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Oil City’s Proposed 2016 Budget Contains No Real Estate Tax Hike

Oil City Council on Thursday approved the first reading of a $17.6 million budget for next year. The spending plan contains no increase in real estate taxes. The first vote was by a 5-0 margin.  Council will take a final vote on the spending plan next month. The city’s 2015 budget was announced at $16.6…

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State House Votes Again To Approve Liquor Privatization

The state House of Representatives on Thursday voted once again in favor of legislation that would privatize the Pennsylvania liquor store system. The 110-to-86 vote came during a brief morning session in which opponents stated that the measure is nearly identical to a bill vetoed earlier this year by Governor Wolf. Supporters say the revenue…

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Harper, Donaldson Win MVP Awards

Bryce Harper has become the youngest unanimous choice for National League Most Valuable Player, and Josh Donaldson has won the American League MVP award. Harper was 22 during the 2015 season, in which he hit .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI’s as a Washington Nationals outfielder.  He led the Major Leagues with a…

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State House Commitee Okays Internet Gaming Bill Which Also Allows Slot Machines Elsewhere, And Permits Around-The-Clock Alcohol Sales At Casinos

A state House committee on Wednesday approved a bill which would allow Pennsylvania casinos to obtain interactive gaming licenses, permitting them to offer Internet gambling. Other parts of the bill would allow additional gaming in the state in what some called the biggest expansion of legal gambling in Pennsylvania. The House Gaming Oversight Committee voted 18-to-8…

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Purse-Snatching Suspect Held For Court Even Though Victim Says He’s Not The Man

A local man who was arrested early this month in a purse-snatching incident on Oil City’s South Side was held for court on the charges against him Wednesday, even though the victim in the case testified several times that he is not the man who mugged her. 30 year-old Michael Denny was bound over on…

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Arrieta And Keuchel Win Baseball’s Cy Young Awards

Right-hander Jake Arrieta, of the Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros southpaw Dallas Keuchel have won baseball’s Cy Young Awards. Arrieta was the top vote-getter for the National League honor in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.  He was the Major Leagues’ top winner in 2015 with a 22-6 record.  Arrieta was undefeated in…

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Second Man Convicted In Murder, Robbery Of Grove City-Area Man Last Fall

A Mercer County man has become the second person to be convicted in the strangulation death of a Grove City-area man in the fall of last year. 40 year-old Patrick McCamey, from Liberty Township, was found guilty in Mercer County Court this week of murder, robbery, burglary and conspiracy in the death of 60 year-old Michael Johns…

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State House And Senate Coal Caucuses Take Issue With The EPA

Members of the state House and Senate Coal Caucuses drew battle lines against the federal Environmental Protection Agency this week at a hearing on the impacts of the Clean Power Plan. After coal industry representatives testified to lawmakers that the plan’s goal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by thirty percent from 2005 levels by 2030 was…

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Roethlisberger Named AFC Offensive Player-Of-The-Week

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been named the AFC Offensive Player-of-the-Week for his job – in a backup role – for leading them to a 30-9 home win over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday. Roethlisberger, “questionable” with a foot injury, came off the bench to replace injured starter Landry Jones and completed 22-of-33 passes…

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Malkin’s Four-Point Game Leads Penguins To 4-3 Home Win Over Minnesota

Evgeni Malkin scored a pair of goals and assisted on two others on Tuesday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins began a four-game homestand with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild (10-4-3). Malkin assisted on goals by David Perron and Beau Bennett, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (9-6) stopped 26-of-29 shots for the win.  Two of…

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