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Despite on – going construction at Bloomsburg Town Hall... it is business as usual. Since the police department moved to their new digs on 7th Street... plans have been in the works to move Code Enforcement to the first floor. Also... parking has been a nightmare so says town manager Lauren Martz. The entire job... according to Ms. Martz... should be wrapped up this fall...
Insurance Commissioner Testifys
Pennsylvania's Insurance Commissioner was in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to speak to Democratic lawmakers about the health care debate. Even as Republicans moved forward for a full repeal or repeal and replace, Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller testified before a House Democrats steering committee on preserving the Affordable Care Act. Miller encouraged the Dems to keep fighting for the A-C-A, especially provisions like Cost Sharing Reduction payments and a national reinsurance program to lower premiums. Miller also pressed for preservation of the individual mandate in the
Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says it's time for Republicans to abandon their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senator Casey made his request prior to a vote in the US Senate to proceed with debate on the fate of the ACA. Casey predicted if the health care law is repealed, not only would thousands of Pennsylvanians lose insurance coverage, tens of thousands of health-related jobs would also be lost. He says compromise is the best way forward, with ideas from each side to build on what already exists.
It may be warm... and in the 70's during the afternoon, but a state agency is gearing up for the winter. PennDOT is seeking seasonal employee to be plow truck operators and mechanics to mention a few. From her Montoursville office... PennDOT Kim Smith says there are opportunity's galore. PennDOT Smith says the seasonal jobs are not minimum wage positions... and could lead to full time employment with the agency.
Pennsylvania's Senate returns to the Capitol Wednesday afternoon. A two-day session is scheduled by the chamber, and it appears Senators will resume efforts to close a two-billion-dollar budget gap by the original plan. This involves borrowing against a state fund, along with transfers and expanded gambling. Senate GOP leaders have indicated a tax increase may be in the works, but a GOP spokesperson called the possibility of a severance tax on Marcellus Shale operations a rumor, although that could change.
Orangeville Pet & Toy Parade
In Orangeville last night.... the sounds of the Catawissa Military Band leading the way at Tuesday night's Pet and Toy Parade. Formed in 1869... the band has preformed everywhere and the parade is held in conjunction with the Orangeville Fireman Carnival. An excellent turnout along the route of march... as hundreds of people line the streets. The carnival runs through Saturday night.
A man is dead after an accident at a mining property in Schuylkill County. The coroner says 28 – year old Andrew John Oxenrider was killed in an accident Tuesday morning on the Reading Anthracite property in Cass Township, near Minersville. Published reports say Oxenrider of Pitman was operating a bulldozer near a breaker when the machine went over an embankment and rolled over him.
Knobles Clean Up
One of the best known tourist attractions was hit by Monday's storm. Knoebels Amusement Resort near Elysburg closed early due to flooding. Video posted on social media show the creek running through the middle of the park just going over it's banks. Part of the nearby campgrounds at the park were hit with water from another creek that came rushing through. Knoebels officials don't believe the damage is too extensive.
Some big changes are coming to the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport... just in time for next month's air show. The big change is the old terminal... coming down. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Air Show is set for the weekend of August 12th. By that time, the old terminal should be demolished and the debris cleared away, but the area will be off limits. When the air show is over, crews will go back to work. They'll build a new parking area for both cars and commercial airplanes to take the place of the old terminal. The project is scheduled to be finished in September.
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Former Bloomsburg University All American Jahri Evans report to an NFL training camp for the 12th time Wednesday, but his first as a member of the Green Bay Packers. The Packers' training camp is at Saint Norbert's College in Wisconsin. Since 2006, Evans has played in 169 regular season games, more than any other NFL offensive lineman during that time period.
In major league baseball Tuesday night, it was the Houston Astros blanking the Phillies 5 to nothing. The series in Philadelphia continues Wednesday night with a 7:05 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.
In other games Tuesday night, it was the San Francisco Giants over Pittsburgh 11 to 3... the Mets just got by the San Diego Padres 6 to 5... and it was the Yankees over the Cincinnati Reds 4 to 2.