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Governor Wolf vetoes three more bills

WGRC News - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:43pm

Governor Wolf continued exercising his veto powers in Harrisburg yesterday. The governor who just a day before vetoed the entire state budget, yesterday vetoed three more bills. One of those bills is to privatize the Pa State Liquor system with Wolf saying that the state can support and bolster consumer convenience without selling the system and risking higher prices and fewer selections for consumers. Wolf also vetoed a public schools bill which contains a new formula to distribute state aid to districts and one that guides how money from the budget is spent. He has not decided yet what to do with legislation which would change the state’s pension system.

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Hillary Clinton’s emails

WGRC News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 3:00pm

The State Department says it is withholding some of Hillary Clinton’s emails because they’re now considered classified. State Department spokesman John Kirby said parts of 25 emails from the batch released Tuesday night were redacted because it was later determined they contained sensitive information. Clinton has said when she was Secretary of State she never sent classified emails while using a personal email address and her own email server.

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Budget impasse

WGRC News - Thu, 07/02/2015 - 2:59pm

Governor Tom Wolf and legislative leaders have agreed to sit down starting Monday to discuss bridging a gap in the state budget impasse. The governor refused to sign a Republican budget plan which did not contain a tax increase, but was passed in both the republican controlled house and senate. The Governor wants to substantially increase education funding and raise taxes including levying a tax on gas drillers. The Republican plan does not contain a tax increase. Wolf said yesterday that though there are obvious disagreements, he plans on coming up with a budget that moves Pennsylvania forward.

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Worst of the Worst

WGRC News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 2:09pm

After threatening to do so, Northumberland County officials say they will stick up their first two billboards today of the worst of the worst. The billboards will depict 4 persons who have continually not paid on their fines and court costs in the county and owe thousands of dollars. The billboards will go up in the Shamokin and Mt. Carmel areas and officials say they will keep them up until the four persons are brought to justice. They say billboards with other offenders could go up in the future there in Northumberland County as well.

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The Donald faces backlash

WGRC News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 2:09pm

Donald Trump is following through on his threat to sue Univision. The Trump organization has filed a 500 million-dollar lawsuit against the Spanish-language TV network over its decision not to broadcast the Miss USA pageant. Univision said last week it would drop the pageant broadcast over comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants who are crossing the border. Meanwhile, Macy’s is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after his controversial remarks created a public uproar. In a statement out this morning, Macy’s said the company “stands for diversity” and that it had no tolerance for discrimination.

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Jersey Shore tax increase

WGRC News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:42pm

It’s a tax hike for property owners in the Jersey Shore School District. The School Board voted 7–0 last night to approve a budget of a little over $39 million dollars for the upcoming school year, and despite the fact that the district will save money by eliminating two teacher positions, as well as cutting into some benefits, the district’s technology equipment budget and basic education funding, a tax increase of a little over 2.6% will occur. Property owners in Lycoming County who are part of the district will see their tax rates go up about $1.64 for every $100 of assessed value of property.

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Probation and Restitution for Northumerland man

WGRC News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:41pm

Its four years of probation as well as paying back restitution for a former manager at a Sunbury Auto Dealership accused of stealing from his employer. An investigation got underway back in January against Steven Kremer of Northumberland who worked at Sunbury Motors Lincoln/Hyundai dealership and who is accused of keeping deposits for vehicles and vehicle sale funds over at least a three year period there. It’s believed that Kremer stole around $28,000 dollars over that time. While serving probation he has also been ordered to make $500 monthly payments to the company in order to pay back the money he stole.

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Donald Trump faces the heat

WGRC News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:41pm

NBC ended its relationship with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump Monday, because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants when he announced his campaign. Mexican media giant Televisa also says it will no longer broadcast the Miss Universe Pageant or engage in any other projects with Trump. Nearly 700,000 people have signed a petition calling on Macy’s to fire Donald Trump.

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State Budget woes

WGRC News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:53pm

With just two days left until the deadline to have a state budget in place, the battle lines have been drawn in Harrisburg, and the spending plan may end up being late. The Republican controlled house passed its own spending plan of $30 billion dollars over the weekend. The plan does not contain a tax increase, and though republican leaders say it contains more money for education, the Governor and democrats say it’s not enough. The governor who had threatened a veto of the plan also wants to raise taxes in Pennsylvania. The plan is expected to go to the state senate today for their consideration.

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Millenials and baby boomers

WGRC News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 2:35pm

Millenials are pushing past Baby Boomers to become the biggest generational group in the U.S. New information from the Census Bureau shows that people born between 1982 and 2000 now make up one-quarter of America’s population. The 83-million millenials now outnumber the so-called baby boomers, who number around 75-million people.

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Supreme court extends same sex marriage nationwide

WGRC News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 2:34pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that gay and lesbian couples across the country have a constitutional right to marry. The 5–4 decision caps a long and often contentious battle over what many have called the defining civil rights challenge of our time. Anthony Kennedy, a conservative justice who has broken with his ideological colleagues to author several decisions expanding rights for LGBT people, again sided with the court’s four liberals to strike down the state bans. Writing the dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia called the ruling a threat to American democracy.

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