List by Month: 2-2017

Membership in PA's volunteer fire and ambulance companies continues to lag

02.14.17 | Terry Diener

According to former Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann, the ranks of volunteer firefighters and EMTs have dwindled from about 300,000 in the 1970s to around 50,000 today. Randy Vulakovich, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs &...

NY lawmakers are gearing up for a battle over juvenile justice reform

02.14.17 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

New York automatically prosecutes 16 and 17-year-olds as adults in criminal court.   Senate Democrats have called for the state to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18 next year and to avoid compromises from Republicans that could...

Someone has put up posters at Penn State urging people to report illegal immigrants

02.13.17 | Terry Diener

The university’s student newspaper, The Daily Collegian, said images of the posters had been circulating on social media earlier in the week.  An image published by the paper included the message, “It is your civic duty to report...

Authorities continue to keep a homeschooling mom from Buffalo and her children separated

02.13.17 | Bob Price

The Buffalo School District says Kiarre Harris's kids were taken away from her due to so-called educational neglect.Harris is only allowed to see her children two hours a week with a social worker present. The college-educated, single-mom says...

Anti-smoking advocates are encouraging NY lawmakers to increase funding for tobacco cessation programs

02.13.17 | Bob Price

They argue the money will help smokers quit and discourage young people from picking up the habit. The campaign for tobacco-free kids argues New York spends far less on tobacco control than is recommended by federal authorities. Smoking...

For the third straight year, PA'S governor is proposing an extraction tax on Marcellus shale gas production

02.13.17 | Bob Price

And for the third straight year, Republican leaders in the state legislature are balking at the suggestion.Northern Tier Representative Marty Causer says gas prices are depressed, drillers are antsy, and the last thing the state needs to do is...

A far away asteroid is of special interest to one Pennsylvania professor

02.10.17 | Terry Diener

Hundreds of millions of miles away from Bloomsburg University, there’s an asteroid sitting somewhere between Mars and Jupiter.  Professor Dr. Michael Shepard spent months building a 3D model of the asteroid “Psyche” using a...

Legislation in NY to exempt farm dogs from animal cruelty laws has been withdrawn after facing criticism from animal rights groups

02.10.17 | Jeremy Miller

The bill's aim was to ensure farmers did not face neglect charges by making dogs work outside on hot or cold days. It would have legally reclassified farm dogs as "livestock'' not "domesticated animals.'' The Humane Society said the bill...

A state lawmaker is the first Republican to challenge Democrat Bob Casey for the U.S. Senate next year

02.10.17 | Bob Price

Representative Rick Saccone will formally declare his candidacy later this month. The 59-year-old is a former Air Force officer and was first elected to the Pennsylvania State House in 2010. Saccone is one of the Pennsylvania's most...

A special needs prom returns to central New York tonight

02.10.17 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

The free prom night for adults with developmental disabilities outgrew its Rome location last year.  This year's "Night to Shine" will be held tonight at Staley Middle School in Rome.  Delta Lake Camp Director Steve Clark is heading up...

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