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Headlines April 23 2014

LAGGING REIMBURSEMENTS NIP STATE'S SCHOOL INVESTMENTS

 

Over 70 percent of those surveyed said in a recent poll that the state's investment in public schools should be larger. But because of a state moratorium on reimbursements, any extra funds could be shuffled to something other than education.   A survey commissioned by school groups, shows Pennsylvanians making strong connections between public education, economic development and state funding. 70 percent of voters surveyed want more state money distributed fairly, through a funding formula. But a moratorium on reimbursements for school construction has created gaping holes of debt in budgets that may see new money first. The Governor wants to extend the moratorium into next year.

 

PA ADDS NEARLY 2800 ACRES TO FARMLAND PRESERVATION PROGRAM

Nearly 28-hundred additional acres of farmland will be preserved statewide thanks to a state program.  Since the state's farmland preservation program began in 1988, more than one-point-two billion dollars has been invested to preserve nearly a half-million acres on farms in 57 counties for future agriculture production. The latest round includes land on 28 farms in 13 counties. The goal is to slow the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses by purchasing development rights from farmers.

 

SHALE INDUSTRY PUSHES BACK AS CALLS RISE FOR A SEVERANCE TAX

 

With a small chorus calling for a severance tax growing bigger, the natural gas industry is raising concerns about the impact on the state's economy.   All four Democratic candidates for Governor favor some form of severance tax and a bipartisan group of state senators and representatives recently called for taxing shale to fund education.   The head of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania says irresponsible proposals could destroy job growth and stifle capital investment in the natural gas industry in PA.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 06:14
 

Headlines April 22 2014

BOY STRUCK BY S-U-V IN SNYDER COUNTY

 

An eleven year old boy was injured when he walked into the path of an SUV Monday afternoon near Kreamer.  Middleburg Police say the incident occurred just after 4:30 at the intersection of Freeburg Road and Cardiff Drive.  The boy was struck by the passenger side of a Toyota 4-Runner driven by a 50-year old Mount Pleasant Mills woman.  The boy was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment of his injuries.  No word on the boy’s condition was announced.  Middleburg Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

 

GAY MARRIAGE DEBATE SIDES PREFER A JUDGE TO HEAR THE CASE

 

Both sides in the challenge to Pennsylvania's gay marriage law would prefer that the judge, not a trial, determine the outcome.    The plaintiffs challenging the same-sex marriage ban are asking a federal judge to make an immediate decision in their case. Gov. Tom Corbett's administration, defending the constitutionality of the law, says it also request a summary judgment. An attorney for the plaintiffs says the central question is whether the commonwealth can differentiate between same-sex couples and other couples. The judge had set a June 9th trial date.

 

TWO KILLED IN EASTER WEEKEND CRASHES IN PENNSYLVANIA

 

Two people lost their lives in Easter holiday driving accidents investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police.  The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 397 crashes during the three-day Easter holiday, Friday through Sunday. Two people were killed and 128 others were injured. During those three days, state police issued 6,608 speeding citations, charged 326 people with driving under the influence, cited 600 individuals for not wearing seat belts, and ticketed 96 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.
During the 2013 Easter driving period, two people were killed and 455 crashes were investigated by troopers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 06:10
 



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