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Local Trick-Or-Treat Hours Posted

Most communities in this part of the Oil Region have opted to schedule their trick-or-treating hours for the traditional hours of October 31, but a couple of townships have opted to go with a Saturday Halloween. Listed here are the trick-or-treat hours for most local communities.   Saturday, October 29 Plum Township  4:00 PM –…

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Oil City’s Center Street Bridge Has Reopened

Oil City’s Center Street Bridge reopened to traffic on Thursday after seven months of extensive rehabilitation work. A community ceremony held at noon to commemorate the reopening of the span was moved inside nearby Trinity United Methodist Church because of Thursday’s inclement weather. The bridge closed for the work in late March, and the project forced many…

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Cubs Tie World Series At 1-1 With 5-1 Victory In Cleveland

The Chicago Cubs used strong pitching and timely hitting to defeat the Indians 5-1 in Cleveland on Wednesday night, tying the World Series at one game apiece.  Game three of the best-of-seven championship will be played Friday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Chicago starter Jake Arrieta threw five innings of no-hit baseball before leaving…

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State Pension Overhaul Legislation Fails

State lawmakers did not pass pension reform legislation despite efforts from supporters in the final hours of the current legislative session on Wednesday. In an attempt to overhaul Pennsylvania’s indebted state pension system, lawmakers in the Republican majority had put forward a plan that would change public sector benefits for newly-hired public school employees and for…

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Child Sexual Abuse Statute Of Limitations Extension Bill Fails To Pass In Harrisburg

A bill that would have extended the statute of limitations in cases of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania died in the state legislature when the current legislative session ended on Wednesday. The bill did not become law because of a disagreement over the constitutionality of a provision that would have given past victims of abuse…

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Ban On Tax On Plastic Bags In Pennsylvania Defeated In Harrisburg

Local governments in Pennsylvania will not be prohibited from imposing a tax or surcharge on plastic grocery bags following the defeat of legislation in the state House this week. Plastic bags may be a convenience, but they are also a cause for concern when they end up in landfills or waterways instead of being recycled. …

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PennDOT’s Annual “Customer Survey” Is Underway In Northwestern Pennsylvania’s District 1

PennDOT’s northwestern region, District 1, has launched its 2016 online survey, looking for input from those in a six-county area on how they might improve their operations in this corner of the state. The state’s transportation department is calling this year’s project a “customer survey,” because while in the past they had been mainly looking for…

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Temporary Regulations To Be Issued For Medical Marijuana Use In Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is moving forward with regulations for the use of medical marijuana in the state. A set of temporary guidelines for medical marijuana growers and processors will be made public by late this week with permanent regulations expected by the end of the year.  They will include a “safe harbor” provision allowing the…

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Federal Agency Penalizes PennDOT For Underground Storage Tank Violations

The federal Environmental Protection Agency says PennDOT will pay a $26,066 penalty for its failure to comply completely with environmental regulations. PennDOT was accused of violations in connection with underground diesel fuel tanks in the Franklin area and in Brownsville in Washington County. Specifically, the EPA claims the state transportation agency “did not conduct proper…

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Perez, Indians’ Pitching Lead To Win In World Series Opener

Catcher Roberto Perez, who hit only three home runs all season, homered twice on Tuesday night, and three Cleveland pitchers combined to strike out fifteen batters as the Indians captured the first game of the 2016 World Series 3-0 over the Chicago Cubs in Cleveland. The Tribe last won the Fall Classic in 1948.  The…

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