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Union says Pennsylvania health department has mold, asbestos

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A union and workers are complaining about unhealthy working conditions at an unlikely place: the offices of a Pennsylvania county health department. WPXI-TV reports that the Service Employees International Union Local 668 says the Allegheny County Health Department facilities in Pittsburgh have problems with mold and asbestos. The health department has issued a statement saying it’s “working ...

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West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio leaders pledge to help build area’s shale industry

MORGANTOWN — Community members, leaders and government officials from three states gathered Tuesday to collaborate on ideas in regards to the shale industry. The 2015 Tri-State Shale Summit, which took place in Morgantown at the Waterfront Hotel, featured speakers and guest panelists from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The purpose of the event was to provide a discussion on the ...

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Prisoner who escaped had shackle key, used nurse as obstacle

MCKEESPORT, Pa. (AP) — A prisoner shackled to a hospital bed and guarded by a deputy somehow obtained a key to his handcuffs and used a nurse as an obstacle as he hopped off a gurney and escaped, the county’s chief deputy sheriff said Tuesday. Allegheny County Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus said investigators were still trying to determine exactly how ...

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Crews work Monday to fix water main breaks in Scranton

A pump buzzed steadily and spit water from a hole in the road on the 1700 block of Dorothy Street on Monday morning as a crew of four men, one laboring with a shovel in the about-8-feet- deep hole, worked to fix a water main break. The break was one of seven reported in Scranton from Sunday into Monday. A ...

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Wolf says he won’t cave on demand to fix state’s deficit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he won’t cave on his demand that lawmakers agree to measures to wipe out the state government’s long-term deficit that has plunged its credit rating into the bottom ranks of states. Wolf, in a regularly scheduled appearance on Pittsburgh radio station KDKA-AM, reported no progress in budget talks since ...

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Ohio and Pennsylvania activity report, October 5-12

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Management department issued 17 oil and gas permits last week, October 5-12. This total may seem underwhelming compared to the previous week’s eruption of 64 oil and gas permits, but researchers at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health might see a permit cutback as a good thing. The university ...

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