News for 1-17-14

Trustees

Penn State Board of Trustees will hold its regular meeting today at 1:30 the Penn State Conference Center Hotel. At their committee meetings yesterday, the trustees’ governance and long-range planning committee recommended adding 3 new members to the current 13 member executive committee.  They are also considering sending a personal note to alumni to encourage them to vote in the Trustees election this spring. Currently, only Alumni Association members, donors and those who voted in previous elections automatically receive a ballot.  

Corbett Kane

A state judge dismissed Governor Corbett and Attorney General Kathleen Kane as defendants in a court challenge to Pennsylvania’s ban on same sex marriage. According to the Associated Press, Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini agreed to separate requests by Corbett and Kane to be removed from a case filed by multiple same-sex couples who were married based on marriage licenses issued in Montgomery County.The AP reports that other state officials will remain as defendants in both cases. 

Body Found

A body was found partially in water in along Beech Creek yesterday and police are continuing to investigate. According to WJAC-TV, a body was found by a pedestrian around 1:30 in the afternoon in Clinton County. County corner Zach Hanna told WJAC that the body was a male, but no determination on the age has been released. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is set for Monday. 

Trees

Today is the last day to recycle your fresh cut holiday tree. Trees should be free of lights, ornaments and tree stands and should be placed with the trunk closest to the curb. Beginning tomorrow, residents must call the Public Works Department to schedule a collection. 

Collection

Recycling and Refuse for State College residents will be collected as normal next week. The observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will result in the cancellation of bulk item and brush collection on Monday. The next collection will be Monday January 27. Anyone needing bulk items or brush collected is asked to call 234-7135 to schedule a collection or submit a request online. 

Emergency Care

According to a recent report, Pennsylvania ranks 6th in the nation in emergency care, but the Keystone State still needs to improve in a few areas. The American College of Emergency Physicians gives PA an overall grade of a C-plus in emergency care. The ACEP says Pennsylvania made significant improvements in access to emergency care, but declined in the number of emergency departments, staffed inpatient beds and psychiatric beds. Pennsylvania is also below average in health care providers and rates of underinsurance.