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Rep. Lee James Assigned To Four State House Committees

The office of state Representative Lee James says James has been assigned to four House committees for the new legislative session. The Oil City resident will serve on the House Commerce, Finance, Local Government, and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees. James represents the 64th Legislative District in Venango and Butler Counties.  This session’s lawmakers…

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Powerball Jackpot Soars To $230 Million

Lottery officials estimate that the annuity value of the jackpot in the Powerball Lottery will grow to $230 million by the game’s next drawing on Saturday night. No one matched all of the game’s numbers in the $208 million drawing on Wednesday. The estimated one-time cash value of Saturday’s jackpot is being estimated at $157.8 million.…

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New Governor Tom Wolf Signs Executive Orders On First Day In Office

New Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, in his first day in office, signed a pair of executive orders and held his first full cabinet meeting. Wolf was sworn into office shortly after noon on Tuesday at ceremonies in Harrisburg.  Previously in the day, new Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack also took the oath of office. In his…

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Pennsylvania Cities Brace For Lawsuits Over Local Gun Ordinances

Several Pennsylvania cities are preparing for the possibility of having to defend themselves in lawsuits spurred by a recently-enacted state law over local gun ordinances. The law allows individuals and organizations to file suit against local governments to force them to overturn their gun ordinances.  A lawsuit has already been filed against the city of…

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PA Free File Tax Return System Now Available

A free electronic tax filing system is now available to Pennsylvania residents who qualify. The PA Free File system is up and running.  It allows those with federally-adjusted gross incomes of $60,000 or less to file their state and federal tax returns electronically without charge. The Pennsylvania Revenue Department reminds taxpayers that assistance is also available…

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Gasoline Prices Are Still Falling, Despite Pennsylvania’s New Ranking As Number-1 In Gas Taxes

Despite having the nation’s highest gasoline taxes, Pennsylvania continues to see gas prices falling. The second of three wholesale gas tax increases, a side-effect of another adjustment to the corporate gas tax cap, went into effect on January 1 as part of Pennsylvania’s $2.3 billion transportation funding law.  That now ranks the state number-one nationwide…

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Franklin Day Reunion In Florida Scheduled For March 7

The 54th annual Franklin Day Reunion in Florida is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 at (Homer’s Buffett Restaurant) Sebring Square on Route 27 in Sebring, Florida. Chairpersons Fran and Judy Fry tell KQW that registration will begin at 11:00 AM and close at 2:00 PM.  Several Franklin-area merchants and organizations are providing the prizes for…

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Tom Wolf Becomes Pennsylvania’s 47th Governor

Democrat Tom Wolf took the oath of office today to become Pennsylvania’s 47th Governor. In ceremonies in Harrisburg, Wolf officially succeeded one-term Republican Governor Tom Corbett. Before the event, Wolf told Radio PA News that he will spend his first hours as Governor signing Executive Orders focusing on ethics.  He said he wants to restore…

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Oil City School Board Votes To Outsource Custodial And Cafeteria Jobs

Before a crowd that once again seemed to be largely against the plan, the Oil City Area School Board voted 7-2 on Monday night to outsource the district’s custodial and cafeteria jobs to a private company. The vote came after the board approved by the same vote margin a severance package deal reluctantly agreed to…

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Titusville Man Arrested After Monday Afternoon Police Standoff

A Titusville man will be undergoing a mental evaluation following his arrest early Monday evening after a standoff with police at his East Central Avenue home. Police say the incident began shortly before 5:00 PM Monday after a domestic dispute.  The man barricaded himself inside his home and armed himself, police say, with a hunting…

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