PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Experts say the heat wave gripping most of the United States bringing triple-digit temperatures to many regions is not expected to go away anytime soon. Excessive heat warnings will continue today in our region. A dome of high pressure has been trapping hot air, adding to hot and humid conditions in some parts of the country. One state climatologist says relief is not expected for several days, maybe even weeks. Even for the warmest time of the year, temperatures are higher than normal in most of the country.
STATE COLLEGE – Emergency officials are urging citizens to stay safe during the current heat wave. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat kills more people than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, and floods. They recommend you postpone outdoor activities, if possible, and limit your exposure to the sun. If you must be outside, take frequent breaks. Drink plenty of water and avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol. Dress in loose fitting, lightweight, and light colored clothing. Spend the warmest part of the day in temperature controlled buildings, such as libraries, shopping malls or community facilities. Persons should check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone. Also make sure your pets are kept cool and safe during the hot spell.
MILLERSVILLE (AP) – Forecasters are trying to determine whether a tornado touched down in Lancaster County over the weekend. The National Weather Service received reports Saturday of a possible tornado in Manor Township, near Millersville. Officials may visit the scene today, but they are first trying to gather photos from residents to help determine the damage. Thunderstorms passed through the area late Saturday afternoon, cutting power to several thousand electric customers. Several residents reported seeing a funnel cloud at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Blue Rock Fire Rescue Commissioner Duane Hagelgans said no major structural damage was reported, but the storm “slaughtered” dozens of trees.
STATE COLLEGE (AP) – Pennsylvania residents studying at Penn State next year are going to have to dig 2.3% deeper next year to pay tuition at the main campus in State College. The university board on voted for the undergraduate tuition increase, along with smaller hikes for many of the university’s other campuses. The typical student at the main campus will be paying about $28,000 next year, including food and lodging.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Former Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says he’s being asked to consider running against Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in 2018.He says Democrats are “looking around for the most viable candidate to beat the governor.” Gansler says he isn’t ruling out another run for public office, but he says he’s not currently organizing a campaign. Gansler was defeated in the 2014 Democratic primary for governor by then Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown. Brown lost to Hogan and is now running for a congressional seat in Prince George’s County. Gansler served eight years as Maryland attorney general. He left office in 2015 and is now working in private practice.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose again in June for the fifth straight month, although payrolls leaped up by 20,000. The state Department of Labor and Industry said today the jobless rate rose to 5.6 percent in June, up from 5.5 percent in May. The rate was 4.6 percent in January, before it started its five-month streak. The national rate was 4.9 percent in June. Meanwhile, a survey of employers found that seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls rose by about 20,000 jobs in June, closer to 5.9 million. That broke a streak of two straight monthly payroll declines.
LANCASTER – Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight features a June 29th lecture at Family Research Council in Washington, DC with Dr. Sebastian Gorka, an internationally recognized authority on strategy, counter-terrorism, and national security. He talks about the danger of Islamic jihad coming to America based on a study of ISIS suspects in our nation. Dr. Gorka is a regular lecturer for the U.S. Special Operations Command, the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, and the Green Berets. Hear more from Dr. Sebastian Gorka on Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight at 12:30 on WDAC and at 2 p.m. on WBYN-FM 107.5. You can listen to the program online right now at wdac.com under “WDAC Podcasts.”
LITITZ – Cargill will begin renovations in the coming weeks on a new, long-term location for its Wilbur Chocolate Store in Lititz, Lancaster County at 45 North Broad Street, just across Route 501 from its current location. Cargill hopes to open the new store right before the 2016 Lititz Chocolate Walk on Oct. 8. Like the original store, the new location will feature historical Wilbur and confectionery industry artifacts, a kitchen where visitors can watch candies being hand made using Wilbur chocolate, and a wide selection of products. The Wilbur Chocolate Store will continue to serve customers at its existing location at 48 North Broad Street in Lititz until the move is complete. Cargill continues to seek a buyer for its former chocolate production facility on Broad Street that has the best interest of the downtown and broader Lititz community in mind.