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The city of Williamsport will hold its 65th annual Billtown Christmas Parade this weekend. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5pm tomorrow at Elmira and West Third Streets. The annual Victorian Christmas will take place from noon to 5pm, and a Market Place at the Holiday Inn. Tonight at 6, it’s the Festival of Lights getting underway in Brandon Park.
Pay raises are ready to go for top elected and appointed officials in Pennsylvania State Government. A 1.6% automatic annual cost of living adjustment will go into effect on January 1st for the Governor and members of his cabinet as well as those appointed to various boards and commissions, appellate judges and other elected statewide row offices including legislators. Governor Corbett and his cabinet members have been returning their yearly raises. New governor elect Tom Wolf has already said he will not accept his salary, as well as other perks.
Republicans take control of the Senate in January, but Democrats still run the show right now, and they came up with enough votes to block the Keystone XL oil pipeline project. The project would go from Canada to Texas. The bill had passed the House, overwhelmingly, last week, then the bill needed 60 votes in the Senate to get to the White House. It got 59 — with a final vote of 59 to 41. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans will for sure bring the issue back when Republicans are in charge in January.
Pope Francis is making his first visit to the United States as Pope, a trip to Philadelphia, next year. Pope Francis has announced that he’ll be in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families organized by the Catholic Church, which is expected in late September of next year.
We now know the names of two people who died in a Schuylkill county crash. It happened when a Veterans’ Affairs van slammed into the side of a tractor-trailer. The driver of the truck was headed east on Keystone Boulevard and went into the intersection with Highridge Park Road in Cass Township, and the driver the van, who was headed southbound, hit the side of the trailer. The driver of the van, 67 year old James Metzger, and a passenger, 73 year old Elaine Bradley of tamaqua, were killed.
The final numbers are in for the manhunt of the alleged cop killer Eric Frein. Pennsylvania State police say they spend $11 million dollars on subsequent manhunt for Frein which finally ended on October 30th at an abandoned airplane hangar in the Poconos. Thousands of law enforcement officers from numerous state and federal agencies took part in the 48 day manhunt for the man. Costs include police overtime and resources used during the manhunt.
State police continue to investigate a bank robbery in Northumberland County last Friday. The robbery happened around 5pm as a man walked into the Muncy Bank and Trust branch on Route 44 in Dewart, displayed a weapon and demanded money from the teller. He then got an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a white sedan. Anyone with information is asked to call the State police.