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Lake Erie Biofuels buys Alabama biodiesel refinery

ERIE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania biodiesel producer is expanding into Alabama. The Erie Times-News reports Lake Erie Biofuels LLC has bought the former Veros Energy biodiesel refinery in Moundsville, Alabama. Lake Erie Biofuels does business as HERO BX and will operate the plant under the name HERO BX Alabama LLC. The Moundville plant has 17 employees who will be retained ...

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Evacuation lifted after fire at fracking chemical warehouse

LEETSDALE, Pa. — Workers at a Pennsylvania warehouse were pouring hydraulic fracturing chemicals into a production tank Tuesday when a fire started, forcing residents from more than 70 nearby homes for several hours and injuring several people, emergency and company officials said. Hazardous materials crews moved people living near the warehouse in Leetsdale to a high school gymnasium as a ...

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Wolf: December budget ‘more realistic’

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HARRISBURG — Al though the monthslong impasse over a state budget seems poised to end, a final spending plan probably won’t be enacted until December, Gov. Wolf said Monday. In a radio interview, the governor said he had hoped the deal would be complete by Thanksgiving — as he and legislative leaders said last week — but called “more realistic” ...

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From the budget table: Pennsylvania’s proposed pension deal trades cuts in future workers’ benefits for hoped-for taxpayer savings

The pension reform department of the final state budget talks is aimed toward producing a new benefit plan for future state and public school employees that’s come to be known as a “side-by-side hybrid.” That’s side-by-side, as in it’s really two distinct pension plans working for the employee from their first day on the job: one part a traditional defined ...

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Funds to help Centre County residents with heating needs

BELLEFONTE — Residents in need of housing assistance got a boost Tuesday when county commissioners acknowledged a conditional award of $15,000 toward the Centre County PHARE Heating Assistance and Support Program. These funds will join the $35,000 housing trust funds generated by deed and mortgage transactions through the Recorder of Deeds Office, said county senior planner Linda Marshall, bringing a ...

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7 train cars hauling coal derail in western Pennsylvania

BROWNSVILLE, Pa. — Authorities say seven train cars hauling coal have derailed in western Pennsylvania, but no injuries have been reported. Emergency dispatchers in Fayette County said the Norfolk Southern cars jumped the track in Brownsville at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Several cars turned on their sides, but officials said the derailment caused no hazards and hasn’t impeded traffic. Emergency ...

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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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Union rep says repairs made at county health department

PITTSBURGH — A union representative says officials have fixed unhealthy working conditions at the offices of a western Pennsylvania county health department. WPXI-TV reports that the Service Employees International Union representative John Listisen is pleased with fixes at the Allegheny County Health Department facilities in Pittsburgh. Three weeks ago, workers shared pictures with the TV station showing problems with mold ...

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Consol misses 3Q profit forecasts

CANONSBURG, Pa. — Consol Energy Inc. (CNX) on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $119 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Canonsburg, Pennsylvania-based company said it had profit of 52 cents per share. Losses, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to 28 cents per share. The results missed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate ...

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Tax increase on sales or income seen as unlikely in deal

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Senate’s top Democrat says a final budget agreement probably won’t include an increase in the sales or personal income tax that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has sought to boost education funding and wipe out a deficit. Still, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa said Monday that differences remain between Democrats and Republicans in talks to end ...

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