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Oil City Man Charged In August Break-In In President Township

An Oil City man who was the subject of a police search for several weeks last fall was charged this week in an August break-in in President Township. 27 year-old Steven Mendez is accused of prying open a door to a woman’s residence on Henry’s Bend Road, and entering her bedroom.  The woman reportedly said…

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Senate Committee Approves Hutchinson Bill Regarding Federal Regulations On Marcellus Shale Gas Drillers

A state Senate committee this week approved and sent to the full Senate a bill introduced by state Senator Scott Hutchinson, which the Oil City resident says would spare Pennsylvania’s conventional oil and gas well operations from new regulations intended for Marcellus shale gas drillers. Hutchinson’s office called the new stipulations “onerous.” The Senator claimed that…

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Governor Wolf Says He Will Sign Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Bill

Within minutes of its passage in the state House of Representatives on Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf said he will be “proud and excited” to sign legislation legalizing the use of medical marijuana for certain conditions in Pennsylvania. The House approved, in a 149-to-46 vote, Senate Bill 3 which had been returned to them late last…

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House Bill Setting Formula For School Funding Is Sent To Governor Wolf’s Desk

A bill in the state legislature intended to spell out an equitable funding formula for schools has been sent to Governor Wolf’s desk. The bill termed a Fiscal Code by House Majority Leader Dave Reed passed the House on Wednesday by a vote of 149-45.  It would implement the Basic Education Funding Commission formula, and directs all…

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Powerball Lottery Jackpot Reaches $205 Million

The estimated annuity value of the jackpot in this Saturday night’s Powerball Lottery drawing has been set at $205 million. It will mark the first time the game’s top prize will have topped $200 million since early March when a judge from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania won $291.4 million on a Powerball ticket he purchased during a…

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Fish And Boat Commission Asks For License Fee Control

Following the lead of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the state’s Fish and Boat Commission is asking for some changes in the sales of licenses. State lawmakers have the authority over license rates and rate increases for fishing, boating and hunting, but the agencies which oversee such activities are asking for at least temporary control over the…

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State House Approves Elimination Of Statute Of Limitations In Child Sex Abuse Cases

The state House of Representatives has given final approval to legislation which would reform laws regarding child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania. The bill would abolish the statute of limitations for future criminal prosecutions for child sexual abuse, and would increase from thirty to fifty the age at which abuse victims could file civil claims. Those…

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State Senate Again Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

The state Senate has again approved legislation to legalize medical marijuana. Last month, the House of Representatives sent the measure back to the Senate with changes that the bill’s sponsor, Senator Mike Folmer, told Radio PA News made him lose sleep at night.  Folmer said he was concerned that the House language would render the…

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Venango County Commissioners Approve Spending On Soon-To-Be-Merged Regional Transportation Program

The Venango County commissioners on Tuesday approved local spending for the next fiscal year for the county’s share in a soon-to-be-merged, two-county transportation program. Venango County Transportation is expected to be combined by July 1 with the Crawford Area Transportation Authority (CATA), with the system to be managed by CATA. The Crawford County system serves…

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Oil City Man Dies In Monday Morning House Fire In Pinegrove Township

An Oil City man died early Monday morning in a fire at a residence on Route 157 in Pinegrove Township. The victim has been identified as 42 year-old Billie Sanner, Jr.  His body was found in the basement of the burnt house.  An initial investigation indicated that Sanner’s death was directly related to the fire. Five…

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