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Wolf says he won’t cave on demand to fix state’s deficit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Tuesday that he won’t cave on his demand that lawmakers agree to measures to wipe out the state government’s long-term deficit that has plunged its credit rating into the bottom ranks of states. Wolf, in a regularly scheduled appearance on Pittsburgh radio station KDKA-AM, reported no progress in budget talks since ...

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New study links active gas wells to pregnancy complications, preterm birth

Women who live near active natural gas wells in Pennsylvania are more likely to experience pregnancy complications, according to a study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study evaluated data from Geisinger Health System, a healthcare network present in 40 counties. Researchers studied records of 9,384 mothers who gave birth to 10,946 children from 2009 to 2013. ...

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Talen Energy in dog-eat-dog business

Since Talen Energy split from PPL Corp. in June, there has been plenty of hand-wringing over where the new power producer will put down permanent roots. Hoping to keep Talen here, Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority paved the way last week for the energy company — located for now at PPL Plaza on Hamilton Street — to move to ...

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Republican Party goes door-to-door to gauge standing for 2016 election

Odds are high that during October, someone will come door-knocking on a weekend to ask whether you plan to vote in November’s election. It’s part of the national Republican Party’s “month of action” in key battleground states such as Pennsylvania, where the party will test for holes in its new year-round ground game. Leaders want to determine strengths and weaknesses ...

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State to step up earthquake monitoring

ERIE, Pa. — Earthquakes happen here, but rarely. And the earthquakes that we’ve had — including a respectable 5.2-magnitude quake centered near Pymatuning Lake in September 1998 — have done little more than temporarily affect water tables, rattle windows and, in October 1934, prompt alarmed moviegoers to evacuate the Warner Theatre. Statewide, there’s no record of a magnitude 6.0 or ...

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NY pipeline to go through sites containing ancient artifacts

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. — A federal law aimed at preventing looting of historic sites is keeping officials in upstate New York from finding out details about three spots along the route of a planned natural gas pipeline that contain prehistoric artifacts. Constitution Pipeline LLC, which plans to build a 124-mile pipeline from Pennsylvania’s shale fields to northeastern markets, has filed documents ...

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US rig count declines by 14 this week to 795

HOUSTON — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by 14 to 795. It was the sixth consecutive week of declines. Houston’s Baker Hughes said Friday that 605 rigs were seeking oil and 189 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A ...

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Big northwestern Pennsylvania employer warns of layoffs

ERIE, Pa. — One of the largest employers in northwestern Pennsylvania says it’ll reduce its workforce through retirements and layoffs. The Erie Times-News reports that Lord Corp. isn’t saying yet how many jobs will be cut or where. The North Carolina-headquartered conglomerate produces materials for industries including aerospace and oil and gas production. It employs about 3,000 worldwide. But it ...

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