friDAY, february 21, 2014
PATERNO THROWS HAT IN RING
IN STATE COLLEGE YESTERDAY, JOE PATERNO’S SON, JAY, ANNOUNCED THAT HE IS RUNNING for Lieutenant Governor AND HE HAS started gathering the thousand signatures he needs to get on the MAY 20TH ballot. PATERNO…A DEMOCRAT…SAYS “Pennsylvania needs new leadership; leadership that listens to and considers all sides and builds team work and unity to create opportunity for all.” ALSO YESTERDAY, FORMER PENNSYLVANIA AUDITOR GENERAL JACK WAGNER ANNOUNCED HIS BID FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION.
DEATH WARRANT SIGNED
GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT YESTERDAY SIGNED A DEATH WARRANt FOR Stephen Rex Edmiston WHO IS now 55. HE IS SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE A LETHAL INJECTION April 16TH AT THE STATE PRISON AT ROCKVIEW. Edmiston was convicted in 1989 by a Cambria County jury for the 1988 KIDNAPPING, RAPE, AND murder of 2 YEAR OLD Bobbi Jo Matthew. The last time anyone was executed in Pennsylvania was in 1999.
SOME CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST STATON
THE ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS ANDRE STATON IS NOW FACING FEWER CHARGES FOR CLOBBERING HIS ATTORNEY WITH HIS HANDCUFFED FISTS DURING A HEARING AT THE BLAIR COUNTY COURTHOUSE BACK IN MAY. THE LAWYER, TIM BURNS, SUFFERED A CONCUSSION AND IS SUING THE COUNTY. JUDGE JOLENE KOPRIVA YESTERDAY DISMISSED 3 AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGES…LETTING ONLY 1 STAND…RULING THAT BURNS’ INJURIES DO NOT SEEM TO RISE TO THE LEVEL OF SERIOUS BODILY INJURY.
THE JUDGE REJECTED STATON’S REQUEST FOR AN OUT OF COUNTRY JURY…AND FOR BLAIR COUNTY JUDGES TO RECUSE THEMSELVES. STATON IS ON DEATH ROW FOR THE 2004 STABBING DEATH OF HIS ESTRANGED GIRLFRIEND, BEVERLY YOHN, IN ALTOONA.
PennDOT is moving forward with a plan to start fixing more than half of the state’s 998 structurally deficient bridges.
Officials announced yesterday that the agency is targeting between 550 and 650 bridges that are similar in design.
TheY ARE using a new contracting method that will award a contract to one team that will handle administering the design, engineering, and construction of the new bridges.
The old method handed out many contracts to tackle small groupings of bridges. PennDOT hopes to start replacing the bridges in 2015.
PENNDOT is asking for the public’s help locating troublesome potholes. This winter’s frigid weather has caused the holes to appear on many major roads and crews are out making temporary repairs while the weather is mild.
YOU CAN call 1-800-FIX-ROAD to REPORT PROBLEMS.
LONGER SCHOOL DAY?
ADMINISTRATORS AT The State College Area School District WANT TO INCREASE THE QUALITY of education AND SUPERINTENDENT BOB O’DONNELL SAYS that process could include lengthening the school day AT THE BEGINNING, END, OR BOTH. The CENTRE DAILY TIMES SAYS THE proposal is in the early planning stages, and nothing has come before the school board. State College has the shortest elementary school day among the 5 public schools districts in Centre County. Its school day is just more than 6 hours.
GRADUATION PUSHED BACK
Due to the number of school cancellations this winter, Altoona Area High School’S graduation date HAS BEEN BUMPED FROM June 11TH TO THE 13TH. According to the PA School Code, students are required to attend 180 days and have 990 instructional hours. this date is subject to change IF THERE ARE any additional school closings due to inclement weather.
CURVE NATIONAL ANTHEM
AFTER BEING POSTPONED LAST SATURDAY, THE FINAL ALTOONA CURVE NATIONAL ANTHEM TRYOUT IS TOMORROW AT JOHNSTOWN’S GALLERIA MALL.
REGISTRATION STARTS AT 8AM, AND THE TRYOUTS ARE FROM 9 TO NOON.
TIME FOR THON!
The Penn State danCE marathon KICKS OFF TONIGHT AT 6 AT THE BRYCE JORDAN CENTER. HUNDREDS OF DANCERS AND THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS WILL RAISE MONEY FOR the Four Diamonds Fund through Penn State Hershey Medical Center to help children and families affected by pediatric cancer. THEY’LL STAY ON THEIR FEET FOR 46-hourS. Thon raised 12-POINT-3 million DOLLARS last year, shattering the 2012 total of 10-POINT-7 million. Since 1977, Thon has raised MORE THAN 101 MILLION DOLLARS.