On its first day back following the Summer recess, the state House voted to amend Senate-passed legislation regarding lawsuits for victims of child sexual abuse. The measure would provide a two year window for adults to file civil claims regarding abuse which occurred when they were children. Under current law the alleged victim has until the age of 30. Representative Mark Rozzi authored the amendment. Opponents, include Representative Michael Corr, say it's unconstitutional. If it wins final passage the amended bill would return to the Senate for concurrence.
A Senate bill which would expand telemedicine in Pennsylvania was passed by the House Professional Licensure Committee Monday. The bill would allow for the regulation of telemedicine and require insurance coverage for telemedicine services. Philadelphia Representative Joanna McClinton is hopeful the full House will pass the bill. Supporters say the legislation would also help to reduce travel time and costs. The Senate unanimously approved the telemedicine bill in June.
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BERWICK, Pa. -- Seven people were sent to the hospital after the roof of a vacant building came tumbling down in Berwick.
The building used to house the offices and studio's of the former WFBS, now WBWX, AM 1280.
A 2016 audit of the Scranton Area School District has led to criminal charges against a former top official. Radio PA's Tory Gates reports. The report from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale uncovered spending irregularities stemming from a no-bid contract for mechanical work, that former Scranton District Fleet Manager Daniel Sansky allegedly funneled through a body shop that he owned. As a result of DePasquale's findings, the state Attorney General has charged Sansky with dealing in unlawful proceeds and related offenses. More arrests are possible.
The state has received federal funding to help in its fight against the opioid epidemic. Department of Health Deputy Secretary Ray Barishansky says $5.1 million in funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be used in a number of areas, including pharmacy outreach and education, public information campaigns, hiring staff for data collection and training first responders. With the distribution of record amounts of the opioid overdose reversal antidote naloxone being given out and with better data collection Barishansky says progress is being made in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
Reforms in the procedures for reporting child abuse in Pennsylvania will be among the issues taken up by state lawmakers when the session resumes next week. The recent grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church contains four recommendations. One would strengthen state law regarding mandatory reporting of abuse. A bill to do just that is being sponsored by Representative Todd Stephens. Another recommendation would create a two-year window for now-adult victims of abuse to file civil lawsuits after the statute of limitations on their cases ran out. State House Speaker Mike Turzai favors that move.
The state House is expected to take up legislation making it easier for victims of sexual abuse to sue their abusers, even years after the abuse takes place. State House speaker Mike Turzai recently voiced his support for a proposal to give adults who were abused a children a 2 year window to sue their alleged abuser. Representative Mark Rozzi wanted an even stronger measure, but says he's pleased that this bill has support from the Speaker. Meanwhile, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro has scheduled a Tuesday news conference to urge lawmakers to approve recommendations contained in the recently released grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
Pennsylvania's uninsured rate has fallen to a new low. Numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau's annual community survey show Pennsylvania's uninsured rate dropped from 5.6 percent in 2016 to 5.5 percent last year which is a new record low. State Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman says that the national uninsured rate is 8.8 percent, shows Pennsylvania is doing something right. Altman also notes the state's uninsured continues to decline despite efforts at the federal level to undermine the Affordable Care Act.
Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have been deployed to the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence approaches. The staging area is a National Guard Base near Columbia, South Carolina. The crew includes approximately 25 PA Guard members and six technicians from the Fish and Boat Commission in support of PA HART, the Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team. Brigadier General David Wood is Director of Joint Staff for the Guard. He says they'll remain in the region as long as needed.
A package of legislation to be introduced in the state House and Senate is in response to recent police involved shootings in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. The bills include a number of provisions, such as establishing specialized units to respond to officer-involved shootings and developing a statewide database to include any disciplinary actions or similar past complaints lodged against an officer. Senator Jay Costa says the bills would also give all parties involved the chance to have input. The legislation would also require the state Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor whenever there is deadly force involving a police officer.
A north-central Pennsylvania school district is using telemedicine to improve the mental health of some of its students. Sullivan County School Superintendent Patricia Cross says the district has a community and school-based behavioral health program in which some students are being seen by doctors through the use of telepsychiatry. Cross says telepsychiatry allows students' mental health needs to be addressed quicker. Among other benefits, Cross says telepsychiatry keeps absenteeism down because students and their families don't have to travel to meet with a doctor.
A central Pennsylvania-based volunteer network which responds to disasters is gearing up to help those who are impacted by Hurricane Florence. As they have been in the aftermath of other natural disasters, Executive Director Kevin King says teams of volunteers from the Lancaster County-based Mennonite Disaster Service will be involved in clean-up and debris removal in areas hard hit by Hurricane Florence. And based on what's forecast for Florence and the damage caused by an October 2016 hurricane King says those volunteers could be busy for a while. Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers could also be involved in the rebuilding of homes in areas severely impacted by Florence.
Pennsylvania's Auditor General is among those calling for changes in the law to benefit adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Under current state law a victim of child sexual abuse has until the age of 30 to sue his or her abuser, but PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says that's not enough, and is calling on the legislature to change the law during the upcoming fall session. Advocates point to the recent grand jury report on abuse and coverup in the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania as a reason why change is needed now. State House Speaker Mike Turzai says a bill before his chamber giving adult victims a 2 year window to sue is likely to pass.
September is Hunger Action Month in Pennsylvania. Hunger Action Month seeks to raise awareness about hunger and to come up with ways to address the problem. Central Pennsylvania Food Bank Executive Director Joe Arthur says that hunger is a challenge for many working families. Arthur says hunger is especially a problem in rural areas. He says people should not be afraid to seek help from a food bank if they're having trouble putting food on the table.
The good news is that Pennsylvania is not dead last…that honor is held by West Virginia.
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- The Harris Poll, a nationwide customer survey of their favorite brands, has released its 2018 results.
The poll surveyed more than 77,000 customers in the U.S. on more than 3,000 brands to find which companies are the favorites among consumers.
Respondents weighed in on everything from printers to pizza, and the results are surprising. Here are some of consumers’ top choices.
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(Altoona) -- Pittsburgh's iconic hometown candy bar is returning to Pennsylvania.
Boyer Candy Company in Altoona on Thursday purchased the rights, recipes and equipment for the Clark Bar from an unidentified seller.
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University is responding again after prominent alum, longtime CBS chief executive Les Moonves, has stepped down.
Moonves’ resignation comes after new claims of sexual misconduct.
Moonves delivered the commencement address at Bucknell in 2016.
Pennsylvania's Tax Code was put under a microscope during a study done for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. The study done for the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry by the Tax Foundation found Pennsylvania relies more heavily on corporate taxes than many other states. As a result Chamber Vice President Sam Denisco says PA needs to follow in the footsteps of states which have lowered their Corporate Net Income Tax rates. At 9.99 percent PA's Corporate Net Income Tax rate is the highest in the country. Denisco says the Chamber plans to share the results of the study with state policymakers. He adds that the state's tax structure has put it at a competitive disadvantage.
Three Pennsylvania universities have been chosen to take part in a fellowship program to develop the next generation of teachers in the STEM fields. The Woodrow Wilson Foundation has chosen the University of Pennsylvania, along with Duquesne and West Chester Universities to create STEM-related Master's Degree Programs. Governor Tom Wolf says the state will benefit significantly. Under the program each school can enroll 12 fellows, who will receive 32 thousand dollars a year to teach at an urban or rural school for at least 3 years.
Safety measures announced by the state Department of Corrections are designed to prevent illegal drugs from making their way into state prisons. The new measures announced by Corrections Secretary John Wetzel include installing body scanners at prisons, changing the way mail is delivered and being more vigilant in watching out for drones. Wetzel says everyone who either works at or visits a state prison needs to take this seriously. Wetzel says these moves seek to totally eliminate illegal drugs from being smuggled into prisons, and if the measures don't work, additional steps will be taken.
September is Trails Month in Pennsylvania. As part of Trails Month the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is highlighting the variety of trails in Pennsylvania which provide opportunities for pedestrians, equestrians, all terrain vehicle riders, bicyclists and other outdoor recreation enthusiasts. DCNR spokesman Terry Brady says people can learn about the more than 10,000 miles of trails in PA by going to explorePAtrails.com. Brady says outdoor recreation in the state generates more than $29 billion in consumer spending.
As lawmakers return to Harrisburg this fall, the state AFL-CIO is continuing to fight for bills which benefit workers. State AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale says the AFL-CIO continues to push for passage of a public employee OSHA bill. Bloomingdale says it's unfair public service employees lack OSHA protections. Meantime, Bloomingdale says the AFL-CIO is continues to fight for a higher minimum wage in Pennsylvania. Bloomingdale says the AFL-CIO will continue to push for that no matter how long it takes.
Following a summer of higher gas prices, pump prices are expected to decline this fall. Radio PA's Mark Sims reports. Decreased demand for gas and stable crude oil prices are expected to contribute to a decrease in gas prices. Triple-A Mid-Atlantic spokesperson Jana Tidwell says the switchover from the summer to the winter blend of gasoline will also help to drive down prices at the pump. However, Tidwell says crude market volatility or a hurricane which shuts down major refineries would send gas prices up.
Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities are benefiting from the state budget for the fiscal year that began in July. Radio PA's David Payne reports. The Department of Human Services has received an additional 100 million dollars over the last 2 budget years to expand services for autism and other intellectual disabilities. Deputy Secretary Nancy Thaler says the increase works to ease the backlog of those seeking services, especially once they graduate high school. The additional funds mark the second largest expansion of services in the history of the office of Developmental Programs.
Now that Labor Day is over, focus begins to shift to political campaigns. State elections official Jonathan Marks says most people don't normally begin to pay attention to the November election until after Labor Day. Marks reminds Pennsylvanians the deadline to register to vote is October 9th. He says having races for governor and U.S. Senate help to create interest, however turnout for mid-term elections is usually below 50 percent.
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