Monday night... at the Bloomsburg Town Council meeting.... council rejecting developer Matt Zoppetti's request to place a drug rehabilitation center in the former Windsor Foods plant on 11th Street. Instead... council voted to lets the courts decide whether a 500 plus bed drug treatment center... backed by Bloomsburg developer Zoppetti. That after an impassioned plea by the local developer. A second, back up location at 5th Street.... near the former Bloomsburg Mills... would have been turned into a nursing home or a drug rehab center... but on a smaller scale. Although Zoppetti's Windsor project has been twisting in the wind for 13 months... it will take at least another month or two for the courts to make their decision.
Wreaths Across America
A ceremony in honor of Wreaths Across America was held at the State Capitol Monday. During Wreaths Across America Day this Saturday wreaths will be placed by volunteers on the graves of 1.2 million Americans who gave their lives for their country. Speaking at the State Capitol Ceremony Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa said its important to take time during the holiday season to remember those who we've lost in the fight to preserve freedom and those who are currently serving.
Animal Resource Center
A big dog goes a long, long way... so says Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Ms. Bird telling Joe that a dog makes a house a home.
If you want to check out their cats, kittens or dogs... just go to their web site “NoKillARC.org..” or join the conversation on their Facebook page.
Legislation reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program in Pennsylvania is on its way to the Governor's desk after a controversial amendment was removed. When the state Senate originally passed a bill renewing CHIP, it was amended to prohibit the program from paying for sex reassignment surgery. That language was removed when it was passed in the House, then returned to the Senate for concurrence. The bill without the sex reassignment prohibition passed the Senate by a vote of 43 to 6, with Governor Tom Wolf indicating he will sign it.
Controversial anti-abortion legislation is poised for a final passage vote in the state House. The bill which has already passed the Senate would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, one of the most restive laws in the nation. House members opposed to the bill tried pass a motion to refer the bill to the House Health Committee for a hearing. That motion failed, clearing the way for a final passage vote which is likely this week before the House recesses for Christmas.
A state grant recently given to Hazleton will go toward renovating a park in the center of the city. One of the changes eyed is a park located at the corner of Laurel Street and West Broad Street. The city just received a grant for $200,000 from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to renovate the space. Another project the city is working on is located right next to the park. It involves renovating an old bank into the city's arts center. The city hopes to have the money donated and the park project completed by 2019.
Snyder Bomb Threat
The Snyder County Courthouse and surrounding roads are back in business today after being closed part of the day Monday for a bomb threat. The Snyder County sheriff told our media partner Newswatch 16 the courthouse received a phone call that there was a bomb inside the building. The building was cleared out and Routes 104 and 522 were closed. The sheriff's department said a bomb-sniffing dog checked out the building and nothing was found. No one is in custody at this time. The investigation is continuing.
Sex Harassment Legislation
Women who work at the state Capitol have told women who have power at the state Capitol that sexual harassment and maybe even assault happen there. So Monday, many of those women announced a series of bills dealing with the issue in myriad ways. One bill would expand sexual harassment protections. Another would create a task force for college campuses. A third would ban taxpayer money being used for settlements and another would name names of abusers; there would be no more nondisclosure agreements to keep everything hidden. The big question: will leadership in the House and Senate, which is male-dominated, move the bills pushed by the women of the legislature..
The retail price for self – serve, unleaded gasoline is coming down a bit. The latest survey conducted by the Triple A shows gas in Columbia – Montour area convenience stores is $2.72 a gallon. That's compared to $2.74 a week ago. A month ago we we're paying $2.74 a gallon. Overall... less of a demand for the product is the reason for the drop.
Two men are under arrest after cops say shots were fired in Hazleton. Milton Montero and Danny Vargas are behind bars after police say they were called to reports of shots fired near a nightclub on East Diamond Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Montero was found in a shot-up vehicle and officers say they found an illegal handgun. A little while later, officers stopped a vehicle suspected of being involved in the gunfire, and arrested Vargas for a stolen handgun. Both men are locked up in the Luzerne County Jail on $25,000 bail.