The ever growing state mandates now county responsibilities. That's the one thing rasing the ire of Columbia County Commission Chairman Chris Young. During an interview with WHLM News... Chairman Young lashes out against the Wolf administration. Columbia isn't the only County being hit with the unfunded mandates... all counties across the state are getting them as well.
Pennsylvania's new Attorney General enters his new office hopeful for the future but also mindful of the recent past. While he did not mention former Attorney General Kathleen Kane by name, Josh Shapiro did acknowledge the scandal which plagued the office in recent years, while also pledging this his tenure represents a new era. Shapiro says he and all employees of the Attorney General's office will sign a code of conduct, with reforms also including the appointment of a Chief Integrity Officer and a Chief Diversity Officer.
Those who want to grow, process and sell medical marijuana in Pennsylvania can now start the application process. The state Department of Health held a webinar about "Phase One" of the medical marijuana application process for perspective grower/processors and dispensaries. The Director of the state's Office of Medical Marijuana, John Collins also handled some questions. The applications are now available from the Department's Medical Marijuana Program website - they will be accepted between February 20th and March 20th...
With the recent closing of the Bloomsburg Moose Lodge... what makes an organization thrive. Community involvement... so says Fred Whitenight... the Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 436 in Bloomsburg. Reasons for the Moose Lodge shutting down include stricter DUI laws... and it's location outside of Bloomsburg.
Parking Lot Beating
Police in Schuylkill County say a woman attacked her child's assistant principal. 37 – year old Carisa Rhoads of Frackville was allegedly arguing with Janel Hansbury, the assistant principal at North Schuylkill Elementary, at the Schuylkill County Courthouse on Monday morning. According to police, Hansbury was called by Children and Youth to testify at a hearing regarding Rhoads's child. Hansbury told officers Rhoads threw her to the ground, punched her, and kicked her. Rhoads was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment by physical contact, disorderly conduct, and retaliation against witness or victim.
The 16-year-old suspect in a stabbing inside a grocery store in the Dallas area is now being charged as an adult. Michael Cheskiewicz of Wyoming County is charged with aggravated assault. Dallas police say that Monday afternoon, he allegedly stabbed a worker at Weis Market. The woman who was stabbed was treated and released from a hospital. A spokesman for Weis Markets says she had on a thick coat at the time and that helped to protect her. Police have not yet said what the motive was for the stabbing.
Another Pennsylvania Farm Show is history, and now comes the work of preparing the massive complex for the next major event. It takes about 20 permanent workers and more than 60 seasonal staff to transform more than a million square feet from an agricultural exposition to an automotive wonderland, with the next major event the Pennsylvania Auto Show, which runs January 26th through the 29th. This is the busiest time for the Farm Show Complex, which hosts a total of 300 events a year.
Police are searching for the man who robbed a Luzerne County gas station Tuesday morning. Officers were called to the Coco Hut on East Main Street in Nanticoke around 4 AM. Investigators tell us a man wearing a bandana over his face walked up to an employee and demanded money. He got away with some cash and fled the scene on foot.
Tom Wolf / Budget
The big question in Pennsylvania’s Capitol is: How will Gov. Tom Wolf balance his budget proposal without a major tax increase? He’s due to release it February 7th and most details are still under wraps.
The Democrat says he won’t propose a broad-based tax increase, but analysts are projecting a $2 billion-plus hole in the state’s finances. Wolf’s conservative approach comes as the Legislature returns in 2017 with bigger anti-tax Republican majorities.