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Pirates Pay Price, Fail To Sweep Series vs. Tampa Bay

The Pittsburgh Pirates came up against veteran southpaw David Price at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Wednesday afternoon, dropped a 5-1 decision to the Tampa Bay Rays (32-48), failed to sweep their three-game series against the Rays and fell back to .500 for the season (39-39). Andrew McCutchen slammed a solo home run in…

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Penguins Hire Mike Johnston As Coach; Rick Tocchet Comes Back As Assistant

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have hired 57 year-old Western Hockey League coach Mike Johnston as their new head coach, and have brought in former Penguins player and former Tampa Bay head coach Rick Tocchet to serve as an assistant coach. Johnston replaces Dan Bylsma, who set a team record with…

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PennDOT Announces More Street Milling Work In Franklin; Starts Thursday

PennDOT has announced the start of more street milling work in the city of Franklin. The job will cover Grant Street, which is part of Route 322, from Coefields Corners to the intersection with Atlantic Avenue west of the city.  Temporary parking restrictions will be imposed on Grant Street. The work is scheduled to begin…

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Sidney Crosby Is NHL MVP, Takes Three Post-Season Awards In New York

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby on Tuesday night won for the second time the National Hockey League’s Hart Trophy, symbolic of the league’s Most Valuable Player. Crosby was already assured of receiving the league’s Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer.  In New York on Tuesday, he also was handed the Ted Lindsay Award…

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Pirates Bullpen Finally Holds A Locke Lead – Barely – In 6-5 Pirates Win Against Tampa

Although closer Mark Melancon allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen stiffened and finally salvaged a victory for left-handed starter Jeff Locke (1-1) as the Bucs edged Tampa Bay 6-5 in a game played Tuesday night in St. Petersburg. The victory was Pittsburgh’s fourth straight, and pushed them…

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Virginia Beats Vanderbilt 7-2; Forces Deciding Game In College World Series

Brandon Waddell threw a complete-game five-hitter on Tuesday night, lifting Virginia (53-15) to a 7-2 win over Vanderbilt (50-21)and forced a third game in the best-of-three College World Series baseball tournament in Omaha. The deciding game will be played on Wednesday night. Waddell (10-3), a sophomore southpaw, retired twelve consecutive batters at one point.  Teammates Kenny…

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Flooding Prevalent, Roads Closed Throughout Oil Region

Flood Watches that had been posted by the National Weather Service on Tuesday were upgraded overnight to Flood Warnings as flooding began to effect many areas of the Oil Region, especially Venango County. A Flash Flood Warning has also been posted and remains in effect through 2:00 PM Wednesday (6/25). The multiple weather advisories follow closely on…

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No Property Tax Increase In Oil City School Budget

With one lone dissenting vote, the Oil City Area School Board has approved a 2014-2015 budget which will contain no real estate tax increase. The $29.8 million spending plan was approved Monday night. Even with the savings to be accrued through the closing of Oakland Elementary School in Dempseytown, the budget could present a deficit…

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State Budget Starts Making Its Way To The House Floor

On a party line vote of 21-14, the state House Appropriations Committee has amended a new budget into the budget vehicle that went through the chamber on Monday. Although changes are expected in the Senate, the $29.1 billion spending plan was approved and sent on to the full House. The Republican-propelled budget does increase spending…

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Franklin Man Injured In I-79 Crash

A Franklin-area man was injured early Tuesday evening in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 79 in Crawford County. State Police officials say 36 year-old Steven Vanderwesthuizen was traveling south through Hayfield Township north of Meadville when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a guardrail and ran off the road. Troopers described Vanderwesthuizen’s injuries as…

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