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.
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HARRISBURG – Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery & Delaware Counties introduced Senate Bill 1350, which would repeal language from Act 122 of 2011 requiring abortion facilities to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical facilities. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a nearly identical requirement in Texas because it constitutes an undue burden on the rights of those seeking an abortion and ruled unconstitutional. Berks County Sen. Judy Schwank is a co-sponsor of the legislation. Leach said, “Abortion is a legal, Constitutionally-protected right that should be available to all women. Every member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly swore an oath to support, obey, and defend the Constitution of the United States, so we must act swiftly to repeal this unconstitutional requirement.”
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania is getting about $1.8 million from the federal government to help fight the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control said the money will help prevent the disease and address the health problems that it brings. The support is part of some $60 million going out across the United States to monitor the disease, control mosquitoes, and create more laboratory capacity. The money will be available at the start of August.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law legislation including provisions to give motorcyclists and other drivers the option to proceed with caution through an intersection when trapped at an unresponsive traffic light. The measure allows drivers of all vehicles the option to proceed with caution through an intersection when a traffic signal is unresponsive, only after exercising due care as provided by law. Originally intended only for motorcycles, which often fail to trigger traffic lights due to their smaller size, the bill was expanded to apply to all vehicles. Signed into law as part of Act 101 of 2016, the “Ride on Red” measure takes effect in 60 days.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Two retired state Supreme Court justices and a Philadelphia lawyer want the courts to rework a ballot question about amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to give judges five more years before they’re forced to retire. A lawsuit filed Thursday in Commonwealth Court says the wording will defraud voters because it doesn’t specify there’s currently a mandatory judicial retirement age of 70. They argue that gives the impression the proposed age of 75 would be the state’s first mandatory retirement age. Lawmakers voted in April to remove wording in the referendum that explained there is an existing age limit and they ordered new phrasing for the November ballot. Backers of the current language say it’s simpler and more people will vote in the fall.
HARRISBURG – The PA Game Commission says its workers have counted fewer bald eagle nests in the state for the first time in decades. Commission spokesman, Dan Brauning says eagles are doing fine and continue to thrive and expand into new areas. The lower numbers aren’t because there are fewer bald eagles, but because the game commission has less manpower to count the nests. Some people who help count the nests might not be reporting nests that they’ve reported in the past. He says any nests should be counted and reported annually. This year’s count found 239 active nests or 38 fewer than last year. The easiest way to report a nest is by contacting the Game Commission through its public comments email address, email@example.com, and place “Eagle Nest Information” in the subject field. Reports also can be phoned in to a Game Commission region office or the Harrisburg headquarters. So far in 2016, bald-eagle nests have been documented in 56 of 67 PA counties.