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Unemployment Drops In All Oil Region Counties In February

Following corrections in the local job market following several business closings and notable layoffs in late 2012, and a decrease in local job opportunities following the holiday season, the unemployment rate in the Oil Region dropped significantly in the month of February. In Venango County, where an estimated 26,200 people were without jobs, the unemployment…

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Chapmanville VFD Back In Business

The Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department was back in operation on Wednesday following the department’s recertification by the Plum Township supervisors on Tuesday night. A new board president and fire chief were appointed for the department, and supervisors approved a motion that representatives from the Plum and Troy Township municipal governments be included as voting members…

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Man Injured In 100 MPH Chase On I-79 Near New Vernon

A Pittsburgh-area man was injured and faces charges after a chase on Interstate 79 that police say had them traveling at times over 100 miles per hour. The State Police say 21 year-old Cody Betts, from West View, was injured when his vehicle struck another car in the northbound lanes of I-79 near New Vernon…

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Attorney General Issues Warning About National Medical Card Scam

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General issued a warning Tuesday concerning a telephone scam involving the alleged distribution of a “national medical card.” Kathleen Kane says callers have been attempting to obtain personal information such as bank account and health care information in the guise of a card campaign supposedly developed under the Affordable Care Act.  There are…

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Mercer County Judicial Candidate’s Nominating Petition Challenge Withdrawn

The challenge to the nominating petitions filed by one candidate for the position of Common Pleas Court Judge in Mercer County has been withdrawn. Challenges to nominating petitions submitted by two other candidates are expected to be reviewed by Commonwealth Court next week. Court officials have confirmed that the challenge to the nominating petitions filed by…

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New State Prison In Centre County Dedicated

One of two new Pennsylvania state prisons opening this year has been given its official dedication. Male inmates should be moving into the new State Correctional Institution (SCI) in Benner Township near Bellefonte in Centre County within the next few weeks, and state officials expect the facility to be fully functional by July 1.  The…

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2012 Pennsylvania Crash Statistics Were Mixed

Traffic crashes in Pennsylvania took 24 more lives in 2012 than in the previous year, but the total number of collisions dropped by more than one thousand. Those facts were among the mixed bag of statistics released by PennDOT regarding traffic fatalities and injuries reported in the last calendar year. The agency says the number of…

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Pirates Tally Just Three Hits In Opening Day Loss

A.J. Burnett struck out 10 batters in 5-and-two-thirds innings of work, but his Pittsburgh Pirates managed just three hits, and the Bucs dropped a 3-1 decision to the Chicago Cubs on Monday afternoon, Opening Day at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Burnett allowed a two-run, first-inning home run to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo before settling down. …

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Three Hurt In SUV-Logging Truck Collision

Three people were hurt Monday morning in a collision between an S-U-V and a logging truck on Route 208 near Fryburg.  A third vehicle was also involved in the incident. State Police say the crash happened shortly before 9:00 AM when an S-U-V driven by 21 year-old Sarah Deemer, from Lickingville, crossed the center line of the…

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Hawthorn Woman’s Car Hits Rockland Township Garage

A Clarion County woman sustained only minor injuries even though her car hit a commercial garage.  The vehicle then rolled over onto its roof. State Police say the incident occurred around 11:15 PM Monday night on Route 38 in Rockland Township.  Troopers tell KQW that a vehicle driven by 27 year-old Kayla Steele went through a…

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