The state's Superior Court has turned down a request for a retrial for convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky. In a 19 page opinion issued Wednesday... the judges upheld Sandusky's 30 year sentence... and rejected his lawyers argument that he didn't have enough time to prepare an adequate defense. The ruling comes two weeks after superior court judges listened to the appeal in a Luzerne County courtroom.
New Division in State Government
Dealing with recovery following a natural disaster... and now there is a new division within the PA Department of Community and Economic Development to help. The DECD's Jeff Allen says that following the floods of 2011... Bloomsburg had the resources to turn to... but there are smaller communities and townships that don't have the depth of personnel. The Economic Recovery division inside DECD is designed to draw on resources ranging from PEMA to non – profits to help smaller communities and townships recover from disasters..
Negotiations over a transportation funding plan are still alive in the state House - for now. State Representative Mike Turzai says the two-point-five billion dollar proposal to fund roads, bridges, mass transit, ports, and more, will get a vote in his chamber, where its progress stalled in June. Meantime... Labor unions are some of the most ardent supporters of passing the transportation funding proposal.
On Line Registration
A bipartisan coalition staged a day of action at the state capitol Tuesday to call for a law to bring on line voter registration to Pennsylvania. State Senator Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County sponsored the senate bill to provide on line registration. Although current law doesn't prohibit it, efforts have slowed to implement a system allowing it.
The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble kicks off it's 36th season Thursday night... opening with a preview performance of William Shakespeare Merchant of Venice. The group produces four productions a year.
Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... founding member James Goode was asked about the collaboration involved. Thursday night's initial performance of the Merchant of Venice begins at 7:30 at the Alvina Krause Theatre on Center Street in Bloomsburg.
Abuse charges have been lodged against a Hanover Township father and daughter by Luzerne County authorities. 23 – year old Sara Miller allegedly molested to children between 2005 and 2006. 45 – year old John Dehart is charged with endangering the welfare of children.
A Luzerne County man is in trouble with the law. 47 – year old Thomas Dalton of Wilkes – Barre is accused of growing 170 marijuana plants on State Game lands in Dennison Township... northeast of Hazleton. The arrest stems from a month – long investigation.
Wilkes – Barre Robbery
Wilkes – Barre police are looking for the man who robbed a Turkey Hill store at the corner of Blackman and South Main Streets Wednesday night. Police say the bandit strolled into the store with a t – shirt over his face... demanded money... got what he want and fled. Luckily... no one was hurt in Thursday night's robbery in Wilkes – Barre.
After a vigorous debate this week... the state house turned thumbs down to a proposal to give school districts the power to replace property taxes with other funding sources. The proposed amendment was rejected on a 138-59 vote. It would have given school districts more options to shift the burden away from property taxes and into higher income and sales taxes. Sponsor Jim Cox, a Republican from Berks County, admitted the proposal was not perfect, but he said something needs to be done because people are losing their homes due to property taxes.
Next time you go to Millionaire Stadium in Williamsport... you'll see a new name. It will now be called STA Stadium. Student Transportation of America agreeing to pay the Williamsport school district a half million dollars for naming rights to the stadium for the next fifteen years. The money will be used for upgrading the schools facilities.
Pennsylvania collected $2.4 billion in General Fund revenue in September... which was $15.2 million, or 6 – tenths of a percent, more than anticipated. Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser says fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $6.1 billion, which is up $12.8 million, or 2 – tenths of a percent, above estimate.
The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team will face its toughest test to date when the Huskies play a 3-1 Gannon team Saturday in Erie. The game will feature two of the nation's top running backs.The Huskies' Franklyn Quiteh leads the nation in rushing and the Golden Knight's Jansen Jones is third.Bloomsburg at Gannon kicks off Saturday at noon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the Husky Countdown Show at 11:30.
In the major league baseball playoffs Wednesday night, in the American League wild card game... the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Cleveland Indians 4 to 0. Thursday night in the first game of a National League divisional series, the Pirates play the Cardinals in Saint Louis.
In the NFL Thursday night, the Buffalo Bills play the Browns in Cleveland.