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Revised Legislative Redistricting Plan Upheld By State Supreme Court

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld as constitutional Pennsylvania’s second attempt at establishing an updated Pennsylvania legislative district map. The same court last year had rejected the first redistricting plan from the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, saying it unduly split communities and produced strangely proportioned districts.  The 2012 elections, then, were conducted along the…

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Mars Woman Hurt In Forest County Rollover

A Butler County woman was treated for moderate injuries after a rollover accident in Forest County. State Police say a car driven by 20 year-old Paige Laubach, from Mars, left Route 62 near Tionesta, and struck two trees and a stone wall.  The vehicle then rolled onto its right side and slid roof-first into a…

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Former Supreme Court Justice Melvin And Sister Get House Arrest And Probation

Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was sentenced this week to three years of house arrest for using her taxpayer-funded staff and other resources in her election campaigns in 2003 and 2009. Melvin’s sister and top aide, Janine Orie, was sentenced to one year of house arrest and two years probation in the…

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Montero’s Homer Sinks Pirates In 2-1 Seattle Victory

The Seattle Mariners managed only three hits in an afternoon interleague game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, but one of the hits was a tiebreaking solo home run by Jesus Montero in the top of the seventh inning which gave the Mariners (16-19) a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates (18-15). The homer…

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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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