PERRY HALL, MD (AP) – The recipients of grants to expand pre-kindergarten in Maryland have been announced. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, Charlene Dukes, the president of the Maryland Board of Education and Dallas Dance, the Baltimore County superintendent of schools announced the $4.3 million in grants Monday Perry Hall. The grants will be distributed to 24 providers statewide.
Lawmakers approved the grants in this year’s legislative session in an effort to expand full- and half-day pre-K to 1,500 more children.
DOVER, DE (AP) – Public health officials say Delaware’s Women, Infants and Children program has received a grant of more than $690,000 to implement an electronic benefits transfer system. The Division of Public Health said Monday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture made the one-time grant. It will allow the state to replace paper food checks or vouchers with a card for use at authorized stores. The new cards will be rolled out over a two-year period. Delaware’s WIC program serves nearly 20,000 low-income pregnant and post-partum women and their young children.
HARRISBURG – Public pension reform will be a hot topic when lawmakers return to Harrisburg, according to Lancaster County Rep. Gordon Denlinger. The lawmaker said he was hoping that all new public employees would be placed under a 401(k) type plan under immediate hire, but is supportive of a split approach proposed in House Bill 1352, where the first $50,000 of compensation would be matched under a defined benefit plan and anything above $50,000 would be matched under a 401(k) type plan. Denlinger added that he would support the split approach as it begins in part to move public employees into a defined contribution plan.The state House will return to session August 4th.
REP. GORDON DENLINGER
HARRISBURG – Legislation providing for more flexibility on the Keystone Exams could come before the PA Senate for a vote this fall. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, Pennsylvania public school students will need to pass the Keystone Exams in order to graduate. The measure introduced by Lebanon County Sen. Mike Folmer, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, would allow schools to determine the role Keystone Exams will play in graduation requirements. Under the measure, the Keystone Exams would still be taken. Folmer believes his measure is a good compromise. Senate Bill 1450 was approved last month by the state Senate Education Committee. It awaits full consideration by the state Senate.
SEN. MIKE FOLMER
EAST MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP – Legislation to legalize medical marijuana oil to help individuals with epilepsy & other seizure disorders has been proposed by area Congressman Scott Perry. The Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014 would give children and adults with epilepsy and other seizure disorders access to the CBD oil for treatment by removing it and therapeutic hemp from the federal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. The marijuana plant and its derivatives and extracts are currently banned for medical and recreational use at the federal level and in most states, including Pennsylvania. The bill doesn’t legalize all forms of marijuana for medical use. The measure is being supported by the Epilepsy Foundation and will go before a House committee for consideration. Perry made the announcement this morning at John Rudy Park in East Manchester Township, York County.
CONGRESSMAN SCOTT PERRY
HARRISBURG – PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane is warning consumers about several scams that have been reported to the Bureau of Consumer Protection in recent weeks. The scams involve callers who use sophisticated computer technology called “Caller ID spoofing” which is illegal, and masks the true identity of the scammer. One is a debt collection scam in which the caller claims to be from the Attorney General’s office or the IRS in order to collect a debt. Another is a sweepstakes scam where a caller claims you won a prize which can only be claimed after sending a payment to cover processing fees and taxes. Another is a tech support scam where the caller claims to be from Microsoft saying their computer has a detected virus on your computer. Another is an electricity shut off scam. Public Utility Commission regulations require that utilities provide a written Service Termination Notice in the event of a shut off. Folks should never give personal and billing information over the phone, never wire money or purchase “green dot-type prepaid cash cards in response to a phone appeal. If you think you’ve been scammed, contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s toll free helpline at 1-800-441-2555 or online at www.attorneygeneral.gov.
MANHEIM TOWNSHIP – An accident along southbound Route 222 near Eden Road in Manheim Township, Lancaster County impacted commuters this morning. A truck carrying drywall reportedly flipped onto its side in the incident that happened around 7:45 a.m. Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. Traffic on the busy roadway had to be rerouted onto Route 272. Police are investigating the crash.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Just when Pennsylvania voters are getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray. At least two are expected to file petition signatures by the Friday deadline: the Libertarian Party’s Ken Krawchuk and Green Party nominee Paul Glover. Krawchuk is a computer consultant making his third gubernatorial bid. Glover is an activist and political organizer. Johnstown conservative Peg Luksik garnered more than 10% of the vote in two unsuccessful gubernatorial bids as a Constitutional Party nominee. She says third-party hopefuls have a pulpit that no one else has.
STATE COLLEGE – Strong storms blew through our region bringing heavy rain, lightning, hail, and strong winds. Downed tree limbs and power lines were reported. PPL Electric is reporting hundreds of customers in the dark in Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lehigh, Perry, and York Counties. PECO reports several hundred customers without power in Chester County. First Energy reports hundreds of customers without power in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, and York Counties. Several roads were closed due to high water. A number of water rescues were reported by emergency personnel during the storm. There could be some showers today, but there is no threat of severe weather as cooler, more comfortable weather will encompass our area by tomorrow.
LANCASTER COUNTY – Lancaster County fire crews were busy last night battling several blazes. Units responded to a home in the 3000 block of W. Newport Road in Leacock Township. Crews also battled two barn fires: one in the 1000 block of Centerville Road in East Earl Township and another in the 5900 block of Old Philadelphia Pike in Salisbury Township. No injuries were reported in any of the fires.