State to sue NCAA
Governor Tom Corbett unveiled plans Wednesday to file an anti – trust lawsuit against the NCAA over it's sanctions against Penn State University. It all stems from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Last July... the NCAA levied unprecedented sanctions against the university... including a fine of $60 – million. It also stripped 14 seasons of football victories from late head coach Joe Paterno. Governor Corbett also called a university – funded review of the scandal led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh an incomplete report. Freeh's 267 – page report blamed former university president Graham Spanier, Paterno, suspended Athletic Director Tim Curley and ex – Vice President Gary Schultz for allegedly taking part in a cover – up to avoid bad publicity.
Mt. Pleasant Twp. Fire
For the second time in a year and a half... the Mainzer family of Mt. Pleasant Township is trying to put their lives back together. A fire Tuesday night... damaged the rear portion of their home at 331 Rolling Hills North... just off of Millertown Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition.... a flue pipe from a wood burning stove got so hot it burst into flames where it went through a wall sparking the blaze. If you recall... back in the summer of 2011... Joe Mainzer was working on a truck when it backfired... catching the house on fire. The Red Cross is assisting.
Swearing – in Ceremony
A big day in the state house in Harrisburg on New Years Day... starting with former Representative Craig Dally... now a judge in Northampton County. He swore in 201 of 203 members of the State House of Representatives. According to the Pennsylvania Constitution... the state house and senate must meet at noon on the first Tuesday of January each year. The last time they convened on January 1st was back in 1991.
Millard / Big Issues
One person to be sworn – in on Tuesday was State Representative David Millard of Millville. During a recent appearance on the WHLM Morning Buzz, Rep. Millard said one of the big issues lawmakers must deal with is pension reform. The second is transportation and the state's aging infrastructure.
House / Culver
The State House has selected Republican Representative Sam Smith of Jefferson County as speaker of the house for it's 197th session. Representative Kurt Masser who covers the southern portion of Columbia County made the nomination... and was seconded by Lynda Culver of Sunbury. She found out early in her legislative career from Smith... that the house represents 12 – and -a – half million Pennsylvanians.
If you're an electrical subscriber to PPL... and most of us are... you will see an increase in your monthly bill. The State's Public Service Commission approving the increase... which is expected to bring the utility an estimated $71 – million a year. The PUC says the extra money is earmarked for increased distribution charges... and to reflect higher operating and maintenance expenses. When it's all said an done... it will increase the bill of a residential customer 3% a month.
Despite temperatures in the low to mid – 30's New Years Eve... and estimated 425 runners took part in the 11th annual Bloomsburg YMCA 5K Walk / Run. Nearly 18 minutes after the start.... Mt. Carmel's Michael Hause crossed the finish line first... battling ice spots on some of the streets. Hause goes to school at Misericordia in Dallas and runs competitively for the school's team.
Cash 5 Winner
Someone who purchased a Cash 5 lottery ticket at the Turkey Hill in Forty Fort... in Luzerne County... has yet to come forward to claim their $1 – million jackpot. The winning numbers were selected during Saturday night's drawing. State Lottery officials say Cash 5 winners have up to a year to claim their prize.
It appears the male population at the Northumberland County prison is maxed out. Operations manager Brian Wheary says at last check there was space for only 25 additional male inmates.... putting the population at its 301 person limit. An additional dozen inmates were received last weekend... with Wheary asking the court to be... what he called... lenient in putting folks in the facility. Meantime... the female portion of the prison remains low... with no appreciable bump in inmates.
Two area girls high school basketball teams are back in action Wednesday night- unbeaten Danville is at home against Montoursville and Berwick is at Pittston Area.
There were six college football bowl games played Tuesday. In the Rose Bowl Stanford defeating Wisconsin 20 – 14... In the Orange Bowl: Florida State defeated Northern Illinois 31 – 10.
In other games Tuesday Northwestern downed Mississippi State 34 – 20... Georgia rolled over Nebraska 45 -31... Oklahoma State blew out Purdue 58 to 14... and South Carolina got by Michigan 33 – 28.
In the NBA Tuesday night the Philadelphia 76er's getting by the Los Angeles Lakers 103 – 99.