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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, THE ALLEGHENY PORTAGE RAILROAD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE IN GALLITZIN IS CLOSED. VISITORS CAN ALSO NOT VISIT THE FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL IN SHANKSVILLE OR THE JOHNSTOWN NATIONAL FLOOD MUSEUM. THE U-S ARMY CORPS ON ENGINEERS SAYS RAYSTOWN LAKE IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY HAS ENOUGH MONEY TO REMAIN OPEN AT LEAST UNTIL MONDAY.

SCAMS?

MILLIONS OF CONSUMERS ARE NOW LOOKING FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE IS WARNING EVERYONE TO PROTECT THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION DURING THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD, WHICH COULD BRING WITH IT A RISE IN FINANCIAL, MEDICAL OR INSURANCE IDENTITY THEFT SCAMS. OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGAN YESTERDAY FOR PEOPLE WHO BUY THEIR OWN HEALTH COVERAGE OR WHO ARE UNINSURED. YOU CAN CHECK TO SEE WHETHER A BROKER OR AGENT IS LICENSED BY GOING TO THE PENNSYLVANIA INSURANCE DEPARTMENT WEBSITE AT WWW.INSURANCE.PA.GOV OR BY CALLING 1-877-881-63-88.

FEDERAL DISASTER AID

THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SAYS FEDERAL DISASTER AID IS NOW AVAILABLE TO PENNSYLVANIA FOR THE AREAS AFFECTED BY SEVERE STORMS, TORNADOES, AND FLOODING THIS PAST JUNE AND JULY. THE COMMONWEALTH AND ELIGIBLE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND CERTAIN PRIVATE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS CAN GET FEDERAL AID ON A COST-SHARING BASIS FOR EMERGENCY WORK AND THE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF FACILITIES DAMAGED IN CENTRE, CLEARFIELD, CLINTON, HUNTINGDON, JEFFERSON, AND SEVERAL OTHER COUNTIES. FEDERAL FUNDING IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON A COST-SHARING BASIS FOR HAZARD MITIGATION MEASURES FOR ALL COUNTIES IN THE STATE.

UNEMPLOYMENT IS UP IN SOME PLACES

BLAIR COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE ROSE ONE-TENTH OF ONE PERCENT TO LAND AT 6-POINT-9 IN AUGUST. CENTRE COUNTY CLIMBED THE SAME AMOUNT TO 6-PERCENT. HUNTINGDON COUNTY’S NUMBER ROSE 4-TENTHS TO 9-POINT-9 PERCENT. CLEARFIELD COUNTY IS UP 3-TENTHS TO 8-POINT-7. BEDFORD COUNTY DROPPED 3-TENTHS TO 8-POINT-8. CAMBRIA COUNTY HELD AT 8-POINT-7. THE STATE NUMBER ROSE TO 7-POINT-7. AND THE NATIONAL JOBLESS RATE DROPPED TO 7-POINT-3.

DRUG SUSPECT ENTERS PLEA

IN FEDERAL COURT THIS WEEK, A SOMERSET COUNTY WOMAN PLEADED GUILTY TO RUNNING A DRUG RING INTO ROARING SPRING, BLAIR COUNTY. 25 YEAR OLD NICHOLE RANKIN OF TIRE HILL IS NOW FACING DECADES IN A FEDERAL PRISON. SENTENCING IS SET FOR FEBRUARY 18TH. JOSEPH CASTRO OF ROARING SPRING AND PETER DONATO OF TIRE HILL WERE ALSO BUSTED IN JULY OF LAST YEAR. POLICE SEIZED MORE THAN 6-THOUSAND BAGS OF HEROIN WITH A STREET VALUE OF OVER 180-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THEY ALSO NABBED A NUMBER OF WEAPONS, INCLUDING 2 SAWED OFF SHOTGUNS, AND 16-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH.

DRUG BUST IN CENTRE COUNTY

AN UNDERCOVER DRUG STING IN CENTRE COUNTY AND NOW 3 PEOPLE ARE IN CUSTODY WITH 2 MORE ALSO FACING CHARGES. STATE POLICE SAY ROBERT CARLIN AND AMANDA GRIEB, BOTH OF PHILIPSBURG…HOLLY SIMCISKO OF MOSHANNON…ERIKA MILLER OF MILESBURG…AND CHRISTOPHER LONG OF CLARENCE SOLD HEROIN TO INFORMANTS.

CHIVALROUS BOYFRIEND?

IN BLAIR COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, SEAN GRAHAM OF ALTOONA AGREED TO SERVE 5 EXTRA YEARS IN PRISON SO HIS LIVE-IN GIRLFRIEND WOULD HAVE A SHORTER SENTENCE. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT GRAHAM ENDED UP WITH 15 TO 30 YEARS IN A STATE LOCK-UP…AND MELISSA SHAW GOT 11-AND-A-HALF TO 23 MONTHS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON. THE DRUG TASK FORCE RAIDED THEIR HOME IN 2011 AND FOUND DRUGS, DRUGS PARAPHERNALIA, GUNS, AND OVER 21-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH. GRAHAM WAS ALREADY A CONVICTED FELON FOR A PREVIOUS DRUG CHARGE.

FALLING GAS PRICES

TRIPLE-A FUEL GAUGE SAYS WESTERN PA GAS PRICES FELL ALMOST 7 CENTS TO $3.48 THIS WEEK. THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR REGULAR UNLEADED IS $3.39, WHICH IS 7 CENTS CHEAPER THAN LAST WEEK AND 20 CENTS CHEAPER THAN LAST MONTH. TODAY’S PRICE REPRESENTS A YEAR OVER YEAR DISCOUNT OF 39 CENTS FROM 2012. THE MOST EXPENSIVE GASOLINE IN THE NATION CAN BE FOUND IN HAWAII AT $4.25. THE LOWEST PUMP PRICE IS IN SOUTH CAROLINA AT $3.10 AND TRIPLE-A EXPECTS SEVERAL MORE STATES TO FALL BELOW THIS THRESHOLD IN THE COMING DAYS AND WEEKS.