Expect to see a lot of orange cones and road work signs this spring and summer as the state gets ready to repair roads and bridges across the commonwealth. There are dozens of projects planned and one in Columbia County on Route 42 in Locust Township and one project in Montour County on Route 254 in Limestone Township. All the work is being done with the money that the state received after passage of last year's transportation bill.
New regulations adopted by the Public Utility Commission will require power suppliers to disclose more information about their rates, and provide customers with the chance to change companies more quickly. This comes in the wake of spiking variable electric rates as winter temperatures were taking a nosedive. The PUC heard the calls of 9,000 customers, and voted Thursday to provide more information and greater protections for residential and small business customers choosing variable rates.
High Speed Chase
There was a high speed chase on Thursday afternoon that took police through Selinsgrove, Shamokin Dam, Sunbury, Point Township and then near Danville before it ended. State police say they approached a man in Selinsgrove but he got in his car and drove off. They haven't released his name or any other information yet but they do say that charges are pending.
Last minute tax filers will want to check their figures and make sure they're not missing deductions as April 15th draws near. While e-filing has cut down on math errors, its still important to be sure you're putting in the right numbers. Greg Rosica of Ernst and Young says your earnings need to be correct and match up with your 1099 and W2 forms. And make sure you're not overlooking deductions. If you've already filed- he says now is a good time of year to review your finances and decide whether you need to make changes for tax season next year.
Pizza Robbery Fail
Police in Hazleton are asking for your help if you know anything about an attempted robbery of a pizza delivery vehicle this week. They say two men, one with a gun, approached the vehicle near Cedar and Holly streets but the driver sped off before the would-be robbers got to him. If you know anything about the incident call Hazleton police at 570-459-4940.
The commonwealth, Council on the Arts, and The Arc of Pennsylvania have teammed up for the statewide contest titled "Art: The Universal Language." Entries will be accepted April 15 through Aug. 25. Prizes will be awarded and winning pieces will be displayed in the state Capital. Maureen Cronin, executive director of The Arc, says those with disabilities communicate through art. More info and an entry form can be found at the website "thearcpa.org"
Fire crews were called out in Berwick this morning after a pole was reported on fire on West Front Street. Fire police were called in to re-route traffic in that area. No structures were involved and there were no reports of injuries.
Electronic cigarettes are posing a higher risk of poisonings according to a new report from the CDC. In 2010- only about one call a month came into poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids. Now, it's an average of 215 calls a month. While half involve children under age 5, over 40 percent are adults over 20. Poisonings were not only through ingestion, but also skin absorption. Symptoms included vomiting, nausea and eye irritation. Public health groups have been calling on the government to regulate the nicotine devices.
In WHLM Sports:
In Girls Softball Thursday
Berwick 6 Lake Lehman 2
Central Columbia 10 Loyalsock 5
It was the 750th career win for Central coach Dwayne Ford.
Benton 17 Millville 0
Southern Columbia 15 Lewisburg 0
The Phillies open a weekend series with the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon. Catch all the games on the WHLM Stations.
The Bloomsburg University football team starts spring practice on Friday. Head Coach Paul Darragh told WHLM's Jim Doyle that it's a chance to give young players in the program a chance to compete and take a step forward and try to fill positions that were lost to graduation. The Huskies will conclude spring drills with the annual Maroon and Gold game on Saturday, April 26th.