The next few days will be pretty soggy around the region. Most of the state is under a flood watch... thanks to the rains dumped along a cold front from the remains of tropical depression Lee. The National Weather Service says Lee is poised to soak most of Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as the rest of the Commonwealth through Thursday. Katia, on the other hand, is a category four hurricane in the Atlantic. That storm is expected to stay in the ocean but bring strong winds and heavy surf along the East Coast.
With the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Irene just a little more than a week ago... the American Red Cross is still on the scene in parts of the northeast trying to help. For Rita Inkloich of the Bloomsburg Chapter... it's been one of the most expensive operations in recent memory. Now, the Red Cross is now reaching out to all of us to help pay for the recovery operation. You can do so by dropping off a check at the Red Cross office on 7th Street in Bloomsburg... or going on line at www.redcross.org
CareerLink / Donnelley
It's been well documented over the past couple of weeks that one of Columbia County's top fifteen private employers will shut it door in late October. That move will toss an estimated 300 people out of work. Now... Pennsylvania's CareerLink is attempting to help those workers. The agency's Shannon Miller says for the soon – to – be – displaced workers... one advantage is being employed by the company twenty – plus years. Miller said the CareerLink Scott Township office on Tenny Road has already started to help some of the soon – to – be - unemployed Donnelley workers.
Investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire in a Scranton home... leaving three people dead.
An off – duty firefighter discovered the blaze around 1 O'clock this morning at the Lawall Street home. Firefighters say the home had no working smoke detectors.
Benton Firemen were called out last night to help one of their own Monday night. Authorities say firemen were called to the 2nd floor apartment of Andrew Funk in the 300 – block of Third Street when a stove fire broke out. Funk is a volunteer firemen with the Benton Department. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that Funk and his girlfriend made it out safely. Firemen had the flames knocked down quickly... then checked the structure for extensions.
West Hazleton Fire
Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire which damaged two double homes over the weekend in West Hazleton. Firefires were called to 309 West Green street after flames were spotted in an apartment on the second floor. The fire spread to 311 West Green as well. Luckily... no one was at home when the fire broke out.
Hazle Twp Crash
A Sheppton man is dead following a one – vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Route 924 in Hazle Township. Police say 39 – year old Todd Hartz was northbound on 924 when he lost control of his pick up. It went off the road at Scotch Pine Drive... eventually striking a tree. Hartz died at the scene of the crash.
PennDOT says starting Tuesday... there will be a short term driving lane closure for Interstate 80 westbound from mile marker 223 to 221 in Montour County. The agency's Rick Mason says the closure is expected to be in effect through Friday afternoon.
PA Union Friendly
A new study by the Competitive Enterprise Institute finds Pennsylvania among the top five union-friendly states. The study ranks Pennsylvania 46th in terms of labor policy that negatively affects taxpayers but promotes unions. All that can change when lawmakers return to Harrisburg in two weeks.
Business groups are pushing for a "right to work" law that they say will save taxpayers money and improve the business climate in communities across the state.
The PA Turnpike now has an app for smart phones. TRIP Talk is a new smart phone app that provides real-time Pennsylvania Turnpike traffic info. As the name suggests, the new app is hands-free and eyes-free. The app will send an audio alert, but if you happen to be chatting when the alert sounds, it will pause until you are through with your call.
More than half of Pennsylvania residents say the state is going the wrong way. The survey by Lancaster-based Franklin & Marshall College also says about half of those polled believe the biggest issues in Pennsylvania are the economy and the unemployment rate. Less than a third, 32%, think Governor Tom Corbett is doing a good job. The college's Center for Opinion Research questioned 525 adults from August 22nd to the 29th.
The price of a gallon of gasoline continues to hold steady across Northeast Pennsylvania. The Triple – A Fuel Guage report out this morning shows that a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is at $3.63.
That's the same as it was Monday... and up seven sets from a week ago.
A new report out by the AARP Foundation shows more and more Americans over the age of 50 are at risk of going hungry. That's up nealry 80 percent since 2001. The AARP's Ray Landis says the economy is taking it's toll. Landis says people in the 50 to 59 age group are in a tough bind because they don't yet qualify for social security... yet they're too old to qualify for programs designed for families with children.