While state and local police are patrolling the roadways this Thanksgiving holiday weekend... the folks who run the trauma unit at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville will be on the job. Jessica Holmes who is associated with the pediatric trauma center at GMC says Interstate 80 runs through the heart of their service area. To make sure kids and their parents are not injured... police will be looking for seat belt usage... as well as aggressive and suspected drunk drivers.
Triple A / Travel
A stronger economy and lower gas prices mean Thanksgiving travelers can expect more congested highways this year. During the long holiday weekend, 46.9 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007... so say the Triple A. That would be a sixth – tenths percent increase over last year... and the seventh straight year of growth. Like on every other holiday, the overwhelming majority of travelers — almost 90 percent — will be driving.
New challenges are on the horizon... starting next week... for former Bloomsburg Mayor... and current Danville Administrator... Dan Knorr. He's been named the next director of external and government relations at Bloomsburg University. During a recent interview... Mr. Knorr says a new chapter in his life awaits him. Mr. Knorr leaves his Danville Borough job at the close of business Wednesday.... starting at the University next Monday.
Budget / Lawsuit Possible
Could the state be sued over the lack of a budget. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach says that's one option okayed Monday during a meeting of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania underway in Hershey. Counties... including Columbia and Montour... are starting to feel the effects of a nearly six month budget impasse in Harrisburg. A lawsuit is just one of the options being explored by C-CAP in order to get the release of commonwealth and federal funding for essential services. Counties also authorized CCAP counsel to investigate the legal ramifications to counties and county officials of ceasing to remit funds, collected at the county level on the state’s behalf, during an impasse and allowing those funds to be used for essential local services.
Governor Tom Wolf says the state budget framework announced two weeks ago is in peril. Governor Wolf told the Pennsylvania Press Club that Republicans haven't been able to gather enough votes to pass the framework... which includes a big increase for basic education spending... as well as property tax relief... a component Wolf says is key to an agreement. Republicans say their complaint is with the way property tax relief will be divided across the state.
Budget / Tax Relief
The state Senate narrowly defeated a measure which would have changed the way public schools are funded in Pennsylvania. The proposal would have eliminated the school property tax, replacing it with higher sales and personal income taxes. The Senate vote was 24-24, with Lt. Governor Mike Stack casting the deciding no vote. Eighteen Republicans, including Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati voted “yes,” with 12 GOP members, including Majority Leader Jake Corman, casting "no" votes.
Animal Resource Center
Looking out for stray and unwanted animals in Columbia County. That's what the Animal Resource Center does year round. Now... they're looking for you're help... seeking blankets for their dogs and cats... so says executive director Linda Bird. And... the center has dogs and cats looking for forever homes. Check them out on their Facebook page... or at their website... www.nokillarc.org.
Road Construction Deaths
Legislation on its way to Governor Wolf's desk would stiffen penalties for motorists who injure or kill workers in highway construction zones. Under the bill, violators would face fines and penalties exceeding one thousand dollars. More serious offenses involving injuries to highway workers or emergency personnel would result in a fine of up to $5,000 and a six-month suspension of the violator's driver's license. Drivers causing the death of a worker would pay a fine of up to $10,000 and surrender their license for one year.
An inmate at SCI Mahanoy in Schuylkill County is now facing an attempted murder charge after he allegedly attacked a corrections officer. 24 – year old William Cramer attacked the guard using a homemade weapon. The guard was slashed in the neck and arm. He was transported to a hospital in critical condition.
Self – Service, unleaded gas prices across Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as all of northeastern PA are holding steady. The Triple - A Fuel Gauge report shows area drivers are paying an average of $2.29 - a - gallon. A week ago... gas was retailing at $2.33 - a - gallon.... and a month ago... gasoline average $2.31 – a – gallon. The Triple A says the average price for fuel nationally is $2.07 – a - gallon.
Bloomsburg University sophomore Christian Mortellite is the PSAC Eastern Division men’s basketball player of the week. Mortellite averaged 28.5 points a game over the weekend in leading the Huskies to road wins over Seton Hill and California. Tuesday night the Huskies played against Wilmington University. The Huskies Men lost with a score of 78-81. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.
BU Women's Basketball
The Bloomsburg University women’s basketball team swept PSAC East honors this week. Junior Mia Hopkins is the player of the week and Alyssa Mack is the freshman of the week.
In the NFL Monday night... the New England Patriots down the Buffalo Bills 20 to 13.
NBA / Monday
In the NBA Monday night... the Philadelphia 76er's continue their losing streak. The Sixers defeated by the Minnesota Timberwolves 100 to 95.
NHL / Monday
In the NHL, The Philadelphia Flyers got by the Carolina Hurricanes 3 to 2.