Breaking News / Bus Crash
Ambulances from around the area are rushing to Mile Marker 118 eastbound of Interstate 80 in Montour County in Liberty Township. There is a report of a passenger bus off the road... and down over an embankment with an unknown number of people aboard. At least twenty people are hurt... and unknown number are still inside the bus. The accident happened around 5:50. Traffic is slow and go through the area.
There were plenty of folks in Berwick at the start of the weekend getting knocks at the door. Those rapping were volunteers of the American Red Cross. They distributed smoke alarms to residents who either didn't have the alarms... or replacing them if they were out of date. Jeri Sims is with the Harrisburg chapter.... which includes Berwick... and says the alarms save a lot of lives. The Red Cross received help from the Reliance Fire Company in distributing the smoke alarms.
The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education will meet by conference call at noon time Monday. They will consider the selection of the State System’s next chancellor. The search for the System’s fifth chancellor began in fall 2017 with the appointment of an eight-member search committee. The committee received input from more than 350 students, faculty, staff, alumni and others during the nearly seven-month search process and conducted several rounds of interviews. The next chancellor will lead the ongoing “System Redesign,” the result of a top-to-bottom review of the State System and its 14 universities.
Police are investigating after a man was found dead in Ashley.. in neighboring Luzerne County following an apparent stabbing. State police say 31 – year old Brian Breymeier was found dead at 144 S. Main Street shortly before noon Sunday. It’s unclear if anyone is in custody in connection with the death. Investigators are being tight lipped about the case. Troopers and borough police are handling the investigation along with the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office.
Optimistic About Future
Pennsylvania's businesses are quite optimistic about the national and state economies... and the prospects of their own continued success. The latest PNC Economic Outlook Survey shows businesses are feeling good about where the economy is headed, with increased hiring and wage expectations as well. It's the best report in about a decade according to PNC, but while there's a feel-good vibe among Pennsylvania businesses right now, PNC says the state is still a little behind the national barometer.
Child Action Plan
Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services Secretary is weighing in on the State of the Child Action Plan recently released by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller says the Wolf Administration supports the majority of the plan's 28 recommendations to improve the safety of children, adding that it's a good blueprint to help improve the child welfare system. Miller wasn't specific, but says the few recommendations they have concerns about they'll continue to discuss with the Auditor General.
Work continues Monday on wrapping up the final votes for last Tuesday's election. When it was all said and done... Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky said voter turnout could have been a lot better... checking in at a little more than 26 per cent. Mr. Repasky was a guest on Sunday's Extra Edition on the WHLM Stations.
Trucker in Trouble
A truck driver is facing charges of aggravated assault by a vehicle in Luzerne County. According to police, a trooper saw a white tractor trailer swerve at, and almost hit, a pickup truck while traveling south on Interstate 81 on Friday morning in Butler Township. The pickup had to swerve onto the shoulder and almost crashed into the guard rail. Police say 59 – year old Norman Brown of Connellsville, refused to cooperate and resisted arrest. Brown is locked up in Luzerne County jail.
Under an order filed by the Public Utility Commission, 17 major utility companies across Pennsylvania to decrease their monthly distribution charges. In total, it will save customers $320 million. The PUC voted 5-0 to approve the order. PPL customers will get the lowest savings, just an 0.56% decrease. Earlier this year, 15 State Representatives sent a letter to the PUC requesting the changes, in response to a decrease in the federal corporate tax rate this year.