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The budget impasse continues in Harrisburg as the governor will not budge on his stance to impose an impact fee tax on the gas industry. Republicans do not want to do that, and say if the governor wants to institute any other tax increases such as in the sales tax and the income tax that they want him to approve the privatization of the state liquor industry. Various social service groups are not starting to suffer from a lack of money and it’s believed that state services have about a month before problems begin there. Both sides are still fairly far apart on a state budget which is now over a month overdue.
If needed, an alternative site plan for the Montoursville Area High School building project has now been approved by the borough. Borough Council said yes to the plan last night which would keep intact, much of the original 1931 structure of the existing building and makes no additions to the administration offices. The plan would also reduce parking form the original plan of 307 vehicle spaces to 237 spaces. Bids are included for both plans. The plan has already been approved by the county.
In the aftermath of the Senate’s derailing of Republican legislation halting federal dollars for Planned Parenthood, one thing seems clear: Many on both sides think they can ring up gains from the battle. Within minutes of Monday’s Senate vote, abortion-rights groups were releasing TV ads attacking GOP supporters of the measure for stomping on women’s health care needs. Conservatives were accusing Democrats of voting to protect taxpayer funds for an organization whose campaign contributions tilt lopsidedly to Democratic candidates.
The Donald Trump campaign is letting a staffer go over Facebook posts. Sam Nunberg allegedly posted insulting posts targeting President Obama and the Reverend Al Sharpton, among others. At least one of the posts aimed at Reverend Sharpton contained racially offensive language. Nunberg has denied responsibility for the posts.
Zimbabwe has accused a Pennsylvania doctor of illegally killing a lion in April, as it seeks to extradite a Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known lion named Cecil in July. Jan Casimir Seski of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, shot the lion with a bow and arrow near Hwange National Park, without approval and on land where it was not allowed, said Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority.
Commissioners in Columbia and Montour Counties have decided to consolidate their 911 centers into one. The New center would be in Bloomsburg and it’s hoped that everything is ready to go by next year. With emergencies dispatched out of one site instead of two, commissioners say it will save both counties money without sacrificing response time. It’s not known if the individual counties will have to cut any jobs due to the 911 center consolidation.
The Salvation Army of Williamsport has announced a change in leadership. Major’s Donald and Paula Spencer have taken over as the head of the local Salvation Army. The two have been involved in the Christian based community organization for the past 23 years and say they have a passion for establishing music programs at the locations they serve. They say they believe their skills are perfectly suited for the Williamsport branch.
An 18 year old Milton teen could spend up to 20 years in prison after pleading no contest in the rock throwing incident last July which severely injured an Ohio woman. Tyler Porter was in court yesterday to enter the plea of no contest to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault. In return other charges against the young man were dropped. He is the final teen to resolve his case in the incident which injured Sharon Budd after a large rock was thrown from the overpass onto Route 80 striking the windshield of the car. Should a judge accept the plea deal, He will be sentenced along with two others in the case.
Healthcare spending will rise nearly six percent every year for the next decade. A government study bases the projection on higher costs for America’s aging population and increased coverage under Obamacare. Prior to 2014, healthcare spending rates averaged about a four percent increase per year.