MILLERSVILLE – Spring is a busy time especially for college bound students, families and also ministries geared towards reaching out to them. Millersville University Christian Fellowship Minister, Duane Metzler and his ministry team gear up to meet upcoming students at open houses and also the student expo coming up here in April. Metzler said students ask all kinds of questions about different denominations and how they are different and what they believe. UCF tries to teach basic foundational truth, so they have something to stand on as they begin to develop their world view. For more information on Pastor Duane Metzler and the University Christian Fellowship at Millersville University, please contact www.millersville.edu/~ucf.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman will review evidence and other material from an investigation that prompted a grand jury to recommend that PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane be charged with perjury and other offenses. Ferman said the review will determine if a more detailed investigation is needed. The state Supreme Court determined Tuesday that a judge acted properly in appointing the special prosecutor who looked into how secret grand jury material was published by a newspaper last year. Ferman says her review will include a report by Thomas Carluccio, the special prosecutor, along with “voluminous information” gathered by the grand jury. Kane denies she broke any law.
ATTY. GEN. KATHLEEN KANE
HARRISBURG – Lancaster County Sen. Ryan Aument is sponsoring legislation to expand Responsible Alcohol Management Training requirements to include all servers, sellers, and distributors of alcohol. Under current law, the training is required for owners and managers of liquor-licensed establishments, as well as at least 50% of alcohol service personnel. Aument’s bill would broaden this requirement to include all alcohol service personnel. Aument authored the bill after speaking with a Lancaster County resident whose daughter was killed in 2007 by a drunk driver who had been served alcohol despite signs of visible intoxication. The training is offered by the PA Liquor Control Board. Similar legislation, House Bill 719, was introduced in the state House by Rep. Dave Hickernell of Lancaster & Dauphin Counties.
REP. DAVE HICKERNELL
SEN. RYAN AUMENT
HARRISBURG – Dauphin County Rep. Ron Marsico introduced legislation to prohibit harassment, stalking or making threats by parties involved in a labor dispute. Current law provides immunity for such actions. House Bill 874 would not impact unions engaged in lawful disputes or protests. However, both labor and management would have to live by the same rules – the same criminal law – that everyone else lives by in Pennsylvania. Recent examples have been brought to the forefront with federal indictments and convictions related to the December 2012 burning and vandalism of a Quaker meetinghouse construction site in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Law enforcement and manufacturing and contracting groups are supporting the measure which is before the House Judiciary Committee.
REP. RON MARSICO
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – Morgan Stanley has cut its estimate of the potential U.S. Internet gambling market to $2.7 billion by 2020, down from an initial $5 billion estimate. It also predicts no additional states will approve Internet gambling this year, but foresees California and Pennsylvania doing so next year. Three states – Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware – have legalized Internet gambling. Morgan Stanley predicts 15 states will have legalized online gambling by 2020.
ALLENTOWN – PPL Electric Utilities is requesting a delivery charge increase – the first in three years – to fund ongoing reliability improvements for its customers. The company filed a rate request with the PA Public Utility Commission. If the entire amount of the request is approved, a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month who does not shop for electricity supply would see bills increase about 6.9%. If approved by the PUC, the increase would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016.
HARRISBURG – PennDOT has closed the bridge that carries Route 741 over Pequea Creek between West Lampeter and Strasburg Townships in Lancaster County. This portion of Route 741 is known locally as Village Road. Nearly 5,400 vehicles use the bridge on a daily basis. Traffic will be detoured utilizing Lampeter Road, Route 462, and Strasburg Pike. The existing bridge was originally built in 1923 and is currently classified as structurally deficient. The new Route 741 bridge should be finished and reopened to traffic by the end of this year.
BERKS COUNTY – A Dauphin County truck driver died in a Berks County crash yesterday. It happened around 4:30 a.m. and snarled traffic for hours on the westbound lanes of Interstate 78 in Greenwich Township. Police say 49-year-old Kevin Staab of Highspire died at the scene. Authorities say a car struck a concrete median and partially blocked the left westbound lane. The car forced a tractor trailer to stop in the lane. Staab, who was driving a Fed Ex tractor trailer, came upon the stopped rig and was unable to stop. The driver of the car and the stopped rig were taken to an area hospital.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court says a county judge acted properly when he appointed a special prosecutor to look into grand jury leaks tied to the state attorney general’s office. The court ruled Tuesday against Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who had challenged the appointment after a grand jury recommended she be charged criminally for leaks of secret material. The court’s main opinion says a suburban Philadelphia judge “acted within his authority and sound prerogative” in appointing lawyer Thomas Carluccio to investigate the leaks. Carluccio led a grand jury looking into a complaint that material from a 2009 investigation was reported last year in the Philadelphia Daily News. The grand jury’s recommendation is in the hands of the Montgomery County district attorney.
ATTY. GEN. KATHLEEN KANE
HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf renewed the case for his agenda in his second official appearance on social media. Hundreds of written questions expressing different viewpoints were submitted for Wolf’s Facebook Town Hall on Tuesday, but they were distilled into about a dozen questions that an aide read to the governor in the style of an interview. In contrast, last month’s Twitter Town Hall was faster-paced and allowed citizens and groups to interact with Wolf directly. Wolf is defending his proposal to increase and broaden the state sales tax to generate more than $3 billion a year to underwrite much of his plan to cut school property taxes and provide new aid to pre-K programs and public schools. He’s also restating his support for a new tax on natural gas drilling.