Black Lives Matter
A protest on the campus of Bloomsburg University early Wednesday evening. A group of about 150 students carried “Black Lives Matter” signs... showing their distrust with police departments across the nation. Professor James Wardigo said these kids are not all bad students. They occupied the quad... forming a circle and held hands as a symbol to “Black Lives Matter.”
The Democrat hoping to be the next vice – president of the United States introduced himself to the nation Wednesday night. Tim Kaine proclaimed that Hillary Clinton is ready to be the next to step up. Meantime... political analyst Dr. Terry Madonna from F&M College in Lancaster says Kaine accomplished what he needed to do in Wednesday night's Speech. Mrs. Clinton is expected to address the last night of the convention.
Feel the Bern
A group of volunteers known as the "Bernie Peacekeepers" is doing its part to keep protests relatively calm during the Democratic National Convention. A couple hundred people from around the country are in Philadelphia this week to volunteer with the "Bernie Peacekeepers." Volunteers received training in non-violent resistance and keeping people safe. They've been present at protests around the city to deescalate heated situations, separate demonstrators from hostile observers, and even make sure people drink enough water.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and running mate Governor Mike Pence arrived in Scranton Wednesday for a campaign stop in the Lackawanna College Student Union gym. Gov. Pence came out to the cheering crowd in the gym to introduce Trump at the event. Trump’s campaign appearance in Scranton comes as the Democratic convention continues down the road in Philadelphia.
Proposed rate hikes for health insurers was the focus of a public hearing by the PA Insurance Department. Insurance Department officials heard from companies and consumer groups on plans by insurers to increase rates for health plans for the enrollment period that begins November first. Companies are seeking double digit rate hikes for individual plans in Pennsylvania as well as several other states. Experts say most companies are still adjusting to requirements under the Affordable Care Act.
Gift, Troutman & Gift
In Bloomsburg last night... the final performance of the Summer Concert Series... featuring Gift, Troutman and Gift. With temperatures in the low 90's... a breeze off the Susquehanna River was welcomed relief. Gift, Troutman & Gift bringing with them their menu of songs from the 40's through the 80's... entertaining the people who were there.
Ice Cream & Cake
It's an event to say thank you to the Town of Bloomsburg for their support. The 59th annual Cake and Ice Cream Festival next Thursday at Town Park. Town Park President Chuck Wagner says there will be a refrigerated trailer on site... with someone taking donations throughout the day.
Jet Ski Explosion
A Mountain Top woman and her child are recovering in a hospital following an explosion of a jet ski Wednesday morning at Lake Wallenpaupack. According to officials with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, a 43-year-old woman and her 7-year-old son were hurt. They were flown to a hospital near Allentown to be treated for their injuries. Officials tell us it appears that the seat of the jet ski may have been the cause of the problem. Sometimes gas fumes fill up in the seat and an explosion can happen.
Police now have identified the man who's body was found floating in Penn Lake in Luzerne County. The What Haven Police Chief says 37 – year old David Young of Wilkes – Barre drowned while on the lake with friends. The death was called “accidental.”
The National Weather Service says an EF 1 tornado touched down during Monday's storm near Monroeton... in Bradford County. The NWS says the 100-mile-per-hour straight line winds were able to take the roof of one house. Some buildings were damaged... with no injuries reported.