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Governor Vetoes Entire Republican-Backed State Budget

Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed the entire $30 billion budget for the fiscal year which begins today (July 1) which had been directed by the Republican-dominated state legislature. It marks the first time since the 1970’s that a Pennsylvania Governor has nixed a complete budget proposal. Wolf has invited legislative leaders for a face-to-face meeting…

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Governor Is Sent Bills On Both Pension Reform And Liquor Privatization

State lawmakers sent Governor Wolf on Tuesday separate pieces of legislation that would overhaul the state employee pension system and privatize the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania. The House of Representatives passed a Senate bill regarding public pension reform which supporters say is meant to address the rapidly rising costs of the current pension…

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Local Residents Warned About Basketball And Hospice Solicitations

In two separate sets of incidents, local residents are being warned about telephone and mail solicitations seeking donations for local basketball and hospice programs. In the first case, the Oil City High School athletic director says phone calls seeking money for “Oil City basketball” are not originating from the school.  Rick Fletcher says the solicitations…

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Wayne County Man Arrested On I-80 In Clarion; Police Say His U-Haul Van Was Stolen

A Wayne County man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 80 in Clarion in what police say was a stolen U-Haul van. State Police officials say 19 year-old Marc Lewandowski, from Lake Ariel, had taken the van from a rental lot near Honesdale in Wayne County, had driven it across the state, and may…

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State Senate Prepares For Budget Vote

On the last day of the old fiscal year (Tuesday, June 30), the state Senate is set to consider the Pennsylvania budget approved on Saturday by the House of Representatives. The spending plan, backed by state Republicans, faces an almost certain veto from Governor Tom Wolf. Senate Democrats say the plan contains none of the Governor’s…

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New York’s Fracking Ban Goes Into Effect

New York state’s ban on the “fracking” method of extracting natural gas officially went into effect on Monday. A statement released by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, saying there are no “feasible or prudent alternatives” to deal with any risks associated with “fracking,” concluded that their finding makes the ban official. New York environmental…

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Oil City Man Charged In Police Pursuit

An Oil City man faces a dozen charges after police say he led them on a high-speed pursuit through the city and into Cranberry Township. 31 year-old Mark Fenstermaker allegedly fled police officers last Thursday as they investigated why he had stopped a truck on railroad tracks near Quaker Drive.  The Oil City Police say…

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July 4 Is Fish-For-Free Day In Pennsylvania

Independence Day – Saturday, July 4 – marks the second of two free fishing days in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Fish-for-Free days allow anyone, residents and non-residents, to legally fish without a license in the state’s waterways. The commission reminds newcomers that they may borrow angling equipment from dozens of participating fishing…

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Busch Brothers Finish 1-2 At Sonoma; Kyle Busch Wins His First Race Of The Season

The Busch brothers posted their first-ever one-two finish in a NASCAR Sprint Cup event on Sunday, with younger brother Kyle Busch besting older sibling Kurt Busch to win the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. It was Kyle Busch’s first win of the Sprint Cup season, and came in his fifth event…

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Pirates Unable To Produce Sweep Of Braves, Lose 2-1 On Sunday

Alex Wood threw shutout ball through his seven-and-a-third innings of work on Sunday, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh and keeping the Pirates from sweeping their three-game weekend series. Wood (5-5; 3.17 ERA) struck out eight hitters, hit one batter and walked none.  Former Pirate Jason…

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