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Welfare Department Apologizes For Late Paychecks For Home Health Care Workers

The state’s Department of Public Welfare has responded to the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s report regarding late payments to many home health care workers earlier this year with apologies, and with claims that the agency is making major improvements. Some home health care workers serving the disabled went months without paychecks as the state transitioned from…

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Pens’ Scoring Slump Continues In 2-1 Loss To Philadelphia

Sidney Crosby scored the home team’s only goal Wednesday night in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers (7-10-1). It marked the third straight loss for Pittsburgh (11-7) and the sixth win in 10 games for the Flyers following Philadelphia’s surprising 1-7 start to the NHL season.  Marc-Andre Fleury (10-5) stopped 19 of…

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Kershaw And Scherzer Named Cy Young Award Winners

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw has earned his second National League Cy Young Award. In balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America, Kershaw garnered 29 of 30 first-place votes, and outpolled St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright and the NL Rookie-of-the-Year, Jose Fernandez, from Miami. Kershaw posted a 16-9 record, led the league with…

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Proper Murder Trial Scheduled For January

The murder trial for 14 year-old Zachary Proper has been scheduled for the January session of trials in Venango County Court. The Oil City teenager was ordered in July to be tried as an adult in the shooting deaths in October, 2012 of his grandparents, George and Dorothy Fross, from Sandycreek Township.  The couple were…

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Only 2,200 Pennsylvanians Have Been Registered For “Obamacare”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday that only 2,200 Pennsylvanians completed the selection of an insurance plan during the first six weeks of sign-up opportunities under the new federal health care law. Fewer than 27,000 completed registrations were reported through the system nationwide.  Coverage takes effect January 1.  Originally, we were told…

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House Approves Small Games Of Chance In Bars; Senate To Consider Changes To Bill

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved by a narrow margin a bill that would allow Pennsylvania bars to offer “small games of chance.” The Senate bill, which would allow bars to offer pull-tab games, daily drawings and raffles, was sent back to the Senate for their approval of some House changes apparently intended…

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Endangered Species Bill Passes State House Committee

A bill that would require the political oversight of decisions regarding endangered species in Pennsylvania passed the state House Game and Fisheries Committee on Wednesday, and is on its way to the full House. Much debate has been produced over the measure which proposes to give the decision-making process regarding endangered and threatened species over…

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As Many As Three Hurt When S-U-V Hits Tree Near Hannaville

A Franklin-area man was hurt, and two children in safety seats were being checked for injuries after a sport-utility vehicle slammed into a tree near Hannaville in western Venango County. State Police say the incident occurred early Tuesday night on State Route 322 in Canal Township. Troopers tell KQW that a westbound S-U-V driven by 42…

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Apartment Damaged By Fire In Oil City

Firefighters from Oil City and Seneca responded overnight to a fire that broke out in a second-floor apartment in an Oil City South Side house. The fire was reportedly confined to a bedroom and the attic of a building on West First Street, but the apartment sustained substantial smoke and water damage.  The occupants lost…

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Clint Hurdle Named Manager-Of-The-Year

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was an overwhelming choice as National League Manager-of-the-Year in this year’s balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Not only did Hurdle lead the Pirates to their first winning season in 21 years, the team posted 94 regular season victories, won the league’s Wild Card game and forced the…

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