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Royals Reach World Series For First Time Since 1985; Orioles Are Eliminated In Four-Game Sweep

The Kansas City Royals have reached baseball’s World Series for the first time since they won the Fall Classic in 1985. Becoming the first team to start a postseason at 8-0, the Royals completed a four-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series with another 2-1 victory in Kansas City on…

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State Senate Votes On NRA Lawsuits And Pigeon Shoots

The state Senate passed a couple of amendments related to gun owners on Wednesday night. The amendments include a ban on popular pigeon shoots and a measure that gives groups like the National Rifle Association the legal standing to sue local governments over strict gun laws. The measures were passed on to the state House…

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Governor Signs Legislation For Increased Screenings Of Newborns

Governor Tom Corbett has signed a bill to expand the requirements for screenings of newborns in Pennsylvania. It’s known as “Hannah’s Law” in honor of a Bucks County girl who was born with a rare disorder that could have been slowed with what is called a cord blood transplant.  By the time the girl was…

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Amendment To Prohibit Deductions Of Political Contributions And Union Dues From Public School Employees Fails In State Senate

Concerning an issue that has caused friction between state Senate Republican leaders and some rank-and-file members, an amendment aimed at “paycheck protection” fell short in the Senate on Wednesday. The amendment would have stopped automatic deductions of political contributions or union membership dues from the wages of public school employees. Radio PA News reports that Senator…

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Injured Parties In Monday’s Three-Vehicle Crash Near Harrisville Are Franklin-Area Residents

State Police officials in Butler County are now saying that the two injured parties in a three-vehicle accident just north of Harrisville on Monday morning are both residents of the Franklin area. The crash around 7:00 AM Monday on Route 8 involved a log truck, a pickup and an S-U-V.  Troopers say that, after the…

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PennDot To Update Emlenton Hill Improvement Project On Thursday Night

PennDOT is inviting the public to an update on the Emlenton Hill improvement project. That meeting is scheduled for Thursday (Oct. 16) at 6:30 PM in the auditorium of the Crawford Center on Hill Street in Emlenton. The two-year, $17.1 million project which began in March of last year is nearing its completion.  It has involved…

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Former Allegheny College Professor Pleads Not Guilty In FBI Child Pornography Case

The former Allegheny College professor who faces child pornography charges in an FBI investigation entered not guilty pleas in federal court in Erie on Wednesday. 57 year-old Kirk Nessett is charged with distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography.  No trial date has yet been scheduled. Nessett was charged by the FBI on October 1 and…

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New Phone Scam Involves Phony IRS Agents

State Police officials say a new telephone scam cropping up in the Oil Region involves callers who identify themselves as agents from the Internal Revenue Service and demand immediate payment of back taxes. Some of the recipients of such calls are told there are warrants out for their arrest.  Others are threatened with the shutoff…

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Wednesday’s Votes In The State Senate Delayed; House Approves Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Lawmakers in the state Senate butted heads Tuesday night over an attempt to conduct late night votes on the next-to-last day of this year’s legislative session. Nearly a decade ago, the state legislature made changes to its standard procedures, adding a prohibition on voting after 11:00 PM.  That move was a direct result of the controversial 2005…

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Senate Committee Hearing Examines Health Complaints Related To Fracking

A hearing held by the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee examined the possible health effects of extracting Marcellus shale natural gas. The hearing was held partly in response to a 2011 report from the Marcellus Shale Advisory Committee which recommended a registry to collect health data from people living near where Marcellus shale fracking is…

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