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Thursday April 18 2013

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thursDAY, APRIL 18, 2013

tragedy in boston

The better Business bureau’s WISE-GIVING ALLIANCE SAYS At least one poorly-conceived charity scam has emerged FOLLOWING the BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS… AND THEY HAVE RELEASED A LIST OF 10 TIPS. AMONG THEM ARE givING thoughtfully… CHECKING STATE GOVERNMENT REGISTRATION …RESPECTING VICTIMS and their FAMILIES… FINDING OUT HOW DONATIONS WILL BE USED…MAKE SURE DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE …AND Never click on links to charities on unfamiliar websites or in texts or emails.

THREATS AT UNIVERSITY PARK

Penn State Police YESTERDAY ARRESTED A MAN ON TERRORISTIC THREATS AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT CHARGES. AUTHORITIES SAY 33-year-old AARAO CORNELIO JUNIOR OF STATE COLLEGE WAS SLEEPING IN THE HUB ROBESON CENTER. WHEN HE WAS ASKED TO LEAVE, CORNELIO WAS OVERHEARD SAYING HE was going to GET a gun and shoot people. HE was arrested LATER in downtown State College AND Police saY he also struck parked vehicles with a stick. CORNELIO will not be permitted on campus OR allowed to contact any of the victims or witnesses. HE’S IN THE Centre County PRISON WITH a preliminary hearing set for NEXT THURSDAY.

BACKGROUND CHECK BILL FAILS

A measure expanding federal background checks for gun purchases failed in the Senate. The vote was 54-46, short of a 60 vote threshold needed for passage. A ban on military-style assault weapons was also defeated in the Senate, along with curbs on high-capacity ammunition clips. SENATOR PAT TOOMEY, WHO CO-SPONSORED THE MEASURE, SAYS HE REGRETS THAT IT DID NOT PASS. ONLY TOOMEY AND 3 OTHER REPUBLICANS VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE BILL. DEMOCRATIC SENATOR BOB CASEY ALSO VOTED YES.

death ruled suicide

THE CENTRE COUNTY CORONER’S OFFICE HAS RULED THE DEATH OF A former Penn State student A SUICIDE. VIDEO SURVEILLANCE AT THE UNIVERSITY GATEWAY APARTMENT BUILDING SHOWS the 24 YEAR OLD man RUNNING IN the 6th floor HALLWAY, THEN DIVING HEADFIRST OUT THE WINDOW. IT HAPPENED shortly after midnight Tuesday. toxicology results won’t be READY for SEVERAL weeks.

extradited for messages to teenager

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT BEDFORD COUNTY AUTHORITIES THIS WEEK EXTRADITED 38 YEAR OLD EDWARD GUTIERREZ OF NEW JERSEY TO FACE NEARLY 200 COUNTS. HE ALLEGEDLY EXCHANGED SEXUAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND COMMENTS WITH A 15 YEAR OLD LOCAL GIRL. GUTIERREZ WAS FIRST ARRESTED IN A SEX-CHAT STING OPERATION IN COLORADO. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED WEDNESDAY. MEANWHILE, GUTIERREZ IS IN THE BEDFORD COUNTY JAIL ON 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.

ELIMINATING TURNPIKE COMMISSION?

STATE REPRESENTATIVE KERRY BENNINGHOFF OF CENTRE COUNTY IS SUPPORTING A BILL THAT CALLS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE COMMISSION. THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL RECENTLY FILED CHARGES AGAINST SEVERAL HIGH-RANKING TURNPIKE OFFICIALS IN AN ALLEGED PAY-TO-PLAY CORRUPTION SCHEME. THE BILL WOULD FOLD THE TURNPIKE COMMISSION’S RESPONSIBILITIES INTO PENNDOT. IT IS NOW BEING CONSIDERED BY THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE.

ON-LINE VOTER REGISTRATION?

A bill THAT WOULD allow Pennsylvanians to register on-line to vote is on its way to the House AFTER GETTING UNANIMOUS APPROVAL Wednesday in the SenatE. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 16 states have approved on-line voter registration and it's UNDER CONSIDERATION in more than a dozen other states. The Senate also passed bills to require campaign finance reports and lobbyist disclosure reports to be filed electronically.