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Wednesday January 2 2013

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013

WOMAN FALLS THRU THE ICE

A WOMAN IS RECOVERING AFTER SLIPPING THROUGH ICE AND FALLING INTO A POND AT THE TYRONE RESERVOIR PARK YESTERDAY. SHE WAS TRYING TO RESCUE ONE OF HER DOGS THAT HAD RUN ONTO THE ICE. A MAN WHO SAW IT HAPPE CALLED FOR HELP AND LOCAL FIRE COMPANIES ARRIVED ON THE SCENE QUICKLY. THE WOMAN…AND HER DOG…ARE EXPECTED TO BE FINE.

BAR FIGHT ENDS WITH INJURIES

NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED, BUT STATE POLICE IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY SAY AT LEAST 2 PEOPLE SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES DURING A NEW YEAR’S PARTY AT WHITSEL’S PUB IN SHIRLEYSBURG. 2 WOMEN GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT WHICH TURNED PHYSICAL. 2 MEN GOT INVOLVED…THEN ONE OF THEM AND ONE OF THE WOMEN GOT INTO A TRUCK AND TRIED TO LEAVE. AS THE DRIVER BACKED OUT, ANOTHER MAN WAS PINNED BETWEEN 2 VEHICLES. AN ADDITIONAL MALE WAS RUN OVER AS WELL. 3 MEN WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. TROOPERS SAY CHARGES ARE PENDING.

STANDOFF SUSPECT JAILED

ALTOONA POLICE HAVE NOW RELEASED THE NAME OF THE MAN INVOLVED IN A 5TH AVENUE STANDOFF THAT STARTED CHRISTMAS EVE AND LASTED FOR 17 HOURS. AUTHORITIES SAY 64 YEAR OLD MARK SARVIS IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, TERRORISTIC THREATS, AND RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT. A STATE POLICE SPECIAL WEAPONS UNIT RAIDED THE HOUSE AND TOOK SARVIS INTO CUSTODY. HE IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON ON 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT PLANS TO ANNOUNCE A FEDERAL ANTI-TRUST LAWSUIT TODAY AGAINST THE NCAA OVER THE STIFF SANCTIONS IMPOSED AGAINST PENN STATE FOLLOWING THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. SOME STATE LAWMAKERS HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN RECENTLY OVER THE ALLOCATION OF PENN STATE’S 60-MILLION DOLLAR FINE. THEY WANT IT ALL TO REMAIN IN OUR STATE, BUT AN NCAA TASK FORCE WILL DETERMINE WHICH CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAMS RECEIVE THE MONEY. A NEWS CONFERENCE IS SCHEDULED AT 11AM ON CAMPUS.

FORMER PENN STATE PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER HAS BEEN ORDERED NOT TO HAVE CONTACT WITH ANY FORMER OR CURRENT UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES. THE ORDER WAS PART OF SOME CHANGES HARRISBURG-AREA DISTRICT JUDGE WILLIAM WENNER MADE FRIDAY TO THE BAIL FOR SPANIER. HE AND FORMER ADMINISTRATORS TIM CURLEY AND GARY SCHULTZ SAY THEY ARE NOT GUILTY OF TRYING TO COVER UP ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JERRY SANDUSKY AND OBSTRUCTING PROSECUTORS’ INVESTIGATION. THE JUDGE REFUSED TO ALLOW SPSNIER TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY, BUT HE CAN TRAVEL IN THE U-S AS LONG AS HE GIVES THE COURT HIS ITINERARY 5 DAYS BEFORE HE LEAVES.

OATH OF OFFICE

NEWLY ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE TOOK THEIR OATH OF OFFICE TUESDAY IN A RARE NEW YEAR’S DAY GATHERING. THEY INCLUDED 33 FRESHMEN – 22 DEMOCRATS AND 11 REPUBLICANS. THE GOP CONTROLS BOTH HOUSES. THEY ELECTED SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMP JOE SCARNATI TO A 4TH 2-YEAR TERM AND HANDED HOUSE SPEAKER SAM SMITH A SECOND TERM. THEY ARE BOTH FROM JEFFERSON COUNTY. NOW LAWMAKERS WILL GET DOWN TO BUSINESS ON TOUGH ISSUES INCLUDING TRANS¬PORTATION FUNDING, PENSION REFORMS, AND THE STATE BUDGET.

MONEY FOR TRANSPORTATION?

STATE SENATOR JAKE CORMAN OF CENTRE COUNTY SAYS TRANSPORTATION FUNDING IS HIS NUMBER ONE PRIORITY HEADING INTO THIS YEAR’S LEGISLATIVE SESSION. ACCORDING TO CORMAN, THERE HAVE BEEN 2 GOVERNMENT REPORTS STATING THAT TRANSPORTATION NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT. HE THINKS SINCE THIS IS A BIPARTISAN ISSUE, AND THE ROADWAYS AFFECT EVERYONE, SOMETHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT. CORMAN SAYS ONE ROAD THAT IS OF PARTICULAR CONCERN IS THE 2-LANE SOUTH CENTRAL HIGHWAY BETWEEN POTTERS MILLS AND STATE COLLEGE.

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING LAW

STARTING TODAY, PENNSYLVANIA’S NEW ELECTRONICS RECYCLING LAW IS IN EFFECT. THAT MEANS ELECTRONICS CAN NO LONGER BE PLACED AT THE CURB WITH YOUR REGULAR TRASH. INSTEAD YOU’LL HAVE TO DROP IT OFF AT AN APPROVED RECYCLING LOCATION. PENNSYLVANIA IS ONE OF 25 STATES WITH LAWS MANDATING E-WASTE RECYCLING.

PENN STATE IS ON ANOTHER LIST

PENN STATE IS AMONG THE NATION’S BEST VALUES IN PUBLIC COLLEGES ACCORDING TO KIPLINGER’S PERSONAL FINANCE MAGAZINE. PENN STATE RECEIVED THE 48TH OVERALL RANKING IN THE ANNUAL LISTING. THE MAGAZINE BASES ITS LIST ON ADMISSION RATE. AMOUNT OF RETURNING STUDENTS, STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO, GRADUATION RATE, AND OTHER CRITERIA. THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL TOPPED THE 2012 LIST.