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One state lawmaker here in Pennsylvania, has some harsh words for a Weather Channel meteorologist who he claims insulted Punxsutawney Phil. State Rep. Peter Daley wrote a letter to Stephanie Abrams, asking her to publicly apologize for remarks she made on Groundhog Day, calling Phil “just a rodent.” Daley called Abrams’ statements “unprofessional” and “demeaning” saying that if Phil is ‘just a rodent’ then the Grand Canyon is just a ditch, the pierogi is just a snack, and the Pittsburgh Steelers is just another football team. Daley said that disparaging Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day is unacceptable and uncouth.
Reports out of the state police academy in Harrisburg say that a cheating probe is underway there. It’s believed that cheating occurred at the academy, though officials are not saying much as to the manner of cheating. Cadets there are subject to a battery of written tests during the more than six months of training and it’s not known if any cadets in one of two current academy classes or any state troopers have been disciplined or dismissed as part of the probe.
As officials in Northumberland County still consider an alternate site for a new prison to replace the once which burned down in Sunbury in January of 2015, the County Prison Board got a look yesterday at four different designs for the new prison. Construction would cost anywhere from $35 to $40 million dollars for prisons housing anywhe4r from 243 to 295 inmates. The Prison warden came forward endorsing the design which would house the most inmates and cost about $38.5 million dollars. The county has already bought the former Knight-Celotex Industrial site for $2 million dollars and has spent another $1.2 million getting it ready for construction, but the new board of commissioners says they are not set on that site.
An effort by House Republicans to override the President’s veto of a bill which gutted Obamacare is over. The measure also defunded Planned Parenthood. Republicans could not muster a two-thirds majority vote needed to override a veto. The vote was 241-186. GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan has vowed to continue efforts to end Obamacare.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said today he is suspending his 2016 campaign for president. Paul finished fifth in Monday’s Iowa caucuses with 4 and a half percent of the vote, behind rivals Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson.
Health officials in Texas say the Zika virus can be sexually transmitted. Dallas County Health and Human Services has confirmed someone got the disease after having sexual contact with a person who was already infected. It’s the first known case of Zika being transmitted in the U.S. The news came a day after the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency because of the virus.
Penn DOT is getting ready to replace bridges in three area counties. Bridge projects are scheduled for early spring and summer of this year on Rohrsburg Road in Greenwood Township and White Hall Road in Madison Township in Columbia County as well as Broadway Road in Limestone Township, Montour County and Little Roaring Creek Road in Rush Township, Northumberland County. A public meeting to discuss the projects as well as a question and answer session with the construction team and Penn DOT will be held at the Best Western Inn in Danville on Monday February 8th. Local officials are invited from 3 to 4pm and the general public from 4 to 6pm.
The final poll before the Iowa caucuses is out. The latest “Des Moines Register/Bloomberg” poll shows Donald Trump taking the lead among likely Republican caucus-goers, while Hillary Clinton is holding on to a slim lead with Democrats. Clinton’s lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is down to just three-percent. Clinton is the favorite among 45-percent of Iowa Democrats with Sanders coming in at 42 percent. On the Republican side, Trump leads with 28 percent over Texas Senator Ted Cruz at 23 percent. Florida Senator Marco Rubio comes in third with 15 percent followed by Dr. Ben Carson at 10 percent. The Iowa Caucus is today.