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Cochranton Man Escapes Route 322 Rollover

A Cochranton man escaped injury in an early morning rollover in western Venango County. State Police officials say 22 year-old David Hollabaugh fell asleep at the wheel while traveling east on Route 322 in Canal Township shortly after 6:30 AM Sunday.  Hollabaugh’s truck traveled off the left side of the highway, struck the guardrails and…

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Pennsylvania Lottery’s Millionaire Raffle Returns

Pennsylvania Lottery officials call it the game with the best odds of winning a one million dollar prize. Sales began Friday for tickets in the lottery’s 18th Millionaire Raffle drawing.  Only 500,000 tickets will be sold, and four one million dollar prizes will be paid out. The drawings will also include four prizes of $100,000,…

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Pennsylvania Leads Nation In Lyme Disease Cases For Third Straight Year

For the third consecutive year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, Pennsylvania has led the nation in the number of cases of Lyme disease treated. More than 4,000 cases of tick-borne Lyme disease were reported in Pennsylvania.  2013 marked the eighth time in the past 11 years in which more than 3,900 cases were…

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Butler City Council Also Adds “In God We Trust”

In Butler, City Council has joined the Butler County Commissioners in voting to display the motto “In God We Trust” in their meeting room. The vote Thursday night was 3-to-2 in favor of the resolution. One of the city councilmen who approved the motion pointed out that their council meetings already begin with prayer and…

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State Senate Measure Would Allow Use Of Radar Guns By All Police Departments

A “radar coalition” of police chiefs and mayors has come together to support making the use of radar guns to detect speeding motorists available to local police departments. Local police officials across Pennsylvania say they could best enforce speeding laws by using radar guns which are now allowed for use only by the State Police. …

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Oil City Council Approves Alcohol Sales At Public Events, Updated Farm Animal Ban

Oil City Council gave their approval on Thursday to an amendment to the city’s Open Container Act that would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at certain locations in the city during particular public events. But, additional regulations regarding a special permit that must be purchased before the sales would be allowable must still be worked…

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Hit Batsmen Hurt Pirates In 2-1 Home Loss To Reds

“AAA” call-up Brandon Cumpton (0-1) pitched seven innings of four-hit baseball in a fill-in role for the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Thursday afternoon, but two hit batsmen and a double in the sixth inning were all the Cincinnati Reds needed to fashion a 2-1 victory over the Pirates in the final game…

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Calls Increase For Severance Tax On Marcellus Shale Drilling

As the numbers of calls increase for a severance tax on natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania, business and industry leaders are raising concerns about the impact on the state’s economy. All four Democratic candidates for Governor have come out in support of some form of severance tax.  Meanwhile, a bipartisan group of state Senators and…

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State Officials Fear Chronic Wasting Disease May Affect Pennsylvania’s Elk Herd

The newest discoveries of Chronic Wasting Disease which have resulted in yet another restriction for deer hunters in the south-central portion of the state, have led game officials to fear that the problem could spread to Pennsylvania’s elk herd. The deadly CWD has been found in five wild and four captive deer since 2011.  Now…

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Cold Winter May Not Have Affected State’s Mosquitoes

State environmental officials have handed out more than two million dollars in grants to West Nile Virus programs.  That news may be a reminder to start thinking about the mosquitoes that carry the disease. The Department of Environmental Protection says the winter’s Polar Vortex may not have had any effect on the mosquito population.  They…

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