WILMINGTON, DE (AP) – People who violate certain environmental laws regarding hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities in the state of Delaware will soon no longer be slapped with criminal records. But violators will also be paying heftier fines for certain other offenses under legislation to be signed today by Gov. Jack Markell. The legislation declassifies several minor violations associated with wildlife, fishing, and boating by changing them from misdemeanors to violations, meaning they will not be reported on criminal history records. The legislation also modernizes penalties associated with other offenses by classifying them as environmental misdemeanors and doubling the minimum fines for first offenses.
WASHINGTON, DC – PA U.S. Sen. Bob Casey released a statement on Labor Day saying “As Pennsylvanians enjoy this Labor Day, let us not forget the contributions made by working men and women to the country’s prosperity and to improving the rights and benefits of workers.” While much progress had been made since Labor Day became a national holiday, much work remains to protect the rights of workers, boost their economic security, and put more Americans back to work. He added that too many Pennsylvanians are out of work and modest income growth is making it harder to keep up with expenses, raise a family, save for retirement and, in many case, care for older parents. Area Congressman Scott Perry paid tribute on this Labor Day saying workers are the heart and soul of America. But today we still see far too many Americans seeking meaningful, full-time employment. He regularly hears how many employers have job openings, yet they can’t find workers with the skills that match the needs of their openings.
NORTH CODORUS TOWNSHIP – A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the 5700 block of York Road in North Codorus Township, York County Sunday night.Sshortly after 9 p.m., an adult male was standing on the shoulder of the westbound lane of travel. The vehicle continued westbound. The injured pedestrian was transported to the hospital. Police need your help identifying the vehicle and driver. Anyone with information is asked to contact Southwestern Regional Police at 717 225-1333, ext. 109.
FULTON TOWNSHIP – Authorities say one boy died and another was injured in a lightning strike as they were swimming in the Conowingo Creek in Fulton Township, Lancaster County. Two boys and another male were swimming around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when a storm moved through. Robert Fulton Fire Chief Tracy Tomlinson said crews had to use an all-terrain vehicles to get through a field to reach the boys, who were taken to Lancaster General Hospital and then to Hershey Medical Center. The Dauphin County Coroner’s office said one boy was pronounced dead Sunday evening. His name and age were not released. The condition of the other boy hasn’t been released. Officials said the third person was uninjured.
HARRISBURG – Lancaster County Rep. Gordon Denlinger has proposed a bill to repeal Common Core in Pennsylvania. House Bill 2439 would require the State Board of Education to develop new regulations to replace the Common Core standards in conjunction with a special 21-member commission created by the General Assembly. The commission would be composed of public school educators, parents of public school students, members of the business community, the majority and minority chairmen of Senate and House Education Committees, the state Education Secretary, and the chair of the State Board of Education. Denlinger said education should be crafted at the local level and not in Washington. He added that he’s heard from parents and educators, who are concerned about the standards.
LANCASTER (AP) – Wildlife officials say an unusual, sudden surge of severe weather killed at least 150 birds in Lancaster County last month. State Game Commission officer Greg Graham says a deadly downward rush of air called a microburst dislodged birds roosting in trees in Leola. He says birds died after being slammed into trees, the ground, and each other. The reason for the massive bird kill had been a mystery for several weeks after the remains were discovered following a violent storm July 27. The Game Commission collected 150 carcasses and sent several to a lab in Georgia. They included wrens, sparrows, robins, and grackles. Accounts of similar bird kills that night in nearby Gordonville and Bird-in-Hand.
LANCASTER (AP) – A Lancaster County man will serve 28 to 56 years behind bars for suffocating his girlfriend after she survived his deliberate, high-speed crash. 21-year-old Benjamin Klinger of Elizabethtown pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was sentenced Friday. Authorities say Klinger was physically and verbally abusive to 17-year-old Samantha Heller during their turbulent relationship. In December 2012, prosecutors say Klinger intentionally sped into a guardrail at 100 mph. Police say he sat on Heller after she survived the wreck which occurred on Route 283. Klinger apologized in court and said he takes “full responsibility for the loss.” Klinger’s sentence includes time for a drug charge and for sending an explicit photo of a minor.
HERSHEY (AP) – The Hershey Company is rolling out a new corporate logo that features a stylized version of one of its most famous chocolate products. The candy maker announced today the new design, which adds a chocolate Kiss at the end of the company’s name. It’s part of what the company calls a “disciplined identity system” designed to provide more consistency. The new logo gives the 120 yr old company a more modern look. The Hershey Company has about 13,000 employees and generates more than $7 billion in annual sales.
LANCASTER – Congressman Joe Pitts paid special tribute to a local officer caught playing ball with a city youth. He didn’t do it for the cameras, but Lancaster Police Sergeant was recorded playing curb ball with a young boy last week. Officer Kurt Miller, an 11-year veteran, played for 20 minutes, connecting with the community he polices everyday. Given recent tensions, it is good to see local officers working hard to build trust.
HARRISBURG – A York County lawmaker says he plans to take a closer look at Pennsylvania’s public welfare system through public hearings later this fall. Responding to a question during a recent telephone town hall meeting, the Chairman of the Senate Intergovermental Operations Committee, York County Sen. Scott Wagner says he plans to schedule at least one public hearing withing the next 60 days on the distribution of welfare benefits in Pennsylvania. Wagner says he continues to receive reports from constituents about individuals who abuse the welfare system.