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Coldest Weather Of The Season Hits On Presidents’ Day

Oil Region temperatures as low as 19 degrees below zero greeted those who rose early on President’s Day, marking the coldest day of the winter for everyone and, for some, the coldest mark since 1994.  The temperature did fall one day last winter to 17 below. Most schools closed for the day.  Some had no…

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Reaction Mixed To Governor’s Decision To Halt Executions In Pennsylvania

Reaction has been mixed to the announcement Friday by Pennsylvania’s new Governor, Tom Wolf, to place a moratorium on the death penalty in the Commonwealth. Saying Pennsylvania’s execution system is “riddled with flaws,” Wolf said the decision will remain in effect at least until he receives a report from a state legislative commission that has…

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Sandycreek Township Man Gets Up To Two Years In County Jail For Sharing Child Pornography

A Sandycreek Township man was sentenced Friday to eleven-and-a-half months to two years in the Venango County Jail for downloading and sharing child pornography. 50 year-old Kevin Donnell must also serve three years of probation.  Donnell entered guilty pleas to twelve charges in November.  He had been arrested in July at his home in a…

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$2 Million Lottery Ticket Sold In Slippery Rock

Pennsylvania Lottery officials say a two million dollar lottery ticket was sold last week at a pharmacy in Slippery Rock. The winning ticket was not for the much-publicized $564 million dollar Powerball Lottery drawing conducted on Wednesday night, but was sold for the following night’s drawing in the state’s Match Six lottery game.  The winning…

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Saturday Snow, Followed By Even Colder Temperatures Highlight The Oil Region Forecast

For those who might think that the current cold snap will be ending when the National Weather Service’s Wind Chill Advisory expires during the midday Friday comes a forecast for snow on Saturday and even colder temperatures by Sunday. The NWS has already posted a Wind Chill Watch effective for midnight Saturday through noon on…

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Pens Win Ottawa Shootout After Blown 3-0 Lead

David Perron recorded the only goal in a shootout in Ottawa on Thursday night, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rebounded from a blown 3-0 lead in the third period to record a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Kris Letang, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin propelled the Pens to their three-goal advantage, but the Senators sandwiched…

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Several Hurt When Vehicle Crashes Into Butler Hair Salon

Five people were hurt, and at least one remains hospitalized after a vehicle crashed through the front of a hair salon in Butler Township late Thursday morning. The incident occurred just before noon at a salon in Moraine Pointe Plaza.  An adjacent financial loan office also sustained damage According to reports, a driver identified as 54 year-old Edward…

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Altegrity, Owner Of USIS Investigation Services, Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The company which owns USIS Investigation Services, which had employed several hundred people in this area before an alleged cyber attack jeopardized their federal contracts, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Altegrity is the parent company of USIS, which laid off about 1,200 Pennsylvania workers, including more than 400 in Boyers and Grove City – after…

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State’s 2014 Bear Harvest Was Seventh-Highest Ever

The Pennsylvania Game Commission says hunters harvested the seventh-highest total of bears in state history in 2014. 3,366 bears were taken last year.  The state record was 4,350 set in 2010. Hunters were successful in 56 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.  41 bears weighed 500 pounds or more.  The heaviest, taken in the Pittsfield area in Warren…

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Steelers To Meet Vikings In NFL Hall-Of-Fame Game

The National Football League announced Wednesday that the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Minnesota Vikings will meet in this year’s NFL Hall-of-Fame Game. The contest will be played at 8:00 PM on Sunday, August 9 at Tom Benson Hall-of-Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.  It will mark the sixth appearance for the Steelers in the game and…

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