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Columbia Gas wants 10.4 percent rate hike
Columbia Gas is seeking a rate increase that would boost residential bills by more than 10 percent. The company said the proposed hike, filed with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, is intended to recover the cost of various infrastructure improvements in the state. The additional amount requested is $54.1 million.
Our Opinion: Recording executive sessions will limit abuse
Whenever governing bodies have public meetings, they often opt to conduct executive sessions.This is perfectly legal under Pennsylvania law — so long as the basic purpose for the executive session is explained to the public and so long as officials refrain from discussing matters in private that are required to be addressed in the open.
DEP: Drillers extract thousands of tons of hot rocks
Environmental watchdogs say a system for tracking radioactive material unearthed during gas drilling depends too much on the industry’s self-policing, making it impossible to judge how much waste is generated or how dangerous it might be.
Senate bill would freeze tax bills for seniors
Some state senators want to freeze property tax rates for seniors, protecting them from costs that could force them from their homes, but at least one critic dismisses the move as a bid to curry votes.
Shenango sewer sale hearing set
Shenango Township supervisors will decide next week whether or not to sell the township sewer system. A hearing on whether to sell the sewers to the New Castle Sanitation Authority has been set for 6 p.m. March 31 at the Township Municipal Building, 1000 Willowbrook Road. Supervisors will vote on the sale at the meeting.
Laurel captures Business Olympics title for 13th straight year
In the hallway outside Room 18 of Erie Business Center South, Abby Shepherd waited for her name to be called. Shepherd, of Laurel High School, was participating — along with 125 other area senior high school students — in the center’s annual Business Olympics.
Neshannock to lease new equipment
The Neshannock Township supervisors will lease-to-own a new dump truck and mower. But funds to pay for them will come from a different line in the township’s budget.
DEP monitoring Ohio earthquakes
Pennsylvania officials do not believe that five recent Ohio earthquakes near a wellpad warrant any action on their part.
Bill would shift horse testing costs to owners
Horse owners who race in Pennsylvania could get stuck with paying the costs of testing their animals for illegal drugs. Some predict the move will encourage them to move to out-of-state tracks.
On the Record: Today’s births, police items and district justices
On the Record is a periodic update of public information coming out of the Lawrence County Government Center. Look inside for the latest births, police items, and district judge reports.
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