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Editorials from around Pennsylvania: WHY DOES PA. MAKE IT SO HARD TO VOTE?, May 1 Congratulations. At least to half of you. Early indications are that a little less than 50 percent of Delaware County’s eligible registered voters made their way to the polls Tuesday and exercised their basic constitutional right. That’s what we’ve come to these days, getting excited ...

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Possibly flawed welds cited in Pennsylvania pipeline blast

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Investigators say they’ve found evidence of corrosion on a natural gas pipeline that exploded in western Pennsylvania last week, damaging homes and burning a resident. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the cause of the blast remains unknown, but the corrosion indicates a “possible flaw” in the coating material applied to welded joints. The federal agency said ...

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Pipelines drained; feds investigating cause of gas explosion

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Natural gas pipelines were being drained Saturday as authorities try to determine the cause of an explosion in western Pennsylvania that destroyed one home, damaged at least three others and burned a fleeing homeowner. Officials in Westmoreland County said the 30-inch Texas Eastern transmission line burst open around 8:15 a.m. Friday in Salem Township, shooting flames ...

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Feds approve plan to build gas pipeline for power plant

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SHAMOKIN DAM, Pa. (AP) — Federal officials have signed off on a plan to build a 34-mile pipeline through five central Pennsylvania counties that will carry natural gas to a power plant being built along the Susquehanna River. Federal energy regulators approved the Sunbury Pipeline Project on Friday. The pipeline would service the power plant being built in Shamokin Dam, ...

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6 of 9 families return home after Pennsylvania natural gas explosion


GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Six of nine families have been allowed to return to their homes two days after a natural gas pipeline exploded into a fireball in western Pennsylvania. Spectra Energy Corp. of Houston is working with three other families whose homes were too badly damaged by Friday’s explosion to return after the evacuation order was lifted Sunday. That ...

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Natural gas explosion in Pennsylvania leaves at least 1 hurt

Natural gas explosion in Pennsylvania leaves at least 1 hurt

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Crews are responding to a natural gas explosion in Pennsylvania where at least one injury has been reported. John Poister of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says a well fire was reported at around 8:30 a.m. Friday in Salem Township, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh. He says the total number of people injured and ...

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Pennsylvania set to OK medical marijuana; Ohio could follow

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is set to become the latest state to legalize medical marijuana as the Legislature sent a bill to the governor on Wednesday after parents of children suffering from debilitating seizures circulated the Capitol urging lawmakers to act. The House vote, 149-46, set off cheers in the ornate chamber and capped several years of door-to-door lobbying ...

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Ban on drones over Pennsylvania lands gets preliminary OK

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has given preliminary approval to banning drones over 1.5 million acres of state game lands after reports of the unmanned craft near bald eagles’ nests and drones interfering with migrating waterfowl. The commission’s unanimous decision Tuesday is scheduled for consideration for a final vote in July. Officials cited at least five instances ...

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A fact check of accusations in Pennsylvania’s Senate race

The Senate chambers inside the Pennyslvania State Capitol. (Image: Goya Bauwens via Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Accusations are being hurled in the Democratic Party’s primary race for U.S. Senate between John Fetterman, Katie McGinty and Joe Sestak, and some of them are missing the mark. The three candidates are seeking to take on Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in November’s election. Among the accusations are questions about campaign donations from the oil and ...

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Company seeks to build non-combustion plant in Pennsylvania

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COCHRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A renewable energy company is scrapping plans to build an electricity plant in Pennsylvania in favor of a non-combustion plant that would use waste tires. Crawford Renewable Energy had planned to build a 90-megawatt power plant about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh in Cochranton. But the company says the plant is “economically unfeasible” due to falling wholesale ...

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