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  • Study Drugs

    Bloomsburg University students were busy cramming for their final exams recently. The pressure to do well can be great. A new report says students across the country are turning to ‘study drugs’ for help.

     

    Dr. David Spiegel of Eastern Virginia Medical School says the problem is, some students who take them think they’re harmless.

     

    Dr. Spiegel says the side effects of some of the drugs can reach a whole new level. Some can experience psychosis, aggressive behavior when intoxicated, and severe depression, which in some cases can lead to suicide

    Student Loan Debt

    With the graduation ceremonies this weekend at Bloomsburg University, for many grads the subject now becomes how to pay for their education. State Rep. Kevin Schreiber from York says the average interest rate on student loans in PA is 7%… But he says there’s no easy solution.

     

    Tomorrow we’ll take a look at some BU grads and find out their financial situation.

    Hunting Accidents Down

    The Game Commission says there were 23 hunting-related shooting incidents statewide during 2015… The lowest since the agency started keeping records in 1915. The number of hunters has been on the decline since the 1980’s, but officials say the rate of incidents per 100,000 hunters is still much lower today than it was decades ago.

    ‘Row After Row’

    The latest performance from BTE kicks off tonight… it’s ‘Row after Row’… A Civil War story, where three Civil War re-enactors meet in a tavern to talk about the issues. Today’s performance is pay-what-you-wish, and begins at 7:30

    Police Recruitment Requirements

    The Philadelphia Police Department is changing requirements for recruits. WHLM’s Tory Gates reports:



  • Bear Poisoning Alleged

    A Columbia County man who said bears destroyed some of his property last month has now been charged with trying to kill wildlife through the use of poison, placing out food items that might cause bears to congregate, and disturbance of wildlife. 76 year old Marvin Johnson from Cleveland Township, near Elysburg was charged yesterday.

     

    Officers from the Pennsylvania Game commission said when they went to look at the damage on Johnson’s property, near his barn they found trays of bread soaked with a substance consistent with antifreeze. 

    Police Chief - Sentenced for Huffing

    Chad Thomas, a police chief in Montour County was sentenced to 12 months on probation and community service after pleading guilty to charges related to a huffing incident.

     

    Thomas was charged with huffing compressed air on the job last year. Thomas was placed on paid leave in early December after being charged with huffing while on duty at the police station. 

     

    He stays on unpaid administrative leave with the Mahoning Township Police Department.

    Annual ARC Yard Sale

    The Bloomsburg Fairgrounds will be host to the largest ever Animal Resource Center Annual Yard Sale. The ARC will be set up underneath the grandstand at the fairgrounds Thursday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. 

     

    All proceeds from the yard sale goes towards the Center’s expenses. The Animal Resource Center (ARC) of Bloomsburg PA is a no-kill shelter for homeless, abused, and neglected domestic animals. Their yard sale runs through August.

    Tourism Week

    A resolution approved in the state House recognizes Pennsylvania's second largest industry, and observes this week as National Travel and Tourism Week. The tourism industry in Pennsylvania takes in around 4 billion dollars in annual tax revenue and supports about 482-thousand jobs. PA Tourism is second only to the agriculture industry. 

     

    David “Otto” Kurecian Director of the Columbia/Montour Visitors bureau says that tourism helps bring in low overhead revenue that affects not only businesses in the hospitality industry, but also food purveyors, insurance agents etc. By far the number #1 reason that people visit our area is Knoebels Amusement park.

     

    State Representative Dave Zimmerman, who sponsored the resolution, says that now is the time for the state to showcase what it has to offer, as would-be visitors begin to make their summer plans.

    Carnival Season

    The Bloomsburg Fireman’s Carnival opened last night following the 50th annual Kiwanis Pet and Toy Parade. Hugh Gross from the Bloomsburg Fire Department tells us that there will be live music and tasty food every night for the rest of the week. The Fireman’s Carnival will start back up this afternoon at 5:30. Grand Junction will be this evening’s entertainment will take the stage at 7 o’clock tonight.

    Attempted Robbery Sentence

    17 year old Ballan Whitman of Danville was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to attempted robbery in February. Judge Gary Norton sentenced Whitman to 6 to 12 months in the county prison. He tried to rob the burger king where he once worked. The cashier refused to give Whitman any money and he left… Later he turned himself in. 

    National Day Of Prayer

    Today is the national day of prayer. The law that formalized it’s observance was enacted in 1952, but before that most presidents issued annual or special occasion proclamations for a national day of prayer. Today marks the first time there will be a national day of prayer service in Catawissa. It will be at noon in front of the Catawissa Borough building.

    Soft Drink Tax - Philly

    Former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg is throwing his support behind the Philadelphia soda tax campaign. It would tax soda and some other drinks 3 cents per ounce. But the proposal is finding some resistance. Former Philadelphia city controller, Jon Saidel spoke at a rally outside city hall.

     

    Philly’s soda tax battle got some attention when presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders criticized his rival Hillary Clinton for her support of the tax. Sanders says it would hit the poor hardest. Clinton countered, saying Sanders was on the side of major corporations against consumers.

     

    Mayor Jim Kenney says he wants to use the revenue for projects that benefit residents in a city with a 26% poverty rate. He says soda companies make big money and often market their products to low-income people. But councilman Brian O’Neil says prices will increase and that will hurt low-income people.

     

    The local teamsters union is also opposed to the tax & other groups are running TV ads in opposition to the Price Hike… The Philadelphia City Council will decide on this issue in June.

     



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  • BU Softball

    At noon today, the Bloomsburg University softball team plays California in the first game of the NCAA Atlantic Regional in Buckhannon, West Virginia. It will be the 4th meeting of the season between the two teams. The first three were in the PSAC Tournament with the Huskies winning two on their way to the conference title.

     

    MLB

    The Phillies lost to the Cardinals 5-4 that series in Saint Louis concludes this afternoon with a 1:45 start. Coverage on the WHLM stations begins with the pregame show at 1:10.

     

    The Cubs swept the Pirates in Pittsburgh, winning 6-2 

    The Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 8-0

    The Yankees 7 the Baltimore Orioles 0

     

    NBA

    The Cleveland Cavaliers 123 the Atlanta Hawks 98. The Cavs lead that series 2 games to one.

     

    NHL Playoffs

    the Pittsburgh Penguins 3 Washington Capitals 2. Pittsburgh leads that series 2 games to one.

     



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