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Rick Santorum’s campaign stragedy

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:43pm

Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is not changing his campaign strategy by pressing to raise polling numbers to ensure he’s part of the campaign’s first major debate, August 6 in Cleveland. A spokesman says his TV appearances in recent days have been timed more to take advantage of his time in New York this past week. Santorum is not expected to be part of the debate.

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Lyme Disease Awareness

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:43pm

With Pennsylvania leading the nation in reported cases of Lyme disease, The state Department of Health has called for increased awareness about this serious disease and outlined the department’s efforts to combat tick-borne diseases in Pennsylvania. When detected early, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. Left untreated, the disease can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system. Early diagnosis is important in preventing late-stage complications.

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Missing Florida Boys

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:42pm

The Coast Guard is continuing what it calls an aggressive search for two 14-year-old boys who have gone missing off of Florida’s east coast. The boys’ capsized boat was located about 60 miles offshore from Daytona Beach on Sunday. The boys were apparently trying to make it to the Bahamas on their 19-foot boat.

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Possible heatwave

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:42pm

The heat is here. Temperatures are expected to continue in the 90’s for the next few days, with the humidity making it feel like it’s over 100 during the peak time of day. Susquehanna Health and other health officials are reminded residents to drink plenty of water, especially if they are going to be outside for any long periods of time. Also to make sure your pets have plenty of water, and shaded areas if they are outdoor pets. Elderly persons are reminded to stay inside with the air conditioning on if possible, and you are reminded to check on neighbors who may not have air conditioning.

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PA State Politics

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:03pm

Lawmakers are calling on Governor Tom Wolf to arm troops at National Guard bases in the state. More than 100 legislators signed a letter sent to the governor last week, calling for him to sign an executive order that allows guardsmen to carry firearms on a daily basis. The calls come on the heels of a shooting Chattanooga, Tennessee that left four Marines and a sailor dead. In a statement, Wolf says he understand the concerns and plans to meet with military advisers on the issue.

In nine months, Democrats can expect to decide a primary contest to determine who will challenge Republican Senator Pat Toomey for his seat. Democrat Joe Sestak will return for a rematch, but it looks like he’ll have to beat Governor Tom Wolf’s ex-chief of Staff Katie McGinty who resigned her position last week amid speculation she’ll run for the Senate seat. The seat is expected to be critical to determining control of the Senate.

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Governor Jindal warns protesters

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 3:03pm

Louisiana’s governor is warning protesters to stay away from today’s funerals of victims from last week’s mass shooting at a movie theater. Governor Jindal has threatened to take members of the Westboro Baptist Church into custody. The church responded to Jindal’s threats on Twitter, calling them illegal. It also invited him to join them in picketing. The gunman who killed two people praised the Westboro Baptist Church on social media.

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Wolf picks new Chief of Staff

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:31pm

Governor Tom Wolf’s legislative liaison will be his new chief of staff. Wolf picked Mary Isenhour Thursday after his previous chief of staff Katie McGinty resigned Wednesday. McGinty is expected to seek the democratic nomination to run against Republican Senator Pat Toomey.

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A bill that could allow Larger tractor trailers on PA roads

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:30pm

Senator Bob Casey is coming out against a federal proposal that could allow larger tractor trailers on state highways. A provision in the federal transportation funding bill would allow for 85-foot double tractor trailers in Pennsylvania and 39 other states that ban them. Casey says it would be nearly impossible for motorists to pass the monster trucks. He adds the state’s mountainous terrain, harsh winters, and structurally deficient road and bridges make the trucks a no-go.

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Governor Wolf issues reprieves for death row inmates

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 2:38pm

The governor continues his strong stance on issuing reprieves to prisoners sentenced to death in Pennsylvania. Shortly after taking office this year, Governor Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on executions in the state and has been challenged twice now in the state Supreme Court, the latest by the state’s Attorney General. In a filing this week, Wolf’s lawyers pointed to an executive power of reprieve granted by the state’s constitution. Wolf says he will continue to issue reprieve’s at least until he receives the results of an overdue report by a legislative commission on the death penalty.

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