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Couple gets jail time for animal abuse

WGRC News - 6 hours 52 min ago

90 days in jail is the punishment for a Northumberland County couple found guilty of animal abuse.
John Loar and Chasity Shutt were charged with animal cruelty in March after one horse was found dead and others were malnourished in Jordan Township. The couple waere each fined $750 and were ordered
to pay $3,400 restitution to the SPCA.

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NYC Doctor diagnosed with Ebola

WGRC News - 6 hours 54 min ago

A 33 year old doctor who recently returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus. Doctor Craig Allen Spencer, a Harlem resident who worked with Doctors Without Borders, tested positive at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, where he is being treated. The doctor had a 103 degree fever and gastrointestinal symptoms when he was taken to Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital yesterday.

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Jobless benefit applications up

WGRC News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:35pm

There’s been an increase in the number of people applying for U.S. jobless benefits. The number went up by 17,000 last week, to a seasonally adjusted 283,000. The number had fallen to a 14 year low the previous week.

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Fire investigation continues

WGRC News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:40pm

Williamsport Fire investigators are still trying to determine exactly what caused a fire which did about $70,000 dollars in damage to a Newberry home. The fire on Howard Street broke out on Tuesday afternoon on the front porch and made its way up the front of the house and inside the living room area. Investigators believe the fire started in a trash can on the front porch. The Red Cross is assisting the family.

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Christian school in UK forced to have Islamist Imam speak

WGRC News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:39pm

A successful Christian school in England has been warned it is to be downgraded by inspectors and could even face closure after failing to invite a Muslim imam to lead their assemblies. The small independent school in the Home Counties was told it is in breach of new rules intended to promote “British values” such as individual liberty and tolerance in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal, involving infiltration by hard-line Muslim groups in Birmingham. Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute, said evidence is already emerging “of how the new regulations are requiring inspection teams to behave in ways which do not respect the religious character of faith schools.” The new requirements are infringing the rights of children, parents, teachers, and schools to hold and practice their religious beliefs.

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Fire leaves three people displaced

WGRC News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:40pm

Authorities are looking into the cause of a fire that broke out on the front porch of a home Tuesday afternoon. A friend of the family, who stays at the home, smelled something that seemed like an electrical odor coming from the front enclosed porch. That person went to check it out and saw a fire in the corner of the porch. The Sun Gazette says fire officials had most of the fire out in about 15 minutes, but the whole front porch was reportedly engulfed in flames when crews got to the scene. The displaced family of three has been getting help from the Red Cross, after the fire did about $60,000 in damage to the home.

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Absentee ballot deadline

WGRC News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:27pm

The deadline to get an absentee ballot into Lycoming County is Tuesday October 28th by 5pm. Ballots can be printed from the office of voter services website at www.lyco.org or they can be picked up in person at the office of voter services, in Executive Plaza in Williamsport .

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Sharon Budd heads home

WGRC News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:26pm

An Ohio woman is finally on her way home after extensive reconstructive surgery and 3 months of rehabilitation. Sharon Budd has beat all the odds after she was struck in the face by a large rock which smashed through the windshield of her family car on Interstate 80 back in July. Yesterday she walked out of Geisinger Health South’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville. Four teens face charges in that rock throwing incident.

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Texas Pipeline Company Fined

WGRC News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:25pm

A Texas based company which constructed two natural gas pipelines in Tioga and Lycoming Counties has been fined more than $306,000. The company was held responsible for several significant violations related to erosion and sedimentation stemming from the pipeline installation.

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Obama says same sex marriage is a constitutional right

WGRC News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:24pm

Although President Barack Obama previously said the definition of marriage should be decided locally, he now believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to same same-sex marriage in all states. The Christian Post says, He also suggested that the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to not rule on same-sex marriage is the hallmark of his tenure. Obama said, In some ways, the decision that was just handed down to not do anything about what states are doing on same-sex marriage may end up being as consequential — from my perspective, a positive sense — as anything that’s been done.

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Fatal teen shooting under investigation

WGRC News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 6:08am

Police in Williamsport continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a teenager. The 16-year old victim lived in the Newberry section of Williamsport. According to Northcentralpa.com city police have ruled the shooting a homicide. The victim’s body was found in the 2300 block of Dove Court around 12:30 Tuesday morning.

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Idaho Pastors filed lawsuit over same sex weddings

WGRC News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:28pm

Two ordained Christian pastors in Idaho have filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for temporarily restraining Coeur d’Alene city officials from forcing them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or face prosecution for violating “non-discrimination” laws.
Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel have been required by city officials to perform gay ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines.
The city says its non-discrimination ordinance requires them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The lawsuit states, The city is “unconstitutionally coercing” the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies “in violation of their religious beliefs, their ordination vows, and their consciences.

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Breast Cancer Walk

WGRC News - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:27pm

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk of Lycoming County will be held on Saturday at Indian Park in Montoursville. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.

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Blood Drive in honor of Sharon Budd

WGRC News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:43pm

The courage and strength of a woman from Ohio brought people together in Northumberland County.
A blood drive was held by Geisinger Blood Center to honor Sharon Budd.
She was severly injured when a rock smashed through the windshield of her family’s car on I-80.
Sharon spent three months at Geisinger and underwent five surgeries and is expected to return home to Ohio soon.

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Politico Poll

WGRC News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:42pm

A new poll by Politico shows, An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are ‘out of control’ and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms. The poll, found that 64% of Americans believe “things in the U.S. feel like they are out of control right now.” Specifically, the poll found that 84% of voters believe that (ISIS) represents a “serious” threat to America. On the issue of Obamacare, 57% of Americans believe their health care costs will increase, and just 7% believe that Obamacare will do as President Barack Obama claimed and reduce personal costs. When asked “Which President do you believe was more effective at managing the basic functions of the federal government?” 38% said George W. Bush, and 35% said Obama, and 26% answered “both about the same.”

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Bridge Replacement

WGRC News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:42pm

A bridge replacement project got underway today on Warrensville Road just south of Warrensville. A temporary roadway will be in place during the project and trucks over 40 feet in length will be prohibited from using the temporary roadway with a signed detour in place. The work is expected to last five to six weeks.

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October crash kills Pottsville man

WGRC News - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:06pm

A Pottsville man has died from injuries he received when he was hit by a vehicle earlier in October. The Republican Herald says 53 year old Randall Kechula was seriously hurt in the crash on October 4th. He died Saturday night at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, from his injuries. He was on on foot, and was crossing Route 61 when he was hit by a vehicle being driven north by a 57 year old Pottsville man. The truck hit Kechula.

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