Local News 2-21-14

Thon

After months of fundraising efforts, the Penn State Dance Marathon begins tonight at 6pm.at the Bryce Jordan Center. Hundreds of dancers will be on their feet for 46 hours raising funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer and benefitting the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The Largest student run philanthropy in the world raised just over 12.3 million dollars last year and has raised more than 101 million dollars since 1977. THON wraps up on Sunday afternoon at 4.

Jay Paterno

Jay Paterno announced plans yesterday to run for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor on the Democratic ticket. Paterno will need 1000 signatures from Pennsylvania voters so his name can be on the ballot for the May 20 primary election. His announcement to run for governor comes on the same day that former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner announced his bid to run for the democratic nomination.

State College Elementary

Administrators at the State College Area School District are looking at ways to increase the quality of education at its elementary schools and that could include making the school day a little longer. Superintendent Bob O’Donnell told the Centre Daily Times that the proposal is still in the early stages and district leaders are trying to determine if the proposal is possible. State College currently has the shortest elementary school day among the five public schools in Centre County.

Heroin Case

Eight people who were arrested and charged with drug possession and other distribution offenses in an investigation that has already spanned nearly 2 years will be heading to trial in Centre County. According to the Centre Daily Times, Theophilus Love Baldwin, who faces several charges and remains in the Centre County Correctional Facility, was bound over for trial along with Harvey Grant Edwards and Chelsea Elizabeth Styers. Five other defendants who are facing charges waived their rights to a preliminary hearing.The investigation by the Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics and several local police departments began in March 2012 and has led to the arrests of several suspected heroin dealers. 

Healthy Pa

The Corbett Administration asked the federal government on Wednesday to allow Pennsylvania to avoid expanding Medicaid and approve the governor’s Healthy Pennsylvania Plan, but some democratic lawmakers don’t like the approach. Representative Scott Conklin believes Corbett’s approach is “politics at its worst” and he believes the governor is doing things backwards. House democratic leader Frank Dermody believes Corbett’s proposed plan would cover fewer people and cost more than a simple expansion. Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania Plan would use federal money to buy private health coverage for residents. The plan includes premiums for coverage and a work search requirement which would not be in place until after the first year.

Parking Restrictions Lifted

In an effort to accommodate those involved or attending THON, the “No Parking 2am to 6am” parking restrictions will not be enforced through Tuesday morning at 2am. The one hour and two hour restrictions will also be lifted at noon today. No Lawn parking will be permitted during this time. Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Violations will continue to be strictly enforced. Parking meters on the streets and in the parking lots will still be enforced from 10am to 10pm.