Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/ en-us Copyright 2014 Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:26:44 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/news/rss/ Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/news/images/logo_blue.gif http://www.westminster.edu/ Pennsylvania sued by US over police fitness tests http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1942 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1053819820771306114.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The federal government is suing Pennsylvania over physical fitness tests given its applicants for state trooper positions, saying the practice illegally discriminates against women.The Justice Department's lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Harrisburg.It says the use of the tests to screen and select the applicants for the entry-level positions amounts to a pattern of employment discrimination.A state police spokeswoman says the agency has not seen the lawsuit and cannot comment on it.The lawsuit says much greater percentages of male applicants than female applicants passed the physical fitness tests going back to 2003.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1942 Chevron puts plans for Pittsburgh facility on hold http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1943 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5428562641903319391.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Chevron is putting on hold its plans for a large regional headquarters in the Pittsburgh suburbs.The energy company has delayed a final decision on the office project to be located in Beaver County for the foreseeable future.The company, based in San Ramon, California, paid more than $17 million to buy land for what was envisioned as a 61-acre project.Chevron is one of the region's largest producers of natural gas from the Marcellus shale formation, with holdings in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1943 Pennsylvania town gets wet yet again on Rain Day http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1941 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6520156968268542142.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) - It's just a sprinkle, but it counts enough for people in a southwestern Pennsylvania town to celebrate Rain Day.The Washington Observer-Reporter says (http://bit.ly/1mZKwUP ) the brief precipitation in Waynesburg makes for the 114th time in 141 years rain has fallen in the town on July 29.The town's street festival includes the crowning of a Miss Rain Day.The newspaper says the rain was reported by the mayor and a Rain Day committee member, on whose notebook a few drops fell.Every year a celebrity wagers a hat that it won't rain in Waynesburg on July 29. This year's loser is actress Patricia Heaton.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1941 College Receives Grant from Colcom Foundation http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1940 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8391093432410795838.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - <strong>Westminster College</strong> received a grant for expansion of its <strong>Lawrence and Mercer County Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring</strong> (ALLARM) program from Pittsburgh-based <strong>Colcom Foundation</strong>, whose mission is 'to foster a sustainable environment to ensure quality of life for all Americans.'The local <strong>ALLARM</strong> program, a branch of the original program at Dickinson College, was founded by Westminster students Lance Jubic and Tyler Umstead and mentored by Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster professor of chemistry and coordinator of environmental programs.The ALLARM program is staffed by volunteers who are willing to monitor local streams, especially those near shale gas wells.  Jubic and Umstead developed an award-winning website (<strong><a href='http://www.lawmerallarm.org'>lawmerallarm.org</a></strong>) that includes water quality monitoring forms; real-time tables and graphs of data; and interactive maps.'Through the Lawrence and Mercer ALLARM program, we are vigilant of our pristine watershed and we educate the public about hydraulic fracturing activities in our area,' Boylan said.  'Our website provides fracking information and serves as an interactive, real-time repository of water quality data.'Funds from the grant will be used for additional water quality monitoring equipment, publicity for the program, and outreach efforts to educate and recruit additional volunteers.  As a part of the grant, all water quality data collected through ALLARM will be shared with 3 Rivers Quest, a public repository of water quality data.Jubic, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major.Umstead recently earned a degree in chemistry.Summer meetings for ALLARM are scheduled for Thursdays, July 31 and Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. in Westminster's Patterson Hall.  The meetings are open to anyone interested in the program. <br />  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1940 Shenango on the Green Stories: Don Gold's life in the circus http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1939 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2857054141971769470.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (Produced by <strong>Mike Blair</strong>)-- <strong>Don Gold </strong>has a magical story to share.  Long before he came to live at <a href='http://www.shenangosrcare.org/'><strong>Shenango on the Green</strong></a>, he traveled the country with the circus.  Growing up, young children always used to be fascinated with the <strong>circus</strong>. As years past, the circus has has changed and now competes in a world dominated by videogames and technology.  In his life as a young adult, Don Gold lived, traveled and performed under the big top. He shares his story about the time he spent in the circus.  This interview gives us a glimpse into time when the circus coming to town would capture everyone's imagination.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='323' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/102031998?byline=0&color=ff0179' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='575'></iframe>Don Gold's story is one of several produced this year as part of this special cluster project at <strong>Westminster College</strong>.  <a href='http://shenangostories.wordpress.com/'><strong>You can click here to access more from our Shenango on the Green Story videopodcast series.</strong></a>The Cluster Project: A Localized Twist on NPR's <strong>StoryCorps</strong> Project Honoring the Stories of the Everyday Person- An experience into non-fiction storytelling from the Digital Moviemaking/Digital Photography Cluster.StoryCorps is an American non-profit organization whose mission is to record, preserve, and share the stories of everyday Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs.Students enrolled in the spring semester of BC 112/MA 106 Cluster (Digital Moviemaking/Digital Photography) embraced the oral history STORYCORPS project with their own twist to celebrate members of the local community.Students have created video podcasts (vodcasts) sharing and preserving the oral stories of local ordinary people. Many of the participants are residents at Shenango Presbyterian Senior Care facility in New Wilmington.They graciously shared highly personal accounts through personal interview that we feature in a STORYCORPS format. Our version merges the audio format from National Public Radio with digital still images. This effort extended this experience into service learning by engaging in real world fieldwork and interactions, self-efficacy while also requiring our students to spend time with individuals who are different from themselves.Students sharing their projects include Kait Roth, Brandon Mosley, Ashley Moon, Marissa Cozza, Kelly Klaas, Harrison Greene, Amanda Sloan, Tiffany Jackson, Emily Lindsey, Rebecca Anderson, Sarah Arena, Michael Blair, Gino Colella, Shawn Kronenwetter and Mitchell Murdock. Instructors: MA 110- Andy Schwanbeck & BC 112- Brad Weaver.<br />  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1939 DPW: Man didn't declare $200K in gas royalties for welfare http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1938 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3145111843014327594.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> IRWIN, Pa. (AP) - The state Department of Public Welfare says a western Pennsylvania man didn't declare $206,000 in natural gas royalties he received last year when he filled out a form to receive food stamps and help with his heating bill.Online court records don't list an attorney for 50-year-old John Basista, of Irwin, whose home telephone was disconnected Tuesday.Basista faces charges after DPW's Office of Inspector General reviewed an application for public assistance and low-income energy assistance he submitted last year.According to a criminal complaint, Basista received $1,762 worth of food stamps when the royalties would have put his income above the threshold to receive such aid.He faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 14 on a single count of food stamp fraud.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1938 Police: Pa. women stole thousands for dog show hobby http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1937 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg9119037806655673572.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> DERRY, Pa. (AP) - Two western Pennsylvania women have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly sisters and using the money to attend dog shows.Online court records don't list attorneys for 30-year-old Jessica Skacel, of Derry, and 22-year-old Ashley Giovannagelo, of Greensburg. For now, the women are charged with stealing a minimum of $2,000 from each victim.State police are still trying to tally the thefts and believe much more was stolen.Police say Skacel was hired to care for the women, who are now 85 and 83, and eventually brought in Giovannagelo to help her. Since, 2012, police say the defendants have stolen tens of thousands of dollars from each woman's bank account and used it show their St. Bernards in dog shows around the country.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1937 Mayor says policy changes promoted safer concert conditions in the 'Burgh http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1936 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8719122438506951178.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says efforts to curtail problems at weekend concerts resulted in a 'cleaner and safer atmosphere' at Saturday night's Jason Aldean concert at PNC Park.The city limited tailgating to five hours before the show and passed out recycling bags, among other steps.The effort came after there were heaps of trash and scores of emergency calls at last month's Luke Bryan concert at Heinz Field. Similar problems were reported after a Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field last year.Peduto issued a statement Sunday thanking concert-goers along with the Pirates, private parking lot owners, police, medics and rescue crews for their efforts.The city said ambulances took 32 people to area hospitals, mostly for intoxication, a slight drop from the number transported after the Bryan concert.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1936 Thunderbolt at Kennywood honored as coaster 'landmark' http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1935 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5943190597262442071.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (AP) - The group American Coaster Enthusiasts has named the Thunderbolt a 'Coaster Landmark' - the third roller coaster to be so recognized at the Kennywood amusement park near Pittsburgh.Kennywood is now the only park in the United States with three coaster landmarks.The group founded in 1978 has honored 30 coaster landmarks nationwide since 2002.Kennywood's Jack Rabbit and Racer roller coasters were previously honored as landmarks by the group. All three are traditional roller coasters with wooden frames and tracks.The Thunderbolt grew out of a former roller coaster known as the Pippin. The Pippin was built in 1924 and was expanded and rebuilt to become the Thunderbolt in 1968.The Jack Rabbit was built in 1920 and the Racer in 1927.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1935 Mercer Co. home invader injures woman and flees with $5 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1934 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4202394939787330734.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HERMITAGE, Pa. (AP) - Police have been searching for a man who forced his way into a western Pennsylvania home and cutting an elderly woman with a utility knife before stealing $5 from her purse.The incident happened about 10:30 p.m. Friday in Hermitage.Police haven't identified the woman or released her age, but say the suspect threw her to the ground, struck her in the face then cut her before taking the money from her purse.Neighbors say the woman's husband has dementia and lives in a nursing home.The woman was treated at a hospital for her injuries.  Police were still searching for a suspect on Monday.<br />  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1934 Mercer Co. man recovering from experimental plane crash http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1933 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2509821611826853265.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa.-- A 83-year-old Mercer County man continues to recover after his experimental plane crashed at the Grove City Airport on Friday.<br /><br />Firest responders say Scott Winder of Springfield Township was flying his experimental plane when when it crashed while landing.<br /><br />He is recovering at a Pittsburgh Hospital.<br /><br />The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1933 Independent hopefuls want to widen Pa.'s gubernatorial field http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1932 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5630261914282731050.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Just when Pennsylvania voters are getting used to the idea of a gubernatorial election showdown between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf, other hopefuls may soon be joining the fray.At least two are expected to file petition signatures by the Friday deadline: the Libertarian Party's Ken Krawchuk and Green Party nominee Paul Glover.Krawchuk is a computer consultant making his third gubernatorial bid. Glover is an activist and political organizer.Such candidates rarely run up large vote totals but can steer the discussion into areas that might not otherwise receive attention.Johnstown conservative activist Peg Luksik garnered more than 10 percent of the vote in two unsuccessful gubernatorial bids as a Constitutional Party nominee. She says third-party hopefuls have a pulpit that no one else has.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1932 Son: Joe Paterno feared wrongly accusing Sandusky http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1931 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5169347982867635748.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A son of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno writes in a new book that his father said he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky might be a child molester because he wasn't sure whether they were true.Jay Paterno writes in 'Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father' that Joe Paterno said he didn't want to accuse somebody of something he didn't witness or know as fact. He says he had the conversation with his father the day after Joe Paterno was fired.The book takes a defensive tone toward the famed coach, who lost his job shortly after Sandusky's arrest in November 2011 and died of lung cancer three months later.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1931 Swimming & Diving: Titans Announce 2014-15 Schedule http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1930 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg886297570276142752.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming and diving teams have announced their 2014-15 schedule.The Westminster men's team will compete in eight dual meets (four in the PAC), while the women will compete in nine (five in the PAC). The schedule also includes two invitationals and two double dual meets, including one California. The Titan diving team will also have a meet in the first week of February.The Titans open the 2014-15 season with its annual Westminster Relays on Friday, Oct. 24.The Titan women's program currently has 195 wins, while both programs combined have 580 wins (385 men/195 women).Click <strong><a href='https://www.westminster.edu/athletics/sports/mens_swim/schedule.cfm'>here</a></strong> for the men's schedule and <a href='https://www.westminster.edu/athletics/sports/womens_swim/schedule.cfm'>here</a> for the women's. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1930 Homemade plane crashes at Grove City Airport http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1929 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5668121193856542917.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Pa.-- A Mercer County man ended up in the hospital after his experimental aircraft crashed at the Grove City Airport on Friday.<br />The F-A-A is investigating. First responders say Robert Scott Winder was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital.They say his injuries were not life threatening.Airport officials say Winder built the aircraft himself. He is listed as president for <strong><a href='http://161.eaachapter.org/'>Chapter 161 (Grove City) of the Experimental Aircraft Association</a></strong>.Witnesses say it looked as the small homemade airplane went out of it during an attempted landing.  It crashed just off the runway at around 11 a.m. That runway is near the Grove City Outlets. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1929 Chivas Whipple Joins Titan Coaching Staff http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1928 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1731752024653005059.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Chivas Whipple has joined the Westminster coaching staff. Whipple will be an assistant men's basketball coach and the head men's tennis coach.Whipple brings a wealth of experience to the coaching staff with an impressive playing and coaching background. Whipple recently was an assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Girard High School (OH) from 2011-2013. He also has coaching experience at Ursuline High School (OH), Chaney High School (OH), and at the Youngstown's YMCA.As a player, Whipple was a three-time NAIA Division II All-American at Point Park University where he played from 2005-08. Whipple is the fourth all-time leading scorer (1,736 points), sixth all-time leading rebounder (731), and fifth all-time in steals (181) in Point Park history. Whipple is one of only three players in school history with at least 1,600 points, 700 rebounds, 200 assists and 180 steals. As a junior, Whipple had arguably his best season at Point Park when he was an NAIA Division II First Team All-American and was named the American Mideast Conference Player of the Year. He also led the Pioneers to a No. 3 ranking in the country and the No. 3 overall seed in the national tournament. Whipple, who was named First Team All-Conference three-straight years, was inducted into the Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.A political science major at Point Park and a Calvary Christian graduate, Whipple is a member of the United States Armed Forces; he has served in the Marines and remains an active-duty member of the Army National Guard. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1928 Corbett to keep health care program for disabled http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1927 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5358865365715364398.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett's administration has changed its stance and says it will keep a health care program for the disabled rather than seeking to shift some of the approximately 36,000 enrollees into private insurance plans.Public Welfare Secretary Beverly Mackereth made the announcement Thursday to a Medicaid advisory group meeting.The proposal to end Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities was initially a part of the Republican governor's plan to use federal Medicaid expansion dollars to extend private health insurance coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.The change is the Corbett administration's latest revision while it seeks federal approval for its plan. The shift would have saved the state government an estimated $38 million a year.Advocates for the disabled had opposed it, saying private insurance plans would require higher premiums.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1927 Dick's Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1926 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6648672834707247600.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) - The Dick's Sporting Goods chain, with stores across Pennsylvania, has laid off 478 Professional Golfers' Association teaching pros months after the company reported that sales of golf gear are dwindling.Dick's didn't immediately respond Thursday to the layoffs, which were announced by the PGA on Wednesday.Dick's operates more than 500 stores nationwide, most under the Dick's name. Those stores sell golf equipment as do 79 stores the chain operates under the Golf Galaxy name. Dick's is based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Findlay Township.Earlier this year, Dick's announced it expected its year-end profits to drop about 10 percent because of reduced sales in golf equipment, which the company says was offsetting gains it made selling other sports gear.The PGA says Dick's still employs PGA pros at its Golf Galaxy stores, but not at Dick's locations.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1926 Pa. high school marching band banned from playing Bruno Mars, Fall Out Boy http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1925 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2354079915138340807.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A high school marching band in central Pennsylvania can't perform hit songs by Bruno Mars and Fall Out Boy because of their suggestive lyrics.The East Lancaster County school board banned 'Locked Out of Heaven' and 'Thnks fr th Mmrs' from students' play list even though the words wouldn't be sung.Garden Spot High School has been rehearsing instrumental versions of the popular tunes. But now they can't perform them, following Monday's 6-3 board vote.Board member Heidi Zimmerman says people know the songs' words anyway. She called the lyrics 'trashy' and 'inappropriate' for teens.But member Glen Hartz says even lyrics to common musical choices like 'The Phantom of the Opera' can be seen as 'sensual' and or suggestive.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1925 Western Pa. township seismic test regulations challenged http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1924 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7733157148744044680.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ROGERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A seismic testing company has gone to federal court to challenge a western Pennsylvania township's ordinance regulating seismic testing.The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard (http://bit.ly/1ogppT0 ) reports that Geokinetics USA Inc. of Houston argues that the ordinance in Green County's Center Township is vague, overly burdensome, charges unreasonable fees and is superseded by state law.The company says it has a contract with almost 4,000 property owners to conduct seismic testing for the gas and oil industry, but the ordinance requires the company to pay for tests on nearby structures, restricts testing hours and bans tests from November through April.In April, ION Geophysical Corp. of Houston won a preliminary injunction after challenging an ordinance regulating seismic testing in Westmoreland County's Hempfield Township. The two sides later came to an agreement.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1924 Lab finds no risk from bacteria at Youngstown bakery supplying local bread http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1923 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5028121490046093172.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - An independent lab has found that bacteria discovered at a commercial bakery in northeast Ohio poses no risk to public health.  <strong><a href='https://www.facebook.com/140799589273065/photos/a.141454289207595.22480.140799589273065/807527585933592/?type=1&permPage=1'>Click here to see the letter Schwebel posted on Facebook about the lab report.</a></strong>Production at the Schwebel Baking Co. facility in Youngstown was stopped Tuesday after environmental sampling conducted by the company found an undetermined species of listeria, a naturally occurring bacteria.The bakery reported the findings to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and immediately initiated a voluntary withdrawal of all products shipped to markets in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky.Test results found the listeria poses no health threat to workers or consumers.Company president Paul Schwebel says that full production will resume soon.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1923 PUC to approves emergency 'Burgh permits for Lyft and Uber http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1922 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7399676367114058767.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The state Public Utility Commission has approved emergency permits for two ride-sharing companies that have been operating in the Pittsburgh area.The San Francisco-based firms Lyft and Uber use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their own personal vehicles to give people rides. The drivers then share the fares they collect with the companies.The companies have come under fire over concerns that drivers, their vehicles, and - especially - their insurance don't meet regulations for taxi cabs and other similar services. The companies have argued their services are just as safe, but have been targeted because they don't fit neatly into current public transportation regulations.The PUC's five commissioners voted to approve the permits citing the 'immediate and substantial' benefit they'd provide to residents who want an alternative to traditional taxicab services.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1922 Father charged after dresser deaths of toddlers http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1921 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6623577732324719380.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities have charged a western Pennsylvania man in connection with the deaths of his toddler daughters, who were killed when a dresser tipped over onto them.Twenty-eight-year-old David Beatty was charged with involuntary manslaughter, and he and his 28-year-old wife, Jennifer, also face child endangerment charges because authorities say their Aliquippa home was in deplorable condition.The dresser fell on the girls July 4. Two-year-old Brooklyn Beatty died that day, while her 3-year-old sister, Ryeley, died two days later in a Pittsburgh hospital.David Beatty was charged with manslaughter because Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh says he heard the furniture crash, but didn't check on the girls for 10 minutes or more. Berosh believes the girls might have lived had their father responded sooner.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1921 More than 500 migrant children sent to Pa. http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1920 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg569500600050073196.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - More than 500 migrant children are being housed in Pennsylvania as federal officials wrestle with a national crisis created by a flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the southern U.S. border.State officials confirmed Wednesday that the<strong><a href='http://www.dhs.gov/unaccompanied-children-southwest-border'> federal government</a></strong> told them 120 children are in two temporary centers in Bethlehem and Womelsdorf, near Reading.Kait Gillis of the state Department of Public Welfare says the other 386 youngsters are staying with 'sponsors' that include relatives, religious groups and others.More than 57,000 minors, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, have crossed into the United States since October.President Obama is seeking emergency funds for more immigration judges and detention facilities, while congressional Republicans are demanding changes in federal law to speed up deportations.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1920 July 31 is earlier deadline in Pa. elk license drawing http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1919 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2128374182862356522.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BENEZETTE, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Game Commission says July 31 is the deadline for hunters to enter the lottery to receive one of 108 elk licenses to be issued this year.The deadline is about a month earlier than normal because game officials are holding the drawing earlier than normal, on Aug. 16 at the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo in Benezette.The state will issue 27 licenses for antlered, or bull, elk, and 81 for antlerless cows.There's a $10.70 nonrefundable fee to enter the drawing. Anyone selected for an elk license must also have valid general hunting and elk licenses to participate in the hunt.Elk season is Nov. 3-8 with an extended season from Nov. 10-15 in designated areas for hunters who didn't bag an elk during the regular season.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1919 Paterno son, other former assistant sue Penn State http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1918 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7208447432838557095.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP)  Jay Paterno and another former assistant football coach at Penn State are suing the university over how they were dismissed from the staff when Bill O'Brien was hired as head coach two years ago.Paterno and William Kenney filed a lawsuit Monday in Philadelphia federal court that seeks more than $1 million.Both served under Paterno's father, Joe Paterno, before he was fired soon after retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with child molestation in late 2011.The coaches say they've been unfairly linked to the Sandusky scandal, making it difficult to find comparable coaching jobs.Kenney is now an assistant at Western Michigan. Paterno is a writer and consultant.A Penn State spokeswoman says it's common for head coaches to pick their own assistants but isn't offering more comment.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1918 Curbing tailgating before PNC Park show http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1917 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-157253602200004588.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh officials and those who control parking at the city's sports stadium lots are limiting tailgating hours in hopes of avoiding rowdy behavior and mountains of trash when country music star Jason Aldean performs at PNC Park on Saturday.Tailgating will be limited to five hours before the 7 p.m. show, meaning stadium lots won't open until 2 p.m.That move and others come in response to heaps of trash and scores of emergency calls at last month's Luke Bryan concert at Heinz Field.The city will also use more police and Alco Parking Corp. says it will supply more portable restrooms - 200 - in hopes of keeping the lots clean.Officials say the pre-event changes will be reviewed and may impact how the city polices tailgating before Pirates, Steelers and Penguins games as well.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1917 Searching for a 400 pound missing bull in Mercer County http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1916 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4881882563988790351.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MERCER, Pa. (AP) - It's no bull.  State police and a Mercer County cattle owner are looking for a 2-year-old bull that has been missing for more than a week.Kevin Minor says the Watusi bull should be easy to spot: He's about 400 pounds, with a solid red hide, and 3-foot-long horns.Minor took the bull to a friend's farm near Mercer, hoping it would mate with a buffalo there.The man who owns that farm, Joe Gaburri, says the animal was running with three buffalo for about two weeks before it turned up missing July 14. Gaburri says the bull is docile and wouldn't have jumped a fence, so he mowed his fields thinking he might find the bull's body, but didn't.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1916 Pennsylvania child welfare sees slight improvement http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1915 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6063101929632577077.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new report ranks Pennsylvania 16th overall among 50 states in child health and well-being, up from 17th a year ago, as nationally more kids attended preschool but the percentage of children in single-parent households grew and more children grew up in poor communities.The 25th Kids Count survey released Tuesday by The Annie E. Casey Foundation says Pennsylvania resumed improving after dropping three spots last year.Education indicators in Pennsylvania are improving, with higher percentages of children attending preschool, fourth-graders proficient in reading and eighth-graders proficient in math.Poverty indicators were mixed, with 20 percent of children living in poverty, up from 17 percent in 2005. Higher percentages of children living in single-parent households and high-poverty areas. Teen births are dropping, as are child and teen deaths.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1915 Mosquito sample test positive for West Nile Virus in Lawrence County http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1914 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1225848527207466775.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's West Nile Virus Program (WNVP) reports a positive mosquito sample in Lawrence County.The positive sample of the virus was taken on Tuesday, July 22 in the Pulaski Township area.  <a href='http://www.westnile.state.pa.us/'><strong>Daily updates are posted on the WNVP website.</strong></a>In 2000, West Nile virus appeared for the first time in Pennsylvania in birds, mosquitoes and a horse. To combat the spread of West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, Pennsylvania has developed a comprehensive network. This network, which covers 40 counties, includes trapping mosquitoes, collecting dead birds and monitoring horses, people and, in past years, sentinel chickens.Residents are encouraged to use insect repellent to reduce contact with mosquitos that can carry West Nile. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1914 Reports reveal fracking polluted Pa. water supplies http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1913 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3366965009110308072.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Newly released records show that gas and oil extraction has damaged Pennsylvania water supplies more than 200 times since 2007.The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported (<a href='http://bit.ly/1ub6Vb6'>http://bit.ly/1ub6Vb6</a>) the information Tuesday, based on a Department of Environmental Protection spreadsheet that it obtained through a Right-to-Know Law request.The spreadsheet lists 209 water supplies by county, municipality and the date that DEP regulators determined that activities related to gas or oil extraction contaminated or diminished the flow to a water source.It doesn't identify the companies or the nature of the harm to the waterIt was released on the same day that state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released an audit alleging that the DEP has failed to adequately monitor well safety or provide clear and timely information to citizens about natural-gas drilling.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1913 Hit the gas: 97 miles of Pa. Turnpike go to 70 mph http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1912 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2081743911361574370.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's first 70 mph speed limit is now in place on a 97-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in central and eastern Pennsylvania.The speed limit on Interstate 76 from the Blue Mountain exit 201 through Morgantown exit 298 rose Tuesday from the standard 65 mph.The Blue Mountain interchange is near Shippensburg while the Morgantown interchange is south of Reading. Some areas in the 97-mile stretch will be posted at lower speed limits because of curves. The standard for the rest of the 552-mile turnpike system is 65 mph, except for places like curves and tunnels.The higher speeds were authorized by last year's transportation funding law. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is planning to announce Wednesday that is changing some of its speed limits.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1912 Pennsylvania jail to offer video visits for a fee http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1911 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8163358872398862927.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania county jail plans to start offering online video visits with inmates next month as a way to raise money for the county.Westmoreland County officials have hired Renovo Software of Edina, Minnesota, to install web cameras at several locations in the county jail.Inmates are already allowed three weekly in-person visits with up to three people at once. Those visits last 30 minutes.Under the new policy, inmates could also arrange up to two 25-minute video visits each week. The county will charge $15 per visit, with about $12.75 of that money going into the county's general fund.Warden John Walton says that once video visits are occurring, inmates will be allowed just one in-person visit per week.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1911 Western Pa. man beat 2 cats with golf club for scratching him http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1910 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8513727261109496092.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A northwestern Pennsylvania man fatally beat his two cats with a golf club because he felt 'betrayed' after they scratched him.Reports say 32-year-old Bisbee pleaded guilty Monday to a second-degree misdemeanor of cruelty to animals and faces up to two years in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 7.The Erie man applied for a first-offenders program that would have placed him on probation without a guilty plea, but was rejected.Defense attorney Stephen Sebald says Bisbee has 'proactively sought mental health counseling' and a report from that doctor will be forwarded to the court before he's sentenced.A Humane Society officer acting on a tip found the cat carcasses in Bisbee's garbage in June 2013. Several people at Bisbee's residence implicated him before police say he confessed.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1910 Pa. auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1909 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3801439004417429685.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's elected fiscal watchdog is releasing a performance audit sharply critical of the state Department of Environmental Protection's regulation of the natural gas industry.In a report made public Tuesday, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hits the DEP for failing to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens.In a cover letter to Gov. Tom Corbett, DePasquale says the DEP is underfunded, understaffed and lacks the infrastructure to meet the demands it faces amid the fast-growing industry.In a written response included in the report, DEP Secretary Christopher Abruzzo notes that the audit covers a four-year period ending in 2012. He says many of DePasquale's recommended reforms have been implemented or are currently under consideration.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1909 Ethics agency probes lawmakers named in cash sting http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1908 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6905683231309479786.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission tells a citizen activist that it is investigating allegations that four state lawmakers were caught in a cash-for-favors sting.Gene Stilp on Monday distributed copies of an ethics commission letter he received last week. In it, it says it's investigating the complaints Stilp filed in March, two days after The Philadelphia Inquirer first revealed the sting's existence.Rob Caruso, the ethics commission's executive director, says the agency otherwise doesn't discuss its investigations.The ethics commission cannot impose criminal penalties, but it can fine public officials for violating state ethics laws and refer cases to law enforcement agencies for potential criminal prosecution.Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to press charges, saying the investigation was too flawed, but Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says he's investigating.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1908 Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1907 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6655352397208160405.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - New York-based credit ratings agency Moody's Investors Service is slapping a lower rating on Pennsylvania's debt for the second time in two years, as state government grapples annually with built-in budget deficits.Monday's downgrade of $11.1 billion general obligation bonds from Aa2 to Aa3 means Pennsylvania is ranked among the six worst states in Moody's ratings for the 47 states with general obligation debt.Moody's cited Pennsylvania's growing structural deficit and weak reserves. It also says the state's modest economic growth is unlikely to keep up with its growing pension liabilities.Fitch Ratings downgraded Pennsylvania last year, and Standard & Poor's has warned it could downgrade Pennsylvania if it didn't see significant strides to address deficits and pension liabilities.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1907 Victims ID'd in fatal Ellwood City shooting http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1906 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-266817178131081578.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) - Authorities have identified three people shot at a public housing complex in Lawrence County, including one who died.State police say the gunfire broke out at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Ridge Apartments in Elwood City. That's about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.Police say 43-year-old Thomas Lee Everett Paris, of New Castle, was shot then driven to a nearby restaurant, where he was later found dead in a parked vehicle.Police say 34-year-old Rashund Smith and 29-year-old Jessica Lynn Jackson, both of New Castle, were flown to a Pittsburgh hospital, though their wounds weren't considered life-threatening.Police say the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute involving Smith and another unnamed woman.There was no immediate word of any charges or arrests.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1906 Police union: Video shows woman attacked officer http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1905 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg296831493951057556.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - An attorney for Pittsburgh's police union says more pictures and video have surfaced showing what happened before a city officer punched a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival last month.Fraternal Order of Police attorney Bryan Campbell says the other images show 19-year-old Ariel Lawther pushing a preacher who was protesting the event before she grabbed and pushed at the officer she accuses of wrongfully striking her.The officer, Souroth Chatterji, remains on restricted duty during an internal investigation.A 14-second video posted on Facebook showed the officer grabbing Lawther by the hair and punching her in the side. Campbell says that was necessary to subdue Lawther.Her criminal defense attorney didn't immediately return a call for comment Monday. She faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 11.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1905 Woman's injuries show cars' vulnerability to rocks http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1904 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6025738594911540289.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A rock-throwing attack that left an Ohio woman with serious injuries is a reminder of how vulnerable motorists are when someone decides to target random victims from a highway bridge or overpass.Middle school language arts teacher Sharon Budd was a passenger in a vehicle traveling through central Pennsylvania last week when a rock dropped through the windshield.A PennDOT spokesman says such attacks are rare, but the highway agency has begun evaluating the incident with state police to see if there's some sort of action they can take in response.Pennsylvania State Police don't collect data specifically on rock-throwing incidents. But they say the number of those incidents is falling over the past few years.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1904 Stretch of Pa. Turnpike goes to 70 mph http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1903 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3273574100263738520.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - About 100 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the state's south-central region will soon get the state's first 70 mph speed limit.The turnpike announced Friday that the zone will run on Interstate 76 from the Blue Mountain interchange near Shippensburg to the Morgantown interchange south of Reading.The higher speeds, authorized by last year's transportation funding law, will begin Wednesday.Officials say they'll announce next week other speed limit changes that are coming for the system.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1903 Corbett seeks to change view of education record http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1902 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3165158387954955436.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - For three years, Pennsylvania Democrats have pointed to budget-balancing cuts in education aid that Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed.And it shows. Franklin and Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna says education is the single-most important issue to Pennsylvania voters for the first time in modern history.Corbett may finally have found an effective strategy to counter that attack.He's pounding the Republican-controlled Legislature for not reining in a $50 billion pension debt that, he charges, is driving up property taxes, hurting families and squeezing out money for classrooms.But Corbett's doing it with less than four months until the Nov. 4 election as he tries to turn around poor polling numbers in his race against Democrat Tom Wolf.Still, Madonna says, at this point, he has no other choice.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1902 Investigators: Mercer Co. boy was starved and beaten http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1901 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2874105033188745233.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Police say a Mercer County boy was nearly starved to death, beaten regularly and resorted to catching insects to eat during brief times he was allowed outside his home.Child welfare workers, responding to a complaint, found the child looking like a human skeleton in a home in Greenville last month.The mother, 28-year-old Mary C. Rader, and the grandparents who lived with them, Dennis C. Beighley, 58, and Deana Beighley, 47, were charged with assault, unlawful restraint of a minor, false imprisonment, endangering a child's welfare and conspiracy.Online court records did not list attorneys for them. A home phone number could not be located.The boy weighed 25 pounds when taken to a hospital last month and has since gained 20 pounds, authorities said.'The most important medicine used to treat him at the hospital was food. He was within a month of having a major cardiac event that he probably would not have recovered from,' said Dr. Jennifer Wolford of UPMC Children's Hospital Child Advocacy Center.'It is impossible to me that this severe neglect and active abuse was not visible. He was being starved in his own home around others of normal weight,' she stated.The boy's two sisters, ages 4 and 11, appeared healthy, while a 9-year-old brother was underweight but not as severely as the 7-year-old.According to police, Rader decided to homeschool the 7-year-old last year, and he was not allowed outside the house except to the back porch, where he would sometimes eat the bugs he caught. He was fed small amounts of tuna and eggs and suffered beatings with a belt - particularly when he sneaked food, usually peanut butter and bread, police said.He was forced to take ice-cold showers as punishment - the only showers he was allowed - and had two abscessed teeth that had to be removed, police said.Wolford described it as the worst case of medical neglect that the hospital's doctors have encountered.Rader and the Beighleys were released on bond, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 30.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1901 Lawrence Co. DA investigating Shenango Township's missing half-million dollars http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1899 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7440497133856965973.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SHENANGO TOWNSHIP, Pa. - State police and the Lawrence County District Attorney are investigating the possible theft of nearly a half-million dollars from Shenango Township. The investigation involves two  employees-- the township's secretary and the auditor.<br /><br />During a crowded meeting of the township supervisors on Thursday, residents learned about an audit that discovered the missing money.  They also were told that the investigation involved more than 200 checks paid to the two employees totally more than $450,000 during a three year period.Township supervisors say they are upset.  They took action at the meeting and fired both men.  However, neither has been charged with any crime.<br />  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1899 Pennsylvania's labor force shows big drop in June http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1898 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8952056110382637916.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania is reporting its second-largest monthly decline on record in the size of the labor force.The state Department of Labor and Industry reported Friday that June's labor force dropped by 28,000 to 6.4 million. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics' online records go back to 1976.June's unemployment rate remained at 5.6 percent, a nearly six-year low, as the ranks of employed Pennsylvanians declined by 22,000 and the number of unemployed shrank by 6,000.The labor force is the number of people working or looking for jobs, and the figure has been declining steadily since December 2012.A separate survey of employers shows total non-farm jobs crept up by 1,800, but that was after May's initial payrolls were revised downward by 7,000. Payrolls stand at 5.79 million.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1898 Gov. Corbett agrees to hold off on state park drilling leases until court ruling http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1897 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2582002139033566396.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Corbett administration and an environmental group are striking a deal to prevent a loss of funding for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources while the group's lawsuit challenging gas drilling in state park and forest land goes forward.The Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation and Gov. Tom Corbett announced Friday that the foundation would back off its request for an injunction to stop new leases and the administration agreed to not sign new leases.The deal is designed to keep in place some $120 million in drilling-generated funding for the state parks agency while litigation continues in Commonwealth Court. New leases were being counted on to generate another $95 million, but the state won't enter into them until the case is resolved.The agreement mean park operations will continue.<br /> <br />Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.<br />  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1897 Sandusky son says victim's story sounded familiar http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1896 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5801833525975695443.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Jerry Sandusky's adopted son says hearing the first victim on the witness stand in the former Penn State coach's trial helped push him to come forward with his own allegations of abuse.Matthew Sandusky said in a Thursday broadcast of 'Oprah Prime' that he recognized elements of his own abuse when he sat through testimony by a young man described in court as Victim 4.He says he wonders if it wouldn't have been easier to simply keep quiet.Matthew Sandusky now claims oral sex was part of the abuse, which contradicts what he told police investigators in 2012.He says Jerry Sandusky would tickle him, blow on his belly and wrestle on the floor, and the encounters gradually became more sexual.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1896 Mennonite gathering slated for Pa. in 2015 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1895 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5947976402494683048.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Mennonites and other Anabaptists from around the globe will gather in Pennsylvania a year from now for the first Mennonite World Conference Assembly ever to be held in the commonwealth.The gathering held every six years will be held in Harrisburg in July 2015. The last time it was held in the United States was in Kansas in 1978. The 2009 assembly was held in Paraguay.The conference includes the Mennonite Church, the Mennonite Brethren Church, and the Brethren in Christ Church.Conference general secretary Cesar Garcia said he hopes 8,000 or more people from 50 to 70 countries will attend the gathering at the farm show complex.He said it will offer 'a very good window into the Anabaptist world.'Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1895 The next step for the entrance of McGill Library (VIDEO & Slideshow) http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1893 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3529104026446591284.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- The installation of new steps in front of McGill Library is moving forward.  Crews are laying the massive stone steps into place.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/14677128922' title='Library Steps Project by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img src='https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2932/14677128922_0d10a3516a_n.jpg' width='320' height='213' alt='Library Steps Project'></a>While the construction is underway and the front door of the library is closed, McGill is open.<iframe src='//player.vimeo.com/video/101008524' width='500' height='281' frameborder='0' webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <a href='http://vimeo.com/101008524'>McGill Library Step Rennovations</a> from <a href='http://vimeo.com/morewcn247'>WCN 24/7 on VIMEO</a> on <a href='https://vimeo.com'>Vimeo</a>.Library officials want you know you can enter the building from Market Street during regular library hours: Monday-Friday 9- 4.SLIDESHOW OF PROJECT<div style='width:555px;height:500px;text-align:center;margin:auto;' ><object width='555' height='500' classid='clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000'  codebase='http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0'> <param name='flashvars' value='offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157645330559928%2Fshow&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157645330559928%2F&amp;set_id=72157645330559928' /> <param name='allowFullScreen' value='true' /> <param name='src' value='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' /> <embed width='555' height='500' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' src='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' flashvars='offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157645330559928%2Fshow&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157645330559928%2F&amp;set_id=72157645330559928' allowFullScreen='true' /> </object><br /><small>Created with <a href='http://www.flickrslideshow.com'>flickr slideshow</a>.</small></div>McGill Library, built in the Collegiate Gothic style, opened on campus in 1938. It is named after Ralph Gibson McGill (1902). McGill was a missionary to Egypt. He drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to rescue children.McGill Library was rededicated in 2008 after a $6.2 million renovation project. That project included: installation of compact shelving for books and periodicals on the ground floor; relocation of the main entrance and construction of a handicapped-accessible lift; creation of the Williamson and the Drinko Rooms; repair and renovation of the Ferguson Room, including refinishing of vintage 1930s solid oak chairs and library tables; and relocation and renovation of the computer lab. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1893 Pa. court further limits gas drilling law's reach http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1894 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg954297373150727652.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania court says a state agency cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry, but it's leaving intact other parts of a 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations.Commonwealth Court on Thursday threw out the Public Utility Commission's power to withhold drilling fee revenue from municipalities whose zoning it deems to illegally restrict drilling activity.The decision follows December's state Supreme Court ruling that said the law couldn't strip local zoning authority over drilling activity.The new decision upholds limits on what doctors can reveal about the proprietary contents of hydraulic fracturing solutions. It also refuses to require the state to notify private water users of potential drilling contamination and rejects the argument that the law authorized illegal private eminent domain for natural gas pipelines and storage.<br /> <br />Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.<br />  Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1894