2012-02-08 05:22:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Governor Tom Corbett has taken the wraps of his proposed $27.14 - billion budget for the 2012 – 2013 fiscal year. The governor says he wishes he had more money for education. The governor proposing a slight increase in funding for basic education... but a 20% cut for higher education.. such as Bloomsburg University... and a 30% reduction for Penn State, Temple and Pitt. Whatever the case... State Representative David Millard of Millville says the budget proposed on Tuesday is not what will come out of the house and senate. Hearings on the measure begin on the 21st of the month in Harrisburg.
A Shickshinny man is in jail... charged with attempted murder... aggravated assault and robbery. Berwick police say 39 – year old Kim Roquet is accused of stabbing and robbing a worker at Decker's Scrap Yard in Berwick in January of 2011. The worker suffering life – threatening wounds... but has since recovered and identified Roquet from photographs. Roquet was arraigned... with bail set at 750 – thousand dollars. He is expected to appear at a preliminary hearing next week.
Shamokin police are looking for a man who held up a customers at the First National Bank at the corner of Market and Chestnut Street Tuesday night. Police say the victim was making a deposit when he was robbed by a suspect wearing a mask and toting a hand gun. The bandit was also wearing a hoodie... with a Shamokin Indians logo.
On a vote of 31 to 19.. the Pennsylvania Senate has okayed a Marcellus shale bill. The Republican-negotiated measure calls for fee amounts of up to $355,000 per well over the next 15 – years. State Senator John Gordner of Berwick says environmental issues plays a big part in the legislation. Under the plan.... 60% of the revenue raised from the fee would go to local governments impacted by drilling. The remaining 40% of the revenue would be for statewide projects.
Luzerne Co. Budget
The Luzerne County Council plans on holding a budget meeting next Monday... after placing their seal of approval on a proposed $122.6 - million budget. Published reports say they plan to vote on the issue the following day. Under the proposed plans... property taxes would go up two percent. 24 vacancies would not be filled... and an estimated 60 employees would lose their jobs.
Two years in prison... that's the sentence handed down in Lackawanna County to a Luzerne County man... convicted of tainting yogurt with his bodily fluids. Joseph Bartorillo could have received five years behind bars. A plea deal allows Bartorillo to spend the next two years in a federal prison. The incident taking place at the Proctor and Gamble plant in Mahoopney... where two women co-workers discovered the fluids in their yogurt.
Homeless Vets nationwide have now topped the 76,000 mark... 1,400 hundred of them in Pennsylvania.State Senator Lisa Baker of neighboring Luzerne County chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee which held a meeting on the issue this week. Ms. Baker citing several stories documenting the plight of homeless veterans. And Senator Baker says many times homeless veterans don't fit the stereotype of someone living under a bridge or on a bench.
Morning After Pill
There is a vending machine you won't see anywhere but Shippensburg University. Students can get the so – called “morning after” pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine. It's an idea that has drawn the attention of federal regulators... and raising questions about emergency contraception.
Boys High School Basketball
A lot of high school basketball action on the hardwood last night... In one boy's game... Tunkhannock defeated Berwick 54 to 36...
Girls High School Basketball
Benton downed Millville 58 to 25.... Central Columbia getting by Warrior Run 47 to 29... and Southern Columbia defeated Muncy 51 to 36.
The Huskies Men's and Women's teams both came away with victories as they hosted Shippensburg Wednesday night. The Women won 72-63. The Men won 75-54, securing their first post-season slot since 2001 in the process. Listen to the details from the night's games with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:
Bloomsburg is on the road at West Chester this weekend. You can hear all that action on the WHLM Stations and here at WHLM.com Saturday afternoon starting with the Women's pregame show at 12:40.
Ticker Tape Parade
It was another great experience Tuesday for former Southern Columbia High School football star Henry Hynoski. He and his Super Bowl winning New York Giant teammates were treated to a ticker tape parade in lower Manhattan in the area known as the Canyon of Heroes.