LANCASTER – Many individuals and families from the region are planning to attend the 2017 March For Life in Washington, DC on Friday, January 27th. This year’s theme is “The Power of One.” WDAC and Bob Neff Tours will be providing bus transportation to and from the event. If you’d like to register, call 717-397-0000. There are other buses leaving for the March from across Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Family Institute has a listing of buses available. CLICK THIS LINK to go to their list or you can call PFI at 1-800-FAMILY-1 to find a bus from your area. If you have a bus going to D.C. for the March, contact them so you can get your bus on that list.
HARRISBURG – Today is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr holiday. A new state lawmaker in Harrisburg, Sen. Sharif Street of Philadelphia presented a resolution on the floor of the state Senate commemorating Dr. King’s birthday. In his remarks, Sen. Street said Dr. King fought for a better life for the average working man and woman.- the same ideas he says might have motivated people to vote for Donald Trump, who are looking to find a decent job, a decent wage and a better standard of life. Street asked all Pennsylvanians to consider and think about what we can all do to make ordinary peoples lives better. Today, federal, state, and local government offices will be closed for the holiday. Most schools are closed and there will be no home mail delivery today.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Hundreds of Pennsylvania’s state-owned liquor stores will be open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as well as on other holidays for the first time in the coming year A state law enacted last year allows the Liquor Control Board to operate on the holiday being celebrated Monday, as well as for Presidents Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. Stores that are normally scheduled to be open on Mondays will be open on the holidays, but not the stores that are normally closed on Mondays.
HARRISBURG – Lebanon County Sen. Mike Folmer plans to reintroduce legislation intended for individuals who feel they aren’t being taxed enough. Folmer says a “Pennsylvania Tax Me More Fund” would allow those who support higher taxes to demonstrate their commitment by donating their own money before imposing their will on others. The state of Virginia passed a similar measure in 2002 which saw total annual contributions range from a low of $19.36 to a reported high of $6,602.
LANCASTER – Lancaster Police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting. The incident happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 200 block of E. Clay Street. Authorities say a man was found shot in the head and taken to the hospital for treatment. The victim’s injuries are non-life threatening and he is expected to recover. There’s no word on any suspects.
HARRISBURG – Today, the Pennsylvania State Police recognized AMBER Alert Awareness Day at Troop H headquarters in Harrisburg. AMBER Alert, the national early warning notification system for abducted children marks its 21st year in 2017. The AMBER Alert System was created as a legacy to nine-year-old Amber Hagerman who was abducted near her Texas home on January 13, 1996. Her body was found four days later in a creek less than five miles from where she went missing.
GETTYSBURG (AP) – A Pennsylvania businessman wants to build a harness racing track and casino near Gettysburg, the site of the 1863 battle that turned the tide of the American Civil War. David LeVan said he will apply for a harness racing license and a license to operate a casino with slots and table games. The proposed location on about 700 acres is just east of where U.S. Route 15 crosses the Maryland-Pennsylvania line. It’s about 3 miles from the border of Gettysburg National Military Park. It’s the third attempt to bring gambling to Gettysburg by LeVan, a former Conrail Inc. chairman who owns a nearby Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership. Previous proposals sharply divided the community, as opponents argued it was not appropriate for the historic region.
LANCASTER – Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight continues the theme of January being Sanctity of Human Life Month as we present a Planned Parenthood director who had a change of heart and left the organization. Abby Johnson was director of the Bryan, Texas facility for two years, but then resigned after watching an ultrasound of an abortion procedure. Hear more from Abby Johnson on Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight at 12:30 on WDAC and at 2 p.m. on WBYN 107.5. You can listen to the program online right now at wdac.com under “WDAC Podcasts.”
HARRISBURG – For the past 18 months, the Wolf Administration has been developing a plan to transform rural health across the state. Earlier this year, they submitted a plan to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to implement a Rural Health Transformation Initiative. The federal government reviewed Pennsylvania’s proposal and announced that they would grant the state a $25 million grant to put the model into place. Gov. Wolf said the Initiative is designed to address the challenges faced by rural hospitals and promote a transition to higher quality, integrated, and value-based care through several changes to the current model. The result is improved health outcomes in rural areas, which face significant challenges and have been especially hard hit by the opioid and heroin epidemic. The goals of the new rural health model are to improve population health and quality of care that is delivered locally and to enable rural hospitals to move toward greater financial sustainability through an all-payer global budget model.
YORK (AP) – York County authorities plan to hold a news conference on their investigation of a Philadelphia man’s body found burning in a rural area in West Manchester Township last week. Police found the burning body of 23-year-old Juan Acevedo DeJesus when they responded to a report of a fire on Hokes Mill Road and Old Salem Road about 4:45 a.m. Jan. 5. The York County coroner determined DeJesus had been shot several times before his body was burned. No suspects have been identified so far.