SIX INJURED IN PERRY COUNTY SCHOOL BUS CRASH
Two drivers and four students were injured Thursday afternoon when a school bus and pickup truck collided in Perry County. State Police at Newport say the bus driver, 40-year old Tammy Whitely of Millerstown, was disciplining a student while the bus was in motion and did not see an approaching truck driven by Keith Leinaweaver, 64, of Millerstown. The vehicles collided on Juniata Parkway at Owl Hollow Road. Both drivers and four of the 25 students on the bus were treated for minor injuries. Both the bus and truck had to be towed from the scene. Troopers say Whitely will face a citation in the 3:05 p.m. crash.
PA OPTS IN ON MEDICAID EXPANSION MONEY
The wait is over and Pennsylvania finally knows if it will receive federal Medicaid expansion dollars. The 2010 Affordable Care Act included a Medicaid expansion plan that meant billions of dollars for the states, but here in Pennsylvania the Corbett Administration said it would only accept the money under terms that included an overhaul of how the dollars would be used. Governor Tom Corbett wanted low-income Pennsylvanians to use the money to purchase private health insurance, rather than seeing a simple expansion of the existing Medicaid program. After a long wait, the feds approved that plan, provided the Commonwealth and private insurers adhere to certain Medicaid rules. The move could mean coverage for a half-million low-income Pennsylvanians starting January 1st. Pennsylvania becomes the 27th state to accept the Medicaid expansion money.
TEEN DRIVERS HEAVILY AFFECTED BY DISTRACTIONS
The negative impact of distracted driving on teens is highlighted in a new report from the Governor's Highway Safety Association. The report finds that teens represent the largest proportion of drivers who are distracted at the time of a fatal crash. 57 percent of those killed were the teen drivers, the rest were their passengers, other vehicle occupants, pedestrians and bicyclists. Cellphones aren't the only distraction... research finds passengers have more of a negative impact on teen drivers than adults.