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The state’s House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a package of revenue sources with the intent to restore cuts to education funding imposed in 2011. The executive director of the Education Law Center cited the fact that Pennsylvania now has the widest gap between rich and poor districts than any other state in the union. If the revenue bill passes, there is no guarantee that funds for education will increase without the passage of a budget bill but without new revenue resources, the state faces a budget deficit of more than 2 billion dollars, next year.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter promises a full investigation into whether U.S. forces bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan. Speaking from Madrid, Carter said the probe will be transparent but cautioned it would take time to get all the facts. The suspected U.S airstrike Saturday killed at least 22 people in Kunduz. The aid group says dozens more were injured.
Vice President Joe Biden is close to deciding whether or not he will run for president and the announcement could come this week. According to Multiple sources, the VP is leaning toward running for the White House. Even if Biden decides to jump into the race, its expected that he will sit out of the first Democratic primary debate on October 13th.
The state’s attorney general finds herself in even more trouble with the law. A second set of charges were filed yesterday in Montgomery County against Attorney General Kathleen Kane including another count of perjury. The new charges say that Kane signed paperwork that proves she lied last year to the special grand jury which investigated her. The charges stem from a raid at her office last month. Kane continues to say the facts will come out and she will be exonerated.
Tragedy has struck today in Douglas County Oregon.
Oregon State Police report ten people are dead and at least twenty injured after a shooting at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg which is in southwest Oregon. Police report that the shooter is in custody and the school is on lockdown.
Williamsport parking authority has recently installed new parking meters in the lots along Market Street adjacent to the James V. Brown library. The meters allow customers to pay at a centralized machine to park in the lots. The Parking authority says they will hold a demonstration of the new meters between the hours of 11am and 1pm both tomorrow and on Monday of next week. The plans are to replace individual meters in other lots in the city as well.
The defense policy bill is one of the few bipartisan measures in Congress that has readily become law for more than a half-century. Not so fast this year, as President Obama threatens to veto the bill moving through the House amid a bitter dispute about government spending. The argument is whether Congress should break through spending caps when it comes to defense, but adhere to them for domestic agencies. Obama and his Democratic supporters say no. Republicans, citing global threats around the world, say yes.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission plans to launch a pilot program next year in which two busy interchanges will convert to a cashless system. Drivers at the Beaver Valley Expressway and the Delaware River Bridge in Bucks County will be required to use E-ZPass or have their license plates scanned by cameras and pay a monthly bill. The cashless system will require upgrades to interchanges, technology and safeguards to protect drivers’ data before it’s implemented, and officials say they are not sure yet just how much money will be saved by eliminating toll collector jobs. Those toll collectors earn between $19.76 and $22.69 an hour. One reason for the switch is that electronic tolling has been proven to free the flow of traffic.
A Kentucky clerk who went to jail for defying a federal court’s orders to issue same-sex marriage licenses says she met briefly with the pope during his historic visit to the United States. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, didn’t deny the encounter took place but said Wednesday in Rome he had no comment on the topic.