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Tuesday / April 15, 2014


 

Lou Barletta Tours Danville

An effort by the U-S congress to exclude volunteer firefighters from Obamacare has been hijacked by the the Senate. That word from Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton who spent part of Tuesday touring the Friendship Fire Company in Danville and talking about volunteers and the Affordable Health Care Act. Representative Barletta also spent some time talking to a half – dozen shop owners on Mill Street... as a way to get some feedback on the issues.

 

Drano Bomb

Excitement at Husky Korners... right across from Bloomsburg Town Hall Monday night... as someone set off a so – called “Drano” bomb... made of the popular drain cleaner and aluminum foil in a Gatorade bottle. Smoke from the device cleared the former Housenick Motors building... sending students out into the streets. Authorities blocked the area with three pieces of fire apparatus and four police cars. The device left behind residue of the drain cleaner.. but very little damage. No one has been charged in the incident.

 

Block Party Folo

Bloomsburg Police are out with figures stemming from this past weekend's Block Party... an event where university age students gather to have a good time. Police Chief Roger Van Loan... in a news release... telling us that more than 200 non – traffic citations... and 17 traffic tickets were issued. Bloomsburg Mayor Sandy Davis telling WHLM News Monday night... she's happy the weekend went smoothly... but the event has to be “curbed in the future.” Most of the citations dealt with violations of the open container law... underage consumption... and public drunkenness.

 

Espy Water

An unusual sight Monday morning.... water shooting up, out of the ground following a rupture in an 8 inch in diameter water main in the 2600 block of Old Berwick Road. Initially... United Water issued a boil water advisory... but later canceled it... so says the utility's Bob Manbeck. A United work crew spent a couple of hours replacing the water main. The cause of the break remains under investigation.

 

Boston Marathon

It was a year ago Tuesday a terrorist bomb shattered the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Several people died... and hundreds injured when a pressure cooker packed with explosives detonated. For Doug Alter of Berwick... who plans to participate in next Monday's marathon... says there is something of a dark cloud hanging over him as he returns to Boston. Alter will be just one of an estimated 36,000 expected to participate in next Monday's event.

 

Property Tax
A bill to eliminate school property taxes could see action in the State Senate this spring, even though a similar measure failed to gain traction in the house. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports the house has approved a targeted approach that would leave the decision up to school districts on whether to keep, reduce or replace their property taxes. But the sponsor of a senate plan says there's bipartisan backing in his chamber for a bill to replace the school property tax with higher sales and personal income taxes. That measure has drawn opposition from the business community, schools and advocates for the poor.

Cancer Cases
As the number of cancer cases continues to rise in Pennsylvania and across the nation, physicians are concerned that the availability of care in local communities is declining. While more Pennsylvanians are being diagnosed with cancer, fewer people are dying from it. At issue, according to the latest "State of Cancer Care in America" study, is an oncology workforce and small community practices that cannot keep up with the growing patient population. Of the small and mid-size practices that serve more than one-third of new patients, two-thirds will merge, be sold, or close in the next year.

 

Wright Twp Fire

Fire investigators still haven't figured out what sparked a blaze which destroyed a Mountain Top area home Monday. The structure is located on Church Road in Wright Township. The owner getting out of the house safely after she was warned of flames by a neighbor.

 

I-81 Construction

PennDOT says it will rebuild and widen six miles of Interstate 81... between Scranton and the Luzerne – Lackawanna county line. The money coming from the state's new transportation funding bill. The $174 – million dollar project will add a third lane to the already bustling interstate.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gasoline across northeastern Pennsylvania is slowing rising. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report out shows that the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.64 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... and four cents higher than it was a week ago.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Shippensburg Tuesday afternoon, but those games have been postponed until Wednesday afternoon.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Monday...  Berwick defeated Holy Redeemer 8 to 5... Benton downed Columbia Montour VO Tech 13 to 5.. It was Bloomsburg over Loyalsock 6 to 1..

 

In girls softball

Berwick downed Wyoming Valley West 12 to 1... Benton defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 4 to 1... And it was Southern Columbia over South Williamsport 9 to 4...

 

PHL / ATL

In the first game of a four game home series with Atlanta Monday night... the Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9 – 6.

 

* Tonight's scheduled Phillies game has been rained out. A make-up date has yet to be determined. *

 

In other games last night...

The game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds was suspended due to weather after seven innings. The score tied 7 to 7. The game resumes Tuesday afternoon at 5:30....and the New York Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7 – 3.

 

NBA

In the NBA Monday night... The Philadelphia 76ers downed the Boston Celtics 113 to 108.

 

 

Monday / April 14, 2014


 

Espy Water Main Break

That boil water advisory issued by United Water for residents along the 26 – hundred block of Old Berwick Road in Espy has been canceled. It was posted early Monday when an 8 inch in diameter line broke... spewing water several feet into the air.... so says the Utility's Bob Manbeck. It has yet to be determined what caused that water main to break Monday morning in Espy.

 

PPL Plant

Operators at PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric station in Salem Township north of Berwick took the Unit 1 reactor off line over the weekend. The outage is necessary for refueling and maintenance. During the downtime... a utility spokesman says 40 % of the uranium fuel will be replaced... as well as upgrading equipment with state-of-the-art technology. No word how long Unit 1 will be off – line, but Unit 2 continues to chug along at full power.

 

Foundryville Fire

Still no word as to what caused a deadly fire on Foundryville Road... just outside of Berwick. Our media partner... Newswatch 16... is reporting 57 – year old Mike Rupp died in the flames along with three dogs. The fire was discovered by Rupp's wife... Patricia... when she returned home late Friday night. Investigators say the blaze started in the living room area of the mobile home.

 

Block Party

For the most part... weekend block party revelers in Bloomsburg either went back to their dorms... student housing... or returned to where they came from following Saturday's event. Christina of Upper Darby... a BU student... took in her first Block Party telling us that she felt safe. But for Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan... it was a tiring day for officers who patrolled the event... and made a lot of arrests. Chief Van Loan says planning begins this week for the 2015 edition of Block Party in Bloomsburg... once reports from police department start streaming in as to what worked and what didn't.

 

Rt 11 Construction

A major resurfacing project gets underway Monday on Route 11 between Park Street in Bloomsburg and Shaffer Road in Scott Township. PennDOT's Rick Mason says the work involves milling the existing roadway... and repaving. Most of the work will be preformed overnight between 7 PM and 6 AM Monday night's through Friday morning's. The work is expected to be wrapped up by early June.

 

Boston Marathon

The life of a 1988 Bloomsburg University Mass Communication's graduate.... now a trauma surgeon... was changed dramatically a year ago Tuesday as she treated the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Tracey Dechert of Pottsville was off duty at the time... but returned to the Boston Medical Center as the victims began coming through the emergency room door. Dr. Dechert was on campus recently to give a talk about her experiences. Meantime... this year's Boston Marathon will take place a week from today among heightened security.

 

Hanover Township Accident

The intersection of East Main Street in Hanover Township and the San Souci Parkway is open Monday morning following a three car collision Sunday night. Authorities say two people were taken to the hospital following the crash. Three others sustained minor injuries.

 

Luzerne County Deficit

The budget numbers for Luzerne County government are worse than expected. County Council recently getting word that the government is $7.4 - million dollars in the red... figures revealed in an audit. A year ago... unaudited figures showed a $1.1- million dollar deficit. Most of the loss was four million dollars less than expected in general fund revenue... the remainder spending more than anticipated.

 

Spring Scams

Spring has sprung and unscrupulous home improvement contractors are out and about, looking for the next victim. As WHLM's Pete Primak reports many times these transient contractor will show up unannounced, offering to paint homes or pave driveways on the spot, perhaps for a few hundred bucks cash. The problem is, the work is often performed shoddily, using inferior materials or the contractor leaves before finishing the work. The state Attorney General's office says you should check the credentials of any contractor you're thinking about hiring, and get everything in writing.

 

Donate Life

The U S Department of Health and Human Services is trying to raise awareness about the need for organ donation. WHLM's Cathy Clark tells us April is Donate Life Month and Assistant U S Health Secretary Howard Koh says over 120,000 people are on a waiting list for donor organs. He says 18 people die every day on that list. The campaign "Made Possible by Organ Donors" is telling the stories of what recipients of donated organs are doing with the gift of life and health. You can learn more at organdonor.gov.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

Playing at home for the first time this season, the Bloomsburg University softball team swept a doublheader from Millersville yesterday.

The Huskies won the opener 10-1 and then took the nightcap 4-3 in eight innings.

 

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team played a doubleheader Sunday against Kutztown. In game one... Bloomsburg defeated Kutztown 7 to 6.... while in the nightcap... BU topped Kutztown 11 to 7.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies completed a sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon. On Monday night at home the Phils begin a 4 game series with the Atlanta Braves. Monday's game starts at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games 

In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost a 4-1 decision to the Milwaukee Brewers who won their 9th straight game. The New York Mets were routed by the Los Angeles Angels 14-2, and Sunday night it was the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox 3 – 2.

 

The Masters

For the second time in three years, Bubba Watson is the winner of the Masters Golf tournament. On Sunday... Watson became the 17th multiple winner in the history of the event.

 

What's Happening Sunday, April 13 2014


Weekend Events

A reminder for this weekend that Montour County has issued an outdoor burn ban. A first offense carries a fine of $100. The ban will be in effect for 30 days.

 

It's Block Party weekend on and around the campus of Bloomsburg University. If you are driving through the campus and student housing areas be cautious and aware of pdestrians - there are certain to be lots of students out walking around this weekend. 

 

Suppourt the Bloomsburg Skate Park this morning and come out from 8 - 10 AM for a flapjack fundraiser at Applebees on route 11 in Bloomsburg. Cost is $7 for adults or $4.50 for kids 5 and under. 

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church in Shicksinny is hosting "Cinderella's Closet" this afternoon at the church at 417 Town Hill Road. The sale of prom and other dresses will run from Noon-7PM. Call 570-864-2401 for more information.

 

The Benton British Car Club is meeting at 3PM this afternoon at Strevig's Family Restaraunt on Route 487 in Benton. Anyone who owns a British-made car is welcome to attend.

 

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Monday morning. Bring your kids ages 18 months to 3 years old at 9:15 AM for twenty minutes of stories, music, movement, and fun! All children must be accompanied by and adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library Diners Club invites you to La Fontana in Downtown Bloomsburg this Tuesday. Stop by the library to pick up a voucher, and ten percent of your check from lunch or dinner at La Fontana will go toward the library.

 

Come spend A Day With Stuie in Berwick on Saturday the 19th. A real Berwick-built Stuart tank will be on display at 3rd and Oak Street and Reliance Fire Company starting at 2 PM, along with historical displays, memorabilia, food, live entertainment, and the official groundbreaking for the Stuart memorial. The event marks the 70th anniversary of the last Berwick Stuart tank produced. All active military personnel and Veterans are invited to attend.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Philles Baseball

The Phillies continue their weekend series at home vs the Florida Marlins this afternoon. First pitch is at 1:35 PM - coverage on Newsradio 930 starts with the Phillies pregame show at 1:00.

What's Happening Saturday, April 12, 2014


Weekend Events

A reminder for this weekend that Montour County has issued an outdoor burn ban. A first offense carries a fine of $100. The ban will be in effect for 30 days.

 

It's Block Party weekend on and around the campus of Bloomsburg University. If you are driving through the campus and student housing areas be cautious and aware of pdestrians - there are certain to be lots of students out walking around this weekend. 

 

Tickets are still on sale for this evening's Taming Of The Brew 2014 at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Come sample regional microbrews, good food, and live music from 7 - 11 PM. Tickets are $75 each. You can order online at BTE's website under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library’s 125th birthday party continues this morning with another Coffeehouse, from 10 - 11:30 AM. This month, the Friends of the Library invite you to help celebrate the fifth year of the “Golden Friends,” the Library’s outreach program to seniors in assisted living and nursing homes. Enjoy entertainment and refreshments at the library on Market Street, and consider becoming a Friend yourself.

 

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Columbia County will be holding a Spring Into Gardening festival today at the Columbia County Ag Services Building on Sawmill Road in Bloomsburg. Presentations will include talks on tomato gardening, water gardening, good vs bad bugs, silent auctions, garden tours and more. Cost is $10 for the day. The program runs from 8:30 AM - 3 PM. Call 570-784-6660 for more information.

 

Swing by Bear Chrysler Dodge Jeep on Route 11 in Berwick this morning for a meet and greet with local Olympian Jason Terdiman. From 9 AM - 2 PM, Jason will be on hand to sign autographs and talk about his experiences as an Olympic athlete. Also check out the Olympic suits and real luge sled. A portion of all vehicle sales during the event at Bear CDJ will go toward the Terdiman Fund.

 

Mostly Mutts no-kill animal shelter is holding a doggie biscuit hunt today from 11 AM - 2 PM at Sunlight Feed and Pet Supply on Route 11 east of Bloomsburg. All dogs participating must be on a leash and up-to-date on their shots. There will be goodie bags for every dog and prizes. A $5 donation for the event is suggested. For more information, go to MostlyMuttsOnline.com

 

The Buckhorn Fire Company on Firehall road is hosting the second annual Jonathan's Journey craft and vendor fair today from 10 AM - 4 PM. Come check out lots of local vendors and take part in the chineese auction. All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes.

 

MC Federal Credit Union is accepting donations on behalf of the Dissinger family, who tragically lost three young boys in a house fire on April 4th. If you would like to help, donations came be made to the Dissinger Family Loss Donation Fund at any branch of MC Federal Credit Union, mailed to their main branch at 230 Walnut Street in Danville, or made by phone, by calling 570-275-6155. 

 

Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick is holding a clothing giveaway this morning from 9 AM - Noon. There will be clothing for all ages. The church is at 116 Summerhill Avenue in Berwick.

 

Faith Assembly of God in Hazle Township is holding their annual Easter EGG-Stravaganza this morning at the church on Fox Manor Road. There will be games, crafts, prizes, and a hunt for over 10,000 Easter eggs - and it's all free! Make sure to bring an empty basket or bag. The hunt runs from 10AM - Noon and is open to all kids from Pre-School through 6th Grade. Call Maureen at 570-459-2410 for more information.

 

Suppourt the Bloomsburg Skate Park this Sunday and come out from 8 - 10 AM for a flapjack fundraiser at Applebees on route 11 in Bloomsburg. Cost is $7 for adults or $4.50 for kids 5 and under. 

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church in Shicksinny is hosting "Cinderella's Closet" this Sunday at the church at 417 Town Hill Road. The sale of prom and other dresses will run from Noon-7PM. Call 570-864-2401 for more information.

 

The Benton British Car Club is meeting at 3PM this Sunday afternoon at Strevig's Family Restaraunt on Route 487 in Benton. Anyone who owns a British-made car is welcome to attend.

 

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Monday morning. Bring your kids ages 18 months to 3 years old at 9:15 AM for twenty minutes of stories, music, movement, and fun! All children must be accompanied by and adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Philles Baseball

The Phillies continue their weekend series at home vs the Florida Marlins this evening. First pitch is at 7:05 PM - coverage on Newsradio 930 starts with the Phillies pregame show at 6:30.

April 11, 2014


Block Party

The town of Bloomsburg is getting ready for block party. The weather looks nice for the annual event. Police say they will be ready. Law enforcement does not want to see a repeat of last year when an armored vehicle had to be brought in to control a crowd on Fetterman Avenue. Several years ago the town started to issue permits to people who planned a large party. Large parties are defined as 150 or more. Two permits have been issued for this year.

 

Corbett Trailing in Polls

Governor Tom Corbett is behind in just about every poll when matched with every democrat who has announced their candidacy. The governor will try to turn that around with a state healthcare reform proposal instead of having Pennsylvania join the expanded federal Medicaid exchange. Corbett said he wants to reform all Medicaid. Under the plan, both for-profit and nonprofit funding would be involved. There would be more options for coverage and individuals would be more invested and involved in their healthcare plans.

 

Burn Ban

Montour County has issued a ban on outdoor burning. That means you can't burn trash or yard debris. A violation of the ban can carry a 100 dollar fine for the first offense, 200 dollars for the second offense and three hundred dollars for the third offense. The ban will be in place for 30 days.

 

Olympian

Jayson Terdiman of Berwick, who along with his partner finished 11th in the men's luge doubles in Sochi, will be signing autographs and displaying his sled on Saturday from 9am until 2pm at Bear, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep in Berwick. Terdiman was on the WHLM Morning Buzz and told us they make their own sleds at their training facility in Lake Placid, New York.

 

Child Abuse Bill

Proposals approved by the House and Senate define mandated reporters of child abuse in Pennsylvania and that reports be made to law enforcement or the Department of Public Welfare, going beyond institutional practice. Child advocates wanted to make sure that future reports aren't made just within the institution involved, based on lessons learned from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case. Senator Kim Ward of Westmoreland County sponsored the bill. The bill defines professions such as the health-related fields, clergy and schools, as required to report suspected abuse.

 

Deer Disease

A contagious and lethal disease for whitetailed deer, has turned up in Pennsylvania for the seventh time. The case of Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in captive deer, this time in Jefferson County. The farm in Reynoldsville and the deer's birthplace in Northampton County have been quarantined. Spokesperson Samantha Krepps of the Department of Agriculture says the agency was monitoring for CWD before it first found in PA in 2012.

E Cigarette Ban

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has signed legislation that bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors immediately...and institutes a ban on their use by anyone in public places starting this summer. The proposals were passed by City Council unanimously and Nutter says it's best to treat this new product carefully. The public ban takes effect on July 1st.

 

Slow Down in Montour Township

The Montour Township police department is the process of looking for aggressive drivers. It is part of a special aggressive driving funding project. Police will target Montour Blvd., Rupert Drive, Mall Blvd., and Valley Road. Cops will be out at all times but especially during peak hours in the morning and afternoon commutes. The increased enforcement will run through May 4th.

 

Judge Unseals Records

The state attorney general continues to make her case for dropping an undercover investigation of elected officials that started before she took office. The newest arguments come from documents just unsealed by a judge. Attorney General Kathleen Kane says the newly opened court records confirm her office made the proper decision regarding the criminal investigation involving a confidential informant. She also released a written statement from Senior Counsel Bruce Beemer detailing why he recommended charges not be brought against the Philadelphia lawmakers and judge who allegedly accepted money or gifts. The documents indicate her office tried to nullify the agreement dropping charges against the informant. Kane suggests if the case is so great, the Philadelphia District Attorney's office can take it.

 

In WHLM Sports:

High School Baseball on Thursday:

Hazleton Area 6 Berwick 0

Southern Columbia 13 Muncy 3

Central Columbia 8 Warrior Run 6

Selinsgrove 5 Danville 3

 

Girls Softball Thursday:

Benton 4 St. John Neumann 2

Southern Columbia 2 Warrior Run 0

 

In Major League Baseball:

Brewers 6 Phillies 2

The Phillies start a weekend series with the Marlins tonight. We will have the pre-game at 6:30 on the WHLM stations.

Elsewhere:

Pirates 5 Cubs 4

Mets 6 Braves 4

Yankees 4 Boston 1

April 10, 2014


School Stabbing

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.

 

Studio Tour

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.

 

Springfest

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.”

 

Coffee

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.

 

Drilling Tax

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.

 

CeaseFirePA Survey

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.

 

Computer Hacking

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

 

In MLB:

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.

 

 

April 9, 2014


NRC Meeting

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet with management of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant tonight. The public meeting is to begin at 6pm at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center at 634 Salem Blvd. In Berwick. The NRC staff will answer your questions. The NRC issues reports on performance at each plant twice a year, during the mid-cycle, or mid-point of the year and at the conclusion of the year.

 

Deer Licenses

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has set the 2014-2015 antlerless deer license allocations at levels intended to allow the deer population to increase almost everywhere in the state, even in the chronic wasting disease management areas in the south central region. Referring to hunter comments and legislative pressure in favor of growing the deer herd, commissioners cut the allocations below last year's levels.

 

Governor Corbett in Central Pa.

Governor Tom Corbett will be in Lewisburg today to officially kickoff JOBS1st On the Road in Central Pennsylvania and announce funding for neighborhood improvements to attract visitors and job creators to Lewisburg. Corbett will be joined by Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway and members of her team.

 

Child Abuse Bills

Governor Tom Corbett has signed three bills expanding programs designed to help prevent child abuse in Pennsylvania. The central bill will provide new funding for the states current child advocacy centers and allow the expansion of the program that fosters the use of multidisciplinary investigative teams. Governor Tom Corbett called the bills another step in the fight to end child abuse. The bill doubles the fee for copies of birth certificates from $10 to $20 to generate nearly $4 million a year.

 

Car Crash

20 year old Matthew of Benton was taken to Geisinger Hospital with what police describe as moderate injuries after a car crash on Tuesday on Route 487 in Fishing Creek Township. Police say Young was driving at a high rate of speed south on 487 when he failed to notice another car in front of him turning into a driveway. He put on the brakes but lost control and hit a utility pole.

 

Tax Freedom Day

You might file your tax return by April 15th but you won't satisfy your total tax bill until the 21st. That's the day when you'll finally pay off your tax burden. Lyman Stone with the Center for State Tax Policy says we'll pay 4.5 trillion dollars in taxes compared to 4.3 million dollars on food, clothing and housing.

 

Tax Help

If you need some late-season tax help the state has extended service hours offered by the Department of Revenue's Taxpayer Service and Information Center. Through April 15th the center will be open from 7:30 am to 7 pm during the week and from 8am to 4pm this Saturday. The number is 717-787-8201.

 

Legislator of the Year

Congressman Lou Barletta has been named Legislator of the Year by the National Volunteer Fire Council. Last year Barletta introduced a bill that made sure volunteer emergency responders were not counted as full-time employees under the mandate of Obamacare.

 

Safe Digging Month

Utility lines are hit more than six-thousand times a year statewide as a result of digging, so the PUC wants to spread the word... dial 8-1-1 before you dig, at least three business days in advance. Robin Tilley of the PUC says when a line is hit, it endangers workers, damages lines, and it can result in environmental pollution and loss of utility service to customers. The PA One Call service is free... for more information go online to PA1Call.org. April has been designated Safe Digging Month in Pennsylvania.

 

In WHLM Sports:

Former Bloomsburg High School standout quarterback Blake Rankin is transferring from Rutgers. He didn't play at all last season and decided it was time to find a team where he could get some playing time. No word on where he may end up.

 

In Girls Softball

Bloomsburg 16 Millville 0

 

In the Phillies home opener on Tuesday, the Brewers took care of the Phils 10-4. Game two of that series is tonight. We'll have the pre-game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

In other games:

Mets 4 Braves 0

Pirates 7 Cubs 6

Orioles 14 Yankees 5

 

In the women's NCAA finals:

Uconn 79 Notre Dame 58

 

In the NHL:

Flyers 5 Florida 2

The Flyers clinch a playoff spot.


 

April 8, 2014


Murder-Suicide Investigation

More information is coming out about that strange case of a homicide-suicide Sunday in Montoursville. 78 year old Edward White of Williamsport was found shot to death. Later a car chase by police ended in Loyalsock Township when, police say 28 year old Jacqueline Delguerico of Williamsport shot and killed herself in the car. Now police say there may have been a romantic relationship between them. One officer says a video shows the two arguing at the Montoursville Walmart on Saturday night.

 

Danville Children Laid to Rest

The funeral will be held today for the three Dissinger boys who were killed in that fire near Danville last weekend. Counselors were on hand Monday to talk with teachers and students. Classmates have already donated clothing and other items as well as money for the three remaing children. Donations are being accepted at MC Federal Credit Union in Danville. There will be a visitation today at 12:30 and the funeral will be at 1:30pm at the Danville Mennonite Church.

 

Top Ten List

Pennsylvania has made the top ten when it comes to tax burden. The state ranks tenth in shelling out for state taxes, that's up two slots from last year. The Tax Foundation says Pennsylvanians paid $4,374 dollars per capita in 2011, the latest year figures are available. But soon we'll be paying more. The Tax Foundation says because of the union pensions for state workers and teachers we'll be paying an additional $1,000 per household within the next few years as pensions dramatically increase.

 

Penndot

Penndot held a news conference on Monday in the parking lot of their Lime Ridge stockpile to raise work zone safety awareness. This is work zone safety week. Penndot's traveling memorial was also on display. It pays tribute to more than 80 Penndot workers killed in the line of duty since 1970. 2.1 billion dollars of road construction is scheduled this year, so there will be plenty of work zones and officials reminding us to slow down around those zones.

 

Public Meeting in Riverside

A public meeting will be held tonight in Riverside to talk about a road project. Work is expected on Route 54, just off the Danville-Riverside Bridge in Northumberland County. The meeting is intended to get public input. The meeting will start at 6:30 pm at St. Peter's Fellowship Hall on Sunbury Road in Riverside.

 

Moose Exchange

It's been a little over two months since fire destroyed the Moose Exchange building in downtown Bloomsburg. Recently United Water opened a valve on Main Street to provide water to the building and PPL hooked up temporary electricity, but today the complete clean-up process will begin. Power Component Systems of Harrisburg will do the job.

 

Gift Ban

Pennsylvania lawmakers took another step to ban cash gifts after recent allegations that several house members accepted cash from a confidential informant. The Senate State Government Committee approved a bill to punish government officials and employees for accepting cash gifts from anyone seeking to influence public policy. It goes to the full Senate.

 

In WHLM Sports:

Major League Baseball in a light schedule on Monday

Yankees 4 Orioles 2

 

The Phillies home opener against the Brewers is today at 4:05 pm, we'll be on the air with the Phillies pre-game show at 3:30.

 

In the NCAA finals on Monday night:

Connecticut 60 Kentucky 54

In the women's final tonight it will be

Notre Dame against Connecticut in a battle of

undefeated teams.

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