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Autonomous Vehicle Task Force Releases Recommendations

A state task force which has worked since June has released recommendations for the testing of autonomous vehicles in Pennsylvania. The report focuses on the testing – not the use – of the vehicles which is probably a few years away. Those who test the “highly-automated vehicles” (HAV’s) must submit testing proposals to PennDOT, and…

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State Auditor General Cites Problems With Marcellus Shale Impact Fee Law

Pennsylvania’s auditor general says he has uncovered major flaws in the state law governing the use of impact fees from Marcellus shale drilling. The fees are intended to compensate local and county governments for the inconveniences caused by shale drilling.  A state law known as Act 13 covers their distribution and, supposedly, how the money must be…

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Franklin’s $5 Million Budget Contains No Real Estate Tax Increase

The 2017 budget passed Monday night by Franklin City Council totals just over five million dollars ($5.04 million), and contains no real estate tax increase. The spending plan, slightly lower than this year’s, will keep the property tax millage rate at 11.3 mills. The other communities in Venango County are preparing to take their own…

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Clarion Borough Council Elects New Mayor

In a tie-breaker vote between two candidates for the position, Clarion Borough Council on Tuesday night elected Dan Parker as the Borough’s new mayor. The panel’s vote to decide between Parker and Clarion University professor Dr. Jamie Phillips ended in a 3-3 deadlock.  The tie was broken through a vote that was then granted to…

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Three Hurt In Polk-Area Crash

Three people were injured Monday night in a one-vehicle crash outside of Polk. Police say the teenage driver was traveling at about seventy miles per hour along Waterloo Road in Frenchcreek Township when he failed to negotiate a curve.  His car traveled about ten feet up an embankment, sheared off a utility pole, bringing down electric wires, spun,…

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Emlenton House Fire

Firefighters from around Venango, Clarion and Butler Counties were battling a tough house fire in Emlenton on Tuesday morning. Reports indicate the fire began around 6:00 AM, and at mid-morning it had not been completely extinguished. Few other details were available, and there was no reports available concerning any injuries.

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Clarion Man Acquitted On Indecent Assault Charges Involving A Six Year-Old Girl

A Clarion man has been found not guilty in Clarion County Court on charges brought against him through accusations he had indecently assaulted a six year-old girl. 46 year-old Clinton Shanafelt was found not guilty on multiple counts of indecent assault, four counts of harassment and one charge of the corruption of a minor. The case…

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Refill Of Tamarack Lake Delayed Further

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says there is no timetable for refilling Tamarack Lake in Crawford County. An earlier announcement had already listed a delay in the start of the project from this fall until April of next year.  Local officials now believe there will be no action taken next year. The drawdown of…

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Oil City Man Charged After Altercation With Repossession Agent

An Oil City man faces an aggravated assault charge after he allegedly pointed a rifle at a man sent to repossess his vehicle. Oil City Police say the weapon was still being leveled at the repo man when they arrived on the scene on Graff Street in the city on Sunday night. No shots were fired,…

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Steelers-Bengals Game Now Scheduled For 1:00 PM

The kickoff time for the December 18 NFL game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals is now scheduled for 1:00 PM. The AFC North contest at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati had originally been slated to start at 8:30 PM, but has been moved due to a “flex” scheduling change made by NBC-TV…

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