News for 2-14-14

Snow

Yesterday’s snow storm that pounded Centre County turned out to be a little bigger than expected. Nearly 10 inches of snow fell around the county closing schools, shutting down roads and cancelling flights. Several local schools are also operating on a 2 hour delay this morning. Another light snowfall is expected later tonight into early tomorrow morning.

Corrections Department

The State Corrections Department is asking for more funding. At a house budget hearing, Corrections Secretary John Wetzel said his department needs about 77 million dollars more next year due to personnel costs. He also says the department needs about 20 million dollars more this year to help cover a population that hasn’t shrunk as quickly as expected.

Recycling and Refuse

The heavy snowfall and dangerous road conditions suspended recycling and trash collection yesterday. Recycling not collected yesterday will be collected next Thursday on the normal collection schedule. State College Borough refuse customers on Sandpiper Driver and several additional at-door customers whose refuse wasn’t collected yesterday will have it collected by the borough crews today.

Comcast and Time Warner

The two largest cable providers could become one. Comcast confirmed yesterday that it has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for 45 billion dollars a deal that would make the combined group the countries dominant provider of television channels and internet connections. Comcast outbid Charter Communications to acquire Time Warner Cable. According to CNN money, if the deal is approved, the provider could reach roughly one in three American homes.

Uplifting Athletes

Penn State’s Chapter of Uplifting Athletes will hold several fundraisers at the Penn State Men’s basketball game against Iowa tomorrow. Members of the football team will host a pregame skills combine for kids from 10:30-am-noon in the basketball practice facility. 16 members of the football team will also participate in an autograph session on the BJC concourse from 11:45am-1pm. 200 Mystery bags which contain a Penn State game worn item and football player autograph will also be available for $20 at the game. Uplifting Athletes at Penn State raises money and awareness for kidney cancer and the kidney cancer association.

Safety

Ferguson Township reminds parents and caregivers to make sure children are clear of roadside snow piles while township snowplow trucks are treating the roads.  Children playing behind or tunneling inside of snow piles near the roadside may not be visible to township snowplow drivers.  Dead end roads and cul-de-sacs may pose a particular danger as higher snow piles may exist in these areas.