval last month to a…

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Sugarcreek Borough Council Passes $1.5 Million Budget Without A Tax Increase

Sugarcreek Borough Council on Wednesday passed a 2014 borough budget that contains no real estate tax increase. Balancing the $1.57 million spending plan will require a transfer of more than $70,000 from a reserve account. The real estate millage rate in the borough remains at five.

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Titusville Council Passes City Budget With No Tax Hike

Titusville City Council this week passed a 2014 city budget which, for the fifth consecutive year, will contain no real estate tax increase. The spending plan approved Tuesday totals just over $3.5 million. The council vote was unanimous, as had been the preliminary budget vote in November.

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Pennsylvania State Police Refine Cadet Eligibility Requirements

The Pennsylvania State Police say they are revising the list of eligibility requirements for new cadets, effective immediately, to try and bring in more candidates with military experience and those who have worked full-time in other aspects of law enforcement. PSP Commissioner Frank Noonan says many prospective candidates have been eliminated because of the force’s requirement…

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Pitt Drops To 10-1 With 44-43 Loss To Cincinnati

The Pitt Panthers (10-1) went scoreless from the floor for a period of 13:43 in the second half on Tuesday night, and lost for the first time this season, 44-43 to former Big East Conference rival Cincinnati in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Bearcats (8-2) were led by…

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House Approves Bills To Reduce State Legislature

The state House of Representatives has approved a pair of bills to reduce the state legislature, although their vote was just the first of many major steps in a process that would eventually end up with Pennsylvania’s voters. The bills would trim the number of Pennsylvania House seats from 203 to 153, and cut the…

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