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State Lawmaker Proposes Severance Tax On Natural Gas Drilling

A state lawmaker is proposing a severance tax on natural gas drilling as a way to ease the state’s budget woes. State Representative Kate Harper proposes to levy a three-and-a-half percent tax on drilling in the Marcellus shale region.  She tells Radio PA News the revenue from the tax would fill a $32 billion-dollar hole…

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Two Sought, Two Injured In Home Invasion And Stabbings In Oil City

Two men are being treated for serious injuries in a Pittsburgh hospital, and two others are the subjects of police searches following a home invasion in Oil City on Sunday evening in which two men were stabbed. Oil City Police say the 7:00 PM incident began when two masked men forced their way inside an…

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Oil City Woman Charged For Having Minors Drove Her To Get Beer; Unlicensed Driver Crashes Vehicle

An Oil City woman faces numerous charges after police say she had an unlicensed minor drive her to several locations, including a beer stop, and after it is alleged the minor then took and crashed the vehicle while using it while the woman was passed out. State Police officials, who investigated the crash in Cornplanter…

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Clarion Man Accused Of Hitting A Woman Four Times In The Back Of The Head

A Clarion man has been charged after he was accused of repeatedly striking a woman in the head in an incident in Clarion Township late Saturday afternoon. 56 year-old Michael Blaha is accused of hitting a woman four times in the back of the head during what police have called a domestic dispute. State Police…

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New York State To Issue Ban On Fracking; Producers, Environmentalists React

In New York state, government officials say they plan to issue a ban on the natural gas extraction method of fracking. The state had earlier placed a moratorium on the drilling practice until New York decided if it should join the Marcellus shale boom. Industry groups have already told Radio PA News the order would be good news for Pennsylvania in…

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Fire Ravages A Clarion Mobile Home

At least three fire companies responded Friday morning to a fire that was ripping through a mobile home outside Clarion. The fire was reported around 9:00 AM at a residence on Route 322 east of Clarion.  Some reports have indicated the mobile home will probably be declared a total loss. There were no injuries.  No…

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Oil City’s 2015 Budget Gets Final Approval With No Property Tax Hike

Oil City Council on Thursday gave its final approval to a 2015 city budget with no real estate tax increase. The spending plan totals about $16.6 million. Oil City was one of the last local communities to pass a budget for next year – in part, because council members had turned down a spending plan…

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Oil City Has A New Treasurer – Former Mayor Joe Womer

Oil City Council has appointed former city mayor Joseph Womer to fill the treasurer’s post left vacant after the resignation of Kevin Roth. Womer will serve until the end of next year, while a new treasurer is chosen via the 2015 elections process. Roth resigned last month after he moved to a residence located outside…

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Grove City Woman Charged After Toddler Was Found Wandering In 30-Degree Weather

A Grove City woman has been charged after authorities say a two year-old child in her care was discovered wandering alone elsewhere in her neighborhood. Grove City Police say the child was several houses from home and was wearing only a T-shirt and sandals, that the temperature was about thirty degrees and that the youngster’s…

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New Report Looks At Human Impacts Of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling

A new report attempts to provide some answers on the impacts on the quality of life in Marcellus shale regions where natural gas drilling is taking place. The Shale Tipping Point Report is a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and the Keystone Research Center.  It examines the impact on factors such…

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