Jury selection continues this morning in Centre County Court in Bellefonte in the sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Nine jurors were selected on the first day of proceedings. Three additional jurors are needed as well as four alternates. The 68 – year old Sandusky faces 52 criminal counts and potential penalties that could result in life in prison. He has denied the allegations.
It appears the proposed merger between Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... and the Bloomsburg Health Care Systems is shooting for a June 30th deadline. Bloomsburg Health Care runs the local hospital... and once the merger is complete... Bloomsburg Hospital would come under the wing of Geisinger. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that the state's attorney general's office will file the necessary paperwork with the federal court to be approved.
The state's Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund may be solvent in the future thanks to a measure authored by state senator John Gordner of Berwick and okayed by the senate on Tuesday. Gordner... on the floor of the Senate... says benefits continue to increase based upon the average weekly wage... meaning more money for the unemployed. Those benefits has forced the state to borrow 4 – billion dollars from the feds. Gordner says the legislation calls for the issuance of bonds to pay benefit bills. The state house now gets the measure for their consideration.
A nearly two mile section of Route 42 between Centralia and Aristes in southern Columbia County will be resurfaced under a project set to start Wednesday. The resurfacing will take place in Conyngham Township, from the intersection with Route 61 and Big Mine Run Road in Centralia, to the intersection with Aristes - Ringtown Road in Aristes. When the work is completed, the stretch of roadway should not require any major maintenance for the next 8 to 10 years. Work will be performed during daylight hours... with single-lane closures and flaggers controlling traffic flow.
Geisinger Health System is featured this week on the cover of TIME Magazine. TIME columnist Joe Klein visited Geisinger in April after being impressed by the care his elderly parents received at the end of their lives from two Geisinger physicians. Klein’s story not only reports on the decisions he faced as his parents’ health declined, but on the Geisinger care delivery model that pays its physicians a salary and rewards them for achieving favorable patient outcomes.
Time to dust off the lawn chairs. You'll be needing them Wednesday night... as the Bloomsburg Town Park Improvement Association kicks off it's Summer Concert Series. The Shoreliners kick off the series at 7 O'clock.
Shenandoah's business district is in line to get spruced up. Construction of the fourth and final phase of the borough's Streetscape program will get underway soon. Heim Construction Company of Pottsville was the low bidder at $309,000. The firm will improve sidewalks and lighting along several downtown streets
It's the case of the missing Hazleton woman. State Police say they're trying to find 42 – year old Candice Ann McGeehan. She hasn't been seen in weeks... and police want to know where the Hazleton Apartments resident wandered off too... and if she is okay. If you have information about Candice Ann McGeehan... call police.
Hazleton police want to know more about gunshots being fired over the weekend a couple of hours apart. Investigators say someone fired a weapon at the corner of Wyoming and Fourth Streets twice late Saturday night. No one was hurt, but a car parked in the area was hit several times. Some shell casings were found... but no one has been linked to the gunfire.
Will the Luzerne County Republican Committee kick out one of it's own. Committee members are researching that issue right now after Steve Smith was elected to the committee during the primary two months ago. Smith has a criminal record and has tied to racist organizations. He was elected with one write in vote. Smith says he wants to serve on the committee to help elect Republican candidates.
A $2.8 - billion "Infrastructure Investment Plan" to upgrade roads, bridges and other services in Pennsylvania has been unveiled by state Senate Democrats. It's a plan to get some projects off dead center. Senator John Yudichak of neighboring Luzerne County says the stalled South Valley Parkway project is a prime example of how inaction in Harrisburg on transportation issues has paralyzed P-A's economy.
A 43 – year old Beaver Springs man remains in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after he was critically injured Monday afternoon in a motorcycle accident. State Police say Michael Zimmerman was tossed from his 2002 Harley after an extension ladder fell off an unidentified pick up truck on Route 522. Zimmerman fell from his bike when he braked for the ladder.
In WHLM Sports
The Southern Columbia girls softball team has advanced to the Class A state quarterfinals. The Tigers will play Bristol tomorrow... a site and time to be determined. On Tuesday.... Bristol blanked the Girard Academic Music Program 15 to nothing.
NBA / East
The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 94 - 90 Tuesday night in South Florida to take a three games to two lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference final series. Game six will be Thursday night in Boston.
NBA / West
The Oklahoma City Thunder can clinch the Western Conference final series Wednesday night with a win at home against San Antonio. The Thunder lead the Spurs three games to two.
In the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night... the Los Angeles Kings can clinch the title with a win at New Jersey. The Kings lead the series three games to none.
One bad pitch ruined Cliff Lee’s chance at his first win. Elian Herrera hit a two-run double off Lee in the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 Tuesday night. Philadelphia and Los Angeles tangle again Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch at 7:05 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.