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First DCNR Report Issued On Impact Of Marcellus Shale Drilling On State Forest Lands

For the first time since they started a monitoring program in 2011, the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has issued a report on the impact of Marcellus shale natural gas development on the state’s forest lands. The Shale Gas Monitoring Report looks at water, wildlife and recreation, and other potential impacts of drilling. …

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Fire Levels 100 Year-Old Eau Claire Supermarket

A fire Thursday night destroyed a 100 year-old supermarket in Eau Claire. Firefighters from sixteen fire crews were unable to quell the blaze which destroyed the former Thompson’s Market on East Main Street.  The store had reportedly opened under new management about six months ago. Officials say the fire was reported around 9:00 PM Thursday. …

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Knox Couple Hospitalized In Pittsburgh After Rollover Accident On Route 208

An elderly Knox couple was hospitalized in Pittsburgh Thursday following a late afternoon rollover crash on Route 208 in Salem Township. Donna and Raymond Hogue, both age 81, had to be extricated from their car following the crash. State Police from Clarion say the car, driven by Donna Hogue, crossed the center line of the…

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Clarion Man Sentenced To 5-To-10 Years For Abuse Of Two Young Children

A Clarion man who entered guilty pleas in November to five of 252 charges in a child sex abuse case has been sentenced to five to ten years in state prison. 40 year-old Kirk Andreas was sentenced in Clarion County Court on his pleas to three counts of the indecent assault on a person under thirteen,…

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PennDOT Looks For Input On Long-Term Planning

State transportation officials are asking the public for input on long-range planning efforts. PennDOT is updating its Long Range Transportation Plan while, at the same time, developing the state’s first Comprehensive Freight Movement Plan.  We are being asked to help identify the state’s transportation priorities among all assets from freight connections to pedestrian and bicycle…

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No Injuries Or Spills Reported In Franklin Train Derailment

No injuries were reported and officials say they discovered no hazardous material spills after five cars of a railroad train derailed in Franklin’s Third Ward. The incident occurred late Wednesday afternoon along Pacific Street near a Franklin Industries lot.  New York and Western Railroad officials said one of the derailed train cars was hauling a…

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Butler County Commissioners To Allow “In God We Trust” To Be Displayed; Wednesday’s Vote Was 2-To-1

By a 2-to-1 vote, the Butler County commissioners on Wednesday opted to allow the display of the motto “In God We Trust” in their meeting room at the county government building. The resolution on which they voted Wednesday had been proposed by Commissioner Dale Pinkerton in conjunction with a national initiative pushed by non-profit organization…

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Obama, Biden Visit Pennsylvania; Announce $600 Million In Job Grants

In a dual visit to Allegheny County on Wednesday, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden announced the availability of $600 million in competitive grants for job training and apprenticeship programs. Also making the trip to the Community College of Allegheny County – West Hills facility in Oakdale was Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Two…

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Sibling May Have Fired Shot That Injured Two Year-Old Boy

Reports from Crawford County now indicate that a second child may have fired the shot that seriously injured a two year-old boy at a residence near Cochranton on Monday afternoon. The incident occurred at a residence on Sugar Creek Lane in Wayne Township. The earliest police reports only revealed that the toddler was shot in…

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Growers Assessing Damages From Tuesday Night’s Freeze; Losses May Be Minimized By Less Planting Due To Late Spring

Growers in Pennsylvania on Wednesday were already assessing any damages to fruits, vegetables and other plants that may have been incurred by Tuesday night’s freeze. Temperatures dropped into the teens in many places by daybreak Wednesday. Radio PA News sources say the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association was optimistic that losses might not have been as…

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