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Idaho Pastors filed lawsuit over same sex weddings

8 hours 38 min ago

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

8 hours 39 min ago

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

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

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

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

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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Oil spill at Williamsport garage

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:18pm

An oil spill at an area garage in Williamsport put city and other officials into action yesterday morning. A 275 gallon plastic tote containing motor oil was being moved at Wood’s Garage on Church Street when a valve at the bottom was knocked off spilling much of the oil. A good amount of it went into the catch basin which makes its way to the Susquehanna River. Hazardous waste teams were called in and protective booms were put into place.

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City of Houston demands Pastors turn over sermons

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:17pm

Christians across the nation are mobilizing to defend a group of Houston pastors who were ordered by the city to turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity issues or Houston mayor.
Dave Welch, one of the five ministers who received a subpoena said, he will not be intimidated by Annise Parker, who is the city’s first openly lesbian mayor, nor will he comply with the city’s demands. My answer to that is — bring it on,” he said. It’s in response to a lawsuit filed related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. The new law, among other things will allow men who identify as women to use the restrooms of their choice — and vice versa. Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, said pastors around the nation should rally around the Houston ministers.

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State money helps repair Lycoming County homes

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:25pm

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency awarded Lycoming County more than $2 million to help pay for housing programs and projects. The money comes from impact fees paid by natural gas companies. It will be used to help build more affordable housing and to improve existing homes and neighborhoods.
County officials say money is used based on need. Part of the money will go toward housing development projects for the elderly, and low income families.

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Penn State student suffers burns from explosion in class

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:24pm

An explosion at the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building on the Penn State campus yesterday sent a student to the hospital with second degree burns. According to the university, a student was doing a tissue culture when the blast occurred in an exhaust hood. An investigation is being conducted by Penn State’s department of environmental health and safety.

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Penn State student injured from blast

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:23pm

An explosion at the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building on the Penn State campus yesterday sent a student to the hospital with second degree burns. According to the university, a student was doing a tissue culture when the blast occurred in an exhaust hood. An investigation is being conducted by Penn State’s department of environmental health and safety.

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Gas prices continue to fall

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:01pm

The price for a barrel of crude oil is the lowest it’s been since 2012 at $82 a barrel. Right now, the average price per gallon in Pennsylvania is $3.30 and that is expected to drop even lower.
Seven states have gas prices averaging below $3 a gallon and other states are expected to follow suit. It Slow global economic growth is the reason for the decrease. Missouri has the lowest gas prices at $2.87 per gallon, while California is the highest at $3.59.

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The death investigation of a 9 year old boy continues

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:59pm

It may take several weeks for authorities in Northumberland County to pinpoint the exact cause of death of a 9 year old boy, Toxicology tests have been sent out to determine why 9 year old Korbin Rager died. He was found in the Point Township, Northumberland County home of 58 year old Victor Hare who had been entrusted with his care. Hare told police the boy had taken oxycontin pills and had a history of abusing drugs and alcohol. Hare is being held on child endangerment charges, and police say they are treating the death as a homicide investigation.

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Pets up for adoption

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:58pm

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a new pet, here’s an idea: the owner of 17 dogs and four cats have surrendered the animals to the Hillside SPCA in Schuylkill County. They’ll be up for adoption soon. WNEP says officials said the owner just couldn’t care for the animals anymore, and they’re in good shape.

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