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Pirates’ Three Homers Win Grapefruit League Opener 8-7 Over Toronto

Pedro Alvarez, now playing first base, Korean rookie Jung Ho Kang and catcher prospect Elias Diaz all homered on Tuesday afternoon as the Pittsburgh Pirates opened up their Grapefruit League preseason schedule with an 8-7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Jaff Decker contributed a two-run double.  Alvarez and Decker both had…

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Republicans React To Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s Budget Proposal

Much of the reaction by state Republican lawmakers to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal has been negative or pessimistic. House Majority leader Dave Reed said, “Until we actually see the details of how the money is raised, how the money is spent, we’re left with evaluating what amounts to a five billion dollar spending…

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Flooding, Ice Cause Problems On Area Roads

Ice was not the only problem for area roadways on Tuesday. The rapid rise in the temperature to the mid 30’s by late afternoon, combined with a period of extensive rain, created flooded roads in several areas.  Among the affected areas were Routes 8 and 227 north of Oil City, Cooper Avenue in Oil City…

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Plummer Barn Roof Collapses

For the third straight day, we have a report of a roof collapse brought on by heavy snow. This time the incident was reported in Plummer.  The roof collapse was called in by a neighbor early Tuesday evening, but it is believed the incident could have occurred during the day. No injuries were reported. On…

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Governor Wolf’s Budget Would Raise Income And Sales Taxes, But Promises Lower Property Taxes

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf unveiled his first budget proposal before a joint session of the state legislature on Tuesday. The Governor proposed raising the state’s personal income tax to 3.7 percent and hiking the sales tax to 6.6 percent, but he says his idea to levy an extraction tax on Marcellus shale drillers would help lower…

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Winter Weather Advisory Posted For Tuesday; Snow And Sleet Expected Along With Some Ice

The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for the Oil Region, effective from 10:00 AM Tuesday morning (March 3) until 7:00 PM Tuesday night. A Winter Weather Advisory means that snow, sleet and – in some cases – freezing rain could result in icy accumulations and cause travel difficulties. The projected shifts in…

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Roof Collapses At Titusville Plastic Pipe Plant

No injuries were reported when a portion of the roof of a building at a Titusville plastics plant collapsed on Monday  afternoon. The incident occurred around 3:00 PM Monday at a facility that produces plastic pipe and is located on South Perry Street in Titusville.  The affected building is a carpenters’ shop, and normally there…

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Penguins Pick Up Two Defenseman Before Trade Deadline; Ben Lovejoy Returns To Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat Monday’s NHL trade deadline by trading in separate deals for two defenseman, including former Penguin Ben Lovejoy. The 31 year-old Lovejoy, who was traded to Anaheim for a fifth-round draft pick in 2012, was acquired from the Ducks on Monday in exchange for 23 year-old Simon Depres, who led Pittsburgh in…

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Pennsylvania’s Great American Cleanup Of PA Begins

PennDOT and other state officials are looking for volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of PA, which actually began on Sunday (March 1). The cleanup efforts are expected to continue through the end of May.  The event is sponsored each year by PennDOT, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, and the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.  Groups…

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Pirates’ Preseason Schedule Begins With “Home-And-Home” Against Toronto

The Pittsburgh Pirates will begin their preseason game schedule with a Florida “home-and-home” series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Bucs’ Grapefruit League schedule will start Tuesday (March 3) with a contest against the Jays in Dundein, and will continue versus the Blue Jays on Wednesday at the Pirates’ McKechnie Field in Bradenton. Casey Sadler…

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