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Pirates, Angels Swap Former Closer; Jason Grilli To Join Anaheim

In a swap of former closers, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded Jason Grilli on Friday to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for another right-handed relief pitcher, Ernesto Frieri. Both pitchers lost their closers roles this year, and the two teams both hope the change will do both hurlers some good. Grilli saved 33 games for Pittsburgh in 2013,…

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Penguins Trade James Neal To Nashville, Draft Forward Kasperi Kapanen In 1st Round

On the same day as the opening round of the National Hockey League draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins traded forward James Neal to the Nashville Predators for two forwards, 27 year-old Patrick Hornqvist and 25 year-old Nick Spaling. The 26 year-old Neal scored 61 points (27 goals, 37 assists) in 59 games for Pittsburgh last season. …

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Oil And Gas Industry Speaks Out Against Severance Tax On Marcellus Shale Well Drillers

Officials in the oil and gas industry say a severance tax on Marcellus shale well drillers in Pennsylvania would jeopardize further development in the Marcellus region. Stephanie Wissman, the director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania, tells Radio PA News the development of the industry is still far from complete, and a severance tax…

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U.S. Marshals Find Wanted Mercer Man – And A Meth Lab

United States Marshals say they found a wanted Mercer man last week, and in the process discovered the operations of a methamphetamine lab. The find prompted the arrests of three people, including the wanted man, 31 year-old Buddy Aiken.  Also apprehended were 36 year-old Kelly Wolf, from Mercer, and 31 year-old Thomas Leax, from Grove…

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More Budget Debate Friday In The State Senate

The focus of state budget talks remains lodged in the Senate as the final weekend before the end of the fiscal year arrives. The Senate Appropriations Committee late Thursday advanced a budget bill that most agree needs plenty of work before it can be passed and implemented.  As the Republican majority controls the talks, Democrats…

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PEMA Officials Tour, Assess Week’s Flood Damage

Officials of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency have been assessing the damage caused by flooding from major storms which rolled through the Oil Region this week. The state officials studied problems with bridges and roadways in Venango, Crawford and Forest Counties.  By the time they toured the area, most closed roads had been reopened to traffic. …

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Controversial Clutter Ordinance Passed By Oil City Council

Oil City Council on Thursday passed an amendment to the city code that bans the accumulation of “clutter” on city properties. The somewhat controversial measure prohibits the storage of items considered junk and the accumulation of building materials, sets a time limit on the length of time temporary coverings may be kept over construction and improvement…

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Titusville Man Charged With 31 Counts Connected With Child Sexual Abuse Allegations

A Titusville man was charged with 31 counts on Thursday in connection with accusations that he was involved in child sexual abuse for a period of nearly two years, beginning in 2012. 21 of the charges against 44 year-old Terrell Spinks are felony counts.  They include the rape of a child. Titusville City Police say…

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It’s Already The 4th Of July In Franklin

The city of Franklin’s weeklong Fourth of July Libertyfest celebration kicks into high gear this weekend. Following Children’s Penny Carnival Day on Friday, comedian Earl David Reed will perform Friday night at 7:30 PM at the Barrow-Civic Theatre. Saturday’s events will include sidewalk sales, food and entertainment in the city’s parks, the annual Libertyfest 500…

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Polanco Homers, Drives In Four Runs In Pirates’ 5-2 Victory Over The Mets

Rookie Gregory Polanco slammed a three-run home run, and drove in another run with a groundball out as the Pittsburgh Pirates (40-39) posted a 5-2 win over the New York Mets on Thursday night in the first game of a four-game series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Polanco went 2-for-3 with a walk, and now…

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