The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has taken Pennsylvania Power and Light to the woodshed for nearly two – dozen violations at the Susquehanna Steam Electric station in Salem Township... north of Berwick. During a packed hearing in Berwick on Wednesday... the NRC said the problems found were with reactor one. PPL's chief nuclear officer Timothy Rausch says the utility is attempting to right the wrongs the agency discovered. Despite the problems...the NRC says PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric system is operating safely.
The BIG Event
1,100 Bloomsburg University students will make their way through town next Saturday... all helping residents clean up following a somewhat mild winter. Matt Feldstein of the Community Government Association says the event starts on the Bloomsburg Town Square Saturday the 31st.
A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County Jail after being charged with sexually abusing an 11 – year old girl. Police say 36 – year old Jose Cruz of North Church Street was arrested Wednesday... accused with a long list of sex related charges... including two counts of rape of a child. Cruz is accused of abusing the child over the past three years.
Interstate 81... near Wilkes – Barre... in Luzerne County is back open this morning after being shut down part of the night. The southbound lane of the road was shuttered when a car struck and killed a pedestrian near the interchange with the North Cross Valley Expressway. At one time... traffic was backed up for five miles. Authorities have not released the name of the person hit..
Folks are circling April 27th on their calendar. That's the day former state Senate Democratic Leader Robert Mellow will appear in Philadelphia Federal Court to plead guilty to conspiracy. It was a week ago... Mellow was charged by the feds with conspiracy to use senate staffers to organize political events. He's also accused of filing a false income tax return for 2008.
If you're thinking of using the westbound lane Interstate 80 later today in Montour County between the Danville rest area and the Limestoneville exit... you may think about using an alternate route. PennDOT's Rick Mason says one of the westbound lanes will be closed part of the afternoon. The contractor installing the so – called “intelligent Transportation System...” will shut down one of the lanes in order to unload equipment from trucks.
Northumberland may soon have a dog park in its future. Councilman Steven Reed is the force behind the park on Orange Street in Northumberland... between Seven and Eighth Streets... at Jolly Hollow. The borough council was considering selling the property, but now have backed off and have started pushing the dog park concept.
New Orleans Saints
Bloomsburg University graduate Jahri Evans will have a new head coach this season. This fall will be the 7th season for Evans as a starting guard for the New Orleans Saints. On Wednesday... the NFL announced that Saints coach Sean Payton is suspended for an entire season after the Saints were found guilty of having a bounty on opposing players for the past three seasons.
The NCAA men's basketball tournament resumes tonight with four game on the schedule. In Boston, Syracuse plays Wisconsin... and Cincinnati takes on Ohio State. In Phoenix, Michigan State plays Louisville...and Marquette takes on Florida.