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State House Passes And Sends To The Senate A $29.1 Billion Budget Plan

The state House of Representatives has passed along party lines a $29.1 billion spending plan, and has sent it on to the Senate. The new fiscal year in Pennsylvania begins Tuesday, and the state appears to be facing a spending gap of one to one-and-a-half billion dollars, but it is expected that the budget will face extensive changes…

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Oil Region Recovering From Wednesday Rains, Flooding, Road Closures

Of all the communities hit hard by nearly four inches of rain and subsequent flooding on Wednesday, the worst may have been Titusville. Combine road closings, a damaged sewer line and a ruptured natural gas line and you find only a fraction of the many problems.  Add to them the headaches faced by many residents…

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Hilliards Man Accused In Indecent Assault Of Teenage Girl In Scrubgrass Township

A Butler County man was arrested on Wednesday morning after a Scrubgrass Township man said he returned home and found the man in bed with his 15 year-old daughter. State Police officials tell KQW they then charged 39 year-old Louis Saluga, from Hilliards, with indecent assault, the corruption of minors and burglary.  Police officials say…

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Cranberry School Budget Contains 2.8 Percent Tax Increase

The Cranberry School Board this week approved the final reading of an $18.4 million budget for 2014-2015 which will contain a real estate tax increase of about 2-point-8 percent. The spending plan passed unanimously. The hike will mean property owners in the Cranberry School District will pay an additional $3.64 per year in taxes for…

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Valley Grove School Budget Holds No Tax Hike

The $14.2 million budget for fiscal year 2014-2015, passed this week by the Valley Grove School Board, contains no real estate tax hike. The board approved the spending plan on its final reading by a 5-to-2 vote.  More than $1.1 million dollars from the district’s fund balance would be needed to offset the budget. The Valley…

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Pirates Pay Price, Fail To Sweep Series vs. Tampa Bay

The Pittsburgh Pirates came up against veteran southpaw David Price at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Wednesday afternoon, dropped a 5-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Rays (32-48), failed to sweep their three-game series against the Rays and fell back to .500 for the season (39-39). Andrew McCutchen slammed a solo home run in…

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Penguins Hire Mike Johnston As Coach; Rick Tocchet Comes Back As Assistant

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have hired 57 year-old Western Hockey League coach Mike Johnston as their new head coach, and have brought in former Penguins player and former Tampa Bay head coach Rick Tocchet to serve as an assistant coach. Johnston replaces Dan Bylsma, who set a team record with…

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PennDOT Announces More Street Milling Work In Franklin; Starts Thursday

PennDOT has announced the start of more street milling work in the city of Franklin. The job will cover Grant Street, which is part of Route 322, from Coefields Corners to the intersection with Atlantic Avenue west of the city.  Temporary parking restrictions will be imposed on Grant Street. The work is scheduled to begin…

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Sidney Crosby Is NHL MVP, Takes Three Post-Season Awards In New York

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby on Tuesday night won for the second time the National Hockey League’s Hart Trophy, symbolic of the league’s Most Valuable Player. Crosby was already assured of receiving the league’s Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer.  In New York on Tuesday, he also was handed the Ted Lindsay Award…

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Pirates Bullpen Finally Holds A Locke Lead – Barely – In 6-5 Pirates Win Against Tampa

Although closer Mark Melancon allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen stiffened and finally salvaged a victory for left-handed starter Jeff Locke (1-1) as the Bucs edged Tampa Bay 6-5 in a game played Tuesday night in St. Petersburg. The victory was Pittsburgh’s fourth straight, and pushed them…

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