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April 30, 2013
April 30, 2013
WILLIAMSPORT -- A major Lycoming County food packing project needs additional volunteer support! 250 volunteers are expected to pack 40-thousand meals of beans and rice Friday evening and Saturday morning at the Community Baptist Church of Montoursville. The meals will be distributed to third world countries through Interlink Ministries and the Global Aid Network. Organizer Paul Kinley says anyone eight years of age or older, who is interested in helping, can register at www.kinleyfamily.net.
HARRISBURG -- Governor Tom Corbett's lawsuit against the NCAA has been postponed. Corbett's suit contends that the NCAA's sanctions against Penn State violated federal antitrust laws. Instead of holding the hearin on Wednesday, it has been postponed until May 20th in Harrisburg. According to the Centre Daily Times, Penn State is not involved in the suit.
STATE COLLEGE -- Penn State is investing in world-wide growth. The university hopes to triple its online enrollment to 45-thousand within the next decade. Penn State President Rodney Erickson announced the goal yesterday. He says the school will spend 20-million dollars over the next five years towards growing the World Campus.
SHICKSHINNY -- A Luzerne County crash claims the life of a Benton woman. The fatal accident happened around 8:30 Monday morning along the Old Tioga Turnpike near Shickshinny. Authorities tell the Press Enterprise that the vehicle struck a tree. The female passenger died, while the male driver was flown to Geisinger Medical Center with serious injuries. Police continue to investigate.
BLOOMSBURG — Police are searching for four men who stole iPhones from the Buckhorn Walmart in Columbia County. Police say the incident was caught on video as the men jumped over the counter and grabbed the phones from the display case around 5:30 Monday morning. The Press Enterprise reports the men got away in a dark-colored Honda Civic which had no license plate.
SHICKSHINNY — A State Police Fire Marshal continues to investigate an early Monday morning blaze along West Butler Street in Shickshinny. Reports say a cause may not be pinpointed for several days, although flames appeared to erupt near the back porch or kitchen of the home. The occupants of 19 West Butler Street managed to escape the burning home.
MOUNT CARMEL -- Ground has been broken to finally begin a flood protection project in eastern Northumberland County. The Shamokin Creek flood protection project will cost 15-million dollars and is intended to protect approximately 230-families who live in a 15-block portion of Mount Carmel. According to the SEDA-Council of Governments, construction should begin this spring and could last up to three years. The project has been discussed for nearly 30-years.
FREEBURG -- In Snyder County, a man is jailed for the alleged attack of two people. The Daily Item reports, 54-year old Gregory Keister faces charges including rape and aggravated assault for the early Sunday morning attacks in Freeburg. Keister is jailed in lieu of 100-thousand dollars bail. Reports say he had been released from jail just a few days before Sunday's assaults.
HARRISBURG -- Today, Pennsylvania will be observing a "National Fast Day"... thinking back to the words said by President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago. According to the Christian Post, the House passed the resolution earlier this year by a 160-35 vote. The resolution quotes heavily from Lincoln's proclamation made during the Civil War. At that time, Lincoln called for the people to abstain from their "ordinary secular pursuits" and to unite in places of public worship and in their homes.
HARRISBURG -- Lawmakers are consider legislation which would prohibit anyone under 18 from using an indoor tanning bed. The bill was introduced last month and is aimed at reducing youth exposure to cancer-causing U-V rays. More than half of the nation's states have already approved similar measures.
HARRISBURG -- On Monday the Pennsylvania Senate unanimously approved a resolution recognizing May 2nd as the "National Day of Prayer" in Pennsylvania. Central Pennsylvania Senator John Gordner sponsored the resolution saying that the day "is a day to ask for healing and unity".