Flood Bill Passed In Senate
The State Senate approved a bi-partisan, eight bill, package on Wednesday designed to provide relief to those affected by heavy flooding caused by tropical storm Lee. Senator John Gordner of Columbia County authored part of the legislation. The bills include legislation that would provide supplemental state assistance, highway bridge and rail rehabilitation projects, real estate tax abatement, low interest loan programs for small businesses, and interest rate assistance and loan guarantees to assist farmers. The legislation now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
Occupy Moves to Colleges
Will we see the “Occupy” movement hit Bloomsburg University? Students all across the United States are ready to strike in protest of the cost and quality of college education today. The Occupy movement has taken hold at Susquehanna University, and students there plan to leave classes Thursday afternoon in protest. Just a few weeks ago students from Bloomsburg University were involved in an Occupy Bloomsburg protest that involved about a dozen people, both town residents and BU students, at the town fountain.
United Way Campaign Checks In
The 2011 United Way Campaign has been going on for some time now, and John Thomas of the Columbia County United Way checked in with us. He says they have raised at total of $372,000 so far this year. There are fifteen local member agencies that benefit. To donate you can check with your employer to see if they do paycheck withdrawals or contact the Columbia County United Way by calling 784-3134. You can also donate online at www.unitedwaycolumbiacounty.com.
Young's Funny Farm In Need
“We Bring Smiles,” that's what you'll see when you visit Young's Funny Farm's website. The organization visits hospitals, camps, fairs, carnivals, schools...the list goes on...with their therapy dogs, donkeys, ducks, and other animals to bring smiles to the community. They are in the process of looking for a donation of a used tow vehicle. The have had to limit the number of visits they are able to make with their animals due to the lack of transportation. To help or find out more contact Neil Young by visiting them online at www.youngsfunnyfarm.org.
A comprehensive Marcellus Shale Bill has passed the Senate. The per well impact fee would start out at $50,000, under the GOP-backed bill. In years 2011-20, the fee would be $10,000. State Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati says they worked diligently to find a “sweet spot” on revenues. 55% of the fee would stay local, the rest would be used for statewide infrastructure and environmental programs. Many democrats say it's a free pass for the industry.
A new poll finds that the public is not sure who to believe when it comes to issues related to natural gas fracking. The poll finds Pennsylvanians have doubts about the credibility of the media, environmental groups and scientists when it comes to information about the fracking process. 48% of participants felt environmental groups overstate the impacts.
Former Governor Ed Rendell is defending his record on education. The National Assessment of Education progress singles out Pennsylvania as one of only a few states to make significant progress across all grades and subjects from 2003 to 2011. Former Governor Ed Rendell says the number of students attaining the highest levels of PSSA scores doubled on his watch. He wants State Lawmakers to rebuild public education funding. Regardless of what happens in the voucher debate, Rendell says not one dollar should be taken from public schools.
WHLM Sports: BU Basketball
College basketball returned to the Nelson Field House Wednesday night as The Bloomsburg University Huskies took on Philadelphia's University of the Sciences. The double-header ended in victories for both BU teams. The Women's final was 83-61, the Men's final was 71-56.
WHLM Sports: PSAC All Conference
The PSAC all conference team was announced yesterday, and Bloomsburg University led the way with 13 all conference picks including 9 first team selections. Leading the way was senior cornerback Oscar Rivera, a first team pick for the third straight season.