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Millionaire Raffle Sales Pass Halfway Mark

The Pennsylvania Lottery says sales of tickets in their latest Millionaire Raffle have passed the halfway mark with about two-and-a-half weeks remaining until the raffle’s drawings. About twice a year, lottery officials sell a maximum of 500,000 tickets, cut off sales at a half-million, and give away multiple first prizes of one million dollars.  Tickets cost 20…

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Corbett Signs Bill Limiting Abortion Coverage Under Federal Health Care

Governor Tom Corbett on Monday signed into law a bill that would limit coverage of abortions in Pennsylvania under the federal health care provisions which are scheduled to take effect next year. Supporters, including bill sponsor Representative Donna Oberlander, from Clarion County, say Pennsylvania has long prohibited taxpayer-funded elective abortions. Critics say the law expands…

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Oil City School Budget Is Approved With No Tax Increase

The Oil City Area School Board on Monday unanimously approved a $28.9 million budget which will include no real estate tax increase, and which will not necessitate cuts in school programs. Close to one million dollars will be taken from the district’s reserve fund to balance the budget.  The fund reportedly carries a balance of…

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Former Allegheny Star Casey McCloskey Is New Basketball Coach At Franklin

The Franklin Area School Board on Monday approved the hiring of Casey McCloskey as the new boys basketball coach at Franklin High School. McCloskey is a 2003 graduate of Cathedral Prep in Erie, and starred at point guard for Allegheny College in Meadville from 2003 through 2007.  He is tied for 19th place on the Gators’…

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Four Reds Homers Sink Pirates 4-1

The Cincinnati Reds (43-28) used four solo home runs on Monday night to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 in the first-game of a four-game series at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier both homered off Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano (5-3; 2.44 ERA), and Joey Votto and Jay Bruce hit shots off…

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Bruins Post Shutout, Take 2-1 Lead In Stanley Cup Final

Tuukka Rask stopped all 28 shots he faced on Monday night, leading the Boston Bruins to a 2-0 home shutout win over the Chicago Blackhawks and a 2-games-to-one lead in the NHL Stanley Cup final. Rask earned his third shutout of this year’s playoffs, the first two having come against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the…

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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Mandatory Retirement Age For Judges

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to a constitutional provision requiring judges to retire at age 70. The vote by the state’s highest court was unanimous. Ironically, the court’s Chief Justice, Ronald Castille, is seeking a new ten-year term.  But, Castille will turn 70 in March, and under constitutional law will be…

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Oil City Man Hurt In Hovey Township Crash

An Oil City man required hospital treatment after a one-vehicle crash in Armstrong County. State Police at the Butler station say a vehicle driven by 24 year-old Ryder Phillips left a Hovey Township Road, traveled up an embankment and rolled onto its roof. Phillips was transported to UPMC-Northwest in Cranberry.  No other vehicles were involved…

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New Historical Marker In Franklin Honors Fort Venango Troops

2013 marks both the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg during the nation’s Civil War and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812.  Both are being commemorated by numerous events in Pennsylvania. But, 2013 also marks the 250th anniversary of a series of events known collectively as…

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PUC Announces This Year’s Impact Fee Money Distributions

Impact fee money from charges assessed against unconventional gas drillers operating in Pennsylvania is about to be distributed by the state for the second time. The Public Utility Commission, which is charged with collecting and distributing the money, says impact fees in 2012 totaled $202.4 million, down slightly from $204.2 million taken in during the…

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