Mental Health professionals are offering help to those affected by the Franklin Regional High School stabbings on Wednesday morning. Twenty four people were injured when a 16 year old student went on a rampage with two knives. Traumatic events affecting their peers can leave teens feeling anxious and sad according to Dr. Kathleen Dougherty, president of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society. She says parents need to watch for kids who might be overwhelmed by the incident and communicate with them.
You will have a chance to see what and how local artists create this weekend. Saturday and Sunday you can travel through Columbia and Montour counties and see eleven different art studios. Members of the Susquehanna River Artists will be displaying their works and answering any questions you have about them. You'll also have a chance to pick up a piece of local art. For more information just click on “our partners” at the top of the page and go to Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau.
This weekend is the fourth annual Springfest at Bloomsburg University. The university describes it as a free, healthy and safe alternative campus-community event for students and staff, friends and family. The Springfest weekend will kick off on Friday night with “Musicfest”, then on Saturday Springfest will offer different on the upper and lower campus. This year's Springfest theme is “Vegas: What Happens at Fest, Stays at Fest.”
Researchers say they've discovered another reason to love coffee. A new study says that people who drink at least a cup a day have a lower risk of liver cancer compared to those who drink it only once in a while.
There is a bipartisan call for a severance tax on natural gas in Pennsylvania. Democratic State Senator Vincent Hughes says they're not advocating for any one piece of legislation but they are calling for driving more dollars to the education system through the Marcellus Shale industry. There's currently an impact fee, but Republican Representative Gene DiGirolomo says that's not enough. He says we need a tax that benefits the whole state and it should be done in this budget cycle.
All four Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania Governor got passing grades in a survey by a gun violence prevention group; but two stood out. Candidates Allyson Schwartz and Katie McGinty got the highest marks in the survey by CeaseFirePA, for supporting all 20 of its gun safety measures. Rob McCord and Tom Wolf gave some vague or qualified answers. Republicans Governor Tom Corbett and Bob Guzzardi, did not respond. Shira Goodman, of CeaseFirePA, wants gun violence to be at the forefront of this election.
State Senate Passes Gift Ban
The Senate passed a resolution banning cash gifts to its own legislators and employees, and sent a bill to the House that goes a step further. Senate Bill 1327 would prevent acceptance of cash gifts for ALL state and local public officials and employees. It was passed unanimously and is on its way to the House. Cash gifts of $250 or more would be a felony. Amounts less than that would be a misdemeanor.
A new report calls 2013 the year of the Mega Breach. The review came out just as we were learning of a new attack. The breach named Heartbleed may have gone undetected for more than two years and could expose people's passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive data. Kevin Haley of Symantec says it's something websites are working to fix. Haley suggests if you have to change a lot of passwords, using a password manager to safely store them. Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat Report shows a 62% increase in the number of breaches last year.
In WHLM Sports
Scouts from at least 16 NFL teams will be on campus today for Bloomsburg University's Pro Day. Five Huskies will take part: defensive end Larry Webster, offensive line men Brian Clarke and Matt Feiler, wide receiver Glen Hutton and placekicker Dan Fisher. Running back Franklyn Quiteh will not take part because of recent shoulder surgery.
In high school baseball on Wednesday:
Berwick 5 Crestwood 3
Bloomsburg 9 Benton 2
Southern Columbia 13 Millville 3
The Phillies lost to the Brewers 9-4 on Wednesday. We'll have the final game of that series tonight on the WHLM stations. The pre-game starts at 6:30pm.
In other games:
Braves 4 Mets 3
Cubs 7 Pirates 5
Orioles 5 Yankees 4
The Bloomsburg University baseball team split a double-header with Clarion on Wednesday. The Huskies lost the first game 3-2 and won the nightcap 15-6.