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Penelec Bills To Rise By About 12 Percent On June 1

With June 1 looming as the end of the most-recent regulation of electricity rates in Pennsylvania, Penelec has already announced that their generation rate will be increased by 20 percent, starting Sunday. The generation rate makes up nearly seventy percent of a Penelec customer’s bill, so the increase for a residential customer’s overall bill works out to…

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709 Crashes, Five Traffic Deaths Investigated By State Police Over Memorial Day Weekend

The Pennsylvania State Police have reported that five people died in traffic accidents investigated by state troopers over the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend travel period, Friday through Monday. 277 other people were injured in 709 crashes to which troopers responded. Eleven people died and 242 were injured in 754 crashes during the same time…

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Cawley, Scarnati Tour Storm Damage In Ridgway; More Storms Strike Central PA

Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley was joined Tuesday by state Senator Joe Scarnati in touring storm-ravaged areas of Elk County where thunderstorms in the Ridgway area dumped five inches of rain in one day last week. Businesses, a school and a VFW post were evacuated, while a rural bridge was washed out and two other spans were…

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Corbett Explains Decision Not To Appeal Judge’s Same-Sex Marriage Law Ruling

Governor Tom Corbett has told Radio PA News he disagrees with last week’s court ruling that opened the door for gay marriage in Pennsylvania, but added he respects the decision and the logic behind it. Corbett elected not to appeal the ruling by U.S. Middle District Judge John Jones III that the ban on same-sex…

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Missing Persons Found In Woods In Reno

An overnight search in Sugarcreek Borough culminated in the finding of two people who had been reported missing on Monday night. Two people, identified by Borough Police only as an adult and a teenager, were found by a Reno firefighter shortly before 6:30 AM Tuesday morning.  The pair had been reported missing around 9:30 PM…

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Valley Grove School Board Give First Approval To Budget, But Nixes Proposed Tax Hike

After voting five-to-four against a proposed real estate tax increase, the Valley Grove School Board on Tuesday gave first-vote approval to a 2014-2015 budget totaling more than $14.4 million. If given final approval in its current form, the spending plan would contain a deficit of nearly $1.4 million, which would presumably come from the district’s…

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Franklin Man Charged In Beating Of Woman At An Oak Hill Apartment

A Franklin man faces charges after he was accused of beating up a woman in a reported custody dispute. Franklin City Police say 44 year-old Keith Morgan is charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. Reports indicate the investigation began when the alleged victim entered a Franklin pharmacy, seeking to treat a bloodied face.  Police…

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Sentence Revised In Mercer County Motorcycle Fatalities

The prison sentence for a man convicted in connection with a motorcycle crash that killed two drinking companions in Mercer County in the spring of 2012 has been revised by a Mercer County judge. The new edict follows a ruling by Pennsylvania Superior Court that Judge Thomas Dobson had used an incorrect grading of the…

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Church Burglar Who Flees Sentencing Jailed On Flight Charge, Megan’s Law Violation

An Oil City man who was arrested earlier this month in Michigan, where he apparently fled to avoid sentencing in his plea bargain in a case involving multiple church burglaries, was lodged Tuesday in the Venango County Jail after having been charged in connection with his flight, and on a charge that he failed to…

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Oil Region To Again Be Sprayed For Gypsy Moths

Following a return to the practice last year after a four-year hiatus, aerial spraying for gypsy moths will once again be a priority this year for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The agency has announced that more than 1,900 acres, covering forty-two tracts of land, in four counties will be sprayed for…

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