tromometer: /tro-MOM-i-tuhr/ noun: an instrument for detecting or measuring faint tremors caused by an earthquake
HARRISBURG – With Memorial Day approaching, the PA Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has added a new way for individuals or businesses to make an online donation to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund. Donations are needed to preserve the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County. The fund has dwindled to less than $40,000 over the past five years while the memorial needs about $2.5 million in repairs. Acting Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli says funds are urgently needed. Tax deductible donations can be made online at www.donate.dmva.pa.gov or checks or money orders can be made payable to “Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund” and mailed to DMVA Office of Veterans Affairs, Bldg. 0-47, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003. An annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the memorial on Sunday at 2 p.m., rain or shine.
HARRISBURG – There’s currently no more room to honor war heroes in the Medal of Honor Memorial Gardens at Soldier’s Grove at the state Capitol. That would change under a bill introduced by Rep. Mark Gillen of Berks & Lancaster Counties that is one step away from becoming law. The memorial consists of a timeline marking Pennsylvania Medal of Honor recipients. Due to space and time constraints, the timeline ran out of room this year. Gillen’s bill calls for the use of a grassy berm at the grove to continue recognizing Medal of Honor recipients. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be presented to an individual serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The bill also calls for the placement of pillars, chain barriers, and some signs urging visitors to respect the hallowed ground. The bill was approved by the PA House and Senate and is headed to the governor’s desk.
HARRISBURG – A year-long poultry ban at state fairs in Pennsylvania is about to be ended. The state Department of Agriculture said the poultry suspension will be lifted June 1 for the state’s 109 county fairs and the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. Chickens, ducks and other poultry were barred in May 2015 as a precaution to protect the state’s poultry industry against the threat of avian influenza. Highly pathogenic avian influenza killed tens of millions of birds last year. The virus spreads when domestic poultry come in contact with wild birds that carry the disease. Poultry exhibits now must test negative for the virus at least 30 days before a fair. State officials say the ban will be reinstated if Pennsylvania has a positive case.
NORRISTOWN (AP) – Lawyers for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane refiled a motion to throw out her criminal charges after an earlier motion was thrown out on a technicality. The filing was made in Montgomery County Court. A judge had given Kane’s lawyers 10 days to refile it after saying an April 26 filing didn’t adhere to rules of criminal procedure. Kane is charged with perjury, obstruction, and other counts for allegedly leaking secret grand jury information and lying about it under oath. Kane’s motion says she’s the victim of “selective and vindictive prosecution.” Prosecutors say the claims are frivolous and want the judge to reject them. Trial is scheduled for Aug. 8.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s insurance regulators are starting a review of health plans for coverage next year through the federal marketplaces, including several that seek premium increases in excess of 40%. The Department of Insurance said the proposed premium increase for 18 individual plans filed this week average 23.6%. Premiums in six plans for this year rose by more than 20%, while premiums in six plans rose by less than 2% or dropped. The department says final 2017 rates will be approved in October.
PENN TOWNSHIP – A propane truck overturned and began leaking at White Oak and Newport Roads in Penn Township, Lancaster County around 9 a.m. Thursday. Evacuations around the scene were done as a precaution. Persons eventually returned to their homes several hours later after Hazmat and emergency officials gave the all clear. The truck driver was taken to the hospital. Northern Lancaster County Regional Police are continuing their investigation.
HARRISBURG – Legislation requiring infants younger than 2 to be restrained in a rear-facing child safety seat while in a vehicle has passed the PA House. Senate Bill 1152 now goes to the governor. Currently, state law requires all children younger than 4 to be properly secured in an approved car seat, but the law does not specify how the car seat should be facing. Numerous studies have shown rear-facing car seats do a far better job at protecting an infant’s head, neck, and spine. Once the bill is signed into law, which Gov. Tom Wolf has said he intends to do, Pennsylvania will become the fourth state to require rear-facing car seats for children younger than 2.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk will be getting legislation establishing a legal definition for increasingly popular, three-wheeled “autocycles.” Senate Bill 1108 will make clearer the distinction between the newly developed three-wheeled vehicles with two forward wheels and the more recognizable three-wheeled, trike-style motorcycles which have been around for many years. Models of the newer vehicles include the Polaris “Slingshot” and the Tanom Motors “Invader.” Specifically, the bill will define these vehicles as an autocycle and register and title them by creating a special designation under the existing motorcycle definition. Those wishing to operate an autocycle will be permitted to do so with a Class “C” driver’s license.
natant /NAT-nt/ adjective: swimming or floating