Wednesday / November 22, 2017


Kreischer / DeMelfi

Today is the day it's decided who becomes the disputed member of Bloomsburg Town Council. Incumbent William Kreisher and political newcomer Vince DeMelfi received 577 votes each... so instead of a runoff... each candidate will select a number from a pouch. Councilman – elect James Garman telling me... there are no losers. The drawing takes place at noon time... in the County Commission meeting room.


Gas Prices

Headed out this holiday weekend... you'll find gas prices holding somewhat steady. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report out show the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular hanging in... averaging $2.74 a gallon at gas stations in Columbia and Montour Counties. We were paying the same price last week... but, $2.66 a gallon a month ago.


Holiday Travel
Plenty of Pennsylvanians will be traveling over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Triple-A is projecting nearly 1.9 million Pennsylvanians will travel over the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a 3-and-a-half percent increase over last year. The 88 percent traveling by car can expect to pay higher gas prices in PA this Thanksgiving compared to last. The statewide average price for regular gas which stands at $2.78 per gallon is up 42 cents over a year ago.


Severance Tax
The state House has adjourned for the Thanksgiving holiday, in the middle of debate on a major piece of legislation. House members spent two marathon sessions debating dozens of amendments to a bill which would impose a severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. Each amendment must be debated and voted on one by one, with only a handful brought up for a vote thus far. The remainder of amendments, as well as the bill itself are now on hold until the House reconvenes December 4th.


Run for the Diamonds

The traditional Run for the Diamonds is set to start on it's 108th journey through the streets of Berwick and the surrounding area Thursday. Race Director Margaret Livesey... appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz says some big name runners will take the starter's pistol. The event gets underway at 10:30 Thursday morning. Join WHLM Sports Director Jim Doyle and Lanny Conner as they bring you live coverage of the Run following the 10 O'clock news on the WHLM Stations.


Governor Wolf Cabinet
More than 200 people turned out for the Wolf Administration's first "Cabinet in Your Community" event at Luzerne County Community College Tuesday. The first "Cabinet in Your Community" event featured the Secretaries of the Departments of Community and Economic Development and Education and the Acting Secretary of the Department of Labor and Industry. The event provided the chance for people to hear from the secretaries and ask them questions. Education Secretary Pedro Rivera says in order to create policies which have a positive impact on people its important to engage them at the local level.


Attempted Murder Sentence

A woman convicted of trying to kill herself and her two children will spend 10 to 30 years in prison. Melissa Scholl was sentenced Monday in Luzerne County court. She must also serve 10 years on probation. She was found guilty in September of trying to kill herself and her seven year old son and five year old daughter in December of 2015. Prosecutors said she hooked up a hose to her car’s exhaust pipe in a Wilkes-Barre Township School bus parking lot. The car was not running at the time and her children survived. Scholl’s defense attorney said he plans on appealing this sentence.


Philly Murder Suspect

A Philadelphia man is locked up in connection with a deadly shooting in Lycoming County. 23 – year old Jameir Hines was arrested in Philadelphia. He faces charges including criminal homicide. Police say Hines and another man, Paul Heath, shot and killed Shawn Graham earlier this month while they were robbing him at Graham's home on West Third Street in Williamsport. Investigators said Heath shot a police officer in the arm then led police on a chase that ended at the Sheetz near Linden where Heath killed himself. Hines was brought back from Philadelphia and is locked up in Lycoming County.


Gov. Ridge

The family of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says they’re cautiously optimistic that he’ll make a full recovery, four days after suffering a heart attack. A Monday statement issued through a family spokesman said Ridge remained in an intensive care unit in Austin, Texas, where he was attending a Republican Governors Association conference. Ridge, a Republican, was a two-term Pennsylvania governor from 1995 to 2001. He was the first homeland security secretary, serving under President George Bush until 2005.





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