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With coal still seen as a large source of energy in the state of Pennsylvania, a state senator from the area will have an important role in emphasizing the continued importance of coal and coal driven technologies. 23rd District State Senator Gene Yaw from Loyalsock Township will join 35th district Senator John Wozniak as a co-chair of the Senate Coal Caucus. The two will be instrumental in helping to further legislation which will help create a number of direct and indirect jobs, helping the coal industry remain a viable energy source for years to come. Pennsylvania is one of the largest coal producing states in the nation.
During a reception yesterday for parents of children who are suffering from debilitating seizures, Governor Tom Wolf vowed to sign a medical marijuana bill if it is passed in the state house and senate. A pair of State Senators yesterday reported that they plan to broaden their legislation which was first introduced last year, but did not pass both the state house and senate, and did come with some opposition from then Governor Tom Corbett. Under the bill, doctors would be able to prescribe marijuana or derivitives for pain relief and other medical purposes.
Pennsylvania authorities plan to seek the death penalty against Eric Frein, the man charged with shooting two state troopers in a September 12 ambush and then spending 48 days hiding in the woods from police. One of the troopers, Cpl. Bryon Dickson, was killed in the attack, and the other, Trooper Alex Douglass, was wounded. The manhunt for Frein, which drew hundreds of police and reportedly cost authorities $11 million, put the residents of Pike and Monroe Counties on edge for nearly two months. Frein was eventually captured outside an abandoned airport hangar in Tannersville, about 90 miles north of Philadelphia.
Lycoming County District Judge James Carne has announced that he’s retiring after his current term. Carne, says he will not run for another six year term, as he would be forced to retire at the age of 70 just two years into it. He says he would like to continue as a senior district judge, which does not bring with it as demanding of a schedule.
Governor Tom Wolf and the legislature will try to fill a $2 billion dollar deficit, state house majority leader Dave Reed yesterday outlined some things he would like to see. They include property tax reform public pension reform and liquor privatization. He says he would also like for the state house to pass a medical marijuana bill which could be sent to the senate. Former Governor Tom Corbett was against the legalization of medical marijuana.
Louisiana governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Bobby Jindal shared with thousands of people at his national prayer rally in Louisiana yesterday how he converted from Hinduism to Catholicism, and urged prayers for America’s spiritual revival as well as President Obama and his family. He told the crowd of more than 3,000 people how he, though raised a Hindu, became a Christian while a teenager living in Baton Rouge. He said Billy Graham helped inspire him to become a Christian at a mass prayer rally in 1970. Several people had earlier tried to convert him but it didn’t hit him until he heard Graham and watched a black and white film on Jesus’s death on the cross, he said. “God chose that moment to hit me harder than I’ve ever been hit before,” he was quoted as saying.
A fire in Columbia County has left a family homeless. The fire broke out around 5am yesterday at the home on Mountain Road in North Centre Township. Firefighters had a tough time getting to the home due to icy roads, and when they arrived they found flames shooting through the roof. The family made it out without injury. It’s believed the fire started in an attached garage in the rear of the more than 100 year old home and quickly spread. The home is a total loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Up to a half a million people from across the United States and abroad gathered at National Mall in Washington DC yesterday for the annual March for Life.
The walk has become the largest ongoing civil rights march in American history. The March for Life began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion.
The state’s attorney general may face charges of perjury according to documents released yesterday. A statewide grand jury has concluded there are reasonable grounds to charge Kathleen Kane with perjury, false swearing, official oppression and obstruction. Kane is accused of leaking grand jury testimony and other documents stemming from a 2009 investigation. Kane maintains her innocence saying that a special prosecutor found nothing illegal and instead had to make things up.
The Williamsport Area School Board voted this week to authorize applying for a new tax index exception which could allow for a rise in district taxes. The district is looking for the possibility of a 2.7 increase in taxes to raise an extra $400,000 dollars.