Fracking in PA

The notion of banning fracking is dividing the Democrats running for president and increasingly dividing Democrats in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, where fracking has vaulted it to the No. 2 natural gas producer behind Texas. The divide was clear, again, on Wednesday night’s debate stage in Las Vegas during questioning about climate change. Asked what he tells workers who would lose their job to a fracking ban, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a longtime fracking opponent, said he tells them that scientists are predicting irreparable damage to the world without incredibly bold action within the next six or seven years.

Fatal Crash Thursday

Around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, a tractor trailer driver heading westbound on Route 322 died after crashing off the edge of the road. Police report the crash happened along a narrow section of Route 322, through Seven Mountains, adjacent to where new elevated highways are being built. Officials say the truck crashed where Route 322 meets Bloom Road,.

Sanusky Prosecutor and Former Penn State lawyer Disciplined

A lawyer who led the child molestation investigation and prosecution of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky lost his law license for a year Wednesday over his handling of a grand jury witness in the case, according to a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The justices issued a 5-1 decision to suspend Frank Fina’s license for a year and a day, agreeing with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel that Fina’s actions were improper in obtaining grand jury testimony about three top university officials by then-Penn State General Counsel Cynthia Baldwin.

Complaints About Privacy Follow Switch to Paper Ballots

As many Pennsylvania counties adopting new hand-marked ballot voting systems, a persistent criticism is a perceived loss of privacy in polling places when filling them out and scanning them. The criticism, raised again Wednesday by state lawmakers, has emerged repeatedly ahead of the presidential elections, after a two-year push by Gov. Tom Wolf to get counties to switch to paper-based voting systems as a defense against hacking.

Norfolk Southern to reduce operations Again

The Roanoke Times reported Tuesday said that 85 union-represented Norfold Southern workers will have moved to the company’s one remaining heavy-duty locomotive repair shop in Altoona to keep their jobs. 19 clerical positions in Roanoke are being eliminated. The company says it will close a locomotive maintenance facility and a locomotive parts distribution center in Roanoke, Virginia. The closure will impact 104 jobs. The 136-year-old locomotive shop will shutter in May. The distribution center is expected to close in April.

Altoona Graffiti Suspect Arrested

In the past several months, many Altoona businesses have been covered in graffiti. Now, Altoona Police say that an arrest has been made of atleast one suspect. Officials say 20 year ld Tyler Prosser of Lorretto is now in jail.

Candidates Wrap-Up Filing Process

Candidates for president of the United States and for state attorney general, treasurer and auditor general have until todays 5 p.m. close-of-business deadline in Pennsylvania to file paperwork to make Pennsylvania’s April 28 primary ballot. A look at who has filed so far, according to information from state election officials:
For PRESIDENT, Filing for the Democratic primary are California billionaire Tom Steyer, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and former Vice President Joe Biden. President Donald Trump has filed for the Republican primary.

Several Democratic Candidates have now Filed in PA

The first Democratic presidential candidates are filing voter signatures to get on Pennsylvania’s primary ballot, according to information from the state election office .
The first to file was California billionaire Tom Steyer, submitting signatures on Thursday. On Friday, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg also filed. The other campaigns have through 5 p.m. Tuesday to file 2,000 signatures of voters who are registered Democrats to get on Pennsylvania’s April 28 primary ballot.

State Rep. Frank Burns to Discuss School Bullying Tuesday

On Tuesday, state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, will be joined by representatives from 10 area schools to discuss school bullying and a pilot program that one area school has initiated to address the issue in its classrooms. The event, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Ebensburg Borough Building on West High Street, is open to the public. Burns, who has been a leader in the legislature on the subject and recently introduced a package of anti-bullying bills. Burns and the educators also plan to discuss an anti-bullying pilot program that the Penn Cambria School District began this school year

Steyer First to File in PA

California billionaire Tom Steyer is the first Democratic presidential candidate to file signatures to get on Pennsylvania’s primary ballot, according to information from the state election office earlier today. The other campaigns have through 5 p.m. on Tuesday to file 2,000 signatures of voters who are registered Democrats to get on Pennsylvania’s April 28 primary ballot. Pennsylvania is a late primary state, but nonetheless could be important if the eventual nominee remains in doubt past March since Pennsylvania has the sixth-most delegates in the Democratic primary.