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Student Stories: Veterinary major journeys to South Africa for experience

August 8, 2014

Morgan Brown, a junior veterinary and biomedical sciences major, took a risk last August when she decided to be one of the first students to travel to South Africa through a newly developed immersion program.

PPL Susquehanna to Test Warning Sirens Aug. 14

2 weeks 1 day ago

PPL will conduct the annual test of all the sirens in its Susquehanna nuclear plant emergency notification system Thursday (8/14). more»

DEP Awards Grants to Restore, Protect Pennsylvania's Coastal Zones

August 8, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded more than $750,000 in annual coastal zone management grants to organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving Pennsylvania’s coastal ...

Department of Health Reports First West Nile Virus Human Case of 2014

August 8, 2014

Pennsylvania’s first probable human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in 2014 has been detected. A Philadelphia County man was hospitalized due to WNV. He has since recovered.
 
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Mosquito Spraying Set for Delaware County on Aug. 11

August 8, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Monday, Aug. 11 in portions of Upper Chichester Township, Delaware County, to control adult mosquito populations.   ...

Mosquito Spraying set for Lycoming County on Aug. 11

August 8, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection will apply treatments the evening of Monday, Aug. 11 in Armstrong Township, South Williamsport Borough, and the City of Williamsport, Lycoming County to control ...

Thompson and PA Agriculture Secretary Greig to Host Public Policy Forum During Ag Progress Days 2014

August 7, 2014

Bellefonte, PA – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry, and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary George Greig, will host a public policy forum during Penn State’s 2014 Ag Progress Days (APD).  Details of the event are provided below. more»

DEP, DCNR Break Ground on Major Coal Refuse Pile Reclamation Project in Greene County

August 7, 2014

The departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) today hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the Mather refuse coal pile reclamation project.

Rep. Thompson: USDA Inclusion of Wood Products in BioPreferred Program will Strengthen Forestry Economy

August 6, 2014

Corry, PA – Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule eliminating the restrictions on including mature market wood products in the USDA’s BioPreferred program.  The action implements legislation sponsored by U.S. more»

'Huddle with the Faculty' lineup announced

August 6, 2014

"Huddle with the Faculty" every home football Saturday morning and get food for thought before heading off to the game. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking in the Nittany Parking Deck. Free breakfast refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.; presentation at 9 a.m. at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

DEP Releases Reports on Chevron Lanco Well Fire Incident

August 6, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has completed its After-Action Review of the fatal well fire that occurred on Chevron’s Lanco gas well pad on February 11, 2014. The report, released ...

Mirabito hosting Castle Doctrine seminar

August 5, 2014

News releases and media advisories from Rep. Mirabito.

Ag Progress Days is a 150-acre smorgasbord of activities

August 5, 2014

One of the East's largest agricultural expositions is on tap Aug. 12-14, and those who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days will have no shortage of things to see and do. The annual event gives as many as 50,000 visitors a glimpse into the science and business of agriculture. But you don't have to be a farmer to enjoy and learn from Ag Progress Days.

Ag Progress Days is a 150-acre smorgasbord of activities

August 5, 2014

One of the East's largest agricultural expositions is on tap Aug. 12-14, and those who make the trip to Penn State's Ag Progress Days will have no shortage of things to see and do. The annual event gives as many as 50,000 visitors a glimpse into the science and business of agriculture. But you don't have to be a farmer to enjoy and learn from Ag Progress Days.

Man accused of assaulting 50-year-old woman

2 weeks 5 days ago

A Muncy man is accussed of assaulting a 50-year-old Muncy woman. 

Bradley Alan Mitsdarfer, 51, allegedly pointed a weapon at the woman after engaging in an argument at 8:05 p.m. Aug. 2, according to state police Montoursville. 

A search of Mitsdarfer resulted in the discovery of a smoking pipe and suspected marijuana. 

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Student Stories: Immunology major devoted to infectious disease study

August 4, 2014

Sometimes a life-changing experience opens a student's eyes to what type of career she wants to pursue. For junior Erica Mellinger, that experience was the season of her father's sickness -- a time when he had to be treated in a hospital by research scientists.

Student Stories: Immunology major devoted to infectious disease study

August 4, 2014

Sometimes a life-changing experience opens a student's eyes to what type of career she wants to pursue. For junior Erica Mellinger, that experience was the season of her father's sickness -- a time when he had to be treated in a hospital by research scientists.

DEP Awards Air Quality Grant to Penn State University for Ground-Level Ozone Research

August 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that it has awarded a $66,081 Air Quality grant to Penn State University in Centre County to fund education and biological effects research ...

DEP Awards $1.4 Million to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful for Litter and Illegal Dumping Initiatives

August 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has awarded a $1.4 million grant to PA Cleanways, also known as Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB), to increase community involvement ...

DEP Issues Code Orange Air Quality Action Day Forecast for Southeastern Pennsylvania

August 4, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and the Air Quality Partnership of the Delaware Valley have forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for ozone on Tuesday, Aug. 5, for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, ...

Man killed in motorcycle crash

3 weeks 1 hour ago

A Wellsboro man was killed as a result of a motorcycle crash at 10:05 p.m. Aug. 1. 

Joseph C. Housel, 46, was traveling east on Route 6 in Shippen Township, Tioga County, when he went off the south berm and was thrown from the motorcycle, sustaining fatal injuries. 

State police Mansfield are still investigating the crash. 

The End of My Year

August 2, 2014

I can't believe it was a year go, that first blogged as as State Council Representative and then BAM!!! more»

Save the Loyalsock Coalition Responds to DCNR Announcement of 15-Day Pubic Comment Period

August 23, 2014

Calls for More Meaningful Public Process and Greater Protections for Clarence Moore Lands

(Harrisburg, PA) — Earlier this week, DCNR announced at a meeting of the Natural Gas Advisory Committee that the agency will conduct a short public comment period on the draft Surface Development Management Agreement for the Loyalsock once negotiations are complete and a final plan is drafted. more»

Many voices in support of EPA's Clean Power Plan on day one of two-day public hearing in Pittsburgh

August 23, 2014

(Pittsburgh — July 31, 2014) — During a public hearing today in Pittsburgh and at a press conference and rally, elected officials, health experts, labor leaders, industry leaders, and environmental advocates highlighted the public health benefits of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon pollution standard for existing power plants as they urged Pennsylvanians to pledge support f more»

The $12 million Loyalsock Creek Railroad Bridge to be Dedicated on Wednesday, August 13.

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The SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) will dedicate the newly constructed Loyalsock Creek Railroad Bridge in special ceremonies Wednesday morning, August 13.  Located between Montoursville and Williamsport, the $12 million structure replaced an 85-year old bridge that was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011.  more»

Keep Philadelphia Schools Open, Advance Dollars, House Republicans Urge Governor

July 31, 2014

HARRISBURG – Asking Gov. Tom Corbett to advance the School District of Philadelphia education funding, Speaker of the House Sam Smith (R-Armstrong, Indiana and Jefferson counties) and House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) today announced that public pension reform and a bill dealing primarily with the Philadelphia school district will be voted in September.

PPL Electric Utilities Proposes Major New Regional Transmission Project

July 31, 2014

Line would improve reliability and lower costs for millions of electricity users in Mid-Atlantic region

PPL Corporation Reports Second-Quarter Earnings

July 31, 2014

- Second-quarter and first-half earnings from ongoing operations increased 15 percent over 2013

Mirabito: The people spoke and DCNR listened

July 30, 2014

News releases and media advisories from Rep. Mirabito.

Wide variety of presentations await Ag Progress Days visitors

July 30, 2014

Visitors to Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14, can learn a little bit about a lot by attending some of the many informative presentations to be offered by Penn State Extension specialists and agricultural industry experts, according to event organizers.

Gardeners can learn to be pollinator friendly at Ag Progress Days

July 30, 2014

The benefits of creating pollinator-friendly landscapes will be the focus of the Yard and Garden area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14 at Rock Springs.

Food Science student team wins national competition

July 30, 2014

A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently took first place in the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association College Bowl.

Thompson Supports Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Reform VA Health Care System

July 30, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5) voted to support H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which the House passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by a vote of 420 to 5. The bill is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by President Obama. more»

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