State Senate Fails to Oust Kane
The state Senate on Wednesday failed to approve a historic proposal to remove Kathleen Kane as attorney general based on the assertion that her suspended law license may hamper her ability to do her job. The Trib Live is reporting with a 29-19 count, the petition didn't gain the constitutionally required two-thirds majority of 33 votes to remove a civil officer for reasonable cause. Senate Republican leaders won a vote to reconsider the petition if circumstances change. The House, at the same time, overwhelmingly approved a resolution to investigate whether Kane has committed “misbehavior in office.” That could lead to articles of impeachment, which would require a Senate trial.
Snow Fall / Plowing
In Bloomsburg overnight... the sound many of us woke up to Wednesday morning... the sound of private snow plows clearing snow out of parking lots and roadways. Around 2:30 Wednesday morning... a couple of members of the Bloomsburg Volunteer Fire Department clearing the one to two inch snow fall out of the department's driveway in the 900 block of south Market Street. The sound to be repeated up and down the Susquehanna Valley throughout the morning.
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A former Central Columbia School District teacher is facing sexual assault charges. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... 31 – year old Mark Anthony Thomas of Mifflinville is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an 18 year old female student. Thomas had resigned from his teaching job this month. He appeared before a district judge Tuesday... and was released without having to post $50,000 bail.
Millard / Wolf Budget
Governor Wolf set a contentious tone when he delivered his 2016 -17 budget address in Harrisburg on Tuesday. The proposed spending plan checks in at $33.3 billion dollars... a two year increase of four point three billion. It was a combative second budget address, with Mr. Wolf telling legislators that if they won’t fulfill their responsibilities to Pennsylvania residents, they should find a different job. But state representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says the rubber meets the road later this month. In his speech... Governor Wolf is proposing is proposing a $3 dollar an hour increase in the minimum wage... boosting personal income tax from 3-point-four percent to 11 Percent.... and tacking on a dollar a pack to the state cigarette tax.
Education / Budget
Education would see a boost in spending under the budget proposed by Governor Tom Wolf. The Governor is asking for an additional 200 million-dollars for K though 12 education in the next fiscal year, on top of the more than 370 million he is seeking in the current year's budget. The Governor is also seeking to increase spending for higher education, a total of ten percent this year and next for the 14 state owned universities and four state-related schools.
The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the first cases of the Zika virus in Pennsylvania. The Department of Health announced that two women tested positive for the virus that could be causing birth defects.... after traveling to a country affected by the outbreak. Officials say the patients have already recovered and do not pose a public health risk... as most cases of Zika are transmitted by mosquitoes that do not live in Pennsylvania. All pregnant women who have traveled to affected countries are advised to get tested for Zika as soon as possible.
Animal Resource Center
The Columbia County - based Animal Resource Center says now is the time to give an animal a forever home. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Executive Director Linda Bird says there are some kittens ready for adoption. Check out and see the animals by going to their website... www.nokillarc.org... or on their Facebook page.
After ten seasons as a starting guard for the New Orleans Saints, former Bloomsburg University All American Jahri Evans has been cut by the team. Evans’ agent says the six time pro bowl selection plans to continue playing in the NFL.
Bloomsburg University senior Adreana Sadowski is the PSAC Eastern Division women’s basketball player of the week. Sadowski averaged 18 point and nine and a half rebounds in games against West Chester and Mansfield. Both the Women's and Men's teams played at home against Kutztown Wednesday night. The mens team won 81-77 and the womens team won 61-60. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Huskies Postgame Report.
Boys HS Basketball / Tuesday
In boys high school basketball Tuesday night... Berwick defeated Tunkhannock 57 – 44.
Boys HS Basketball / Wednesday
In boys basketball Wednesday night, the Heartland Conference Championship semifinals will be played at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury. In the first game at 6 O'clock... Shamokin takes on Sullivan County. After that game Lewisburg will play Shikellamy.
College Basketball / Tuesday
In Top 25 men’s college basketball Tuesday night...top ranked Villanova downed Depaul 86 – 59... 6th ranked Kansas topped 10th West Virginia 75 – 65... and 18th ranked Purdue just getting by Michigan State 82 – 81.