2014-03-04 05:42:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
PennDOT crews across Columbia and Montour Counties are expected to turn their attention this week to fixing a plethora of pothole which dot state maintained roads. The agency's Rick Mason says the pothole patching season began earlier than usual... thanks to the thawing and freezing of the roadway. Mason says if you find a pothole... call toll free at 1-800-FIX-Road. For the most part... cold patch is being placed in the hole as a temporary fix until asphalt plants open in a few weeks... leading to a permanent repair.
Bundling Bridge Repairs
As Pennsylvania's new transportation program provides more funding for infrastructure and mass transit, it could be saving money by bundling bridge projects. WHLM's B.J. Small reports the $2.4 billion transportation program hopes to upgrade the commonwealth's dilapidated bridges by bundling the projects. Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch explains how multiple projects can be bundled for savings. He projects a saving of 30 percent on design and construction, or $600,000 per bridge. He also said weight restrictions will be lifted on bridges inside their two-year construction window, meaning some will come off right away.
There is a group of Bloomsburg University students volunteering their time to make sure everyone has health insurance under ObamaCare. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... BU's Assistant professor of social work... Shiloh Erdley... says they're always trying to find options for health care insurance. Sign up are taking place Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 4 O'clock at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg... and Friday at the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Mifflinville.
Pennsylvania's voters support the legalization of medical marijuana use 85 – to – 14 percent... with numbers at 78 percent or higher among ever partisan... gender and age group. That information is contained in a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday. Even voters over 65 year old support the use of medical marijuana. Meantime... voters are divided on the legalization of possession of a “small amount of marijuana for personnel use.”
Hazleton Vs. Supco
The U-S Supreme Court has ended Hazleton's efforts to prevent immigrants from renting apartments. The justices on Monday declined to take up appeals from the city of Hazleton of lower court rulings that blocked local ordinances regulating rental housing. They were intended to keep people who are in the country illegally from finding housing in those jurisdictions. The high court held in 2012 that immigration is primarily a matter for the federal government, ruling out most local and state laws targeting illegal immigration. The Hazleton case also involved an ordinance that would have denied permits to businesses that hired people who are in the U.S. illegally.
NEPA Gas Prices
The cost of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular gasoline continues to climb. The latest Triple A Fuel Gage report shows that across northeast Pennsylvania we're paying an average of $3.63 a gallon... that's pretty much the same as it was over the weekend... up a penny from a week ago... and up 16 cents from a month ago.
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced Monday a regulatory change eliminating the requirement that a licensed Limited Winery cannot sell wine at the winery for less than that same wine sells at State Stores. Wineries around the state that sell their product in the state-store system have been pushing for this change. Previously, products couldn't be sold at a price lower than it was marked in the state store.
Coal Twp Fire
Authorities believe ashes from a wood stove sparked a fire which destroyed a Coal Township home near Shamokin early Monday morning. The blaze was spotted around midnight on Chemung Street. 30 – year old William Kreischer... his 26 – year old wife, Jennifer, and their twin six year old daughters escaped the flames thanks to a neighbor. The family is now staying with relatives.
The Bloomsburg University Men's and Women's basketball teams played PSAC quarterfinal games Tuesday night. The Women beat East Stroudsburg 76-51, making their series with the Warriors 3-0 for the season. The Huskies will move into the PSAC semifinals this Saturday at Edinboro in a 1 PM game against Gannon. The Men's team pulled to within 4 points of West Chester's lead in the final minutes, but fell short in a 99-89 loss to the Rams. The Men end their season with a 16-12 record.
You can hear the deails from Tuesday's action in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:
Four area high school basketball teams will begin the state playoffs this weekend. On Friday night, the Central Columbia girls and boys will both face district champions. The girls play District 11 champ Minersville at Martz Hall in Pottsville at 6 o'clock. The Central boys take on District 2 AAA champ Abington Heights. That game will be played at Lackawanna College in Scranton starting at 7:30. On Saturday the unbeaten Millville girls play Upper Dauphin at the Whitey McCloskey Center in Danville at 6. The Danville girls play District 2 champion Scranton Prep at Marywood University in Scranton.
That game is scheduled to tip off at 7:30.
In college basketball Monday night... North Carolina defeated Notre Dame 63 – 61... it was Oklahoma State over Kansas State 77 – 61... and North Carolina State downed Pittsburgh 74 – 67.