Hearing Considers Civics Test Graduation Requirement

HARRISBURG – The PA House Education and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees held a joint hearing on House Bill 1858, which would require students to take the naturalization test as a condition of graduation. The bill would require students to pass the civics test with a 60% minimum between ninth and 12th grades as a condition of graduation or earning a GED. Schools would have the flexibility to determine how the test would be administered for all students. The exam is the same one that immigrants who wish to become United States citizens must pass. Supporters say the measure would help prepare students for active, engaged citizenship and help them learn how government works. Opponents noted that taking a civics test does not make a person knowledgeable about government and that adding another high-stakes test could serve as a barrier for a student to graduate.

Water Alert For Lititz Area Community

WARWICK TOWNSHIP – A Lancaster County community will have its water turned off this morning. The Warwick Township Municipal Authority is notifying customers in the West Orange Street, Green Acre Road, Longenecker Road, and surrounding area that the water system will be turned off around 8:00 a.m. today to make an emergency repair. This does not include the Warwick Middle or High Schools. The township anticipates the repair to be completed by late afternoon. A boil water advisory will be in effect once the water is turned back on in that area, and residents will be notified when that occurs. Persons can check the township’s website at www.warwicktownship.org for updates.

Local Lawmaker Wants PA University Faculty Union Back For Negotiation

HARRISBURG – Lancaster County Sen. Ryan Aument is urging the union that represents faculty and coaches at the 14 state universities in Pennsylvania to return to the bargaining table. He expressed disappointment that the union has set a strike date of October 19 despite a proposal on the table. Aument said the State System faculty are among the highest paid in the nation. He believes it’s time for APSCUF to return to the negotiating table in order to provide students with an uninterrupted education. APSCUF President, Dr. Kenneth Mash said, “We will continue to go to the table in an earnest attempt to negotiate a fair deal. It is time for the State System to do the same.”

SEN. RYAN AUMENT
SEN. RYAN AUMENT

Cutler Bill Provides Employment For Disabled Individuals

HARRISBURG – Legislation to provide competitive employment for individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth has been drafted by Lancaster County Rep. Bryan Cutler. Called the Employment First bill, House Bill 2130 would move toward employing individuals with disabilities in no less than 7% of the overall state workforce. The Governor’s Office would develop a three-year plan for the Employment First Program for review by the General Assembly. The bill would create an Employment First State Coordinating Council and an Employment First Oversight Commission. Thirteen states currently have Employment First legislation, and several more states have executive orders.

REP. BRYAN CUTLER
REP. BRYAN CUTLER

Maryland Moves To Ban Spear Hunting/ Restrict Air Guns

ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is proposing rules aimed at banning spear-hunting for big game. The agency is accepting public comments through Oct. 17 on a proposal to add regulatory language stating that only the weapons listed in the regulations may be used for deer and black bear hunting.Those weapons are bows and firearms, including a powerful new type of air gun that shoots full-sized arrows. Another proposal would limit deer hunting with air guns to the modern firearm season. Air guns would be prohibited during the deer muzzleloader season.

Identities Released In A Fatal Lancaster County Crash

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP – A Dauphin County man died after a head-on collision in Lancaster County. It happened just after 11 p.m. Sunday along Route 322 and Pumping Station Road in Elizabeth Township. State Police say 24-year-old Justin Kope of Middletown was westbound when for some unknown reason crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a vehicle driven by 39-year-old Jose Rivera of Lancaster. Kope was pronounced dead at the scene. Rivera was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Homicide Investigation In Berks County

READING (AP) – Police are investigating a homicide after a teen was found dead in Berks County. Police found a male dead Sunday night around 8:30 in the 1100 block of Locust Street in Reading. Authorities are working to figure out what transpired. No arrests have been made. There’s no word on a suspect or a motive.

Fatal Crash In Lancaster County

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP – One person has died after a head-on collision in Lancaster County. It happened just after 11 p.m. Sunday in the area of Route 322 and Pumping Station Road in Elizabeth Township. State Police say two cars collided and burst into flames. One driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Another was rushed to the hospital. No identities have been released. Authorities are look into what caused the accident.

House Fire In Mountville

MOUNTVILLE – Crews battled a house fire in Mountville, Lancaster County early this morning. Units responded to the 100 block of Manor Street around 2:30 a.m. No one was hurt. Investigators are looking into a cause.

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