WASHINGTON, DC – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved a request by Exelon to increase the generating capacity of Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, Units 2 and 3, by 12.4% each. The NRC staff determined Exelon could safely increase the reactors’ output primarily by upgrading certain plant systems and components. NRC staff also reviewed Exelon’s evaluations showing the plant’s design can handle the increased power level. Exelon plans to implement Unit 2’s uprate during the fall 2014 refueling outage and Unit 3’s uprate during the fall 2015 refueling outage.
HARRISBURG – The state Senate Judiciary and Transportation Committees will hold a joint public hearing next month on the issue of DUI fatalities and drunk driving laws. The hearing is intended to provide local officials and citizens with the opportunity to present their views about keeping impaired individuals off the roadways. Lancaster County Sen. Lloyd Smucker said he called for the hearing following the tragic July 8th death of 18-year-old Meredith Demko, a recent Lampeter-Strasburg graduate, who was killed by a drunk driver with multiple offenses along Lampeter Road in West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County. Smucker added that there is enough time remaining in the legislative session to address the issue. He said that lengthy license suspensions do not seem enough of a deterrent for problem drinkers. The hearing is scheduled Sept.8 at 10:30 a.m. at Millersville University’s Ware Center in Lancaster City.
HARRISBURG – Allegations of theft have been charged against Harrisburg City Treasurer John Campbell. Mayor Eric Papenfuse announced the appointment of Paul Wambach as interim treasurer for the city. Wambach spent more than 20 years as treasurer for the city, retiring in December 2012. Papenfuse called Wambach “highly respected for his integrity and dedication to the city” and thanked him for stepping up to serve at this important moment. Papenfuse has asked city auditors Maher Duessel and City Controller Charles DuBrunner to increase their scrutiny of the city’s accounts to ensure there are no improprieties.
WEST YORK – A fatal shooting investigation is underway in York County. Police responded around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday to the 1100 block of W. King Street in West York. The county coroner identified the shooting victim as 41-year-old Lancelot Hylton. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for today at Lehigh Valley Medical Center.
HARRISBURG – Lancaster County Reps. Ryan Aument and Mindy Fee invite area residents to a town hall meeting on the pension reform crisis now facing state government and school districts in PA. Aument says PA is facing a multi-billion dollar public pension crisis and it will have a direct financial impact on every Pennsylvanian’s tax bill. Fee adds they will be presenting the facts on the pension problem and the options under discussion in Harrisburg. The meeting is set for Monday, Sept 29th at 6pm in the Hoffer Auditorium of the Pleasant View Retirement Community at 544 Penryn Road in Manheim. Seating is limited, so please RSVP online at www.repfee.com or www.repaument.com. You can also call their district offices at 664-4979 or 295-5050. They would like your input as they work toward a solution.
YORK – Pharmaceutical legislation will be discussed at a York County Roundtable Discussion. Rep. Seth Grove will participate in a roundtable discussion regarding legislation affecting the pharmaceutical industry, including a bill which would provide lifesaving immunizations to children age 7 and older and how to combat prescription drug abuse. The event will feature not only Grove, but representatives from PA Pharmacists Assoc, Rite Aid, York County District Attorney’s Office; along with local pharmacists. It is being held today from 9-11a.m. at the Spring Grove Borough Building located 1 Campus Ave.
WASHINGTON, DC – Area Congressman Joe Pitts will host a roundtable dialogue in Lancaster as part of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s 21st Century Cures initiative. The event will feature leading national, regional, and local health care innovators from the government, private, and public sectors.21st Century Cures is a bipartisan effort to pave the way for new medical innovation. Pitts, as Chairman of the Health Subcommittee, has convened hearings looking into subjects such as drug innovation, the role of incentives, modernizing clinical trials, new communications technology, and barriers to communication.Pennsylvania is home to a number of cutting edge medical companies and leading research hospitals. Pitts is hoping that their insight will contribute to the committee’s effort to encourage new cures and therapies that improve patients’ lives. It will take place this Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center at 1383 Arcadia Road.
JACKSON TOWNSHIP – Another fallen York County soldier was honored with a bridge dedication. The bridge along Hanover Road in Jackson Township is named in honor of Cpl. Luke Runyan, who died in Iraq on February 17, 2008. York County Rep. Seth Grove paid tribute. Grove said this is the fourth York County soldier honored with a bridge dedication. The others were Sgt. First Class Brett Walden, Specialist Zachary Clouser, and Specialist Cameron Stambaugh.
LANCASTER – Lancaster Bible College will be breaking ground this morning on a new 31,500 square foot residence hall project, according to LBC’s Executive Vice President John Zeswitz. The project will accommodate 110 beds, raising the college’s resident student capacity above 500, at a construction cost of $5.2 million. The ground breaking coincides with the College welcoming its largest incoming class in its 81-year history; and enrollment across all of LBC’s seven locations in six states approaching 2000 students. LBC has been posting steady cumulative enrollment gains over the last five years. LBC President Dr. Peter Teague said “We are ever mindful that the 110 beds in our new wing represent God’s work happening through the lives of 110 students.” The project is pending remaining approvals from Manheim Township.
EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP (AP) – Police say someone forced an Amish horse and buggy off a Lancaster County road to pull an armed robbery. The buggy was carrying three people early Monday morning in the 300 block of E. Eby Road when a white minivan pulled into its path and forced it to stop. Police say a masked man demanded money, after which the three threw their wallets to him. The buggy driver then drove into a field to get away. No one was hurt. Anyone with information is asked to contact East Lampeter Township Police at 717-291-4676.