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Voter ID Law Trial Begins

The trial for Pennsylvania’s Voter I-D Law began on Monday, a proceedings in which a state judge will be deciding the constitutionality of a law requiring voters to show photo identification before they cast ballots at polling places. The first two witnesses were senior citizens, both with mobility problems, who said they can get to…

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State House Approves Budget’s Fiscal Code

The state House of Representatives returned to Harrisburg on Monday long enough to approve an amended fiscal code, guaranteeing the money allocated in Pennsylvania’s 2013-2014 fiscal year budget. After having begun their summer recess following the passage and enactment of the budget on June 30, the House was forced to return to approve a fiscal code…

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Pirates Trade Alderson For Versatile Right-Handed Hitter Russ Canzler

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded a former number-one draft choice to the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed hitter Russ Canzler, who can play first or third base and the outfield. Canzler played this season for the Orioles’ “AAA” affiliate in Norfolk, hitting 11 home runs and recording 49 RBIs in 86 games.  A 27 year-old Hazleton…

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Mets End Bucs’ Winning Streak At 3 With 4-2 Win At PNC Park

The New York Mets (41-50) scored three times Sunday afternoon off Pittsburgh rookie starter Gerrit Cole (4-3; 3.89 ERA), and held on for a 4-2 victory, salvaging the final game of a three-game series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh and snapping a three-game winning streak by the Pirates. Pittsburgh (56-37) recorded nine hits, but left…

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Brian Vickers Wins At New Hampshire

Brian Vickers, who competed for the Chase for the Cup in 2009 but had only won two career Sprint Cup races, captured NASCAR’s New Hampshire 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire under a green-white checkered flag finish on Sunday. Vickers competed in only eight Sprint Cup races last season, but held…

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Pirates’ Melancon Added To National League All-Star Squad

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Mark Melancon was among the players added to the National League squad for Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star game to be played Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York. Melancon and several others were added to the two All-Star squads to replace injured players and pitchers who had started games…

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Spieth, Mickelson, Perry Are Weekend Golf Winners

Jordan Spieth, at age 19, won the John Deere Classic on Sunday and became the youngest winner on the PGA Tour since Ralph Guldahl captured the Santa Monica Classic in 1931. Spieth just turned pro in December following his freshman season at the University of Texas.  He defeated defending champion Zach Johnson and David Hearn…

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Lincecum Throws Season’s Second No-Hitter

It took 148 pitches, but Tim Lincecum threw baseball’s second no-hitter of the season on Saturday night, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 9-0 road win over the San Diego Padres. The two-time Cy Young Award winner recorded his first Major League no-hitter. The feat occurred eleven days after the year’s first no-hitter —…

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FEMA Officials Inspect Venango County Storm Damage

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured storm-damaged areas of Venango County on Friday in an effort to determine if as many as fifteen municipalities may qualify for disaster aid. The municipalities have now estimated a combined total of more than $900,000 in damages, including damage to roads and bridges, from storms that struck the area…

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Penn State Tuition Increase Tops Three Percent

Penn State University’s Board of Trustees on Friday approved a budget which includes an average tuition increase for all students of about 2.8 percent. Tuition for in-state students at the school’s main campus will climb by 3.4 percent, or about $264 per semester.  Out-of-staters will pay about $400 more per semester.  Students at satellite campuses…

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