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Lawmakers Call For Marcellus Shale Severance Tax To Benefit Public Education

As a new state budget year approaches, calls for taxing the drillers of Marcellus shale natural gas are increasing in Harrisburg. A bipartisan group of state Senators and Representatives joined together this week to call for a severance tax on natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania to help fund public education. Democratic Senator Vincent Hughes says…

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Fire Rips Through A Mobile Home In Plum Township

Six fire companies responded to a mobile home fire in northern Venango County late Wednesday night. The blaze on Ridgeview Road in Plum Township was reported around 11:30 PM.  Crews remained on the scene for about four hours. No injuries were reported.  No damage estimate was available.  No other details were released.

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Jokinen Does It Again; Neal Scores Twice In Pittsburgh Shootout Win

For the second consecutive game on Wednesday night, Jussi Jokinen scored the only goal in a game’s shootout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins (51-24-5) posted a 4-3 home win over Detroit at Consol Energy Center. Jokinen also scored during regulation play, and teammate James Neal tallied a pair of goals.  Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang returned to the…

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Five Homers Can’t Help Pirates In 7-5 Loss At Chicago

The Pittsburgh Pirates slammed five solo home runs on Wednesday night, but the Bucs managed only one other hit and lost a 7-5 decision to the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin both homered twice for Pittsburgh (5-3), and Travis Snider added a long ball. Anthony Rizzo tied his career…

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16 Year-Old Suspect Charged In Westmoreland County School Stabbings

A 16 year-old sophomore student at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville has been charged in the multiple stabbings that occurred at the school on Wednesday morning. The suspect, identified as Alex Hribal, has been charged with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault. Reports now indicate that 24 people were…

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Oil City Man Sentenced For Endangering Child And Showing Pornography To A Minor

An Oil City man has been sentenced to nine months to two years in jail for two incidents that involved minors – one in which he was accused of allowing a two year-old child to wander alone through a Franklin neighborhood, and another in which he was accused of showing pornography to a minor at…

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20 Injured In High School Stabbings In Westmoreland County; Suspect Is 10th-Grader

In response to rumors circulating that a report of multiple stabbings at a Pennsylvania high school Wednesday morning came from a school here in the Oil Region, officials have been quick to point out that the news actually originated in Westmoreland County. Media sources around the country are reporting that nineteen students and a school security guard were injured in…

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Thief Steals $3,200 In Computer Hard Drives From Cranberry WalMart

State Police at the Franklin station in Cranberry Township are looking for the individual who stole more than $3,200 worth of computer hard drives from the Cranberry Walmart. It appears that the incident occurred Tuesday night. Investigators say someone apparently used a clothes hamper to remove 29 external hard drives that the thief had cut…

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UConn Women Win Record Ninth National Title; Connecticut Sweeps NCAA Crowns

Connecticut routed Notre Dame 79-58 in Nashville on Tuesday night to capture their record ninth NCAA women’s college basketball championship. With the victory, UConn duplicated their 2004 feat of winning both the men’s and women’s titles, and the Huskies women tied Baylor as the only teams to finish 40-0.  Notre Dame closed at 37-1 following…

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Pirates Slam 11 Hits In 7-6 Win At Chicago

A bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Russell Martin in the top of the eighth inning on Tuesday night lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates (5-2) to a 7-6 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago. In the first game of a three-game series, Pedro Alvarez tallied two hits and two RBI’s, and Travis Ishikawa drove home…

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