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Pennsylvania budget deal near with higher sales tax, more school funding

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A potential deal to break Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate in its fifth month includes a state sales tax increase, expanded school property tax cuts and hundreds of millions of new dollars for public schools, top state lawmakers said Monday. Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said the new money for public schools amounted to a record increase, a major ...

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court election will change course of history

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Pennsylvanians will change the course of state history on Tuesday when they elect three new members to the state’s highest court. Yet despite the power of that body, despite a historic high of three open seats and despite record campaign contributions, judicial elections typically produce low-information, low-profile races. “We have possibly the most important election in the state during a ...

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Pennsylvania’s unemployment edges upward to 5.3 percent

The jobless rate in southwestern Pennsylvania ticked up to 5.3 percent in September, but employers cut fewer jobs and fewer people left the labor force, according to state numbers released on Tuesday. At 5.3 percent, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh area was two-tenths of a percentage point higher than in August, according to the Pennsylvania Department of ...

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EQT focusing more on Utica shale

EQT — Corp. plans to put more emphasis on exploring the deep Utica shale as continued low gas prices push the Downtown producer to focus on only the best spots for drilling and pipeline development. “The focus in 2016 will be on this more narrowly drawn notion of what the core Marcellus would be assuming the deep Utica play works,” ...

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7 charged in counterfeit scheme that defrauded business in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Seven people have been charged with printing, selling or using thousands of dollars worth of counterfeit bills at stores in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, including Rivers Casino, according to state police, who are still searching for an eighth person involved. The enterprise pushed fake bills — from $5 to $100 — from January to August of this year. It’s unclear ...

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Med examiner confirms carbon monoxide death near Pittsburgh

BALDWIN, Pa. (AP) — The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office has been called to the scene of a suspected carbon monoxide death near Pittsburgh. The office wasn’t immediately releasing information on the situation in Baldwin, a borough just south of the city. That’s where EMS Chief Todd Plunkett tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that one elderly person has died and another ...

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Pittsburgh metro area growing, census shows

The Pittsburgh metro area in 2014 gained about 5,200 homes, which include multi-unit and single-family dwellings, according to federal figures released Thursday. Local government officials called the increase an affirmation of the growth they’ve noticed. “I don’t think this is a one-year or two-year thing,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. The number of housing units increased 0.3 percent, to ...

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Western Pennsylvania agencies are cashing in on plunging fuel prices

Government agencies say that because of plunging fuel prices, they have extra money to spend or save this year. Major fuel consumers are realizing the largest windfalls, including Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and Port Authority, which consumes about 600,000 gallons a month. Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said the agency is $3 million under budget in diesel consumption through July. Port ...

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Hertz may owe significantly more in back taxes to Allegheny County

Hertz Corp. may owe Allegheny County several hundred thousand dollars more for unpaid car rental taxes at Pittsburgh International Airport, Controller Chelsa Wagner’s office said today. Hertz is supposed to collect $2 a day for the car rental tax charged by Allegheny County, but the company had been paying the tax to the state rather than the county. In April, ...

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Storms knock out power to thousands of customers in Western Pa.


Thousands of customers were left without electrical service as storms rolled through the region Monday evening, downing trees and power lines. The National Weather Service, which issued various severe thunderstorm warnings throughout the evening, said the storms were expected to continue until until 1 a.m. Tuesday. Hail said to be the size of dimes, quarters and half dollars or larger ...

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