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STATE COLLEGE ROADWORK 

Ridge Avenue between Fairway Road and Sunset Road in State College will be closed today between 7:30 am and 5 pm. Public Works Crews are repairing a sanitary sewer line in the 400 block of Ridge Ave. Folks traveling through the area should use an alternate route.

PENN STATE FOOTBALL SEASON TICKET SALES

Season tickets for Penn State’s 7-game 2014 home football schedule are now available online. According to the university, more than 4,000 new season tickets have been sold for year one of the James Franklin era. Ticket purchases and Nittany Lion Club donations can be finalized at gopsusports.com/seasontickets. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 1-800-NITTANY.

NEW EPA RULES COULD REDUCE POLLUTION

A proposal for new E-P-A standards could allow Pennsylvanians to breathe a little easier. According to the Keystone State News Connection, the regulations would require oil companies to clean up toxic pollution released into the air from their refineries. The proposal calls for improved monitoring and combustion efficiency requirements when gas waste is burned. The E-P-A will collect public comment this summer with a final decision expected by next spring.

WALMART THEFT INVESTIGATION

State College Police are investigating a suspected shoplifting incident from the Benner Pike Walmart late last month. Police say a slender woman with brown hair wearing a black top and grey sweatpants pushed a shopping cart full of unpaid store merchandise outside to a waiting car. The woman loaded the goods into the car, entered a jeep and followed the car out of the parking lot. Anyone with information should contact police at 814-234-7150.

PENN STATE FOOTBALL DONOR

Penn State alumnus and longtime donor John Leone generously committed $2 million to split between the university’s football program and College of Arts and Architecture. The gift provides $1.5 million to name the John and Willie Leone Family Strength and Conditioning Center in the Lasch Football Building. Remaining funds increase the existing Willie Leone Endowed Scholarship Fund in Music Theatre. Leone is the president and CEO of Bonney Forge, which operates across the globe.

CEMETERY VANDAL CHARGED IN ARSONS

A 24-year-old man charged with vandalizing the Pine hall Cemetery is also suspected of committing arson at two Orchard Park area properties in late May. Police say Timothy Penrod now faces new charges for arson, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and reckless endangerment for fires on May 18th. One blaze completely destroyed a backyard shed while another caused an estimated $2,000 damage at a Bayberry drive home. Penrod lives at the Strawberry Fields rehabilitation community on Southgate Drive