WISE Woman of Blair County Nominatons

WISE Women of Blair County Tribute recognizes and honors Blair County women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in promoting the awareness of the significant role of women in the quality of life in our community and its economic growth. WISE Women is seeking applications for nominees for its annual Tribute dinner in the categories of: Arts & Letters, Business & Professional, Community Service Volunteer, Education, Non Profit/Government and Rising Star (under 21 years of age). The annual Tribute dinner will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 6:00pm at the Casino at Lakemont Park. Anyone- an individual, organization or a business may submit nominations to WISE Women, Nomination forms may be located on the WISE Womenwebsitewww.wisewomenofblaircounty.org . Nominations must be submitted by Friday, February 9, 2018 by 4pm.

Gov Wolf is Pro Overtime Pay

Gov. Tom Wolf is moving to boost pay in Pennsylvania by making hundreds of thousands of additional salaried employees eligible for overtime pay, according to administration officials.
The proposed regulation extending overtime to more salaried employees would need approval only from a five-member board whose members are appointed by Wolf, two top Republican lawmakers and two top Democratic lawmakers, giving it a 3-2 Democratic majority. The approval process could take more than a year, and raising the overtime threshold would strengthen the middle class, boost the economy and help make wages fairer, according to the Governor. The move is likely to draw fire from business owners, who cheered when federal courts blocked a similar move by former President Barack Obama.

A Fourth Republican Candidate on PA Lt. Gov. Ticket

A fourth Republican is throwing a hat into the ring to run for lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania. Joe Gale, a Montgomery County Commissioner, announced today that he’s running for the party’s nomination. The 28-year-old Gale announces before March 6 which is the deadline for major party candidates to file paperwork to get on the May 15 primary election ballot. Five Democrats have lined up to contest the re-election bid of Lt. Gov. Mike Stack in the party’s primary.

PA Firearm Owning Pot Fans Face a Choice

The federal government says grass and guns don’t mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana — and the strongly pro-gun-rights administration of President Donald Trump — in a potentially uncomfortable position. As gun-loving Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to operate a medical marijuana program, with the first dispensary on track to begin sales next month, authorities are warning patients that federal law bars marijuana users from having guns or ammunition. “They’re going to have to make a choice,” said John T. Adams, president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association.

Governor Wolf’s War on Drugs

Gov. Tom Wolf is issuing a disaster declaration in Pennsylvania. But it won’t be a routine step before bad weather and relief efforts that follow. For the first time in state history, the announcement will be made for a public health crisis and the ongoing opioid epidemic killing thousands of Pennsylvania residents each year. The worsening crisis grew more than 30 percent in a year to 4,632 overdose deaths in 2016, according to the most recent statistics available from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. While some other states saw a decline in overdose deaths from May 2016 to May 2017, Pennsylvania recorded an 83 percent increase, according to a new analysis published Monday by Kaiser Health. The rise in Pennsylvania was largely attributed to fentanyl, which is in line with DEA statistics. Governor Wolf has been encouraged by steps the Legislature has taken, such as the creation of prescription monitoring systems, and steps his own administration has taken like increasing the availability of the overdose-reversal drug Naloxone to first responders.

PA Prosecutors Take Over the Piazza Case

Pennsylvania prosecutors are taking over a criminal case stemming from the death of a Penn State fraternity pledge after a night of drinking and hazing. Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Monday his office agreed to assume the case from Centre County District Attorney Bernie Cantorna. Former members of now-shuttered Beta Theta Pi are accused of various offenses related to the February death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza.

Higher PA Turnpike Tolls Now in Effect

Motorists who use the Pennsylvania Turnpike are now seeing higher tolls. A 6 percent increase for cash and E-ZPass took effect Sunday. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says the increase, approved by commissioners last July, is needed to meet funding and capital-improvement obligations. The commission also says it is legislatively mandated to offer $450 million in supplemental funding to PennDOT each year. There will be no 2018 increase for E-ZPass or Toll By Plate customers at the Delaware River Bridge westbound cashless tolling point in Bucks County.

Altoona Shelter Closing

A local domestic abuse shelter is closing as the organization running it redirects resources to focus on providing safety for abuse victims in their own homes. Family Services Inc. announced the closure of the Altoona shelter on today. The group says the shelter provided a necessary safe haven for abuse victims when it opened more than three decades ago, but it required them to uproot their lives and share communal living spaces. The group will now focus on helping victims stay in their own homes by securing protective orders and adding security systems. The group will officially close its doors February 1st.

PA’s First Medical Pot Dispensary

The Pennsylvania Health Department says it’s given the state’s first all-clear for a medical marijuana dispensary to begin providing the drug, once it’s available from a licensed grower.
The Keystone Canna Remedies dispensary in Bethlehem received state authorization today, a major milestone in Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana program. Nine entities to grow and process medical marijuana have previously been approved. Officials say their products are expected to be available to patients in the coming four months. A 2016 state law legalized medical marijuana for people suffering from one of 17 qualifying conditions. More than a thousand Pennsylvania patients have been certified by a doctor to use medical marijuana.

City of Altoona Provides Warming Centers

This reminder fromThe City of Altoona which is able to provide emergency warming centers at each of their four fire stations. Due to the extremely cold temperatures that we are currently experiencing, being without heat is a life threatening situation. Should a city resident find themselves without heat in their home, travel to the nearest city fire station. The fire stations are not intended to be a long-term housing solution, but a temporary measure while other shelter options are located. Before traveling to one of the fire stations for warming, please contact 814-949-2230 so that the Fire Department can make appropriate arrangements.