Obama in NEPA
President Obama spent part of his Wednesday in northeastern Pennsylvania. It was a campaign – style rally at the Scranton High School where he spoke to a standing – room – only crowd. He pushed his jobs bill... as well as urging congress to to extend the payroll tax cut. Mr. Obama said if the cut isn't extended... it would cost the average taxpayer $1,000 next year and deal a serious blow to the nation's recovery. After leaving Scranton... Mr. Obama winged his way to New York City to attend three separate fund – raising events.
This is the time of year when blood supplies across the region are at a historic low... and that could be a real problem if an emergency arises. Deanna Hollenbach of the Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross says folks can donate blood every 56 days. To find out where there's a blood drive near you... just click on the community calendar page here on our website.
A 74 – tall Norway spruce now dominates Rockefeller Center in New York City... with its origins rooted deep in Mifflinville. The lights were turned on last night in front of thousands of people... and a live, national TV audience. The tree... from the Keller family property in Mifflinville was taken down last month... then trucked to “The Big Apple” where it was decorated with an estimated 30,000 lights. That comes out to 5 miles worth. The big spruce will remain lit and on display until January 7th. Then the tree will be turned into mulch which will be distributed to New York City area charities.
A lawsuit has been filed against former Penn State football Defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky by a man... now 29... alleging Sandusky sexually assaulted him more than a hundred times. The plaintiff... identified only as John Doe... says Sandusky threatened to harm his family to keep him quiet. The lawsuit claims Sandusky abused the boy from 1992 to 1996 at the coach's home... in a Penn State locker room and on trips to Philadelphia. Also named in the suit is the university... and the Second Mile charity which Sandusky founded.
Two Penn State administrators accused of lying to a grand jury will wait a little longer before receiving their day in court. Hearings were delayed for Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice-President Gary Schultz. Curley is currently on administrative leave, while Schultz retired since the Sandusky abuse scandal broke. Preliminary hearings for Curley and Schultz have been rescheduled for December 16th in Harrisburg. Sandusky is scheduled to appear in Centre County court on December 13th.
Kids for Cash figure Robert Powell won't be reporting to a Florida Prison Camp in Pensacola as scheduled. Now... the 52 – year old Powell will remain free until the end of December. The reason... Powell is attending to family matters.... and his wife is being treated for cancer. Powell could spend up to 5 and a half years in prison for giving an estimated three – quarters of a million dollars to convicted judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan.
Those of us who live in Columbia and Montour... as well as two dozen other counties in eastern Pennsylvania.... and who have losses from Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee... have just two weeks left to apply for disaster assistance. The registration deadline is December 14th. The deadline to submit a disaster loan application to the Small Business Administration is also the 14th. FEMA's toll free number is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Operators take calls seven days a week from 7 AM to 10 PM.
The Bloomsburg University Council of Trustees has approved a new major. The Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership was given the green light during their quarterly meeting Wednesday. The program, the first of its kind in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and only the second in the commonwealth. The proposed program will be submitted to the Board of Governors for final approval... possibly as early next month for consideration at their January 2012 meeting.
The State Police Fire Marshal is trying to figure out how a kitchen fire erupted early Wednesday morning... forcing nine people from a Hazleton home. The fire broke out in the kitchen... and the nine people were rescued by firemen. All were taken to a Hazleton hospital to be checked out.
The contractor involved in emergency roadwork says they'll need to shut down Route 154 near Forksville Thursday... in neighboring Sullivan County. PennDot's Rick Mason says the road will be closed starting at 8 AM... from the covered bridge at Forksville to the ranger station entrance for Worlds End State Park. Thursday's detour will follow Route 87 to Dushore and Route 220. Mason says any remaining work under this project will take place under without a detour.
The pass defense of the Southern Columbia football team will be severely challenged Friday night when the Tigers play Pius X in a Class A state quarterfinal. The Royals are led by sophomore quarterback A.J. Long who has thrown 43 touchdown passes this season. The Southern Columbia - Pius X game will be played Friday night at 7 O'clock at Nazareth High School. You can hear the game starting with the pregame show at 6:30 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280, as well as www.whlm.com.