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  • money.jpg 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.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter.jpg 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.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    March 26, 2014

  • money.jpg 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.

    March 25, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • money.jpg 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.

    March 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • school.jpg 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.

    March 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    March 22, 2014

  • quake.jpg DEP monitoring Ohio earthquakes

    Pennsylvania officials do not believe that five recent Ohio earthquakes near a wellpad warrant any action on their part.

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    March 21, 2014

  • gavel.jpg 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.

    March 20, 2014 1 Photo

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