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Mercer County Rape Charges Against Kennerdell Man Dropped

Charges, including rape, which had been brought last year against a Kennerdell man have been dropped due to lack of evidence. The charges against 22 year-old Evan Michael Schirra were filed in September, 2015 following an accusation by an 18 year-old female that she had been sexually assaulted. The incident was alleged to have occurred…

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Charges Filed Against Franklin Man Allegedly Involved In High-Speed Chase And Crash At Former Joy Plant

Charges were officially filed late this week against a Franklin man accused of leading police on a high-speed, late-night chase through parts of the city last month, resulting in a crash at the former Joy Manufacturing plant and serious injuries to both the driver and a passenger. The fourteen charges against 33 year-old Travis Semrau…

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New Law Exempts Technical Education Students From Keystone Exams Graduation Requirement

Governor Tom Wolf has signed a bill that will exempt high school students who are studying a trade from being required to take a certain standardized test as a requirement for graduation. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, the Keystone Exams will become a graduation requirement for most Pennsylvania students, but under the new law,…

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Pirates Down Phillies 6-3 In Series Finale In Philadelphia

Josh Bell and Gregory Polanco both homered, and Andrew McCutchen contributed three hits and two runs scored on Thursday evening as the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Philles 6-3 in the final game of a four-game series in Philadelphia, winning the final three contests after having been shut out Monday in the series opener. Left-fielder Jose…

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Lawmakers Look Again At Severance Tax For Marcellus Shale Drilling

As lawmakers deal with ways to fill a more than two billion dollars deficit in the state budget, several are renewing a push for a severance tax on Marcellus shale natural gas drilling. A group known as CLEAR – the Coalition for Labor Engagement and Accountable Revenues – has joined a number of Democratic lawmakers…

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Unemployment Compensation Amnesty Program Underway

An amnesty program has begun for people and businesses in Pennsylvania who have improperly received unemployment benefits. The Department of Labor and Industry has notified more than 180 thousand individuals and businesses that they were paid $651 million in unemployment compensation to which they were not entitled. Department Secretary Kathy Manderino told Radio PA News,…

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Antlerless Deer License Sales To Begin Monday

County treasurers’ offices will begin the sales of 2017 antlerless deer licenses on Monday, July 10. Hunters are encouraged to mail their applications in the pink envelopes provided by the Pennsylvania Game Commission on Friday (July 7) to ensure timely delivery.  Applications received before Monday will be rejected.  Applications should not be sent to a…

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Cole Stops Phillies With Arm And Bat In Pirates’ 5-2 Win In Philadelphia

Gerrit Cole evened his record at 7-7 with a six-inning winning start on Wednesday night, and he recorded the game-winning RBI in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 5-2 victory at Philadelphia. Cole allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings, striking out eight hitters and walking only one.  He also broke a 2-2 tie with a…

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State Inspector General Bill Goes To Full House

A bill to create an independent state Inspector General’s office is now before the state House of Representatives. Under current law, the Inspector General is selected by the Governor.  The bill just approved by the House State Government Committee would make the position a full cabinet-level position. State Senator Ryan Aument told Radio PA News…

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Warrant Issued For West Virginia Residents Accused Of Robbing Cherrytree Township Couple

State Police officials in Venango County have obtained warrants for two West Virginia residents who stand accused of robbing a Cherrytree Township couple. Investigators say 23 year-old Robert Starkey, from Bridgeport, West Virginia, and 23 year-old Stormey Hite, from Clarksburg, stole numerous items from a residence on Petroleum Center Road before taking the residents’ pickup…

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