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Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate Reaches 6-Year Low In October

State labor officials say unemployment in Pennsylvania reached a six-year low in October. The Department of Labor and Industry reports that the jobless rate in the state in October stood at 5.4 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from September. Nationally, unemployment in October stood at 5.8 percent.  County-by-county numbers will be released December…

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Oil City Council Nixes Budget With Nearly Two Mill Tax Hike; Extra Meeting Scheduled To Deal With Spending Plan

Oil City Council has been forced to add a third meeting to their December calendar after they nixed a proposed $16.9 million budget for 2015 on Thursday which would have included a nearly two mill real estate tax increase. The spending plan would have raised property owners’ tax bills by $19.60 for every $10,000 worth…

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President’s Obama’s Executive Action On Illegal Immigration Draws Negative Reaction From Local Congressman

President Obama announced on Thursday night an executive action which would mark sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration laws. The President’s move would keep about five million immigrants who are illegally in the United States from being deported, and force law enforcement to focus its efforts on tracking down immigrants who are serious criminals.  Obama also…

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Franklin Prepares For Saturday’s Light-Up Night

Organizers are expecting more than sixty units to participate in the largest-ever Electric Lights Parade, the highlight of Franklin’s annual Light-Up Night this Saturday (Nov. 22). City spokespersons say they are hoping that the rains forecast for Saturday afternoon will have passed through the area before the 6:00 PM parade.  One thing about which weather forecasters…

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Friday Is Light-Up Night In Knox

Light-Up Night in Knox, kicking off the borough’s Once Upon A Christmas event, takes place Friday (Nov. 21), beginning with the lighting of street decorations at 5:00 PM. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will greet the children starting at 6:00 PM at the Knox Borough Building on Main Street.  Each child who visits with Santa…

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Wanted Knox Man Arrested In October 14 Clarion Burglary

A Knox man who had been wanted on charges filed last month in connection with a burglary in Clarion was arrested Thursday afternoon by Clarion, Emlenton and Pennsylvania State Police officials. 20 year-old Brady Reed was charged on October 23 in connection with a break-in reported on October 14. Charges include burglary, conspiracy, trespassing and…

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NFL’s Snowbound Game In Buffalo Has Been Moved To Detroit; Will Be Played Monday Night

The National Football League has moved a weekend game scheduled for snowbound Buffalo to Ford Field in Detroit.  The Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets are now scheduled to play that game Monday night at 7:00 PM. The Detroit Lions, who play their home games at Ford Field, are scheduled to play at New…

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Some Republicans Consider Lame Duck Session Before New Pennsylvania Governor Takes Office

The state legislature has wrapped up business for the year, but lawmakers for the new session will be sworn in with larger Republican majorities on January 6. With Republican Governor Tom Corbett, who lost his bid for re-election in November, remaining in office until January 20, there is left a two-week window in which legislation…

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Will Wolf Administration Pull Plug On Corbett’s Medicaid Plan?

Governor Tom Corbett battled the federal government over the past year for a Medicaid expansion plan that met his criteria, but the election of a new Governor could mean a reversal in the plan. What could have been a simple Medicaid expansion under Corbett was turned into a complex Medicaid-private insurance hybrid that delayed coverage…

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Pennsylvania Joins National Voter Registration Crosschecking Program

Pennsylvania is now part of a nationwide program meant to reduce multi-state voter registration. It may just be a matter of a resident moving out of state and forgetting to cancel his voter registration in Pennsylvania, but you could find yourself registered in more than one state. Pennsylvania is now one of 28 states taking…

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