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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2013

 

SANDUSKY APPEALS CONVICTION -

Jerry Sandusky is appealing his sex abuse conviction. The former Penn State assistant football coach has filed a notice of claim, saying he will appeal his conviction of sexually abusing young boys.  Sandusky's attorneys have not detailed the grounds for the appeal.  The 69-year-old was convicted last June and was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison.

DOCUMENTS FILED IN “WHISTLEBLOWER” CASE -

IN CENTRE COUNTY COURT, DOCUMENTS HAVE BEEN FILED BY THE LEGAL TEAM REPRESENTING PENN STATE IN THE “WHISTLEBLOWER” CASE WITH FORMER ASSISTANT COACH MIKE McQUEARY. PENN STATE SAYS THAT MCQUEARY WAS EMPLOYED UNDER A FIXED TERM CONTRACT AND THAT HE WASN’T WRONGFULLY FIRED, BECAUSE THOSE CLAIMS ONLY APPLY TO “AT-WILL” EMPLOYEES. THE UNIVERSITY ALSO ALLEGES THAT McQUEARY WASN’T A “WHISTLEBLOWER”.
THE COURT DATE IS SET FOR THE MIDDLE OF MARCH.

"STATE PATTY'S DAY" CROWD MAY TRAVEL -

THIS WEEKEND IS “STATE PATTY’S DAY” IN STATE COLLEGE..AND TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THERE ARE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT CROWDS TRAVELING FROM STATE COLLEGE TO DRINK AT BARS IN THE ALTOONA AREA. IN ORDER TO REDUCE DRUNKEN, DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR, 34 STATE COLLEGE BUSINESSES THAT SERVE  OR SELL ALCOHOL AGREED TO CEASE ALCOHOL SALES OVER THE WEEKEND IN EXCHANGE FOR A 5-THOUSAND-DOLLAR SUBSIDY.  SEVERAL ALTOONA CLUB OWNERS SAID THEY’LL INFORM WEEKEND STAFF TO BE PREPARED FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF A LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS.

CRIMINAL MISCHIEF RESULTS IN WATER LOSS -

 STATE POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR THE PERSON WHO TURNED ON A WATER LINE IN GULICH TOWNSHIP CLEARFIELD COUNTY, RESULTING IN THE LOSS OF 500,000 GALLONS OF WATER VALUED AT $10,000 FROM THE HOUTZDALE MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY.THE INCIDENT OCCURRED SOMETIME BETWEEN  JANUARY 1ST AND FEBRUARY 1ST. IF YOU  HAVE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT STATE POLICE IN CLEARFIELD AT 814-857-3800.


FLU CASES REMAIN “WIDESPREAD” -

 THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAYS THAT THE FLU IS STILL “WIDESPREAD”, WITH CASES BEING REPORTED IN ALL AREAS OF THE STATE. While influenza “type A” remains the most common reported influenza type, over the last two weeks the NUMBER of influenza “type B” viruses reported has increased. Influenza “type B” viruses generally cause milder illness than “type A” viruses, but can still result in serious complications.

BETTER FLU VACCINE  NEEDED -

 The CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL  is still advocating that everyone over six months of age get a flu shot.  The agency has released an adjusted estimate of this year's flu vaccine effectiveness.  It says it worked 56-percent of the time.  However, it admits the findings also prove that a better vaccine is needed, especially for seniors.

 MORE WINTER WEATHER ON THE WAY -

The giant winter storm that's hammering 20 states is losing a little of its punch today.  The western Great Lakes region can expect three to five inches of new snow in the morning.  Freezing rain and sleet will hit parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

RENT REBATES -

Applications are being accepted through june 30th for the state’s property tax and rent rebate program. The program is open to Pennsylvanians 65 years and older, widows and widowers 50 years and older, and people with disabilities 18 years and older. To apply online, visit www.portal.state.pa.us

LAY-OFFS AT GROCERY CHAIN -

Giant Eagle is laying off 75 employees. The grocery chain said the cuts are part of an ongoing effort to manage costs.  Most of the furloughs have been announced.  They include full and part-time employees at the O'Hara headquarters in Pittsburgh and at offices in Cleveland.  About a third of Giant Eagle's 36,000 employees work in Western Pennsylvania.

GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO CLIMB -

Gas prices are continuing their steady and, so far, nonstop climb.  The Triple-A Daily Fuel Gauge shows the average price for a gallon of regular is $3.78 cents today.  That's a penny higher than yesterday and 47 cents higher than the national average a month ago.