2012-02-06 05:05:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Redistricting / Candidates
Still no word from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dealing with redistricting for state house and senate seats with boundaries based on the 2010 census. And there won't be any new redistricting until all court cases dealing with the issue are resolved. That indecision has not had much of an impact on the Chief Registrar's office at the Columbia County Courthouse annex... according to Registrar Matt Rapasky... since all state house and senate candidates file their nominating petitions with the state elections office in Harrisburg.
PennDOT has started a project to bring the interchange of Interstate 80 and 180... into the 21st century. The agency's Rick Mason says it's all part of the Intelligent Transportation System. Mason says PennDOT will install closed circuit TV camera's at the Interstate 80 and 180 interchange. Also to be erected throughout Montour... Northumberland and Union Counties are electronic sign board designed to warn drivers of problems on the road ahead. The $1.5 – million project is now underway... and should be completed by late Summer.
Just days before Governor Corbett's annual budget address... Representative Tim Kreiger has called for a constitutional cap on state spending. The Westmoreland County Republican says... spending has reached a point where it threatens Pennsylvania's economic well being.
Small Games of Chance
We have all played games of chance provided by either volunteer fire companies or civic organizations. But now... Pennsylvania's civic and non – profit groups will benefit from updates to the state's small games of chance law. WHLM's Matt Paul reports from our Harrisburg News Bureau it's the first time the law has been updated since 1988.
Hazle Township Burglary
State Police are looking for thieves responsible for making off with more than a dozen smart phones from an AT&T store in Hazle Township. The burglary taking place over the weekend at the Susquehanna Boulevard store. Cops say they have surveillance of someone tossing a rock through a window. If you have information about the burglary and theft... call State Police at Hazleton.
The 2009 assessment tests taken by Hazleton area School District students come under scrutiny when officials from the State Department of Education arrive Monday. They will be examining scores. The district was one of fifty across the state to be flagged for being statistically atypical by a Minnesota - base firm which examines test scores.
US Representative Lou Barletta of Hazleton who serves Northeastern Pennsylvania... as well as Luzerne County... has shot off a letter to the US Department of Agriculture. In it... he's asking that two farm service agency offices remain open in Lehighton and Tunkhannock. Barletta says the agency provides valuable information for farmers in those area... and closing them will do harm to agri - businessmen
Curb Store Stick Up
A woman claiming to have a gun made off with cash... and a carton of iced tea Sunday afternoon as she held up Joe's Choice convenience store at the corner of Route 93 and Rock Glen Road in Sugarloaf. There is video surveillance showing the woman at the counter... manhandling the clerk and demanding money from the register. The bandit got away with a little more than $200 in cash. State Police are investigating.
That huge power plant you can spot from Routes 11 and 15 in Shamokin Dam has been shut down... putting an estimated 63 people out of work. The shutdown was prompted by the mild winter we've had. This is the second time in three months the plant has powered down. No word when or if the workers will return to work.
NY Giants / Henry Hynoski
In his rookie season in the NFL, former Southern Columbia high school football star Henry Hynoski contributed to a Super Bowl Championship. Hynoski caught two passes both for first downs, recovered a fumble, and did his usual great job of blocking in the News York Giants 21 - 17 win over the New England Patriots last night in Indianapolis.
Bloomsburg University Basketball
It was a great weekend for the Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams. Both teams won at Cheyney Saturday afternoon and both improved their position in the PSAC East standings. The women's team is in sole possession of first place, and the men's team is tied for first with Kutztown. The Huskies have two home games this week- Wednesday night against Shippensburg and Saturday afternoon against West Chester.
Boys' High School Basketball
In a game heard on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com, the Danville boys' basketball team extended their winning streak to 17 games after their 68-32 victory over Central Columbia Monday night. Listen to the details from Monday's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Sports Update: