LANCASTER(AP) – A high school marching band in Lancaster County can’t perform hit songs by Bruno Mars and Fall Out Boy because of their suggestive lyrics. Garden Spot High School has been rehearsing instrumental versions of the popular tunes. But now they can’t perform them, following Monday’s 6-3 board vote. East Lancaster County school board member Heidi Zimmerman says people know the songs’ words anyway. She called the lyrics “trashy” and “inappropriate” for teens.
READING, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania have filed charges against a motorist accused of killing a local business executive as she jogged. Police arrested 56-year-old Mark Miller of Fleetwood on Thursday. He’s charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and related offenses in the death of Sally Miksiewicz. Police say the 52-year-old CEO of East Penn Manufacturing died of head injuries June 20 after being hit by Miller’s pickup truck on a road near her home. East Penn Manufacturing is a battery maker near Reading with thousands of employees. Miksiewicz was also a trustee at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
WILMINGTON, DE (AP) – The Delaware Department of Transportation says it’s preparing for a jacking operation that it calls a critical phase of repairing the damaged Interstate 495 bridge. The agency says engineers and a contractor are working this week on a jacking system to enable crews to build eight temporary towers beneath the southbound bridge deck. Meanwhile, crews are strengthening the jacking towers by tethering them to anchor points with steel cables. The agency says the jacks will then be put in place to begin the slow, exacting process of realigning the bridge deck. The bridge carried about 90,000 vehicles daily before it was closed June 2 after officials learned several columns were tilting. Officials have said they hope to reopen a portion of the bridge before Labor Day.
HARRISBURG(AP) – A 15-member commission that’ll recommend how Pennsylvania should change how it funds public education is up and running. The commission has about a year to complete its work and recommend changes to the formula used to divide $5.5 billion in annual state support among the 500 districts and charter schools. Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq says the key factor needs to be the number of students enrolled in each school and district. She says the panel also needs to examine the funding system’s practice of not decreasing a district’s subsidy from year to year.
LANCASTER COUNTY – Fire crews were busy this morning fighting several blazes in Lancaster County. Units responded to Harvey’s Main Street Barbeque along the 300 block of Main Street in Mount Joy around 6 a.m. today after a meat smoker caught fire. There were no injuries. The business is closed as the owners say they will be back bigger and better. The cause is under investigation. Firefighters also responded this morning to Big Lots in the 300 block of N. Reading Road in Ephrata after smoke was reported from the roof. A malfunction in a cooling unit on the roof was the cause. No one was hurt.
LOWER WINDSOR TOWNSHIP – Firefighters from York and Lancaster Counties responded to a three alarm blaze this morning in the 100 block of Calvary Church Road in Lower Windsor Township, York County. Officials received reports of an explosion shortly before 5 a.m. and found a fully involved blaze. A family living in the home was not there at the time. The fire destroyed the home. The cause does not appear suspicious and is believed to have come from a propane tank. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.
LANCASTER TOWNSHIP – Manheim Township Police are investigating a robbery in Lancaster Township. A 22-year-old woman entered her home in the 1400 block of E. King Street around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and was attacked by a man with a knife. A struggle ensued and the woman received several lacerations to her upper body. The suspect took her wallet from her purse and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The woman was transported to LGH for treatment of her wounds. The suspect is described as a white male, about 6’ tall, blonde hair and a thin build, wearing a dark blue long sleeve shirt, black cargo pants, and black Nike shoes.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law the Down Syndrome Prenatal and Postnatal Education Act, also known as “Chloe’s Law.” Act 130 of 2014 will ensure that expectant mothers who receive a prenatal diagnosis for Down Syndrome receive the support and education they need to care for and enhance the quality of life for their child. Under the Act, the Department of Health will make available up-to-date information about Down Syndrome that has been reviewed by medical experts and national Down Syndrome organizations. The information will include physical, developmental, educational, and psychosocial outcomes; life expectancy; clinical course; intellectual and functional development; and treatment options. It will also include contact information for First Call programs, support services, hotlines specific to Down Syndrome, relevant resource centers, clearinghouses and national and local Down Syndrome organizations. The measure was named for Chloe Kondrich, an 11-year-old Pittsburgh area girl with Down Syndrome.
HARRISBURG – The PA Game Commission says July 31 is the deadline for hunters to enter the lottery to receive one of 108 elk licenses to be issued this year. The deadline is about a month earlier than normal because game officials are holding the drawing on Aug. 16 at the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo in Elk County. The state will issue 27 licenses for antlered and 81 for antlerless elk. There’s a $10.70 nonrefundable fee to enter the drawing. Anyone selected must also have valid general hunting and elk licenses to participate in the hunt. Elk season is Nov. 3-8 with an extended season from Nov. 10-15 in designated areas for hunters who didn’t bag an elk during the regular season.
MIDDLETOWN – Pennsylvania moved ahead with steps to make travel more efficient today as the PA Turnpike activated its 70 mph speed limit from Blue Mountain Interchange 201 to Morgantown Interchange 298 and PennDOT announced it will launch 70 mph pilot projects on a pair of interstates next month. PennDOT said the sections include 88 miles on Interstate 80 in northern Pennsylvania’s Clearfield and Clinton Counties and 21 miles of Interstate 380 in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna and Monroe Counties. The change is to take effect the week of Aug. 11. PennDOT will use data collected from the pilot locations while evaluating other 65-mph roadway sections for potential 70-mph implementation in the spring or summer next year. The Turnpike’s 70-mph speed limit could be implemented on remaining portions of the toll road system in 2015.