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The Salvation Army of Williamsport has announced a change in leadership. Major’s Donald and Paula Spencer have taken over as the head of the local Salvation Army. The two have been involved in the Christian based community organization for the past 23 years and say they have a passion for establishing music programs at the locations they serve. They say they believe their skills are perfectly suited for the Williamsport branch.
An 18 year old Milton teen could spend up to 20 years in prison after pleading no contest in the rock throwing incident last July which severely injured an Ohio woman. Tyler Porter was in court yesterday to enter the plea of no contest to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. In return other charges against the young man were dropped. He is the final teen to resolve his case in the incident which injured Sharon Budd after a large rock was thrown from the overpass onto Route 80 striking the windshield of the car. Should a judge accept the plea deal, He will be sentenced along with two others in the case.
Healthcare spending will rise nearly six percent every year for the next decade. A government study bases the projection on higher costs for America’s aging population and increased coverage under Obamacare. Prior to 2014, healthcare spending rates averaged about a four percent increase per year.
Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is not changing his campaign strategy by pressing to raise polling numbers to ensure he’s part of the campaign’s first major debate, August 6 in Cleveland. A spokesman says his TV appearances in recent days have been timed more to take advantage of his time in New York this past week. Santorum is not expected to be part of the debate.
With Pennsylvania leading the nation in reported cases of Lyme disease, The state Department of Health has called for increased awareness about this serious disease and outlined the department’s efforts to combat tick-borne diseases in Pennsylvania. When detected early, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, the disease can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system. Early diagnosis is important in preventing late-stage complications.
The Coast Guard is continuing what it calls an aggressive search for two 14-year-old boys who have gone missing off of Florida’s east coast. The boys’ capsized boat was located about 60 miles offshore from Daytona Beach on Sunday. The boys were apparently trying to make it to the Bahamas on their 19-foot boat.
The heat is here. Temperatures are expected to continue in the 90’s for the next few days, with the humidity making it feel like it’s over 100 during the peak time of day. Susquehanna Health and other health officials are reminded residents to drink plenty of water, especially if they are going to be outside for any long periods of time. Also to make sure your pets have plenty of water, and shaded areas if they are outdoor pets. Elderly persons are reminded to stay inside with the air conditioning on if possible, and you are reminded to check on neighbors who may not have air conditioning.
Lawmakers are calling on Governor Tom Wolf to arm troops at National Guard bases in the state. More than 100 legislators signed a letter sent to the governor last week, calling for him to sign an executive order that allows guardsmen to carry firearms on a daily basis. The calls come on the heels of a shooting Chattanooga, Tennessee that left four Marines and a sailor dead. In a statement, Wolf says he understand the concerns and plans to meet with military advisers on the issue.
In nine months, Democrats can expect to decide a primary contest to determine who will challenge Republican Senator Pat Toomey for his seat. Democrat Joe Sestak will return for a rematch, but it looks like he’ll have to beat Governor Tom Wolf’s ex-chief of Staff Katie McGinty who resigned her position last week amid speculation she’ll run for the Senate seat. The seat is expected to be critical to determining control of the Senate.
Louisiana’s governor is warning protesters to stay away from today’s funerals of victims from last week’s mass shooting at a movie theater. Governor Jindal has threatened to take members of the Westboro Baptist Church into custody. The church responded to Jindal’s threats on Twitter, calling them illegal. It also invited him to join them in picketing. The gunman who killed two people praised the Westboro Baptist Church on social media.
Governor Tom Wolf’s legislative liaison will be his new chief of staff. Wolf picked Mary Isenhour Thursday after his previous chief of staff Katie McGinty resigned Wednesday. McGinty is expected to seek the democratic nomination to run against Republican Senator Pat Toomey.
Senator Bob Casey is coming out against a federal proposal that could allow larger tractor trailers on state highways. A provision in the federal transportation funding bill would allow for 85-foot double tractor trailers in Pennsylvania and 39 other states that ban them. Casey says it would be nearly impossible for motorists to pass the monster trucks. He adds the state’s mountainous terrain, harsh winters, and structurally deficient road and bridges make the trucks a no-go.