Gov. Wolf Pushes for Stolen Gun Law

Gov. Tom Wolf is urging the passage of a law in Pennsylvania requiring gun owners to report stolen or lost firearms, suggesting it could have prevented last week’s wounding of six Philadelphia police officers during a long standoff. Wolf made the comments earlier today. He says Pennsylvania needs a stolen or lost guns reporting requirement so that people like the accused shooter in Philadelphia can’t illegally get a hold of a long gun. Maurice Hill is charged with attempted murder, assault and other counts.

Curve Manager Sets Team Record!

Altoona Curve manager and Indiana, Pa. native Michael Ryan notched his 214th victory as the team’s manager, setting a new franchise record, when his ballclub defeated the Bowie Baysox, 5-4, in comeback fashion on Sunday at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Curve continue their six-game homestand on Monday at 6:30 p.m. as the Hartford Yard Goats come to town f

Pennsylvania unemployment rate ticked up to 3.9% in July

Pennsylvania’s jobless rate is up slightly but remains near record lows under state records that go back four decades. The Labor and Industry Department said Friday the 3.9% rate in July was 0.1 percent higher than the record low that was in place from April to June. The national rate of 3.7 percent was unchanged from June.
The size of the state’s workforce rose by 1,000 to nearly 6.5 million. The number of unemployed Pennsylvanians rose by 4,000, which is the first increase in the current calendar year. The state’s unemployment rate a year ago was 0.3 percentage points higher.

Gov.Wolf unveils gun violence effort after Philadelphia shooting

Gov. Tom Wolf directed state police and other agencies under his control today to focus greater efforts on addressing gun violence, two days after a gunman shot six Philadelphia police officers. Wolf set up a new Special Council on Gun Violence and gave it six months to recommend how to reduce mass shootings, domestic violence, suicides and accidental shootings. He also established the Office of Gun Violence Prevention at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and delinquency and a violence prevention division within the Health Department. The announcement had been planned for Thursday but was rescheduled after the nearly eight-hour standoff in Philadelphia that left the officers with injuries.

Bike Virginia Tour Returning to Farmville Area Next Year

THE BIKE VIRGINIA 2020 TOUR IS COMING TO THE HEART OF VIRGINIA NEXT YEAR. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS..

BIKE VIRGINIA…PARTNERING WITH FARMVILLE AND PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY FOR NEXT YEAR’S BIKE VIRGINIA TOUR JUNE 19th THROUGH THE 24th…EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DR KIMBERLY PERRY…
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THE FIRST HALF OF NEXT YEAR’S TOUR WILL BE HELD AT WILCK’S LAKE PARK…THE SECOND HALF AT TWIN LAKES STATE PARK

Central PA Product Tampering Case

A central Pennsylvania man is accused of putting people at risk by placing unidentified substances into consumer product packaging and returning the items to retail stores. Police on Wednesday charged 58-year-old Robert Keith Burns of Mechanicsburg with reckless endangerment, theft by deception and criminal mischief through tampering. The arrest affidavit says Burns wouldn’t tell investigators what materials were put inside of packaging for beauty aids and medication returned to stores or recovered from his home. He’s in jail, unable to post $50,000 bail. Authorities seized packaging, glue, jars and white cream from a search of Burns’ home last week.

US appeals court hands truckers defeat in turnpike toll suit

High tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike do not violate the right of truckers and other motorists to travel between states, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, upholding a lower-court dismissal of a lawsuit against state agencies and officials. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Pennsylvania’s use of turnpike tolls to pay other costs was authorized by Congress and therefore does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
“Because Congress has permitted state authorities, such as (the) defendants, to use the tolls for non-Turnpike purposes, the collection and use of the tolls do not implicate the Commerce Clause,” this according to3rd Circuit Judge Patty Shwartz

Cosby Lawyers Continue to Fight

Bill Cosby’s lawyers are fighting to overturn his sexual assault conviction today as the 82-year-old comedian serves a three- to 10-year prison term in Pennsylvania.
Cosby was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the #MeToo era. He insists the sexual encounter with a young woman seeking career advice was consensual.
A jury last year found Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004. Defense lawyers contend the trial judge erred in letting five other accusers testify to bolster the prosecution’s case. A three-judge Superior Court panel is hearing arguments today but is not expected to rule for several months.

Blair Drug & Alcohol Meeting on Marijuana

The Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships has scheduled a town hall meeting to provide education on the risk related to the potential commercialization of marijuana in the state of Pennsylvania. The town hall meeting will be held Thursday, Aug.15 at 7 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, 130 Patchway Road, Duncansville. The event will feature guest speaker Luke Niforatos, Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for Smart Approaches to Marijuana Inc.

Resentencing for Sandusky

A state judge has ordered Jerry Sandusky be taken to a central Pennsylvania courtroom next month for resentencing on his 45-count child sexual abuse conviction, six months after an appeals court ruled mandatory minimums had been improperly applied. Judge John Foradora filed an order Wednesday that scheduled the proceeding for Sept. 23.Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted in 2012 of the sexual abuse of 10 boys,