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Wednesday August 10, 2011 News


Tablets for Distribution

Folks living or going to school within ten miles of nuclear power plants across the state are being given the opportunity to pick up Potassium Iodine Tablets Thursday. The PA Department of Health said the pills to be used protect the thyroid gland in case of an accidental release of radioactivity from the PPL Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... and at the direction of the department. The Department of Health's Jeff Blystone said the Potassium Iodine tablets will be available for distribution Thursday... from 4 to 7 PM at the state health office in the shopping center at 1000 Market Street in Bloomsburg.            

 

Transportation Plan 
Governor Corbett is still looking through a report given to him recently by the Transportation Funding Advisory Commission. The Governor giving thumbs up to the report, which outlines a blueprint to raise $2.5-billion transportation dollars by year five. The report recommends indexing driver and vehicle fees to inflation. Governor Corbett says that would NOT violate his no tax pledge.

 

Car Break – Ins 

Bloomsburg Police are being plagued with a rash of car break – in's. Chief Leo Sokoloski says it usually happens overnight.... when the car is parked. In most cases the doors aren't locked and thieves simply look inside for loose changes... cell phones and CD's... something they can stuff in their pockets. The Chief says the simplest solution is to lock you vehicle... take your keys... preventing thieves from making off with your property.

 

World Youth Day

Several people from our area leave on a trek Wednesday...traveling to Spain to take part in World Youth Day 2011. The trip involves 31 – parishes within the Harrisburg Diocese. Katherine Mullin from St. Columbia Church in Bloomsburg... as well as Monica Burke of St. Joseph's in Danville will be delegates to the Madrid conclave. St. Monica Parish in Sunbury... and a half dozen other churches... will hold a mass Wednesday for those taking part in World Youth Day...which runs through the 21st.

 

I-80 Construction

If you're planning on using Interstate 80 the next few days... it may become a traffic choke point on your journey. PennDOT says I-80 westbound will have a lane closure between the Mifflinville and Lime Ridge exit up until 7 O'clock Wednesday and Thursday. The reason... trucks involved in constructing a third bridge over the Susquehanna River need room to move about.  Meantime... now through Saturday... the I-80 eastbound passing lanes between those two exits will be closed with temporary concrete barriers. The agency says plan ahead if you want to use I-80.

 

Farm Credit

The impact of the decision by Standard and Poor's to downgrade the government's credit rating is still not clear, despite this week's Wall Street sell off. Mark O'Neill, of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, says it's too early to tell what impact the Standard and Poor's decisions will have on loans for farmers.

And O'Neill says... despite the ups and downs of the markets...  most farmers already have fixed-rate loans.

 

Ciavarella

The lawyers for convicted Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella is asking the federal court to go easy on their client during sentencing Tomorrow in Scranton. If you recall... Ciavarella was convicted earlier this year on 12 of 39 counts in a “cash for kids” scheme.... in which he sentenced juveniles to for – profit detention centers run by friends... and in return... boxes full of cash flowed into his office.

Lawyers are asking judge Edwin Kosik to back off a possible life sentence because... of what they call... stress.

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