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Liriano Ties Team Strikeout Record In Pirates’ 4-1 Opening Day Win Over St. Louis

Francisco Liriano tied a Pirates opening day record with ten strikeouts, as Pittsburgh defeated St. Louis 4-1 in Major League Baseball’s overall opener on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Liriano also drove in the season’s first run with an RBI single in the second inning.  Over six scoreless innings, Liriano allowed only three…

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Herman Finally Wins On The PGA Tour; Takes The Shell Houston Open

In his 106th appearance on the PGA Tour, Jim Herman finally hit the jackpot on Sunday, winning the Shell Houston Open at The Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas. After a chip-in for a birdie on the 16th hole in the final round on Sunday, Herman parred both of the last two holes for a one-shot…

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North Carolina, Villanova To Square Off Monday For NCAA Championship

North Carolina (33-6) and Villanova (34-5) posted national semifinal wins in Houston on Saturday night and will meet Monday evening in the NCAA championship game. Villanova set a Final Four record for largest margin of victory in a 95-51 semifinal victory over Oklahoma, while the Tar Heels downed Syracuse 83-66. North Carolina has won five…

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18 Year-Old Franklin Man Arrested On Sex Charges

A young Franklin man has been charged in an incident in which he was accused of trying to solicit sexual activity from a male juvenile. 18 year-old Nathaniel Wheeler was charged late last week in a series of incidents which were alleged to have occurred at a Franklin residence.  Investigators from the Franklin City Police…

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Two Store Burglaries Reported In Mercer County

Police officials in Mercer County are investigating a pair of burglaries that occurred at county stores last week. The first happened at a deli/general store on Route 19.  In that incident, someone broke through a rear window, stole money from a cash register, and took several bags containing aluminum cans plus an undisclosed amount of pop.…

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Truck Rolls Onto Roof; Sandy Lake Driver Escapes Injury

A Sandy Lake man escaped injury on Friday morning when his truck rolled over on Raymilton Road in Frenchcreek Township. State Police accident investigators say 61 year-old James Graham was southbound shortly before 7:00 AM when his pickup traveled off the left side of the highway.  The truck struck an embankment and rolled onto its…

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Pirates Close Spring Play With 13-6 Loss To Reds In Indianapolis

In a game that featured five Cincinnati home runs and six errors by Pittsburgh, the Pirates dropped a 13-6 game to the Cincinnati Reds in their preseason finale played yesterday at the Bucs’ “AAA” facility in Indianapolis. With the Pirates’ fielding woes, only seven of the thirteen runs scored by the Reds (16-16) were earned…

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Regional Unemployment Climbs In February, Except In Mercer County

Unemployment numbers climbed in the Oil Region in February. In numbers released late last week by the state’s Department of Labor and Industry, Mercer County was the only county surrounding Venango County to see jobless figures drop in February.  Unemployment there slid from 5.3 percent in January to 5.2 percent. In Venango County, where 1,500…

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New Details In This Week’s Major Drug Bust; 13th Suspect Arrested

Additional details released concerning this week’s regional drug bust reveal that a thirteenth suspect has been arrested and charged. Law enforcement officials now say the investigation into the sale of illegal drugs began last June with allegations of a controlled buy of crack cocaine by a police informant through a man police now say was…

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Kessel, Penguins Remain Hot; Pens Beat Nashville 5-2

Phil Kessel scored twice on Thursday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 5-2 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Kessel has scored 21 points (9 goals and 12 assists) in his last 22 games, and the Penguins (44-25-8) have won ten of their last 11 contests.  With Thursday’s win, Pittsburgh moved past…

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