Archives for April 2014

Corbett Cuts Costs

Governor Tom Corbett yesterday announced that all together, state agencies have saved taxpayers more than $650 Million, as officials find ways to do more with less.

One of those projects included saving the state $100 Million by identify inmates in county jails who were collecting unemployment.

Penn State To Paterno Estate: Sorry, But NO

Penn State, in court filings made Monday, said it would be willing to give the Paterno Estate more documents about the “Freeh Report” and the Sandusky scandal, but it can’t.
The University claims Attorney-client privileges and State and Federal Regulations would prohibit any further disclosures. The request is tied to the Paterno’s suit against the NCAA. A court hearing is set for next month.

Drug Take Back Successful

The Altoona Police Department collected nine large boxes of unused prescription and over the counter medication in its Drug Takeback operation over the weekend. APD set up several drop-off locations to accept the unused or expired medication in order to prevent the drugs from getting into the wrong hands, and keep them out of the water system. The boxes filled with meds were incinerated yesterday afternoon.

Commissioners: Fix the Leaks

Blair County Commissioners yesterday asked architects to continue investigating leaky issues at the Blair County Courthouse, and how to fix them– permanently. The county could use the proceeds from the sale of Valley View Home to pay for the much-needed leak mitigation, or they could float a bond measure. Leaky windows and poor drainage are causing the 137 year old building to detriorate, with water damage on every level of the building.

Drug Take-Back

The Altoona Police Department collected nin large boxes of unused prescription and over the counter medication in its Drug Takeback operation over the weekend. APD set up several drop-off locations to accept the unused or expired medication in order to prevent the drugs from getting into the wrong hands, and keep them out of the water system. The boxes filled with meds were incinerated yesterday afternoon.

Waterline Construction Snarls Traffic

Duncansville Municipal Authority says a contractor is beginning waterline construction work today on Maple Hollow Road between the intersection at State Route 764 and Tree Lane in Allegheny Township, Blair County.
This work will be completed under daylight traffic patterns controlled by flaggers.
Residents and business owners who regularly use Maple Hollow Road west from State Route 764 will want to use Old Rt. 22 and Mill Road to reach Maple Hollow Road while the detour is in place.
Traffic on Rt. 764 will not be able to turn west onto Maple Hollow Road at the traffic light due to the construction. Through traffic on Rt. 764 will not be affected.
Local residents should expect some delays when trying to leave or return to their houses during the day.

Gas Pains Getting Worse

Bad news if you plan on traveling very far this coming summer. Gas prices are going up.
The average price is $3.65 per gallon nationally. Here in Pennsylvania, it’s about a dime higher than that. Just one year ago, a gallon of regular was selling for about $3.45.
Gas is more expensive here in the Keystone State than in many other states because we have one of the highest gas taxes in the nation. Right now, you are paying sixty cents a gallon just in tax in Pennsylvannia.
Couple that with the rising prices of crude oil, and it may not be long before we are paying upwards of $4.00 a gallon.

Medical Marijuana Bill Closer

Supporters of a proposed medical marijuana bill rallied Monday in the state capitol.
The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, would legalize the use of medical marijuana here in Pennsylvania by patients, if it is recommended by their doctor.
The medical marijuana bill is still in a state senate committee, and no vote has been scheduled. First, it would have to pass the senate and then the house before going to the governor for a signature.
It would hit some opposition there, as Governor Corbett has gone on record saying he opposes recreational use of marijuana, but he would consider all the facts, including recommendations by the FDA, before making a decision on medical marijuana.

Holocaust Remembered at the Capital

Holocaust survivors and their families were at the State Capital yesterday for a rememberance ceremony. Several state lawmakers were on-hand, including Governor Tom Corbett

The event was organized by the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition.

Bedford County Fire is Out; Arson Suspected

Investigators say a 1-thousand acre fire that burned for a week in Bedford county— was set on purpose. Crews were grateful for the rain over the weekend which helped them to finally put out the fire, and once tallied, the cost is likely to be hundreds of thousands of dollars. The blaze was first reported on April 19th, and investigators have ruled out the possibility that a camp fire, lightening strikes, or vehicles started the blaze. Anyone who might have information is asked to call the Bureau of Forestry.