LANCASTER (AP) – Classes have been dismissed early at a central Pennsylvania school where a single bullet was discovered in the building. Officials say they didn’t find a weapon at Manheim Township High School on Friday. According to a district statement, the school was placed on lockdown this morning after the bullet was found on the floor of a classroom. Administrators say they worked with police to investigate, including searching the room and interviewing students. Officials determined there was no immediate threat, but still don’t know where the bullet came from. Students were released at 12:30 p.m.
BALTIMORE (AP) – A U.S. military mobile laboratory designed to assess and combat biological and chemical threats is preparing for its first deployment to Liberia, where a team of soldiers and scientists will test for Ebola. The 1st Area Medical Laboratory based in Aberdeen will deploy to Liberia next week. Twenty-two soldiers, some of whom are biochemists, microbiologists and laboratory technicians, will be deployed on the mission. The laboratory’s commander, Col. Patrick Garman, says the soldiers have undergone extensive training to prepare for the mission. Garman says the laboratory will be headquartered in Monrovia, the capital, and that four groups of three will be dispatched across Liberia to test human samples for the deadly virus.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Pennsylvania health officials say they’ll use federal travel data to identify and monitor people who arrive in the state after spending time in Ebola-stricken West African nations. The state said today the Centers for Disease Control’s lists of travelers and possible risk factors is a key component of enhanced monitoring that begins Monday. Travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and New Guinea will receive fact sheets, a thermometer and a log book to track body temperatures and symptoms. They’re being asked to check in with officials twice a day for three weeks via phone, video chat or in person. A state health spokeswoman says no special monitoring will be set up at international airports in Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. Neither airport has direct flights to the affected countries.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is choosing a partnership’s $899 million proposal to replace and then maintain 558 bridges. The highway department announced today its choice of Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners for the project, which calls for construction to be finished in three years, followed by maintenance over the following 25 years. Borrowing costs are expected to bring the total price tag to $1.8 billion over the 28-year life of the deal. Bridges were selected based on whether they had a similar, relatively simple structure and required full replacement, as well as those that were structurally deficient, more than 50 years old or ready to be built soon. Bundling the projects together means the average cost per bridge is about $1.6 million, compared to $2 million under a standard approach.
LANCASTER – Lancaster Police are investigating a shooting. Officers responded around 8:30 this morning to the 800 block of Columbia Avenue and found a 28-year-old Lancaster man with a gunshot wound. The victim was conscious and talking to officers. He was conveyed to a local hospital. A preliminary investigation indicated the shooting occurred inside of a residence and that the suspect is an adult male who is known to the victim. Anyone with information is urged to call Lancaster Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button at www.lancasterpolice.com or text a tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.
LANCASTER – Two Columbia, Lancaster County men were nabbed after a robbery in the Sears parking lot of Park City Mall. Police say around 3:15 p.m. Thursday, 19-year-old Randy Howard approached a man and woman at their car asking to use a lighter. Howard then walked to the rear of the vehicle when 21-year-old Tyler Harrison pointed a handgun and demanded their possessions. The male victim, who possesses a permit to carry a concealed handgun, retrieved his own gun from his vehicle and pointed it at Harrison. Both suspects fled on foot. The victims called 911. A police officer saw two men matching the suspect descriptions running to the rear of the Olive Garden Restaurant. They were detained and later identified by the victims as the perpetrators. Both were charged with robbery and criminal conspiracy. They are both being held at Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial candidates are facing a deadline for filing public reports on their campaign spending. Democrat Tom Wolf and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett must file their final pre-election reports by today. Spending in the race appears likely to set a new record, with the total surpassing $62 million when the last reports were filed a month ago. That includes money spent during a four-way Democratic primary battle earlier this year. The current campaign spending record of nearly $70 million was set during the gubernatorial race of 2002. Democrat Ed Rendell spent most of that to beat then-Auditor General Bob Casey in the primary and then-Attorney General Mike Fisher in the general election. This year’s general election is on Nov. 4.
LANCASTER – Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight features former PA U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum as he spoke at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. Spotlight airs at 12:30 p.m. on WDAC and 2 p.m. on 1075Alive.fm. You can listen to the program online right now at wdac.com under our blog.
WASHINGTON, DC – PA U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and New York U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, members of the Senate Finance Committee, announced that they will soon introduce legislation to close a loophole that has allowed Nazis expelled from the U.S. to collect Social Security benefits. A new investigation by the Associated Press revealed that dozens of Nazi war criminals have received Social Security benefits years after being forced out of the U.S. Casey and Schumer pledged to introduce the legislation soon and push for speedy consideration. The bill, supported by the World Jewish Congress, would deny federal public benefits to individuals who have been participants in Nazi persecution.
Former PA U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum Speaks At 2014 Values Voter Summit In Washington, DC