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Survey Shows Pennsylvanians Support Marcellus Shale Gas Severance Tax

Many of Governor Tom Wolf’s tax hike proposals were voted down in the state legislature last month, but a survey shows that Pennsylvania voters would not mind a few new taxes. The latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll  shows that seventy-one percent of the respondents would like to see a state tax on cigars and…

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Former Erie Otters Star Connor McDavid Breaks Collarbone Playing For NHL’s Edmonton Oilers

The NHL’s number-one draft pick, 18 year-old Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, will be out indefinitely after fracturing his collarbone in the Oilers’ 4-2 home win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The 19 year-old former Erie Otters star fell awkwardly into the boards during the second period of the Tuesday contest.  Oilers…

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Moon Appears To Have Won Oil City Mayor’s Race By Seven Votes; Incumbents And Newcomer Abramovic Elected Venango County Commissioners

Unofficial numbers from Tuesday’s general election show Republican candidate William Moon winning the Oil City Mayor’s race by the slimmest of margins – seven votes – over Democrat John Noel Bartlett. After the 48th and final Venango County precinct’s votes were tabulated, Moon was shown with a 719-712 victory.  An official vote count will take place…

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Democrats Claim All Open Spots On Pennsylvania’s High Courts

Although Venango County voters went with the Republican candidates in the races for the open seats on Pennsylvania’s three high courts on Election Day, statewide voters took the opposite route and elected all Democrats. Chosen for the unprecedented three open seats on the state Supreme Court were Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty and Superior Court Justices…

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Meadville Man Charged With Attempted Homicide; Wife Is Hospitalized In Erie With Face/Neck Slash Wounds

A Meadville man was charged Tuesday with attempted homicide after he was accused of attacking his wife with a knife. Police in Meadville say 51 year-old Timothy Smith was also charged with both aggravated and simple assault, making terroristic threats and harassment. Smith is alleged to have slashed his wife’s face and neck with a…

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Missing Person Report Issued In Oil City

Oil City Police on Tuesday issued a missing person report for a man who has apparently not been seen since Saturday. Members of the family of 52 year-old Stephen Goreczny say they have not seen the man since early Friday evening, although Goreczny was reportedly seen walking the bicycle trail along Route 8 between Oil…

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Oil City Purse-Snatching Suspect Arrested

An arrest was made Tuesday in the purse-snatching incident which was reported on Oil City’s South Side on Friday afternoon. Oil City Police arrested 30 year-old Michael Denny in a robbery that occurred in broad daylight in an alley off East Third Street.  Earlier reports had indicated that a man attacked a woman, knocked her…

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Congressman Thompson Introduces Legislation Protecting Private Mineral Rights In The Allegheny National Forest

Pennsylvania U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson has introduced a bill in Washington which is intended to prohibit the United States Forest Service from creating rules to limit access to privately-held mineral rights within the Allegheny National Forest. Thompson said the Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2015 “will ensure responsible production can occur without impediment.” …

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Clemson Listed #1 In First College Football Playoff Rankings

The Clemson Tigers (8-0) are listed number-one in this season’s first College Football Playoff rankings. Clemson is followed by Louisiana State (7-0), Ohio State (8-0) and Alabama (7-1). Rounding out the first top ten are Notre Dame (7-1), Baylor (7-0), Michigan State (8-0), Texas Christian (8-0), Iowa (8-0) and Florida (7-1). Last year, only one…

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Pennsylvania Students Score Higher Than The National Average On Assessment Test

While state standardized test scores were lower this year, Pennsylvania students still scored above average on a national assessment. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, looked at as “the nation’s report card,” shows a higher percentage of the state’s students scored “proficient” in fourth and eighth-grade reading and math, topping the national average by five-to-eight…

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