Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/ en-us Copyright 2015 Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Sun, 01 Feb 2015 21:25:05 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/ Theatre Westminster to Present Home M(Ade) Feb. 12-15 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2800 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8740056886456053765.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Theatre Westminster will present Home M(Ade), a collection of four plays by Dr. Andrew Ade, Westminster associate professor of English, Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 12-15, in Beeghly Theater.Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m.Little Miss Understanding is a 10-minute curtain-raiser farce on male-female relations.  Off Color-Remarks (40 minutes) is a comic drama between two antithetical males who are 50 years apart in age. Reports of a Home Invasion (30 minutes) is an unsettling horror play to contrast with the two previous ones.  True Meaning (30 minutes) is a comedy-drama between siblings in a family discord scenario.Parents should be aware the plays involve adult content and language and are not suitable for children.The plays are directed by Dr. Scott A. Mackenzie, associate professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Communication Studies, Theatre, and Art.  Sceneographer is Terry Dana Jachimiak II, Westminster assistant professor of theatre. Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2800 New winter storm will pack it all- freezing rain, ice and snow http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2799 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7025211622835587367.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH-- The National Weather Service (NWS) says the region is under a winter storm warning until Monday afternoon. Lawrence and Mercer counties are among those expected to be blased with a wintery mix of freezing rain, dangerous ice and then a numbe rof inches of snow.WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST MONDAY.<br /><br />* ICE ACCUMULATIONS...A TRACE TO A TENTH OF AN INCH.<br /><br />* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...4 TO 8 INCHES.<br /><br />* PERIOD OF MOST INTENSE SNOW...SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND SUNDAY NIGHT. PRECIPITATION WILL MIX WITH SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN TONIGHT...AND PERHAPS TO ALL RAIN FOR A TIME...BEFORE CHANGING BACK TO ALL SNOW MONDAY MORNING.<br /><br />* SNOW ENDING...MONDAY AFTERNOON. Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2799 Swimming & Diving: Titans Sweep Mount Union on Senior Day http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2798 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3927381774965712186.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving teams swept the University of Mount Union on Senior Recognition Day on Saturday.The Titan men's team (10-2, 4-0 PAC) won 176-118 after winning 13 events, while the Titan women's team (9-4, 4-1 PAC) won 171-127 after winning 10 events. Westminster also won a relay in which it used exhibition swimmers.Senior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) and junior Matthew Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) won a pair of individual events and were also part of a winning relay team. Brooks won the 100 backstroke (51.58) and the 200 backstroke (1:56.20). Baurle touched first in the 100 breaststroke (58.50) and in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.41). Brooks and Baurle were also the first and second leg, respectively, of the winning 200 medley relay team that won with a natatorium-record time of 1:35.62. Completing the quartet were freshman Brad Kolesar (West Mifflin, PA / West Mifflin) and junior Max Hauge (Canton, OH / Glenoak).Kolesar also won the 100 butterfly (52.53), while Hague won the 50 freestyle (22.67).Freshman Mitch Stahara (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) and senior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) won two individual events each as Stahara won the 100 freestyle (48.44) and the 200 freestyle (1:45.64) and Smith won the 200 butterfly (1:59.10) and the 500 freestyle (4:55.81).Freshman Nate Kern (Gibsonia, PA / Pine Richland) swept the diving events as he won the 1-meter dive with 206.17 points and the 3-meter dive with 221.70 points.Junior Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) and sophomore Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional) led the women's team as they both won two individual events and were part of a winning relay team. Reott won the 100 backstroke (1:01.99) and the 200 backstroke (2:13.39), while Tower touched first in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.42) and in the 200 breaststroke (2:32.06).Reott and Tower were also part of the 200 medley relay team that touched first at 1:54.56. Completing the foursome were senior Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny) and first-year Megan Douds (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park).  Douds also won the 50 freestyle (25.85). Sun, 01 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2798 Indoor Track & Field: Titan Pole Vaulters Compete in SPIRE Open http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2797 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-595547593557021180.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GENEVA, Ohio - Pole vaulters of the Westminster College men's and women's indoor track & field teams competed in the SPIRE Midwest Indoor Track & Field Open on Saturday.Sophomore Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, PA / Salem) placed second out of 44 vaulters with a mark of 12 feet, 3.50 inches (3.75 meters). Sophomore Brooke Mancuso (Wexford, PA / North Allegheny) placed 10th, while junior Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) placed 13th.Junior Andrew Brannen (Pittsburgh, PA / Peters Township) also competed.The Titans will compete at Oberlin College on Friday and at the University of Mount Union on Saturday. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2797 Men's Basketball: Despite First Half Lead, Titans Fall to Thomas More http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2796 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8391629948396720687.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Despite leading 37-31 at halftime, the Westminster College men's basketball team lost 77-71 to Thomas More College at home on Saturday.Thomas More (14-6, 9-2 PAC) led 17-9 with 12:19 remaining in the first half. Westminster (5-14, 2-8 PAC) followed with a 13-5 run to tie the game at 22 after junior Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) made a three-point field goal with 7:08 on the clock. Westminster took its first lead and led by as much as eight points (37-29) after sophomore Jason Pilarski (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) found classmate Garrett Ashbaugh (Mars, PA / Mars) for a three-pointer with 2:32 remaining. The Titans led 37-31 at intermission.The Titans continued their offensive surge in the second half and took their largest lead, 52-42, when freshman Brandon Domenick (New Castle, PA / New Castle) drained a three-pointer with 14:30 on the clock. The Saints responded with a 13-2 run to regain the lead at 55-54 with 9:57 remaining. Four ties followed with the latest coming at 4:10 with the score of 65-65. The Saints got back on top and sealed the victory after shooting 12-for-15 from the free throw line in the final three minutes.Freshman Deontay Scott (Youngstown, OH / East) led all scorers with a career-high 24 points after shooting 8-for-10 from the field and 8-for-9 from the charity stripe. Carswell and junior Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) also scored in double-digits with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Domenick led on the glass with a game- and career-high eight rebounds to go along with eight points. Carswell added seven points.Westminster out-shot Thomas More 42.6% (23-54) to 38.3% (23-60) and out-rebounded the Saints 40-33.The Titans will next host Grove City College on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2796 Women's Basketball: Titans Fall to No. 2 Thomas More, 88-50 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2795 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5958913178066904599.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team lost 88-50 to the number two nationally ranked Thomas More College Saints at home on Saturday.Thomas More (19-0, 12-0 PAC) started the game with a 14-0 lead with 16:08 remaining. Sophomore Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) scored Westminster's (4-15, 3-9 PAC) first points with a three-point field goal with 15:49 on the clock, bringing the score to 14-3 in favor of the Saints. Junior Andrea Marsh (Panama, NY / Panama Central) earned the assist.The Titans got within nine points of Thomas More's lead (18-9) after sophomore Paige Quinn (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler) drained a pair of free throws with 11:41 left in the half. Thomas More regained its double-digit lead and took its largest lead of the half when Sydney Moss connected on a three-pointer with two seconds on the clock, putting the Saints in front 41-22 at halftime. In the second half, Thomas More maintained its double-digit lead and led by as much as 40 points three different times.The Saints turned 29 Titan turnovers into 39 points. Thomas More out-shot Westminster 42.3% (30-71) to 33.3% (16-48) and out-rebounded the Titans 42-35.Durbin led the Titan offense with 11 points. First-year Kylie Cook (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) added eight points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. Senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) added six points and four rebounds.Westminster will host Grove City on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2795 VIDEO! Treasurer McCord pleading guilty to threatening campaign donors http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2794 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5620356872263079528.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord said Friday that he will plead guilty to federal charges that involve him telling two potential campaign contributors during last year's gubernatorial primary race that he could make it difficult for them to continue to do business with the state.<iframe width='640' height='360' src='https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/L79JoHzQJAs?rel=0' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen></iframe><br />    <br />McCord, 55, also said he is resigning immediately in a video released Friday by his lawyer. In it, the Democrat apologized and said he accepts responsibility for his actions.In his race for the Democratic nomination in the race for governor of Pennsylvania, candidate Rob McCord emphasizes his experience in business and as state<br />'I stepped over the line by trying to take advantage of the fact that two potential contributors hoped to continue to do business with the commonwealth and by developing talking points to remind them that I could make things difficult for them,' McCord said in the two-and-a-half minute video. 'I essentially said that the potential contributors should not risk making an enemy of the state treasurer. Clearly that was wrong, I was wrong. It was a mistake. I stand ready to pay the price for that mistake.'<br />    <br />McCord's lawyers, Robert Welsh and Catherine Recker, said McCord will plead guilty to certain federal charges, but they would not specify which charges those would be, when they will be filed or whether McCord will face jail time. The charges stem from the incident that happened last spring, they said.<br />    <br />The U.S. attorney's office in Harrisburg has declined to comment.<br />    <br />In a surprise, McCord, a former venture capitalist, had announced Thursday that he would step down Feb. 12, after nearly six years in the office. He gave no reason for leaving his post, saying only that it was time for him to return to the private sector. It soon emerged that McCord was under scrutiny by federal investigators.<br />    <br />On Friday, McCord said he had not expected word of the investigation to emerge until after Feb. 12, and as a result, said he would resign immediately to avoid hurting the department by staying there for two more weeks.<br />    <br />'I'm now deeply concerned that my continuing in office even for a day might interfere with the operation of the office of the treasurer,' he said.<br />    <br />McCord was elected in 2008 and 2012 to four-year terms in the treasurer's office and ran unsuccessfully for governor last year, losing in an expensive and bruising primary to Gov. Tom Wolf.<br />    <br />He came in third in a four-person race after raising and spending nearly $9 million. He contributed $2.2 million of his own money to the cause, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state. Wolf won after spending nearly $15 million in the primary, including $10 million from his own wallet.<br />    <br />In his last campaign finance report filed with the state, McCord listed a campaign debt of $2.2 million to himself.<br />    <br />McCord is the second statewide official in Pennsylvania now facing some sort of official scrutiny. A state grand jury run by a court-appointed prosecutor has recommended charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane for allegedly giving secret investigative material to a newspaper.<br />    <br />The treasury department's chief counsel, Christopher Craig, was sworn in Friday as executive deputy state treasurer, replacing McCord. It is now up to Wolf to nominate someone to serve the final two years of McCord's term.<br />    <br />In a statement Friday, Wolf called it a 'sad day' for the state and McCord's family and said he would act quickly to send a nominee to the Senate for confirmation.<br />    <br />'As elected leaders we should be stewards of democracy and we should act to protect hardworking taxpayers, not take advantage of them,' Wolf said. 'This type of behavior leads to the erosion of the public's trust - it is simply unacceptable. I stand firm in my commitment to restore the public's trust in their government.' Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2794 National Weather Service issues winter storm watch http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2793 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3437665353591005941.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH-- The National Weather Service says Lawrence and Mercer counties are included in a winter storm watch that could bring a half a foot of snow this weekend.THE WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING FOR MUCH OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANI AND EASTER OHIO.  THE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 INCHES OR GREATER.* SNOW BEGINNING...EARLY SUNDAY.* PERIOD OF MOST INTENSE SNOW...SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND OVERNIGHT.* SNOW ENDING...MONDAY AFTERNOON.* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED DUE TO REDUCED VISIBILITY AND SNOW ACCUMULATION. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2793 Sale of Deflategate chocolate football nets $20K for western Pa. charity http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2792 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4374123861299093237.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - A dented chocolate football created by a Pennsylvania candy maker to poke fun at the New England Patriot's 'Deflategate' scandal has ended up raising $20,000 for charity.The ball created by Sarris Candies of Canonsburg was auctioned off Friday on KDKA radio to benefit the Dollar Energy Fund.The fund provides utility assistance for poor residents.A local car dealer bid $5,000 for the chocolate ball, and that price was matched by candy maker Bill Sarris. The utilities that help support the Dollar Energy Fund matched that $10,000.The chocolate football was molded with a dent to make it appear deflated. Sarris posted it on Facebook as a joke and initially didn't intend to sell it.Now he says, 'It's going to a good cause, so that's the best thing.'Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2792 Lawmaker proposes naming I-84 exit after slain Pa. trooper http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2791 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3415258728608064737.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state senator is proposing to name an exit on Interstate 84 in the Pocono Mountain region for a state trooper slain nearby while on duty.Sen. Lisa Baker said Friday she has introduced a bill to name Exit 30 for Cpl. Bryon Dickson, who was shot to death in September at a state police barracks about a mile away.Eric Frein is accused of killing Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass. He's pleaded not guilty and awaits trial in Pike County.It took authorities 48 days to find Frein, who was arrested by U.S. marshals at an abandoned airfield in northeastern Pennsylvania.Baker says the designation will remind passing motorists of Dickson's service to the public.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2791 PUC gives Uber 2-year Pennsylvania license http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2790 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2796799161398916885.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The state Public Utility Commission has given ride-sharing service Uber a two-year experimental license to operate anywhere in the state except Philadelphia, where it has been operating despite a local ban.The company connects passengers with drivers - who use their own vehicles - through smartphone apps. Under the license approved Thursday, Uber drivers must agree in writing that they will report ride-sharing activities to their own insurance companies.Questions about whose insurance would cover accidents have been among several dogging the non-traditional ride service.An experimental license was granted because Uber's service doesn't fit neatly within regulations designed to govern taxis, buses and other forms of public transportation.State lawmakers are considering legislation to specifically regulate ride-sharing companies, but unless that passes, they'll be required to obtain experimental licenses.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2790 Bank of New York Mellon selling iconic Pittsburgh skyscraper http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2789 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8967188642632937213.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - One of Pittsburgh's most iconic skyscrapers is on the market.Bank of New York Mellon owns and occupies about two-thirds of the 42-floor building. It was built in 1951 to house the offices of what was then Mellon National Bank and U.S. Steel Corp.BNY Mellon is selling the building to cut costs, and plans to move about 1,500 employees there to its BNY Mellon Center regional headquarters building and a client service center, both also downtown. BNY Mellon has roughly 7,300 employees in Pittsburgh.Citizens Bank, which has a lighted sign atop the building, occupies roughly six floors of the building.BNY Mellon has also recently sold the building housing its world headquarters in New York City.Pittsburgh spokesman Ron Gruendl says, 'We can be using our space more effectively.'Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2789 Butler County DA nixes lie detector deal in alleged daycare molestations http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2788 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2997059797475212319.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BUTLER, Pa. (AP) - A district attorney has rejected a proposed lie detector deal for a man charged with molesting two young girls at a western Pennsylvania daycare center operated by his wife.An assistant Butler County prosecutor had offered to let 65-year-old Roger Young take a polygraph test instead of a preliminary hearing. Under the deal - approved by Young's attorney - the charges would have been sent to trial if Young failed the test and dropped if he passed.But District Attorney Richard Goldinger says he wasn't aware of the deal and nixed it when he learned of it, saying it's in appropriate and 'doesn't achieve justice for the victims.'Young is charged with inappropriately touching two girls, 3 and 4, at the Patti Cake Child Care Center in Oakland Township in 2010.His attorney couldn't immediately be reached.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2788 DA: May be illegal for mayor to give 'Undercover Boss' money http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2786 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3751727090052155409.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The district attorney says it may have been illegal for Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto to give money to city employees as part of his appearance on the CBS show 'Undercover Boss.'Peduto pledged to give $155,000 to four needy city employees during his appearance on the show last month. Peduto has said the money will come from private donors, though at least one agency - VisitPittsburgh - gets some of its money from taxpayers.But Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala tells KDKA-TV  that if any of the money came from tax dollars, the gifts could be illegal. He says the salaries of public employees are negotiated and the mayor cannot just give them a bonus.The mayor insists the gifts are legal, but Zappala says the state Ethics Commission is also investigating. Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2786 Western Pa. graduate student killed in apparent murder-suicide http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2785 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6163040945134383490.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a Carnegie Mellon alumnus fatally shot his graduate student girlfriend before committing suicide inside their off-campus apartment.Pittsburgh police found their bodies at about 1:45 p.m. Thursday after a friend asked authorities to check on the woman's welfare.The woman was identified as 26-year-old doctoral student Chalalai Chaihirunkarn. She studied computer science. Police say she was shot several times in the head and chest.The man was identified as 29-year-old Bryan Springer. He graduated in 2007 and worked at CMU's Software Engineering Institute.Police Cmdr. RaShall Brackney says friends told police the couple's relationship was troubled, but there were no signs of a struggle.Police and the medical examiner are trying to determine when the shooting occurred. Friends said they hadn't seen the woman for days.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2785 Overnight snow delaying schools in western Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2784 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4280191208801736726.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Overnight snows were delaying classes at more than 200 western Pennsylvania schools, though major arteries were mostly clear and morning commuters were seeing few delays.Freezing rain turned to snow late Thursday into Friday morning, leaving one to three inches on the ground and more in the mountain ridges south and east of Pittsburgh.The National Weather Service says another inch of snow was expected in most areas before the system moves through.Saturday was expected to be mostly clear with highs in the mid-20s before another storm system moved in Sunday with the potential to drop several inches of snow into Monday with temperatures dropping into the low teens.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2784 McCord stepping down as Pennsylvania treasurer after 6 years http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2783 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8012674156928034191.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord is stepping down from the job after six years in the office, although the Democrat who just ran unsuccessfully for governor gave no indication Thursday what he had planned for his future.In a statement through his office, McCord, 55, a former venture capitalist, listed his accomplishments and he said only that it is time for him to return to the private sector.'It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth as their elected State Treasurer for the past six years,' McCord wrote in a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf. 'But with my goals at Treasury now achieved - and with a new governor now in office to appoint my successor - it is time for me to return to the private sector, where most of my life's work has been.'The departure comes just after his lawsuit with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman against the NCAA resulted in college sports' governing body restoring 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and dropping other lingering penalties it had imposed.McCord's office said his last day will be Feb. 12.He was elected to two four-year terms in the office and ran unsuccessfully for governor last year, losing in the primary to Wolf. The campaign sowed hard feelings after McCord raised the issue of race by connecting Wolf to a former York mayor who had been charged, and later acquitted, with murder for allegedly inciting white gang members to kill a black woman during York's 1969 race riots.McCord, a Montgomery County resident, will leave with two years left in his final term. It will be up to Wolf to nominate a successor, with Senate confirmation, to fill the job through the 2016 election. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2783 Federal investigators eyeing state treasurer as he resigns http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2782 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-60818857655259778.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Federal authorities are looking into the campaign-related activity of Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord, who says he is stepping down from the job after six years.A person familiar with inquiries by authorities confirmed the probe to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a matter that hasn't been discussed publicly by McCord or authorities.The Democrat pumped $2.2 million of his own money into his unsuccessful run for governor last year. He gave no indication Thursday about his future plans.The former venture capitalist didn't grant interviews or mention an investigation in a statement released by his office and said only that it is time for him to return to the private sector.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2782 Survivalist charged in trooper ambush pleads not guilty http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2781 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1107294421422362636.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MILFORD, Pa. (AP) - A survivalist accused of killing one Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding another in a police barracks ambush has pleaded not guilty.Eric Frein (freen) was arraigned Thursday at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford.The 31-year-old Frein participated by video from the county jail and answered yes-or-no questions from his lawyer, who entered the not-guilty plea on his behalf.Frein is charged with first-degree murder, terrorism and related charges in the September ambush that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and severely wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the police barracks in Blooming Grove.Frein was captured Oct. 30 after a 48-day manhunt in the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania.Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2781 Beer truck and coal truck crash on western Pa. road http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2780 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3540336876240107858.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Some people but salt in their beer to improve the taste. But PennDOT crews spent part of the morning salting beer so it wouldn't freeze over on a western Pennsylvania highway.State police say the beer was spilled when a coal truck driven by 41-year-old Albert Parsley, of Indiana, Pennsylvania, was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer hauling beer about 5:15 a.m. Thursday.That happened on U.S. Route 22, where the coal truck was stopped at a traffic light at state Route 819 in Salem Township.The eastbound lanes reopened by 7 a.m. The westbound lanes where the crash occurred reopened about an hour later.Forbes Road Fire Chief Robert Rosatti tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1HlAX2H ) that the beer truck driver, 61-year-old Roy Crider, of Connellsville, was taken to a hospital for a minor injury.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2780 Labor board again accuses UPMC of anti-union tactics http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2779 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8892933793730440441.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The National Labor Relations Board has again accused the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of engaging in anti-union tactics.The complaint was announced Thursday by the Service Employees International Union, which has been trying for years to unionize some 3,500 non-clinical employees.In November, an administrative law judge found UPMC engaged in unfair labor practices and ordered the health network to halt certain practices, including denying non-employee organizers access to its cafeteria, conducting surveillance on employees and organizers, and barring workers from wearing union insignia in non-patient care areas.UPMC appealed that finding.The new complaint contains similar allegations, but none more recent than June 2014.UPMC says the union 'has yet again resorted to manufactured unfair labor practices charges in an attempt to discredit UPMC,' which claims the employees don't want to unionize.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2779 Wolf to restore ban on new gas drilling leases http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2778 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6140272552450587432.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf is poised to sign an executive order ending a short-lived effort by former Gov. Tom Corbett to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath Pennsylvania's state parks and forests.The Democrat plans to sign the order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands Thursday at Benjamin Rush State Park in northeast Philadelphia.It will supersede an order that Republican Corbett signed in May and reinstate the ban former Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, instituted in 2010.Environmentalists are praising the move, saying it reflects Wolf's support for strong environmental regulation. But the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry trade group, is sharply criticizing the governor, saying it's a political move that unnecessarily bans the safe development of natural gas.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2778 Women's Basketball: Titans Stung By Yellow Jackets http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2777 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5671189582123022553.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WAYNESBURG, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team lost 73-47 to Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Waynesburg University on the road Wednesday night.Westminster (4-14, 3-8 PAC) was in front for the first five minutes of the contest and led 9-5 after a three-point field goal by sophomore Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) with 15:42 remaining. Waynesburg (9-9, 6-5 PAC) responded with a 13-0 run to take an 18-9 lead with 10:29 on the clock. The Titans quickly recovered and orchestrated an 8-0 run to cut the Yellow Jacket's lead to 18-17 with 5:08 left before halftime. Waynesburg, however, outscored Westminster 14-2 and took a 32-19 lead at intermission.The Titans continued to battle in the second half and got within five points (41-36) of Waynesburg's lead after sophomore Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) converted on a tradition three-point play with 11:31 to play. The Yellow Jackets would not let the Titans get any closer and ended the game with a 32-11 run.Senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) led the Titan offense with 13 points. Durbin led Westminster on the glass with seven rebounds to go along with nine points. Brown added 10 points, while first-year Kristine Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) scored seven. First-year Kylie Cook (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) contributed off the bench with six rebounds.Waynesburg out-shot Westminster 37.7% (23-61) to 33.3% (16-48). The Titans held a 38-33 rebound edge.Westminster is back in action Saturday when they host Thomas More College in PAC action at 1:30 p.m. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2777 Men's Basketball: Carswell Scores Season-High in Titans' Loss at Waynesburg http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2776 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg9034304203356357558.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WAYNESBURG, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost 81-60 to Waynesburg University in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play on the road Wednesday night.Westminster (5-13, 2-7 PAC) had a 17-8 lead with 14:09 remaining in the first half after junior Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) found sophomore Cameron Pozsgai (Windham, OH / Windham) for a three-point field goal. Waynesburg (10-9, 6-4 PAC) eventually tied the game at 24 with 8:04 on the clock and outscored the Titans 30-6 for the remainder of the half to take a 54-30 halftime lead.In the second half, the Titans cut the Yellow Jackets' lead to 72-60 after a layup by freshman Deontay Scott (Youngstown, OH / East) with 5:06 left. That would be the closest Westminster would get as Waynesburg closed out the game with a 9-0 run.Carswell led the Titan offense with a season- and game-high 20 points. Also scoring in double-digits for Westminster were freshman Brandon Domenick (New Castle, PA / New Castle) and Scott with 10 points apiece. Scott led Westminster on the glass with seven rebounds. Junior Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) added eight points. Domenick also had a game-high seven assists.Waynesburg out-shot Westminster 38.3% (23-60) to 37.1% (23-62) and out-rebounded the Titans 43-39.The Titans will look to get back in the win column on Saturday when they host Thomas More College at 3:30 p.m. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2776 Western Pennsylvania chocolate maker tweaking 'Bradie' with football http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2775 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6633551564253976114.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania candy maker is having some fun at the expense of Tom 'Bradie' and the New England Patriots.The (Washington) <a href='http://bit.ly/1wzxQsz'>Observer-Reporter</a> says Bill Sarris had his staff make a 'deflated' chocolate football - it has a big dent in the side - and posted a picture on the company's Facebook page.<div id='fb-root'></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = '//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class='fb-post' data-href='https://www.facebook.com/SarrisCandies/photos/a.115473254042.94332.115289079042/10152988518624043/?type=1' data-width='466'><div class='fb-xfbml-parse-ignore'></div></div>Named the 'Bradie' ball to avoid any legal issues, the caption on the pic says, 'Net weight 13 lbs ... Oops! We meant 11.2 lbs.'The Patriots and quarterback, Tom Brady, play in the Super Bowl Sunday, having been accused of using underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship game.Sarris isn't selling the 'Bradie' balls at his Canonsburg store about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh and won't say how he made his, saying, 'You'll have to ask the Patriots how they did it.'Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2775 Mercer County town shuts down man's garage 'fight nights' http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2774 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5837251056804662022.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> FARRELL, Pa. (AP) - Police and zoning officials have shut down 'Fight Nights' that a man holds in his Mercer County garage, even though he argues the events are harmless and, more or less, akin to 'mud wrestling.'Lawrence Owens, the man who hosted the third such event in his Farrell garage over the weekend, is upset that authorities shut it down..But officials in Farrell say his garage is zoned residential. They say Owens needs a variance to host events at which he charges admission or he faces a $500 fine.But Owens accused police of thwarting his efforts to create jobs for black people, saying, 'There are 30 people eating off this event.'Owens agreed to apply for a variance.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2774 Education Dept. investigating Allegheny College sex response http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2773 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg9176503070533441648.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Allegheny College says it's cooperating with a U.S. Department of Education investigation that the school's response to sexual violence or harassment wasn't sufficient.The university is cooperating with the probe, one of more than 90 the Education Department has launched in recent months at colleges and universities.The school hasn't been given information about the incident, including when it happened.Under the law, students who believe a school has not properly handled or responded to a report of sexual violence or harassment can complain to the department's Office of Civil Rights within 180 days.The school's Title IX coordinator says the school was notified of the investigation Dec. 5 and hopes to provide records on sexual complaints and policies dating to 2012 by March.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2773 Fight between cities, nonprofits flares in Pa. Senate http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2772 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7686626343602921818.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican efforts to put Pennsylvania state lawmakers back in control of granting tax-exempt status to charities is meeting more resistance.The Senate's scheduled vote Wednesday fizzled after some Republicans requested a hearing first and Democrats signaled they would all oppose the bill. A hearing could happen next week.The delay came amid a flurry of lobbying against it by public-sector labor unions and local government officials. The charities include hospitals, social service providers, universities and houses of worship.The bill is a resolution to change the constitution. It was spurred by a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that put the courts, not lawmakers, in charge of granting tax-exempt status. It was viewed as favorable toward municipalities.Democrats say they prefer first to write new rules to protect cash-strapped municipalities.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2772 Italian ice oasis: Pa.-based Rita's expanding to Middle East http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2771 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4596957716347704959.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It's not a mirage: Rita's Italian Ice is bringing its cool treats to the desert.The suburban Philadelphia-based chain says Wednesday it's contracting with a Middle East food executive to open 46 stores in the next decade in Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and five other Arab nations.Rita's contractor Faysal Younes, who formerly worked with Starbucks, says the Middle East's warm climate makes it a natural market for Rita's sweet, frozen concoctions.The company's store total doubled to more than 600 in 27 states in the last 10 years and it's partnered with a New Jersey firms to increase its presence at sports stadiums.Now it's looking for international growth. Beside the Middle East, Rita's says it's opened or planning stores in Canada, China, India, the Philippines and the Caribbean.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2771 Prosecutor wants death penalty in Pa. trooper ambush case http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2770 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7825441886563739192.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MILFORD, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania prosecutor is formally notifying the court he's seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush.Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin filed a document Tuesday listing aggravating circumstances that could send Eric Frein (freen) to the state's death row.Frein's formal arraignment is scheduled for Thursday at the courthouse in Milford, but Tonkin says he expects Frein to participate by video from the Pike County Correctional Facility.Defense attorney Michael Weinstein is declining to comment on the death penalty filing and says his client intends to plead not guilty at the arraignment.Frein is charged with first-degree murder and other offenses in the September ambush that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and severely wounded Trooper Alex Douglass.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2770 Senate GOP refuses to halt 11th-hour Corbett nominations http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2769 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2125946240220055372.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Leaders of the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate say they're not returning the paperwork for more than two dozen nominations to state boards and commissions that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf wants to halt.The Senate Rules Committee approved 13 of the nominations Tuesday for consideration by the full Senate. Former Gov. Tom Corbett filed the nominations before his tenure ended and Wolf has criticized the process as lacking transparency.A Senate GOP spokeswoman says the nominees will be judged on their qualifications.The nominees who were advanced include the director of Corbett's southwest Pennsylvania office, Mary Ann Eisenreich, to the State Board of Education, former Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley to the Temple University trustees, and Corbett's revenue secretary, Dan Meuser, to the State System of Higher Education board.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2769 140,000 Pennsylvanians enroll in health plans for first time http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2768 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5690347984344127590.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Federal officials say that more than 140,000 Pennsylvanians have enrolled for the first time in plans sold through the health insurance marketplace for 2015.Tuesday's report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave statistics for the first two months of open enrollment, through Jan. 16.Approximately 278,000 others re-enrolled after purchasing a plan during the 2014 enrollment period. Including people who signed up for the first time, four in five were eligible for federal tax credits to help them pay for the coverage.The numbers don't include automatic re-enrollment by any of the 317,000 Pennsylvanians who signed up in the 2014 enrollment period. However, federal officials haven't said how many of those who signed up for 2014 remain insured.The enrollment period lasts through Feb. 15.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2768 Women's Indoor Track & Field: Titans Nationally Ranked http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2767 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5481185057972151110.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW ORLEANS, La.- The Westminster College women's indoor track & field team has earned a spot in the latest NCAA Division III National Team Computer Rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).The Titans, under the guidance of head coach Tim McNeil '96, are currently ranked 14th with 52.78 points. They are the only Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) school represented in the top 25.The Division III computer rankings will be released every Tuesday (with the exception of Wednesday, February 18 and Monday, March 9) between now and the NCAA championships, which start on March 13. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2767 Professor dies in campus office of Pennsylvania university http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2766 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1178292665881820199.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) - A longtime professor has been found dead in his office at a state-owned university in southwestern Pennsylvania.Burrell Brown, a professor at California University of Pennsylvania, was found dead late Sunday. He'd been on the faculty at the school about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh since 1989.University spokeswoman Christine Kindly says in a statement that Brown was 67 and chair of the Department of Business and Economics when he died.There were no signs of foul play, though the Washington County coroner could not immediately be reached about the cause of death.Kindl says Brown 'was a distinguished faculty member and campus leader for many years, and he will be greatly missed by the entire campus community.'Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2766 Wolf vows to support Senate's medical marijuana bill http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2765 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4103950666447560917.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf gave an impromptu audience to parents of children who are suffering daily from debilitating seizures and is vowing to sign a medical marijuana bill that senators are writing.Tuesday's greeting in Wolf's Capitol offices followed a news conference at which Sens. Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer said they plan to broaden their legislation that overwhelmingly passed the Senate last fall.That bill was opposed by then-Gov. Tom Corbett and it died when the House didn't act on it at the end of the legislative session.The senators' new bill would expand the list of authorized medical conditions to give doctors more leeway. They also plan to expand drug delivery methods to include smoking and vaporization, as well as extracted oils, edible products, ointments and tinctures.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2765 NWS extends western Pa.'s winter weather advisory http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2763 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5630751785877697179.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH-- The National Weather Service (NWS) has extended the winter weather advisory for most of Western Pennsylvania until 7 on Tuesday morning..Forecasters predicted 4 to 6 inches total for parts of the region on Monday.  Several area school districts started the morning off with delays and then closed. The NWS says some areas could see another 3-4 inches overnight. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2763 Snow prompts disaster emergency proclamation in Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2762 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-158027301319567770.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Wintry weather and a forecast for more of the same are prompting Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to issue a disaster emergency proclamation.Wolf said Monday the move would help state and local governments deal with a storm that's expected to have its greatest effect in the eastern half of Pennsylvania.The governor's move allows state agencies to devote all of their available resources and people, and temporarily alters normal procedures for bidding and contracts.The state's emergency operations center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in the Harrisburg suburbs got up and running early Monday. It helps coordinate efforts by agencies such as State Police, PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission and the Health Department.The governor's proclamation doesn't restrict travel but he's asking motorists to stay off roads if that's practical.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2762 New Pa. House GOP leader talks taxes, medical marijuana http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2761 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1056032354749518074.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Republican floor leader in the Pennsylvania House says property tax reform, public pensions and liquor privatization need to be in the mix as budget talks get underway with the state's Democratic governor.Majority Leader Dave Reed told the Pennsylvania Press Club on Monday that the education debate should focus on whether there's enough funding and how it's distributed, whether there's a better alternative to school property taxes, lowering pension costs and changing how schools operate.Reed says he hopes the House will approve a medical marijuana bill that will lead to productive negotiations with the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.Reed also says a grand jury may have gone too far in recommending changes to the state law preventing journalists from being compelled to reveal confidential sources.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2761 'Free' wine kiosks cost Pennsylvania $300K in legal fees http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2760 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5422476303100766662.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has spent almost $300,000 defending a claim by a company that supplied the supermarket wine kiosks in a program that was aborted because the machines were unpopular and allegedly didn't work properly.The legal fees in a story Sunday updating the status of the litigation by Simple Brands LLC.The Montgomery County company is pursuing the matter before the LCB's Board of Claims in Harrisburg, claiming the LCB decisions forced it out of business at a loss of $81 million. The company also says the LCB is delaying the litigation unnecessarily.But the LCB says the company took six months to respond to a request for legal records, only to dump 126,000 pages on the LCB last month, which the agency is still studying.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2760 Kane investigation keeps mystifying state's legal community http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2759 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6084142876605352658.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The unusual, court-ordered probe into whether Pennsylvania's attorney general's office illegally shared secret investigative material with a newspaper keeps mystifying the state's legal community.Now there are questions about the intentions of last week's Supreme Court order. It told Montgomery County's district attorney to halt, at least temporarily, any prosecution 'stemming from' a grand jury presentment that recommended criminal charges be filed against Attorney General Kathleen Kane.Prosecutors and former prosecutors now disagree over whether the court wants to stop Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman from investigating Kane, even if she conducts her own investigation.Ferman and the court aren't commenting.Meanwhile, the high court plans to review the legality of a judge's appointment of a hand-picked lawyer to act as a special prosecutor to investigate Kane's office.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2759 Snow, and heavier snow, forecast for parts of Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2758 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-9026086050886295373.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Residents in eastern Pennsylvania are being warned to prepare for snow - followed by much heavier snow.Forecasters say light snow pushing in from the west will bring 2 to 4 inches of snow to eastern Pennsylvania overnight Sunday, with a little more in central and western parts of the commonwealth.But a major coastal storm on Monday night into Tuesday is expected to bring 10 to 18 inches to the Philadelphia area, with 6 to 14 inches in the Lehigh Valley.Forecasters warn that the storm could have 'a major impact on commerce and travel.'The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plans to have hundreds of trucks out salting the roads and plowing.A Philadelphia International Airport spokeswoman says some airlines have already announced plans to cancel flights in preparation for Monday night's storm.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2758 Women's Basketball: Second Half Surge Propels Titans Over Chatham http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2757 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5727056958935369631.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team won 58-44 at home over Chatham University in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) action on Saturday.Chatham (5-12, 2-8 PAC), who led for most of the first half, had its largest lead of 18-10 with 9:02 remaining. Westminster (4-13, 3-7 PAC) regrouped and eventually tied the game at 24 after sophomore Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) converted on a traditional three-point play with 1:50 on the clock. Brown put the Titans in front 27-24, their first lead since early in the half, after a three-pointer with 29 seconds remaining. Westminster would lead with the same score at halftime.Westminster started the second half with an 8-0 run and led 35-24 with 16:13 on the clock. The Cougars, who were never able to regain the lead, got within six points (50-44) of the Titans' lead with 1:21 remaining in the game. Westminster finished strong with an 8-0 run to seal its third victory of its last four contests.Senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) led the Titan offense with 12 points. Brown scored a season-high 11 points and was one rebound away from her first career double-double with nine boards. Junior Andrea Marsh (Panama, NY / Panama Central) led Westminster on the glass as she tied a career-high with 10 rebounds to go along with eight points. Sophomore Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) and first-year Kylie Cook (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) added eight points apiece.Westminster out-shot Chatham 38.8% (19-49) to 25.9% (15-58) and dominated the boards with a 51-29 advantage.The Titans will next travel to Waynesburg University (8-9, 5-5 PAC) on Wednesday with a 5:30 p.m. game start. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2757 Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field: School Records Broken at YSU Invite http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2756 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3575859614523005264.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and freshman Jametrius Bentley (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista Community) broke two school records as the Westminster College men's and women's indoor track & field teams competed at the Youngstown State University Invitational at the Watson and Tressel Training Site on Friday. The event, which included Division I, II and III schools was a non-team scoring event.Thomas shattered his own school record in the long jump that he set in last year's Indoor Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships. On Friday, Thomas won the long jump with a leap of 7.10 meters (23'3.50'), breaking his previous mark of 6.78 meters.Bentley placed 19th in the 60-meter dash with a school-record time of 7.26, breaking J.J. Faltot's record of 7.30 set in 2012.Junior Nick Fiorentino (Franklin, PA / Franklin), who broke the school record in the weight throw two weeks ago at Oberlin College, earned a top-10 finish in the shot put with a toss of 13.76 meters (45'1.75'). He also placed 20th in the weight throw (12.97m/42'6.75').Junior Andrew Brannen (Pittsburgh, PA / Peters Township) tied his indoor personal best in the pole vault with a seventh-place mark of 4.30 meters (14'1.25'). Sophomore Scott Hughes (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler) placed 29th in the 200 (23.97).For the women's team, sophomore Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, PA / Salem) placed third in the pole vault with a mark of 3.65 meters (11'11.75).Senior Alaura Hanssen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) added almost two meters to her personal record (PR) in the weight throw with a toss of 11.78 meters (38'7.75') for 23rd place. She also PR'd (for indoor) in the shot put with a 19th-place mark of 10.66 meters (34'11.75').First-year Katelynn Morrell (Boardman, OH / Boardman) placed 23rd in the 1-mile run (5:41.62), while sophomore Alicia Nuzzo (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) placed 24th in the 400 (1:02.38).Westminster will next compete in the two-day SPIRE Midwest Open in Geneva, Ohio, starting on Friday, January 30. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2756 Swimming & Diving: Titans Remain Undefeated in PAC after Sweep of Saint Vincent http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2755 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7346330159491930952.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving team swept Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Saint Vincent College at home on Saturday.The Titan men's team (8-2, 3-0 PAC) won 163-94, while the Titan women's team (8-3, 4-0 PAC) won 148-109. The Bearcat men's team falls to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the PAC, while the Bearcat women's team drops to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference.The Titan men's team won 12 events, while the Titan women's team won eight events. Westminster also won three events in which it used three exhibition swimmers.Senior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) and freshman Mitch Stahara (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) won three events each. Brooks won the 100 backstroke (51.38), the 200 backstroke (1:55.59), and the 50 freestyle (21.86). Stahara placed first in the 100 freestyle (48.30), the 200 freestyle (1:44.79), and the 500 freestyle (5:00.51).Senior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) won a pair of events as he touched first in the 200 butterfly (1:58.03) and the 1,000 freestyle (10:11.47).Junior Matt Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) won two events and was also part of a winning relay team. Baurle swept the breaststrokes as he won the 100 (58.95) and the 200 (2:13.65). He was also the second leg of the 200 medley relay team that won with a time of 1:36.96. Completing the quartet were junior Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle), freshman Brad Kolesar (West Mifflin, PA / West Mifflin), and senior Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township). Kolesar also won the 100 butterfly (52.53).Junior Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) led the Titan women's team as she won two individual events and was part of a winning relay team. Reott won the 200 freestyle (2:00.78) and the 200 backstroke (2:15.18). Reott was also the fourth leg of the 200 medley relay team that won at 1:52.66. Completing the quartet were senior Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny), sophomore Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional), and senior Rebecca Mobley (Gibsonia, PA / Pine-Richland).Rozick (100 backstroke/1:02.78), Tower (100 breaststroke/1:10.04), and Mobley (100 butterfly/1:02.02) also picked up individual wins.Sophomore Mikayla Morrow (Columbiana, OH / Homeschool) and first-year Lindsay Homan (Penfield, NY / Penfield) rounded out the first-place finishers for the Titans as Morrow touched first in the 200 breaststroke (2:33.13) and Homan won the 200 butterfly (2:15.54).Westminster is back in the pool Thursday when it travels to Grove City College with a start time of 6 p.m. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2755 Charities, cities at odds over Pa. constitutional amendment http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2754 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg798051350960872473.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania voters may soon find themselves picking sides in a long-running dispute about who decides which charities should be exempt from taxes.It's a decision with significant financial implications for the charities and the cities and towns where many are based.A constitutional amendment that passed the Legislature during its last session would give lawmakers explicit authority to establish standards about what qualifies as a purely public charity and is tax-exempt.If lawmakers approve it again in the next two years, the proposal goes before voters in the form of a statewide referendum.That could occur as early as May.Hospital organizations, religious groups and other nonprofits are urging lawmakers to advance the proposal. But municipal officials warn it could drain revenue from cities already facing chronic fiscal troubles.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2754 PGH Mayor: Controller's 'Undercover Boss' claims 'cheap' stunt http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2753 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8963242257492685131.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says the county controller is engaging in a 'cheap political stunt' by withholding county tax revenues from a local tourism agency after Peduto's appearance on 'Undercover Boss.'Peduto appeared on the CBS show last month and pledged $155,000 to help four needy city workers. Peduto has stressed that tax revenue won't be used, and that corporate and institutional donors - including VisitPittsburgh - have pledged to pay the money.But Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner says VisitPittsburgh gets most of its $11 million budget from county tax money.So she wants the agency to account for $25,000 it donated to the 'Undercover Boss' fund, plus another $25,000 it may donate, before she hands over $682,000 in tax revenues.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2753 Hundreds of Pa. state workers line up to meet new governor http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2752 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5348357128849407370.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP)-- Gov. Tom Wolf is ending his first week in office by meeting hundreds of the state employees who now work under him.The line for the late Friday afternoon reception with the new governor and his wife Frances snaked through the Capitol, and some waited about an hour to shake their hands.Wolf says he came up with the idea after the November election in which he defeated Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.The Democrat says he wanted to meet his 'fellow employees.' He says some of them had suggestions and others gave him reading materials he plans to review.The new governor says the reception is 'normal, it's just what you do.'Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2752 Storm brings as much 9 inches of snow to Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2751 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7951360452953694076.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mother Nature dumped as much as nine inches of snow on parts of Pennsylvania overnight, with the heaviest totals occurring in the center and eastern parts of the commonwealth.The National Weather Service says nine inches was reported in Coolbaugh Township in Monroe County, with eight inches reported in parts of Berks, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties. Seven inches or more was reported in Dauphin and Bucks counties.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reduced speeds to 45 mph on some roadways but lifted the restrictions Saturday morning.The Delaware River Port Authority reduced speed limits to 25 mph on bridges crossing the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.Philadelphia International Airport instituted a 'ground delay' traffic management program that led to about two dozen cancellations.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2751 Slippery Rock gets OK to pursue physician assistant program http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2750 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8185583480839071213.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. (AP) - Slippery Rock University has gotten state approval to pursue a graduate degree program for physician assistants who would be trained to work in rural areas with special needs patients.The State System of Higher Education on Thursday approved the school's plan to offer the two-year, 116-credit master's degree program.The school must still get the program accredited, but has already begun that process.Officials at the school about 45 miles north of Pittsburgh say the program is needed to address the shortage of medical professionals in rural areas, especially those trained to deal with special needs patients and those without sufficient insurance.The school plans to charge $607 per credit for the program, plus more than $7,000 in lab and clinical fees.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2750 Men's Swimming & Diving: Titans Nationally Ranked http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2749 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5767141350612605201.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's swimming and diving team has been nationally ranked in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Team Rankings as voted by a committee of CSCAA member coaches. The Titans are ranked 25th in the country.The CSCAA DIII Rankings Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The rankings will be released on a monthly basis throughout the 2014-15 season. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country. Rankings are based on performances that have taken place since the previous poll and include invites as well as dual meets.Westminster (7-2, 2-0 PAC) is back in the pool Saturday when they host Saint Vincent College at 1 p.m. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2749