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Tuesday / July 25, 2017


A Photo Of Joe Surfaces:

Looks like he's pigging out at Skyline Chili in Cincinnati!





Monday Storms

Along Iron Street in Bloomsburg yesterday.... the rain came down in buckets Monday afternoon... and it thundered as well. The National Weather Service issuing a tornado warning around 3:15 in the afternoon. No tornado's were spotted, but the rain came down... an estimated 5 inches fell throughout the day in the Catawissa / Numidia area. Route 42 along the narrows between Bloomsburg and Catawissa was closed for a while... social media showing the creek which runs through Knobles Amusement Resort spilling over it's banks... and despite the rain, the Orangeville Carnival had a good night.


Latest State Budget

The state isn't going to run out of money soon... despite the fact that a budget is in place, but a way to raise revenue isn't. Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says the problem comes when you want to expand or change programs. Rep. Millard said he's confident things will work out in the end.


Sex Abuse Charges
There are more sex abuse charges against a member of the clergy in western Pennsylvania. The state's top cop is asking for your help in helping to catch predators. Another priest is charged in an ongoing statewide grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by clergy. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the case against retired priest John Thomas Sweeney Monday, stemming from an alleged incident in the 1991-92 school year at Westmoreland County's St Margaret Mary's Catholic School. At the time, the victim was 10 years old. Shapiro said additional charges would have been brought but the statues of limitations had expired on those other offenses...


Barry Francioni

The man who allegedly set his LaSalle Street home on fire... took a shot at Berwick Police and set booby traps for firemen had his preliminary hearing yesterday. Barry Francioni's family said he was having a mental breakdown. His wife Cindy Francioni telling our media partner Newswatch 16... this is completely out of character. In addition to the three charges he already faces... Francioni is also accused of fire into an occupied dwelling at Monroe Street Apartments. Following the hearing in front of judge Richard Knecht... he was returned to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.


Wolf / Drug Addiction
Governor Tom Wolf's administration continues to speak out on the stigma of drug addiction. One of the major themes of the Wolf Administration's efforts in the opioid epidemic is that drug addiction needs to be treated like the disease that it is, not a simple weakness in character. Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine says it's unfortunate that some people are critical of those who need multiple doses of Naloxone - the anti-overdose drug. She says you don't stop treating someone who's had multiple heart attacks and the state is doing everything it can to assist those who O-D and survive...


Endangered Species
After more than a decade of serious conservation work, an endangered species of bird has returned to nest in Pennsylvania. The piping plover historically bred on Presque Isle in Lake Erie... but because of an increase in recreation and changes to its habitat, the bird has been absent in Pennsylvania since the 1950s. This year two pairs of plovers built their nests in the Keystone state. Since 2005, the Game Commission has been working with local, state, and federal partners to remove invasive species from the Gull Point Natural Area on Presque Isle and restore the dune system to attract plovers back to the state.


Animal Resource Center

The Animal Resource Center continues to chug along... making sure abandoned cats, kittens and dogs get proper treatment... and in all cases.. are nursed back to health. Executive Director Linda Bird... making an appearance on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. Looking to give a cat or kitten an adoptive home... just look at the inventory on their web site.... “NoKillARC.Org...”




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