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State House Approves Constitutional Amendment Reducing Pennsylvania Legislature

The state House of Representatives has voted in favor of a Constitutional amendment which would shrink its own ranks from 203 members to 151. The House also voted Tuesday to reduce the size of the state Senate from 50 seats to 37. As proposed amendments to the state’s Constitution, the measures must pass both houses…

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Pirates Tally Only 3 Hits, Lose 4th Straight Game

Todd Frazier increased his league-leading home run total to nine, and former Pirate Marlon Byrd homered and drove home four runs as the Cincinnati Reds handed Pittsburgh its fourth straight loss Tuesday night, defeating the Pirates 7-1 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Four Reds pitchers limited the Bucs to just three hits.  Starling Marte slammed…

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NHL/NBA Playoff Results – Tuesday, May 5

NHL Playoff Results  –  Tuesday, May 5  (best-of-seven conference semifinal series):   Chicago 1, Minnesota 0  (Blackhawks lead series 3-games-to-0) Calgary 4, Anaheim 3  (Ducks lead series 2-1)     NBA Playoff Results  –  Tuesday, May 5  (best-of-seven conference semifinal series):   Atlanta 106, Washington 90  (series tied 1-1) Memphis 97, Golden State 90  (series…

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State Senate Committee Hears Testimony Concerning Possible Minimum Wage Hike

A state Senate committee heard arguments this week on the pros and cons of a increase in the state’s minimum wage. Supporters of a hike say it would increase consumer spending power and lift thousands of Pennsylvanians out of poverty.  Opponents cite studies they say show that jobs would be lost. Advocates for a minimum…

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Franklin Woman Injured In One-Vehicle Crash In Sugarcreek Borough

State Police officials say a Franklin-area woman was injured early Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Sugarcreek Borough. The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Route 322. Troopers say a westbound vehicle driven by 72 year-old Rita Beatty crossed the highway and hit a guardrail on the left before traveling off the right side of…

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Clarion-Area Pharmacy Burglarized; Phone Lines Are Cut, Affecting Medical Offices

State Police officials in Clarion County spent much of Tuesday investigating a break-in at a drug store near Clarion. In addition to the burglary attempt at a pharmacy on Route 66 in Marianne, investigators say someone cut the telephone lines to the building, which affected phone service to adjacent medical offices throughout Tuesday morning. Officials…

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Pennsylvania Faces A Volunteer Firefighter Crisis

Recruiting and retaining volunteer first-responders appears to be a major challenge, according to Pennsylvania’s new recently-appointed Fire Commissioner. In testimony before a state Senate committee, Commissioner Tim Solobay said the numbers tell a troubling story.  Solobay said rising costs and the time spent fundraising are among the reasons behind the dwindling numbers of volunteer firefighters…

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Intersection On North 13th Street In Franklin Closed Tuesday Morning

An intersection on North 13th Street in the city was temporarily closed late Tuesday morning (May 5) for the repair of railroad crossing signals. Franklin City Police say the railroad signals near the intersection of North 13th Street and Atlantic Avenue were damaged overnight in a motor vehicle crash, so the intersection with Atlantic was…

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Gerrit Cole Named NL Pitcher-Of-The-Month; Is First Pirate To Win The Award In 23 Years

Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole has been named the National League Pitcher-of-the-Month for April. He is the first Pirates pitcher to win the award since Randy Tomlin in 1992. At 4-0, Cole’s four victories are tops among National League pitchers who have worked thirty innings or more this season.  He has struck out 35 batters…

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Medical Marijuana Legislation Heads To The Floor Of The State Senate

A new bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania has been forwarded to the floor of the state Senate, and one source says a vote could come as early as Wednesday. The measure was sent to the floor after it was passed Monday by a 21-4 vote by the Senate Appropriations Committee following very little…

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