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Wanted Knox Man Arrested In October 14 Clarion Burglary

A Knox man who had been wanted on charges filed last month in connection with a burglary in Clarion was arrested Thursday afternoon by Clarion, Emlenton and Pennsylvania State Police officials. 20 year-old Brady Reed was charged on October 23 in connection with a break-in reported on October 14. Charges include burglary, conspiracy, trespassing and…

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Some Republicans Consider Lame Duck Session Before New Pennsylvania Governor Takes Office

The state legislature has wrapped up business for the year, but lawmakers for the new session will be sworn in with larger Republican majorities on January 6. With Republican Governor Tom Corbett, who lost his bid for re-election in November, remaining in office until January 20, there is left a two-week window in which legislation…

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Will Wolf Administration Pull Plug On Corbett’s Medicaid Plan?

Governor Tom Corbett battled the federal government over the past year for a Medicaid expansion plan that met his criteria, but the election of a new Governor could mean a reversal in the plan. What could have been a simple Medicaid expansion under Corbett was turned into a complex Medicaid-private insurance hybrid that delayed coverage…

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Pennsylvania Joins National Voter Registration Crosschecking Program

Pennsylvania is now part of a nationwide program meant to reduce multi-state voter registration. It may just be a matter of a resident moving out of state and forgetting to cancel his voter registration in Pennsylvania, but you could find yourself registered in more than one state. Pennsylvania is now one of 28 states taking…

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Thursday Is Great American Smokeout Day

Thursday (Nov. 20) marks the 39th annual Great American Smokeout. Organizers say if you stop using tobacco products for this one day, it may lead to never wanting them again. Diane Phillips, with the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, tells Radio PA News her organization would also like to see Pennsylvania enact a tax…

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Millionaire Raffle Game Offered Once Again By The Pennsylvania Lottery

Tickets went on sale during the past several days for the 19th edition of the Pennsylvania Lottery’s twice-a-year Millionaire Raffle. The drawing is scheduled for January 3. Only 500,000 of the twenty-dollar tickets will be sold, giving each ticket a one-in-125,000 chance of winning one of the four one-million dollar top prizes. The game will also feature…

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Venango County Commissioners Pass First Reading Of Budget With No Property Tax Hike

The Venango County commissioners have okayed the first reading of a 2015 budget which contains no property tax increase. The general fund budget totals over $18.2 million, down from nearly $18.9 million this year.  Total expenditures, though, including what is expected to be spent with funds from outside the county, were placed at $56 million,…

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Forecasters Say It’s Already The Coldest Winter In 30 Years

With the official start of winter still more than a month away, the National Weather Service says Pennsylvania has seen the coldest temperatures this early in the season in some thirty years. Single-digit temperatures and negative wind chill factor readings have combined to make it feel more like January than mid-November. Some parts of the…

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Former Parole Officer Acquitted Of All 17 Charges, Including Rape, Bribery, Official Oppression

A Knox man who was accused of rape and of abusing his position while he served as a Venango County parole officer was acquitted Tuesday of all seventeen charges against him. 40 year-old Marc Taylor had faced charges that included rape, bribery, institutional sexual assault, indecent assault, conspiracy and official oppression.  After a two-day trial…

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Student Arrested In Fatal Shooting That Prompted Edinboro University Lockdown

One Pittsburgh man, who is reported to be a student at Edinboro University, is in custody in the shooting death of another Pittsburgh man in Edinboro early Monday evening, an incident which prompted a lockdown of the university for nearly six hours. The victim has been identified as 22 year-old Tobiah Johnson, reportedly a former Edinboro student.  Police say Johnson…

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