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State Senate Votes To Create Lyme Disease Task Force

The state Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to create a task force to deal with Lyme disease in Pennsylvania. The Senate bill has already been approved by the House, so it now goes to Governor Corbett for his signature. The task force will be empowered to help the state’s Department of Health track Lyme disease…

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Governor Gets Bills Regarding Incentives For Military Health Officers, Reduced Hunting & Fishing Licenses For Disabled Vets

Governor Tom Corbett has received legislation introduced by state Senator Scott Hutchinson, from Oil City, that is intended to help the Pennsylvania National Guard recruit and retain medical professionals. Senate Bill 403, which received final legislative approval on Wednesday, would use funding from the state’s Educational Assistance Program to encourage medical officers to continue service…

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Steelers Sign 2nd-Round Pick Stephon Tuitt; All Nine Pittsburgh Draft Selections Now Have Contracts

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Wednesday they have signed second-round draft pick Stephon Tuitt, a defensive end who played at Ohio State. The announcement means all nine of the Steelers’ 2014 draft selections now have contracts. Tuitt (6-5; 303 lbs.) played in 35 games, starting 29 at OSU.  He recorded 127 tackles, 25 tackles-for-losses, 21.5 sacks and…

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Corbett Again Says, No New Revenue Sources Until There Is Public Pension Reform

With a state budget gap approaching one-and-a-half million dollars and now just two weeks remaining before the end of the fiscal year, budget talks are in high gear, but still behind closed doors, at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, Governor Tom Corbett says any spending plan must include public pension reform. On the Radio PA News…

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Dave Joyner, Penn State AD, Announces Retirement

Penn State University officials confirmed Tuesday the retirement announcement of athletic director Dave Joyner. The decision becomes effective August 1.  School president Eric Barron will name a search committee to find Joyner’s successor. Joyner was named acting athletic director in November, 2011 and later fulltime AD.  Under his direction, Penn State hired Bill O’Brien as football coach,…

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Pirates Slam 13 Hits, But Lose 6-5 Home Game To Reds

Todd Frazier slammed a leadoff home run off Pirates closer Jason Grilli (0-2) in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday night, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 6-5 win in Pittsburgh and moving the Reds ahead of the Pirates into third place in the National League Central Division. The Reds (34-35) won despite allowing 13…

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9-1-1 Telephone Outage For ’354′ Phone Exchange Corrected By Mid-Morning Wednesday

Emergency officials reported around 7:00 AM Wednesday (June 18) that telephone customers in the ’354′ phone exchange in the Fryburg and Venus areas were unable to call in to 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers. No possible cause for the outage was proposed. In the meantime, callers needing to report an emergency inside the ’354′ exchange were being…

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Storm Damage Reported; Flash Flood Warning Posted For Crawford County

Strong storms that roared through the Oil Region late Tuesday night left some damage in their wake. Downed trees and power outages were reported, especially in northern Clarion County and in areas just across the Clarion County borders with Venango, Forest and Jefferson Counties.  Among the hardest hit areas were Ashland Township and a stretch between…

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Young Bear Causes Distractions In Oil City Neighborhood; First Discovered In A City Playground

A young bear first discovered in a city playground produced a stir in an Oil City neighborhood Tuesday morning. The cub was first seen in a Land of Laughter playground on the city’s North Side around 9:00 AM Tuesday.  Eventually coaxed out of the play area by Oil City Police officers, the bear took more…

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Bill Would Allow More Volunteer Fire Companies To Obtain Liquor Licenses

A bill approved in the state House would allow more volunteer fire companies in Pennsylvania to obtain liquor licenses to raise money through the sales of alcoholic beverages at events held on their properties. Under current law, counties are not permitted to issue more liquor licenses once their particular quotas are met.  The new measure…

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