Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Today's News Tuesday January 24, 2012

Local News Tuesday January 24, 2012

Two Schuylkill County communities are receiving an economic shot in the arm. WPPA/T102 reporter Sibrena Stowe has the story:


One Car Accident Near Blue Mountain High School Kills Tamaqua Man

State Police from the Schuylkill Haven barracks responded to a single vehicle accident on Route 443 near the Blue Mountain High School on Monday morning. A Ford Explorer driven by Mark Beltz, of Tamaqua, was travelling east on Route 443 when it left the roadway, struck a road sign, and travelled about twenty feet up a dirt embankment, where it struck several bushes. The vehicle spun and rolled onto its roof as it came back down the embankment, and stopped in the eastbound travel lane. Pottsville/Schuylkill Haven EMS transported Beltz to Schuylkill Medical Center South Jackson Street, where he was pronounced dead. Police are continuing their investigation, and an autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

Candlelight Vigil For Paterno Held At Penn State Schuylkill

A candlelight vigil was held Monday night at Penn State Schuylkill Campus to pay honor to the former football coach Joe Paterno, who died on Sunday. Jodi Staller, Campus Marketing Communications Specialist, said about forty people from the campus and community shared tears and remembrances of Paterno, who coached the Nittany Lions for more than six decades. Today begins three days of mourning of Paterno in State College.

Clubhouse Of West Penn Archery Club Destroyed By Fire

A fast moving fire destroyed the clubhouse of the West Penn Archery Club on Sunday night. According to West Penn Fire Chief Dennis Fritzinger, most of the building had already been consumed by the fire when the first units arrived on scene. Because of that, no firefighters were sent inside the building, and the fire was attacked from outside. Fritzinger said the clubhouse is a total loss, but he had no estimate of the amount of damage. State Police Fire Marshall John Burns has been called in to try to establish the cause and origin of the fire. Firefighters from West Penn Fire Company No. 1 were assisted at the scene by Walker Township, New Ringgold, Mahoning Valley, and Tamaqua fire companies, as well as Penn Mahoning EMS.

Pennsylvania DEP Accepting Applications For Environmental Awards

Environmentally conscious businesses, organizations, and individuals have until January 30 to apply for the 2012 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award. The award is open to any Pennsylvania business, government agency, educational institution, individual or farm that has created or participated in the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development. The projects must have been completed between August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011, and will be evaluated based on a number of criteria. Applications and more information can be found at www.dep.state.pa.us, and clicking on the button "Apply for the Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards."

More Pennsylvanians Could Find Themselves On Brink Of Being Homeless

Fewer Pennsylvania families and veterans found themselves homeless in the past two years; a positive sign during tough economic times. But a new report from the National Alliance to End Homelessness says that scenario is bittersweet. Tom Joseph reports:


State and National News Tuesday January 24, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - The viewing, funeral and memorial service for former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno are scheduled for the campus where he worked for more than six decades before being fired in the wake of the child sex-abuse charges against a former assistant. Members of the board of trustees that replaced the coach say Paterno's family is putting the event together, but some of them will attend to pay their respects.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has offered his condolences to the family of legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who died on Sunday of lung cancer. The White House says the president spoke with Paterno's wife, Sue, and son, Jay, yesterday to express his condolences.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State senators have approved a bill that would update Pennsylvania law to ensure residents continue to qualify for up to 13 weeks of federally paid jobless benefits. Senators voted 47-3 yesterday to send it to the House.

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (AP) - A sports announcer for 45 years and a Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster for a quarter-century has died. Andy Musser was 74. Musser's son says his father died Sunday night at his home in Wynnewood in suburban Philadelphia. Musser retired in 2001 after 25 years with the Phillies. He worked throughout his tenure beside Harry Kalas.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Tonight President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to Congress. With his re-election campaign underway, the president is expected to urge higher taxes on the wealthy, propose ways to make college more affordable and offer new steps to tackle a debilitating housing crisis.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says his 2010 tax returns and an early report on his taxes for last year will generate chatter but not any surprises. At last night's debate in Tampa, Fla., Romney said, "I'm proud of the fact that I pay a lot of taxes." His tax returns show he paid about $3 million in federal income taxes and earned $21.7 million income in 2010, mostly from investments.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Mitt Romney says his Republican presidential rival Newt Gingrich was nothing but a consultant "hired by the chief lobbyist of Freddie Mac" when his firm was paid $300,000 by the mortgage giant. At last night's debate, Gingrich, scoffed at the suggestion he was "influence peddling" and said he's never
suggested that Romney's consulting working was lobbying.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal job discrimination complaints have risen to an all-time high. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received nearly 100,000 charges of discrimination during the 2011 fiscal year, the most in its 46-year history. Experts say the increase reflects the growing diversity of the nation's work force.

HICKMAN, Ky. (AP) - A man charged with killing the mayor of Hickman, Kentucky is scheduled to appear in court today. Thomas Lattus faces a murder charge in the Monday morning shooting of 68-year-old Charles Murphy, the mayor of the town of about 2,500 people. Police say Murphy had dated Lattus' stepmother.


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