Hundreds of people are expected to be Haas Center for the Arts at Bloomsburg University Wednesday night as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a meeting about a proposed natural gas pipeline. It is currently set to go through ten Pennsylvania County's... including Columbia, Montour and Luzerne... and is part of the proposed expansion of the Williams Company Atlantic Sunrise Expansion feeding gas to the Transco natural gas pipeline in southeast PA. During a meeting two months ago at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall... there was a lot of opposition voiced by Columbia County land owners. Wednesday ight's meeting gets underway at 7 O'clock... with a Williams Partner Open House at 6. Earlier we said the meeting was in Dallas... but that meeting is tomorrow night... and we regret the error.
Bloomsburg National's / Downtown
Thousands of people are headed to Columbia County for this weekend's Bloomsburg National's produced by Carlisle Events. One of the big items on anyone's check list is taking part in Friday's gridlock. That's where part of Main Street is shut down with hundreds of classic cars taking up the travel lanes. Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated manager Adrienne Mael says that's good for business. The event kicks off Thursday night at Quaker Steak and Lube in Buckhorn with the show field open at the fairgrounds Friday morning.
National Night Out
Up and down the the Susquehanna Valley... cop shops observed National Night Out. In Bloomsburg... local officers were on hand... including the Pennsylvania State Police. Trooper David Peters says it's an opportunity to meet the folks they protect and serve. Other observances were held last night in Berwick and Danville.
Federal Discrimination Suit
Governor Tom Corbett has been getting feedback since the U. S. Justice Department announced a lawsuit last week claiming Pennsylvania State Police discriminate against women in their hiring practices. The suit alleges the fitness test for state police is discriminatory against women. But Governor Corbett calls that very insulting. He's had women of all ages come up to him to say they're appalled that the Department of Justice would think women couldn't meet this requirement. He says women today are in great physical shape and can do this test.
An autopsy is scheduled to be preformed today on the body of a newborn girl... found Tuesday in Blythe Township in Schuylkill County. Taken into custody by police is 22 – year old Tara Paltanavage who lives near Tamaqua. She's being held on a quarter – million dollars bail. Paltanavage is believed to be the infant's mother. The body was discovered Tuesday in a green garbage can in front of the Winfield Drive home where she lives.
Keep PA Beautiful
The organization known as Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has been awarded a $1.4-million grant. The money comes from the state Department of Environmental Protection, and will be used to increase community involvement in the cleanup of litter and the clearing of illegal dump sites. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is based in Greensuburg, Westmoreland County, and has chapters in a total of 38 counties. Members clean up an estimated 48,000 tons of waste from parks, trails, streams and roadsides.
Protecting the Amish
A Lancaster County woman has launched an effort to protect Amish residents from exploitation from the growing number of Amish-based reality TV shows. Shows like Amish Mafia and Breaking Amish are portraying the population in an unflattering light. As a result, filmmaker and Lancaster County resident Mary Haverstick has launched Respect Amish. It's a movement aimed at convincing about 3-thousand businesses to boycott production crews who travel to Pennsylvania, making it more difficult and expensive to make these shows. Haverstick says the shows exploit the Amish and promote misunderstanding of their way of life among the non-Amish.
A former education secretary is generating some controversy over whether he's doing enough to earn his keep in his current state post. Former education secretary Ron Tomalis has been serving as a special adviser on higher education for more than a year and a Democratic activist and Republican State Senator have questioned whether he's doing enough to justify his $140,000 a year salary. Governor Tom Corbett, speaking on Radio PA's Ask the Governor, says there is no ghost employee and he would not have somebody not doing their job.
A Pittsburgh man is in jail in Luzerne County... and state police have seized an estimated $2.4 - million worth of heroin. 38 – year old Rashod Clark was on Interstate 80 in Butler Township... and was in the process of being pulled over when he tried to get away. He was captured... and when cops searched his car... they found a suitcase full of heroin... already packaged. Clark was arraigned with bail set at a half – million dollars.
Police in the Wyoming Valley believe they have the man they were looking for. Now... they've charged 19 – year old Dametrius Laws of Plains Township with allegedly pulling a stick up at the Turkey Hill store on South Main Street near Wilkes – Barre last week. Following an arraignment... he was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility since he couldn't post 50 – thousand dollars straight cash bail.
Third Party Candidates
The possibility of a third-party candidate's crashing the gubernatorial race between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf has faded away as two such hopefuls conceded they lacked enough voter support. Green Party nominee Paul Glover and Ken Krawchuk of the Libertarian Party said their campaigns had fallen short of the nearly 17,000 petition signatures needed by Friday to qualify for the Nov. 4th ballot.
Claims of inappropriate relationships, sex abuse and misconduct filed against Pennsylvania school teachers are on track to double in less than a year. That word from state officials. The state Department of Education recorded 482 complaints during 2013. Of those, about 100 resulted in official action that year, through public reprimand or suspension or revocation of a teacher’s license. Allegations ranged from drunken driving and drug possession to prolonged, multi-victim rape.
Ryan Howard singled in the winning run in the 15th inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros Tuesday night. The two teams meet again Wednesday tonight at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Game time is 7:05...
You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.
Other games Tuesday night..
The Miami Marlins defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 6 to 3... the New York Yankees were downed by the Detroit Tigers 4 to 3... and it was the New York Mets over the Washington Nationals six to one.
BU Men's Soccer
Bloomsburg University's Men's Soccer team will be busy... playing nine games starting September 4th... and wrapping the season October 22nd. First up at Steph Pettit Stadium on the BU Campus... the Huskies take on St. Thomas Aquinas on the 4th at 4 PM. It's a non – conference match... followed by the New York Institute of Technology on September 13th... and Chestnut Hill on the 16th. The season ends October 22 with a match against Millersville.