Barletta on House Floor
US Representative Lou Barletta of Hazleton has joined with Catholic leaders in speaking out against the Obama administration's plan to force religious employers to provide heath care coverage... which includes contraception. On the floor of the house this week... Representative Barletta says religious group have an opportunity to “opt out...” but not catholic organizations. He also also accused the administration of overreaching federal authority.
Gordner / Unemployment Benefits
A bill now sits on Governor Corbett's desks... awaiting his signature... extending unemployment benefits of those folks who dropped off the role February 4th. The measure was authored by State Senator John Gordner of Berwick. No word on when Governor Corbett will sign the legislation.
We should know later this month if the Central Columbia School District board will okay a plan allowing for full day kindergarten. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition that if the proposal is approved... it would be the first time the district has undertaken a full day schedule for that age group. The proposal was given a stamp of approval from a committee looking into the issue... and could cost the district an estimated $334,000.
Bloomsburg firemen were called out overnight. The department's sirens went off around 1 O'clock Friday morning due to an activated alarm at 53 West Main Street. Authorities discovered burned food on a stove triggered the alarm.
Danville Blood Drive
The Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross... is partnering with the East End Fire Company in Mahoning Township for a blood drive on Monday. The two groups have done similar projects in the past... but the ARC's Deanna Hollenbach says there is somewhat of a special relationship between the two. Monday's blood drive gets underway at 1 O'clock at the fire station in the 1300 block of Bloom Road.
A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County Jail... after he led cops on a foot pursuit. 30 – year old John Paul Edstrom of N. Wyoming Street is facing a long list of charges. Hazleton police say officers spotted a car in a motel parking lot... and when they approached it.. Edstrom got out... pushing an officer who sustained a knee injury. The foot chase was on.. with Edstrom eventually caught near the driver's licensing center on South Church. He's being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.
The windows shook.... and people were startled in Hazleton early Thursday afternoon by a large explosion. Authorities say it originated from the Hazleton Shaft Corporation. A fire department spokesman says the mine operation is permitted to blast on it's property in the northeast section of the city.
Garbage Truck Fire
A close call for the crew of a refuse truck near Drifton on Thursday. A volunteer firefighter discovered the load in the garbage truck was ablaze... and called Luzerne County emergency dispatch. The crew also spotted it about the same time... dumping the rubbish in a parking lot adjacent to Route 940. Firefighters who responded say the small blaze was started by hot ashes from a coal stove discarded as garbage.
Sandusky / Court
There will be courtroom action in the case of former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky in Center County Friday. It seems state prosecutors don't want the people who live near Sandusky to sit as jurors in his pending child sex-abuse trial. When they appear in court... they will try to persuade a judge to fill the jury box with people from outside the State College area instead. Also expected to be addressed is Sandusky's request to have his house - arrest bail conditions modified so that he can have contact with his grandchildren.
High School Wrestling
In high school wrestling yesterday, in the first round of the P.I.A.A. team duals in Hershey... Central Columbia defeated Mount Union34 to 21.
Girls High School Basketball
In girls high school basketball last night... Wyoming Valley West rolled by Berwick 55 to 17...
Bloomsburg University Basketball
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams are both in sole possession of first place in the PSAC East going into Saturday afternoon's games against West Chester at the Nelson Field House. Both teams will be out to avenge losses to West Chester back on January 21st. Saturday's doubleheader starts with the women's game at 1 o'clock. You can catch all the action starting with the pregame show at 12:40 on News Radio 930, 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com.