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Hike In Monthly 9-1-1 Fee Approved, Sent To Governor; $52 Yearly Fee Is Not Included

A bill that would increase the monthly surcharge that funds 9-1-1 centers in Pennsylvania has been approved by both chambers of the state legislature and sent to the Governor’s desk. The fees which currently range from one dollar to $1.50 would all now stand at $1.65. During the boomerang route the bill took back and…

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13th-Inning Homer Sinks Pirates; Bucs Have Lost 5 Of 6

A 13th-inning home run by Brandon Phillips on Thursday night lifted the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, giving the Bucs (40-32) their fifth loss in their last six games.  The Reds (34-37) have beaten the Pirates 7 of 9 times this season. The winning blow…

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Timberwolves Make Towns The NBA’s Top Draft Pick

The Minnesota Timberwolves used the first pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night to select Karl-Anthony Towns, from Kentucky, a freshman who averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in an average of just 21 minutes of playing time. It marks the third time in the last six years that the number-one draft…

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Pens To Open Next Season October 8 At Dallas; Home Opener vs. Montreal Is October 13

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Thursday that they will open the 2015-2016 National Hockey League season on Thursday, October 8 at Dallas. The Pens’ home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13 against Montreal. Pittsburgh will play 30 of their games against their Metropolitan Division opponents, and they will face the Atlantic Division teams three…

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Commonwealth Court Rules Pennsylvania Law Allowing Gun Rights Advocates To Sue Cities Is Unconstitutional

A state appeals court has struck down a Pennsylvania law that would allow gun owners or groups representing them to sue local governments over their gun laws and regulations. Commonwealth Court on Thursday ruled the recently-enacted law is unconstitutional. The law has already prompted twenty Pennsylvania cities to repeal their gun ordinances.  The cities of…

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Teenage Camper Killed By Tree In Allegheny National Forest; Four Other Campers Were Injured

The teenage girl killed by a falling tree during severe storms in the Allegheny National Forest earlier this week has been identified as 15 year-old Alexis Turner, from New Brighton in Beaver County. Four other campers were injured.  Two were hospitalized in Warren and two were taken to a hospital in Cleveland. The victims of…

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Farrell Man Arrested For Alleged Heroin Sale At Barkeyville Truck Stop

A Mercer County man has been arrested for allegedly selling heroin to a police informant at a Barkeyville truck stop. 30 year-old Brandon Bradford, from Farrell, has been charged with four counts, three of which are drug-related. State Police officials in Venango County say the sale occurred last September and was documented through a recording…

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Oil City To Be Featured In PBS Special Airing Thursday Night

The city of Oil City will be the subject of a television program to debut on Erie’s PBS station on Thursday night, June 25 at 8:00 PM. The ninety-minute documentary will be the second installment of a WQLN-TV series entitled, “Our Town.” The show will feature first-hand accounts detailing the history, traditions and events of Oil City. …

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Franklin’s Fourth Of July Week Festivities Begin; Libertyfest Parade Set For Saturday Afternoon

The beginning phase of Franklin’s annual “Taste of Talent” vocal competition on Wednesday night (June 24) marks the unofficial start of the city’s week-and-a-half-long Fourth of July Week festivities. Other early activities will include a concert by the Franklin Silver Cornet Band on Thursday evening at 7:30 at the South Park bandstand and the annual…

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Ohio Man Jailed In Franklin On Warrants From Both Venango County And Ohio

An Ohio man who was arrested in Franklin over the weekend now faces charges listed on warrants in both Venango County and in Ohio. Franklin City Police say 33 year-old Robert Laverty, from Gahanna, has now also been arraigned as a fugitive from justice. Police say they arrested Laverty on the outstanding local warrants before…

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