Penn State Stays in Top-25

Penn State remained at No. 13 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, released Sunday. The Nittany Lions held off Pitt on Saturday, 17-10, in the 100th meeting between the two teams. Their next game is Friday night at Maryland, which is coming off a loss to Temple and dropped out of the poll after being ranked 21st.

Locals to be Honored by Encompass Health

According to a release, Seven people will be honored Sept. 23 when Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona presents its annual Rehab Awards. The seven includess Roderick Baronner of Altoona. The awards are presented to people who have made an outstanding effort to deal with or overcome a disability.Tim Hoyer will receive the personal advocate award, which is presented to someone who has given selflessly to help a person with a disability or illness.

Review says state lawmakers introducing, passing fewer bills

A new analysis found the number of bills introduced and the number of laws passed by the Pennsylvania Legislature has fallen since peaking in the early 1990s. The review of four decades of data by The Philadelphia Inquirer and Spotlight PA found that lawmakers are increasingly introducing resolutions that do not substantively change state law. In recent years the average is running about 3,900 bills per session.

City of Roswell to Host Public Forum Next Week

THE CITY OF ROSWELL IS HOSTING ANOTHER PUBLIC FORUM NEXT WEEK. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

THE FORUM IS SET FOR THURSDAY THE 19th…PIO TODD WILDERMUTH SAYS ITS OPEN TO ALL CITIZENS…

THE MEETING IS SET FOR THURSDAY NIGHT AT 6 O’CLOCK AT WAYMAKER CHURCH ON SOUTH SUNSET AVENUE.

PA Attorney General Suing Purdue Pharma Family Members

The Pennsylvania attorney general is suing some members of the family that founded and controls Purdue Pharma over their role in the opioid crisis after a tentative settlement with 20 other states was announced. Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the sealed lawsuit on Thursday, arguing the defendants should take responsibility for pain they have caused.

Pennsylvania court asked to toss death penalty

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is considering today whether the state’s death penalty statute amounts to cruel, arbitrary punishment that’s too often reserved for black and poor defendants. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner opposes the death penalty and is a driving force behind the court challenge. He says that two-thirds of the 155 death sentences handed down in Philadelphia over the past 40 years were later overturned on appeal. Critics of capital punishment say that’s often because poor defendants don’t get adequate legal counsel. Just under half of the 137 men on death row in Pennsylvania are black, compared to 11% of state residents. Krasner says that 82% of the condemned men from Philadelphia are black. There are no women on Pennsylvania’s death row.

Justices to weigh discipline against Penn State’s ex-counsel

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court is hearing arguments in Philadelphia today over whether the chief lawyer for Penn State when the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke should face public censure. The state’s lawyer disciplinary board recommended that punishment in March for Cynthia Baldwin, who is a former state Supreme Court justice.

Several PA Legislative Employees Take Buy-Out Bonuses

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is cutting its ranks after 63 legislative employees jumped on the chance to be paid a bonus to quit their jobs.Pennlive.com reported that 31 Republican staffers, 21 Democratic staffers and 11 who work under the House chief clerk and comptroller’s offices took the offer for $1,000 payments for each year of service, up to 25 years. The goal is to replace senior workers with lower-paid employees, and to reap savings by eliminating an unspecified number of positions.

Pennsylvania to let voters apply online for absentee ballots

Pennsylvanians who will not be able to vote in person this fall can apply online for absentee ballots for the first time, officials announced earlier today. The Wolf administration said voters can begin to use the new process next week to obtain absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 election. Voters will still have to mail or hand-deliver completed ballots to elections offices by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1. Applicants will need a PennDOT driver license or ID number, although that is expected to change next year. The program will also be expanded in 2020 to military and oversees voters.

Pennsylvania gets $75M more in federal aid for opioid fight

Pennsylvania will receive another $75 million in federal aid to fight the opioid-addiction crisis, money that Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration says will help with treatment, prevention and education. Wolf said today that about $56 million will go to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The money will also help extend programs designed to help people in addiction treatment find stable housing and to attract treatment professionals by helping repay their education loans. The state Department of Health received $8.4 million, a grant that is expected to repeat each of the next two years, while Philadelphia received $5.9 million and Allegheny County received $5.2 million.