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State Senator Wants To Raise Minimum Wage To $10.10

The state legislature last raised Pennsylvania’s minimum wage in 2006.  It remains at $7.25 an hour, and now a state Senator wants to bump it up to $10.10. Democrat Christine Tartaglione also wants to have the tipped wage made equal to seventy percent of the standard minimum by the start of next year. Tartaglione says…

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Senator Boscola Once Again Criticizes State Police For Crackdown On Super Bowl Pools

A state Senator has once again criticized the Pennsylvania State Police for conducting raids on non-profit organizations who were conducting Super Bowl pools in her district. Senator Lisa Boscola, from Northampton and Lehigh Counties, says legislation signed last year allows such sports betting by non-profit groups under the state’s small games of chance law.  Boscola aired…

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Powerball Jackpot To Rise To $289 Million

Game officials are estimating that the annuity value of the Powerball Lottery jackpot will climb to $289 million before the game’s next drawing on Saturday night. No one matched all the numbers necessary to claim Wednesday’s $261 million prize. The one-time cash value of Saturday’s jackpot is currently being estimated at $198.4 million. One player…

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Allegheny College On List Of Schools Reviewed For Responses To Sexual Violence

A list of 94 colleges and universities under review by the federal government for complaints about their responses to sexual violence includes Allegheny College in Meadville. The reviews have been initiated at schools about which the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has received complaints. Allegheny College officials reportedly are still uncertain about…

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Penguins Trade Marcel Goc For St. Louis Center Maxim Lapierre

The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded center Marcel Goc to the St. Louis Blues for center Maxim Lapierre. LaPierre, now 29, was Montreal’s second-round pick in the 2003 NHL entry draft.  He recorded nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) for the Blues in 45 games this season.  He has played in 579 games in his 10-year…

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Senate Committee Okays Legislation To Protect Natural Gas Leaseholders

A state Senate committee has unanimously approved legislation that is aimed at benefitting landowners who hold natural gas drilling leases. The measure has come about in response to reports that some natural gas companies have been retaliating against leaseholders who complain about the amount of royalty payments they are receiving.  Some landowners say they are…

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Pens Resume Play With Come-From-Behind 5-3 Win Over Winnipeg

The Pittsburgh Penguins scored three times in the third period on Tuesday night to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 as NHL play resumed at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh following the league’s All-Star Game which was contested on Sunday. David Perron and Brandon Sutter both scored on power plays in a span of under four…

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Pitt Loses Overtime Road Game At Virginia Tech

Adam Smith scored 26 points Tuesday night and hit the game-winning three-pointer with four seconds remaining in overtime as Virginia Tech defeated Pitt 70-67 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Malik Muller added a career-high 22 points for the Hokies (9-11; 1-6 ACC), who played without leading scorer Justin Bibbs. who missed his fourth straight game with a…

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Pirates Trade Travis Snider

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded outfielder Travis Snider to the Baltimore Orioles for a minor league pitching prospect and a player-to-be-named-later. Initially, the Pirates will acquire left-hander pitcher Stephen Tarpley, who was 3-5 with a 3.68 ERA at Class “A” Aberdeen in 2014. Snider, who was a first-round draft pick for Toronto in 2006, hit…

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Kennerdell Man Enters Guilty Pleas In Vehicle Crash That Killed A Man Sitting On A Porch

A Kennerdell man faces sentencing in April following his guilty plea to a charge of homicide by vehicle in an incident last July in which his vehicle left a Sandycreek Township highway and struck a house, killing a man who was sitting on his porch. 42 year-old Michael Nearhoof also entered a guilty plea to…

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