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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced legislation to extend through 2020, the much talked about government surveillance authority under the Patriot Act. A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate are working on a bill that would scale back the government’s spying powers. The NSA’s come under fire for collecting the records of phone calls made by millions of Americans every day in the search for terrorist activity. The extent of the NSA’s reach was made public two years ago by former agency contractor Edward Snowden.
The Reverend Franklin Graham has said that the offended Muslim students from the University of Maryland who last week forced the school to cancel a screening of the film “American Sniper” can “leave America and go to a Muslim country.” Graham wrote on Facebook, Shame on the University of Maryland for listening to these voices! If these Muslim students can’t support the military members who do their job to protect us, let them leave America and go to a Muslim country. The evangelical’s comments are in response to the Muslim Students Association at the University of Maryland successfully petitioning the school to cancel the screening of the film.
Loretta Lynch is headed to the Justice Department. The Senate confirmed her nomination yesterday. Lynch is a veteran federal prosecutor from New York and will be the first African-American woman to head the Justice Department.
The weather this past week did not cooperate for workers looking to repair Route 11 in the borough of Northumberland. The work will now begin next Monday April 27th. A maintenance crews will repair the roadway from the White Bridge spanning the Susquehanna River to the railroad underpass and traffic will be restricted from 8:30am to 2pm each day during the two day project. Motorists on that busy roadway should expect delays or seek alternate routes.
A bill is currently being considered by a state house committee which would make it illegal for person receiving cash assistance from the state to purchase tobacco products. The house bill would prohibit those on public assistance and who use the EBT Access card from buying any tobacco products. They would also not be able to use the card for cash withdraws and casinos and bars. State lawmakers in favor of the bill say the legislation would make it fairer for taxpayers who foot the bill for public assistance. As it stands now, the card holders can use it for cash withdrawals for whatever they want.