Archives for August 2014

Labor Day

Today is Labor Day- Jack Murphy tells who started the holiday and when.

Corbett Introduces Health Plan

Governor Corbett says the state has secured an agreement with the federal government to implement a portion of his Healthy Pennsylvania plan that will allow the state to increase access to health care through the private insurance market…

The Healthy Pennsylvania PCO will be created to increase access to health care through the private, commercial market for more than 600,000 eligible Pennsylvanians. Currently, nine insurers have applied as providers of the Healthy Pennsylvania PCO, offering a minimum of two options in each region of the state. Enrollment is expected to open by Dec. 1.

PA Man Latest MegaWinner

One Pennsylvanian is a lot richer today after he found out he won more than 86 million dollars in the MegaMillions jackpot drawing.
Carl Szott says when he told his wife he had the winning ticket, she cried. His reaction… a bit more restrained…

Lottery Executive Director Sil Lutkewitte also commented…

AAA Predicts Big Weekend Of Travel

If you’re planning the traditional Labor Day weekend road trip, you’ll have plenty of company. Triple-A is predicting the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2008. AAA spokesman, Robert Sinclair…

The price of gas at most Altoona stations is around $3.49, down ten cents from a year ago. The Blair County DUI Task Force also is planning enforcement efforts to search for impaired drivers during the holiday period.

Medical Marijuana Debate Comes To Altoona

As the debate here in Pennsylvania swirls with the pros and cons of marijuana legalization, an expert on medical marijuana came to Altoona last night, when The Casino at Lakemont hosted a discussion on medical marijuana.
Dr. Kevin Sabet speaks about medical marijuana across the country.
He says there are some medical benefits to marijuana, but smoking it shouldn’t be preferred way of using it.
Judy Rosser from the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnership says people with medical problems should look to the FDA not to legalization.
Another meeting is scheduled next week in Indiana County.

It’s Road Trip Time

If you’re planning the traditional Labor Day weekend road trip, you’ll have plenty of company. Triple-A is predicting the highest travel volume for the holiday since 2008. The price of gas at most Altoona stations is around $3.49, down ten cents from a year ago. The Blair County DUI Task Force also is planning enforcement efforts to search for impaired drivers during the holiday period.

Football Players Suspended iin Alleged Hazing Incident

Hollidaysburg Area High School is scheduled to open its football season tonight. On Thursday, several football players were suspended or removed from the team after an investigation into a hazing incident. None of the players will be expelled . Some of them may be facing criminal charges; that announcement is expected from borough police today. Superintendent Bob Gildea says the alleged misconduct took place in locker rooms between two-a-day practices two weeks ago. Some rumors have suggested that the inappropriate behavior could be characterized as sexual assault. Police Chief David Gehret says that’s not true. Neither Gehret or Gildea has been willing to describe what actually happened.

Governor Announces Healthy Pennsylvania Plan

Governor Corbett says the state has secured an agreement with the federal government to implement a portion of his Healthy Pennsylvania plan that will allow the state to increase access to health care through the private insurance market.

As part of the approved waiver, the Healthy Pennsylvania PCO will be created to increase access to
health care through the private, commercial market for more than 600,000 eligible Pennsylvanians. Currently, nine insurers have applied as providers of the Healthy Pennsylvania PCO, offering a
minimum of two insurer options in each region of the state. Enrollment is expected to begin Dec. 1.

State Man Wins Lottery Jackpot

One of our fellow Pennsylvanians has won more than 86 million dollars in the MegaMillions jackpot drawing. Carl Szott says when he told his wife he had the winning ticket, she cried. But, his reaction was somewhat more restrained.

Jobs Available in Sports Industry

If you’re looking for a job, working for a sports team may be the answer. Jack Murphy reports.