See You At The Pole Wednesday

LANCASTER – “Never stop praying, especially for others” is this year’s See You At The Pole theme verse from Ephesians 6:18 that follows Paul’s famous passage on the armor of God, challenging and encouraging Christ followers to stand strong in the Lord and be His representatives to share the Good News of the Gospel. From that very first year in 1990, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act—prayer. Today, SYATP is still about students humbling themselves, turning to God, and interceding for their generation. So if you have students in your life as in your family, church or community go on out to See You At The Pole Wednesday, September 24, at 7:00 a.m. and stand in the gap with them and for them. All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their flagpoles, praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities.Many area students will be participating.

PA’s Debt Rating Takes Another Hit

HARRISBURG (AP) – New York-based Fitch Ratings is knocking down Pennsylvania’s debt rating for the second time in 14 months, citing the state government’s recurring budget deficits. Today’s announcement by the credit ratings agency is the fourth time in two years that Pennsylvania’s debt has been downgraded by a major agency. Fitch notes that the state’s $29 billion budget relies on $2 billion in one-time items to balance. The downgrade takes Pennsylvania from AA to AA minus and puts it in the bottom five of 42 states rated by Fitch. Pennsylvania was last at AA minus in 1997.

40 Days For Life Campaigns To Begin

LANCASTER – Beginning tomorrow through November 2, people will once again unite from coast to coast and internationally for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization called 40 Days for Life. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion. Lancaster’s sixth campaign will feature a peaceful 40-day prayer vigil in the public right-of-way outside the Planned Parenthood at 31 South Lime Street. Organizers say at least 8,973 unborn children had their lives spared from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns nationwide. To date, 56 abortion facilities have also closed. For information about the Lancaster campaign, please visit www.40DaysforLife.com/Lancaster or contact Matt Hatcher at 717-824-3015 or email at Lancaster40Days@LancasterProlife.com. You can also click http://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/lancaster/.

Harrisburg’s campaign will feature a peaceful 40-day prayer vigil in the public right-of-way outside Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center at 2709 N. Front Street in downtown Harrisburg. For information about the Harrisburg campaign, please contact Kathy O’Donnell at 717-448-6347 or email at Harrisburg40Days@gmail.com.  You can also click http://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/harrisburg/.

Reading’s campaign will feature a peaceful 40-day prayer vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood at 48 S. Fourth Street in downtown Reading. Organizers say at least 8,973 unborn children had their lives spared from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns nationwide. To date, 56 abortion facilities have also closed. For information about the Reading campaign, please call 610-375-3395 or email krkuhns1@verizon.net.You can also click http://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/reading/.

West Chester‘s campaign will feature a peaceful 40-day prayer vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood at 8 S. Wayne Street. For information about the West Chester campaign, please call Paulette Matthews at 610-286-5450 or email PauletteMatthews@hotmail.com. You can also click http://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/chester-county/.

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PFI 2014 Voter Guides Available

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Family Institute has published a 2014 Voters Guide for citizens to gain valuable information about the candidates running for office this year. The guide is an educational resource every voter should view before Election Day on November 4th. The voter guides are factual, impartial, and non-partisan and suitable for distribution in non-profit organizations, such as churches and schools. PFI is asking for a donation of $15 per 100 guides. Persons can make bulk orders for your family, church, business or group. To get bulk copies of the guides, call their office at 717-545-0600 or go to www.pafamily.org.

Report On Heroin Problem In PA Released

HARRISBURG – A report on the heroin crisis facing the Commonwealth was released today by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. The report reflects the issues addressed, and the recommendations made, by more than 50 presenters at four statewide hearings held during the summer and totaling over 20 hours of testimony. Those testifying included educators, students, elected officials, law enforcement officials, medical and health care professionals, treatment providers, and family members who have lost loved ones. York County Sen. Scott Wagner attended one of the Center’s hearings and talked about the problem in his county. He said Baltimore is the number one heroin capitol of the world and it can be easily trafficked through York County. Wagner cited increases in the number of heroin deaths in the county. The report identifies nearly 20 issues requiring additional evaluation, research, and action. The Center’s Chairman, Sen. Gene Yaw of Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union Counties, said heroin and opioid abuse has no geographical boundaries calling it an epidemic affecting individuals of every age, gender, race, and background across the state.

Rally Seeks LGBT Addition To PA Hate Crime Law

HARRISBURG – A rally was held this morning at the Capitol Rotunda to advocate passage of legislation that would expand the Pennsylvania’s hate crime protection law to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. Senate Bill 42 and House Bill 177 re-enacts Title 18 language to extend protection under the ethnic intimidation clause of Chapter 27 to include ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. Philadelphia lawmakers, Sen. Larry Farnese and Rep. Brendan Boyle have sponsored the legislation. Many religious and conservative groups are against the inclusion of LGBT people as a protected class under the law out of fear that it will not only impede, but criminalize the articulation of deeply held moral or religious beliefs.

Corbett/Wolf Hold First Gubernatorial Debate

HERSHEY (AP) – Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democrat candidate Tom Wolf jousted over taxes, the state‘s financial health, and public school spending in the first debate in Pennsylvania’s governor’s race. Monday’s fast-moving 45-minute forum was held in front of a packed Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry dinner in Hershey. Corbett raised questions about where Wolf would find the money to achieve his promise to increase state spending on public schools and meet state pension obligations. For his part, Wolf sought to frame Corbett as failing to capably steer the state’s economy and government finances while he cut funding for schools.

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PA Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

HARRISBURG – If you plan on voting in the upcoming November 4th election, you must be registered. You can register at the Voter Registration Office of the county of residence. You can also register at a PennDOT license center, a number of other state government offices or you can download a voter registration application at www.votespa.com. If you need to register to vote or wish to change your party’s affiliation, you must do so by October 6. For more information on voter registration or voting in Pennsylvania, you can call 1-877-VOTESPA.

Confident That Alleged Shooter Will Be Caught

BLOOMING GROVE – Gov. Tom Corbett says he’s confident the suspect in a deadly ambush at a northeastern Pennsylvania State Police barracks will be caught. Corbett discussed the manhunt for 31-year-old Eric Frein at a news conference in Blooming Grove, near the barracks where Frein is charged with killing one trooper and seriously wounding another. The governor said they believe Frein is interested in shooting only police. Corbett thanked all of the hundreds of law enforcement officials who he said are putting their lives on the line as they comb through the dense northeastern Pennsylvania forest. State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens says the search area is narrowing and authorities believe they are close to the suspect. Authorities on Sunday said they found an assault rifle Frein might have been carrying.

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Private Sector To Replace 558 PA Bridges

HARRISBURG (AP) – PennDOT is poised to pick a team from the private sector that will replace hundreds of deficient state bridges. Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch said the influx of billions of dollars a year from the state’s newly expanded transportation program stirred discussions with private industry about how to speed up bridge repairs and save taxpayers money. Schoch says the public-private partnership is the first of its kind nationally. Four teams of private businesses are competing for the contract to replace 558 bridges over the next 3 1/2 years. The winner to be picked at the end of October. The state will maintain ownership of the bridges. The team will not only design and build the bridges, but assume responsibility for major maintenance for 25 years.