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Governor Signs Bill Delaying Keystone Exams Requirement For High School Graduation

Governor Tom Wolf has signed into law legislation which delays by two years the implementation of the Keystone Exams as a requirement for graduation from high school. The bill delays until the 2018-2019 school year the stipulation that high school seniors pass certain end-of-the-year tests before they can receive their diplomas.  Wolf said higher standards…

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Republican Lawmaker Proposes Severance Tax On Natural Gas Drilling

A Republican state lawmaker is proposing a severance tax on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale region. Radio PA News reports that state Representative Jim Christiana says one of his goals is to counter the argument from Democrats that the state is not receiving enough from drillers, as compared to other states.  Pennsylvania’s Independent…

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Game Commission Considering Making Wearing Of Expired Hunting Licenses Illegal

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has given their approval to an initial vote on a proposal to make it illegal to carry a hunting license or game tag from a previous year. A final vote on the proposal will be taken in April. The commission says their Wildlife Conservation Officers (WCO’s) sometimes encounter hunters or trappers trying…

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Tionesta Woman Injured As S-U-V Hits Horse-Drawn Buggy

In information just released concerning a collision between an S-U-V and a horse-drawn buggy in northern Clarion County on Sunday morning, State Police officials say an 81 year-old Tionesta-area woman was injured. The driver of the S-U-V was identified as 96 year-old Elmer McCall, and the operator of the buggy as 56 year-old Eli Mast,…

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Governor To Seek Additional $200 Million For Basic Education

Governor Tom Wolf says he will once again seek an increase in education funding when he presents his budget address for the next fiscal year next week. Wolf says he wants an additional $200 million in basic education funding for next fiscal year, adding that state support for public education is needed, and that local…

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Clarion Man Charged In Indecent Assault Case; Police Say Victim Was 6 Year-Old Girl

A Clarion man has been charged with indecent assault and other counts after he was accused of inappropriately touching a six year-old girl. State Police officials from the Clarion station say 45 year-old Clinton Shanafelt has been arraigned on thirteen charges,  Investigators say their probe was aided by an interview with the girl’s nine year-old…

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Second Chance Bill Headed To Governor Wolf’s Desk

Legislation headed to the desk of Governor Tom Wolf has been intended to help non-violent criminal offenders who have served their time. The bill would allow most second and third-degree misdemeanors, such as DUI’s or vandalism, to be cleared from a person’s record after an offender has paid his debt and if he remains out…

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Franklin Man, Former Bowling Alley Manager, Accused Of Stealing More Than $18,000 From Former Employer

A Franklin man has been charged in connection with an investigation into the disappearance of more than $18,000 from a Franklin bowling alley where he once served as manager. Franklin City Police say 30 year-old Joseph Pugliese is accused of taking money over an extended period of time, ending in December.  Pugliese first began working…

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Polk Man Hospitalized In Youngstown Following Late-Night A-T-V Crash

A Polk-area man has been hospitalized in Youngstown following the crash of his all-terrain vehicle in Victory Township on Monday night. State Police officials say 56 year-old Roy Wheeler was traveling west on Slatertown Road shortly after 10:30 PM Monday when his A-T-V left the roadway, struck two large rocks and overturned.  The vehicle came…

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Three Receive Minor Injuries In Two-Vehicle Crash In Western Venango County

Three people sustained injuries which State Police responders referred to as minor in a two-vehicle crash in Canal Township in western Venango County. Troopers say the accident occurred over the weekend when a Saegertown man, 86 year-old George Wasko, drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Utica Road and Route 322.  Wasko’s car…

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