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Decline in gas drilling softens boom for Western Pa. businesses


John Bruno dresses the industry that revitalized his Waynesburg business district. Mickey’s Men’s Store, which Bruno’s father opened in 1967 on High Street, sells the Carhartt attire, Carolina work boots and flame-retardant clothing that serve as standard wardrobe for the shale gas workers who changed the face of Greene and Washington counties during the past decade. Those workers have kept ...

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Minot’s apartment vacancy rate rises with oil slowdown

MINOT, N.D. — It’s getting easier to find an apartment in Minot these days. The Minot Daily News reports that the city’s vacancy rate has risen from 4.9 percent in April to 10.8 percent in October. Minot’s vacancy rate hit a low after the 2011 Souris River flood and the peak of the western oil boom, when it was hard ...

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Funds to help Centre County residents with heating needs

heating bills

BELLEFONTE — Residents in need of housing assistance got a boost Tuesday when county commissioners acknowledged a conditional award of $15,000 toward the Centre County PHARE Heating Assistance and Support Program. These funds will join the $35,000 housing trust funds generated by deed and mortgage transactions through the Recorder of Deeds Office, said county senior planner Linda Marshall, bringing a ...

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PPL’s base electricity rate to decline 17 percent in December

Residential customers who purchase power directly from PPL Electric Utilities rather than shopping for a competitive supplier, will see a 17 percent decrease in the portion of their bill that reflects generation costs in December. The generation rate for residential customers will be reset to 7.878 cents per kilowatt hour, down from the current rate of 9.493 cents. Small business ...

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County to seek EPA extension for sewer funding help

JEFFERSON — Conscious of the heavy financial burden mandated sewer upgrades could have on Plymouth Township residents, Ashtabula County commissioners planned to buy more time against the construction schedule, to seek any available relief funding. The county is working under an already extended state Environmental Protection Agency deadline of March 1 to finish upgrading the Meadowood Sanitary Sewer System, to ...

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Minot may soon be North Dakota’s fourth metropolitan area

BISMARCK, N.D. — With population gains attributed to nearby oil fields, Minot is on track to become North Dakota’s fourth metropolitan area as defined by the federal government. But the distinction, which requires the city to maintain at least 50,000 residents for two years, is not certain and could be short-lived if oil prices and drilling activity continue to slide ...

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Demand for rental apartments boosts U.S. housing starts

WASHINGTON – U.S. housing starts rose solidly in September on soaring demand for rental apartments, a sign that the housing market continues to steadily improve even as economic growth has slowed. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday groundbreaking increased 6.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.21 million units. It was the sixth straight month that starts were ...

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Dominion provides east Ohio customers several options to keep up with payments

Dominion East Ohio customers who struggle to pay their energy bills are encouraged to explore payment plans and government energy assistance programs as winter approaches. Residential and commercial customers who use less than 500,000 cubic feet per year have several assistance options: Budget Billing: Customers can pay a fixed budget amount each month that the company bases off of annual ...

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