MIDDLETOWN (AP) – A small fire at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant was extinguished and officials say there’s no danger to the public. It happened shortly before 10 p.m. Monday. Exelon Nuclear, which operates the facility in Middletown, tweeted that it was extinguished quickly and that the plant was operating fully within minutes. Middletown Borough posted information from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency on its Facebook page. The agency says an electrical fire occurred in a secondary area of the plant. An emergency management spokesman says at no time was there any danger of radiation being released.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf is warning that steep spending cuts on education and higher borrowing costs are among the inevitable consequences if he can’t get Republican lawmakers to support his higher taxes. The Democrat declined to reveal whether he has been able to attract any Republican support for higher taxes, before his plan could see a vote in the state House on Wednesday. Wolf is expected to unveil his revised tax plan today, and in the meantime he’s been seeking GOP votes. The governor says broad-based taxes are needed to wipe out funding cuts for schools and human services and to eliminate a budget deficit. The budget impasse will reach 100 days later this week.
HARRISBURG – Legislation has been introduced to allow parents or guardians with adult children in their care to receive disability license plates. Senate Bill 983 would provide access to vehicle disability license plates to parents, including adoptive parents or foster parents, of adult children in their care who qualify for a disability license plate. The bill sponsor, Sen. Tom McGarrigle of Chester & Delaware Counties said his office has been working with a mother in his district seeking a disability license plate for her vehicle as she is the primary caretaker for her adult son. Her son is 21 and lives with blindness, autism, and cerebral palsy. Because her son is an adult, PennDOT has refused to provide the disability plate. McGarrigle said parents caring for their adult children with disabilities have enough issues to contend with, and access to a disability license plate should not be one of them. Senate Bill 983 passed the Senate Transportation Committee and is awaiting a vote by the full state Senate.
HARRISBURG (AP) – A former top lawyer in her office is suing Attorney General Kathleen Kane, saying she fired him in retaliation for grand jury testimony that helped Montgomery County prosecutors bring perjury charges against her. James Barker’s lawsuit filed Monday in Harrisburg federal court says his constitutional rights of freedom of speech and due process of law were violated. He says Kane has made false explanations “that call into question his good name, honor, and integrity.” Barker wants his job back, along with damages and repayment of legal costs. Kane spokesman Chuck Ardo says the office will review the lawsuit and respond accordingly. Kane’s office has said Barker’s April firing as supervisor of criminal appeals and grand juries was part of restructuring and cited “supervisory accountability” amid reports about grand jury proceedings.
HARRISBURG – With the state budget stalemate approaching 100 days, The Wolf Administration is still looking for legislative support for a tax package the governor says is necessary to boost spending on education and other programs. Republicans claim Wolf, with his vetoes, is holding schools and social service programs hostage. The General Assembly passed a balanced budget at the end of June that had no new taxes and increased education spending. Wolf vetoed the entire proposal instead of using his line item veto that would have allowed 270 lines to move forward in spending that was equal or more than what the governor proposed. The General Assembly approved an emergency spending bill that would have funded education and social service programs through October to help them as they struggle without any state funding, but Wolf also vetoed that. Republicans are going to allow a vote on Wolf’s budget proposal this Wednesday to see if lawmakers will support it. Wolf wants to increase the state sales tax and include a number of services and items not currently taxed. He also wants to raise the personal income tax and add a severance tax on natural gas drilling.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia-area colleges and universities are increasing security amid an FBI warning about an online posting that threatens violence. The FBI says the message indicates an attack to be carried out today, but does not mention a specific college or university. The FBI says it notified schools of the threat “out of an abundance of caution.” Colleges and universities in southeastern Pennsylvania, along with schools in southern New Jersey and Delaware, are asking students, faculty, and staff to report any suspicious activity. The online threat comes days after a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR, killing nine people and injuring nine others.
HARRISBURG – Repairs to the Norman Wood Bridge that carries Route 372 over the Susquehanna River between Lancaster and York Counties are scheduled to begin today. The closure is necessary due to a discovered structural deficiency. Repairs are expected to take approximately one month to complete. The bridge, built in 1968, normally gets about 4,300 vehicles a day. It’s the only span over the Susquehanna in a 40-mile stretch between Wrightsville, York County, and the Conowingo Dam in Maryland.
LANCASTER – Lancaster Police charged a suspect in connection with a Friday night stabbing of a 45-year-old woman in the 500 block of Howard Avenue. The woman, who remains hospitalized, identified 34-year-old Israel Polanco-Cano of Lancaster as the man who stabbed her. Polanco-Cano was also taken to the hospital for treatment of hand lacerations. He was charged with criminal attempt to commit homicide and will be arraigned at a later time. Police say the victim and the suspect knew each other.
MANHEIM TOWNSHIP – A homicide investigation is underway in Lancaster County. Police responded at 1:47 a.m. today to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of Martha Avenue in Manheim Township. A man was found lying along the roadway. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. His identity has not yet been released. Anyone with information is asked to contact Manheim Township Police at 717-569-6401, ext 0. Those wishing to be anonymous can call their Crime Tipline at 717-569-2816.
LANCASTER – The Salvation Army of Lancaster will be offering coats, hats, and gloves to Lancaster residents today through Wednesday. Many volunteers have helped so that people will be able to come and select a coat, hat, and gloves from The Salvation Army location at 131 S. Queen Street. Captain Timothy Sheehan said, “We want to make sure that anyone who is in need of a warm coat for the winter has one. We thank the generous donors of our community for helping us make this possible.” The distribution will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the supply is gone. For more information, contact their Family Services office at 397-7565.