Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/ en-us Copyright 2015 Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:21:18 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/ Governor announces proposals to improve health care for seniors http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2957 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8983806143993795135.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf says he wants to allow more Pennsylvania seniors to obtain health care in their home instead of a nursing facility.In an event Friday at the AARP office in Philadelphia, Wolf told about 30 people that his upcoming budget would expand home- and community-based long term care for an additional 5,500 people. The Democrat says the proposal would make long-term care for seniors more convenient and personal.Wolf says avoiding nursing-home care for those people would save taxpayers $162 million a year.Wolf also says he wants to make it easier for patients eligible for home health care to have their homes modified to make them more accessible.The new governor is set to unveil his first state budget plan on Tuesday.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2957 New Castle News names Dan Irwin its new editor http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2956 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8024903753377643199.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - A longtime writer and editor at the New Castle News has been named the western Pennsylvania newspaper's top editor.Dan Irwin's appointment was announced this week by publisher Sharon Sorg.Irwin started at the News in 1978 as a sports writer. After 10 years in sports, he served as a copy editor, assistant managing editor and lifestyle editor.Sorg says the new editor's familiarity with the area and its readers is a great asset.Irwin succeeds Tim Kolodziej.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2956 Indoor Track & Field: Women's Team Finishes Second, Men Third at the 2015 PAC Championships http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2955 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2040129271405974886.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Westminster College women's and men's indoor track & field teams broke a total of six school records, including three conference records, as the Titans competed in the 2015 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Titan women's team finished second with 110 points, while the Titan men's team placed third with 76 points. The championships took place at Youngstown State University's Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS).The Titan women's team was only six points behind Grove City College who won with 116 points. The Titan men's team, who won the Team Sportsmanship Award, was only one point behind Saint Vincent College who placed second with 77 points. The Bethany College men's team won with 109.5 points.The Titan women's team broke two school records, two PAC records, and had three first-place finishes.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/16637513426' title='Cassidy Shepherd - PAC Women's Field Most Valuable Performer by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img src='https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8674/16637513426_3b3ecb84ae_z.jpg' width='595' height='640' alt='Cassidy Shepherd - PAC Women's Field Most Valuable Performer'></a>Sophomore Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, PA / Salem) was named the PAC Women's Field Most Valuable Performer. She won the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 11.75 inches (4.87 meters) and placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 11 feet, 9.25 inches (3.59m).The 4x400 meter relay team, consisting of junior Cait Yakopin (Washington, PA / Trinity), sophomore Hayley Thewes (Ellwood City, PA / Riverside), first-year Kennedy McLendon (Knox, PA / Keystone), and junior Marissa Toensing (Newton Falls, OH / Newton Falls), won with a school-record and a PAC-record time of 4:09.14. Toensing also placed fourth in the 60 meter hurdles (9.74), fifth in the 400 meter dash (1:01.55), and fifth in the 200 meter dash (27.28). All three times were personal records for Toensing.The distance medley relay team also broke a school record with a third-place time of 13:25.13. The quartet included sophomore Katelynn Morrell (Boardman, OH / Boardman), sophomore Keilah Ireland (Nashua, NH / Nashua North), first-year Paige Baierl (Bellevue, PA / Northgate), and senior Jenny Jones (Erie, PA / Fort LeBoeuf).Ireland also placed fourth in the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 10.25 inches (1.48 meters), while Jones placed fifth in the 5,000 meter run with a time of 19:36.70.Junior Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) helped Westminster sweep the top three spots of the pole vault with a first-place mark of 12 feet, 3.25 inches (3.74 meters). The mark also tied her own PAC record. Following Shepherd was first-year Hailey Hall (Grove City, PA / Grove City Area) who placed third (10'11.50'/3.34m).Senior Alaura Hanssen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) registered a second-place finish in the weight throw with a personal-record mark of 43 feet, 2.50 inches (13.17 meters) and a third-place mark in the shot put (35'8.75'/10.89m). Senior Megan Romocean (Ravenna, OH / Southeast) added a fourth-place mark in the triple jump with a leap of 31 feet, 8 inches (9.65 meters).The Titan men's team broke four school records, one PAC record, and won two events.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/16475867788' title='Indoor Track &amp; Field: Women's Team Finishes Second, Men Third at the 2015 PAC Championships by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img src='https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8650/16475867788_dcdb26d69e_z.jpg' width='640' height='427' alt='Indoor Track &amp; Field: Women's Team Finishes Second, Men Third at the 2015 PAC Championships'></a>The 4x400 meter relay team, including freshman Gideon Coleman (Knox, PA / Keystone), senior Christian Friday (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park), sophomore Scott Hughes (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler Area), and junior Jake Dindak (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin), won with a school- and PAC-record time of 3:26.19.Senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) placed second in the triple jump with a school-record leap of 45 feet, 11.75 inches (14.01m). Thomas also notched second place in the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 4.25 inches (6.81 meters).Sophomore Doltyn Snedden (Windber, PA / Forest Hills) broke his own school record in the 60 meter hurdles with a fifth-place time of 8.91.Freshman Jametrius Bentley (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista Community) placed fourth in the 200 meter dash with a school-record time of 23.02. He also placed fourth in the 60 meter dash (7.13).Junior Andrew Brannen (Pittsburgh, PA / Peters Township) won the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet, 11.25 inches (4.25 meters).Junior Nick Fiorentino (New Wilmington, PA / Franklin) earned a pair of third-place finishes as he placed third in the weight throw (43'0.50'/13.12m) and third in the shot put (44'9.75'/13.66m).The 2015 Championships were the PAC's first official season with indoor track and field as a championship sport. Unofficial men's and women's league championship events were held in 2013 and 2014 at Youngstown State's WATTS. These results from this year's indoor track and field championships will be included in the 2014-15 PAC All-Sports Trophy competitions. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2955 Ex-regional hospice executive indicted in multimillion-dollar fraud http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2954 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8802008097553604418.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The former head of a Pittsburgh-area hospice has been indicted on charges she used patients who weren't terminally ill to collect millions of dollars in false Medicare and Medicaid billings.Former Horizons Hospice chief operating officer Mary Ann Stewart was charged Thursday with health care fraud and lying to a federal grand jury.Court records didn't list a lawyer to comment on Stewart's charges. The 47-year-old Bossier City, Louisiana woman is scheduled to appear in court March 19.She's the second former official from Horizons' Monroeville location to face charges.Oliver Herndon pleaded guilty in November to submitting claims while medical director for patients who weren't terminally ill or for services not provided.He's serving more than 11 years in prison for writing phony painkiller prescriptions in an unrelated case.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2954 Western Pennsylvania mall's youth policy takes effect after shooting http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2953 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7198842215965433728.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Pittsburgh mall's plan to ban minors who aren't accompanied by adults on weekend evenings takes effect nearly three weeks after the shooting that prompted it.Under the new policy, minors unaccompanied by a parent or guardian will be banned from most of the Monroeville Mall after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.Seventeen-year-old Tarod Thornhill, of Penn Hills, is jailed and faces a March 18 preliminary hearing for allegedly shooting a 20-year-old man and two bystanders during an argument in the mall's Macy's store on Feb. 7. All three have since been released from hospitals.The youth escort policy that begins Friday evening won't apply to department stores or others with exterior entrances, or the mall's movie theaters.Mall security officers will be checking IDs to ensure compliance.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2953 Canadian National cleaning up 27-car iron ore derailment http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2952 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-88003056543625191.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BUTLER, Pa. (AP) - The Canadian National Railway Co. is hoping to finish cleaning up and repairing a western Pennsylvania line nearly two days after 27 cars carrying iron ore derailed.The cars, which were part of a 71-car freight train, derailed about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Center Township, Butler County. The accident scene, near Route 308, is about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh.Railroad spokesman Patrick Waldron says the railroad hoped to reopen the tracks Friday afternoon, provided the cars and spilled cargo could be removed and the tracks repaired by that time.Waldron says nobody was hurt and no hazardous materials spilled.The train was traveling from Conneaut, Ohio to Pittsburgh. The railroad tracks are used only by freight trains.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Summary Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2952 Pa. House sends liquor-wine privatization bill to Senate http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2951 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8447717712364531535.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - For the second time in two years, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is sending a bill to the Senate to privatize the operations of much of the state-controlled wine and liquor store system.However, the Republican-backed proposal that passed 114-to-87 Thursday faces an uphill road, like the previous one that died in the Senate.Democratic lawmakers oppose it, as does Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.Critics say it's a long-term fiscal loser for the state government, but supporters say it's time to break the state monopoly. They argue over whether it'll be better for consumers.Under the bill, most state stores would close. It would let a couple thousand private retailers and grocery stores sell wine or liquor, private wholesalers handle product distribution and relax laws on how beer is sold.THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.The Pennsylvania House of Representatives began debate Wednesday on another proposal to privatize the operations of much of the state-controlled wine and liquor store system, but it faces an uncertain fate and is challenged as a long-term fiscal loser for the state government.The proposal, which would also liberalize beer sales laws, was expected to pass the Republican-controlled chamber over the protests of Democrats and a few Republicans. However, the Senate has been cool to it and it faces a veto by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who favors keeping the state system and trying to make it more profitable.A similar bill passed the House two years ago, but it died in the Senate, despite support from then-Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican.Critics said the state government will take a long-term financial hit from losing control of wine and liquor purchases and that small businesses will suffer while large corporate interests will benefit. But supporters say it is time to break the state monopoly and reap $1.1 billion that they project from license sales, most of it from wholesale distributors.Pennsylvania is the largest of 17 states that play some role in the control of wine and liquor, whether at the wholesale or retail level, or both, according to the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association in Alexandria, Virginia.During a lengthy debate, lawmakers jousted over whether the measure would lead to lower or higher prices, better or worse selection, more or less alcohol consumption and more or fewer incidents of sales to minors. Critics also pointed out that many of the system's 4,300 store employees stand to lose their jobs.Under the proposal, all but 100 of about 600 government-owned and -operated liquor stores would gradually close and employees there would get help finding new jobs.The state, meanwhile, would be allowed to sell 1,200 licenses for private retailers to sell wine or liquor, or both, and it would give existing beer distributors the first shot at buying them at a steep discount. The license fees will vary, depending on the population of the county where they are located.Grocery stores of at least 10,000 square feet would be able to apply for a license to sell wine, but not liquor, with the licenses limited to one per 15,000 people.However, the bill's most lucrative element for the state, and the private sector, are licenses for wholesale distributors. Sales of those licenses would reap $615 million, according to a House Republican analysis.On beer laws, beer distributors, now limited to selling at least a case at a time, would be able to sell six-packs or 12-packs. Restaurants, which now can sell 12-packs of beer for takeout, would be able to sell up to a case, in six-pack increments.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2951 Is your Pennsylvania driver's license faulty? http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2950 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5958832928657848288.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - PennDOT says an error in the hidden security image on Pennsylvania driver's licenses and identification cards may be causing headaches for some people.The state Department of Transportation said Thursday that a mistake by its vendors affected an unknown number of cards issued since November.Officials say new cards were issued starting Thursday and that people whose cards were affected will get new ones in the mail at no cost to them.The hidden image is a strip of keystones with the letters 'PA.' It is clearly visible when held under black light and is used to verify the authenticity of licenses and ID cards. The flawed cards transposed the letters in the image to 'AP' instead of 'PA.'PennDOT says the vendors are paying the cost of the replacements.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2950 Westminster College to Host Scottish Fiddling Camp http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2949 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8124089012349939990.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College will host The Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling, a week-long fiddling camp, June 21 - 27. Registration is open to the public.The camp is designed for high school students and adults, with a primary focus on authentic performance of traditional Scottish fiddle music. Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, Westminster College professor of Music, U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, and Scottish F.I.R.E. sanctioned judge, is coordinating the camp.'Despite its very English name, Westminster College is going decidedly Scottish this summer,' shares Dr. Crawford Perttu. 'We've heard bagpipes at important events like graduation, but we're enthusiastic about introducing the Scottish fiddle to campus.'Throughout the week, discussion will focus around bowing techniques, ornamentation, interpretation, and rhythmic nuance. Additional instruction will include accompanying, Scottish fiddle pedagogy, Scottish history, Ceilidh (traditional party) dancing, and use of the Scottish fiddle within the context of a performing group. Private lessons with fiddle instructors will be included, as well as evening activities, and an instructor's concert. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2949 Women's Basketball: Titans Finish Season in Quarterfinals of PAC Tournament http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2948 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6922321964032515270.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WASHINGTON, Pa. - The seventh-seeded Westminster College women's basketball team lost 62-52 at the third-seeded Washington & Jefferson College in the 2014-15 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament Quarterfinals on Wednesday night.W&J took a 12-6 lead after a three-pointer by Alexa DelGreco with 16:24 on the clock. Westminster got within two points of the Presidents' lead five different times for the remainder of the half. The latest came at the 4:15 mark when first-year Danielle Dindak (West Homestead, PA / Serra Catholic) made a layup bringing the score to 30-28. The Presidents led by as much as 11 points (39-28) with 1:30 remaining and had a 39-31 halftime lead.In the second half, the Titans cut W&J's lead to 48-41 after first-year Paige Quinn (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler) found sophomore Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) for a three-pointer with 14:17 on the clock. That, however, would be the closest Westminster would get.Titan senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) was the lone Titan scorer in double-digits with 10 points. Durbin and Grandy added nine points each, while Dindak registered eight. First-year Kristine Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) led Westminster with eight rebounds and dished-out a game- and career-high six assists. Durbin added a team-high three steals.For the game, Westminster out-shot Washington & Jefferson 35.1% (20-57) to 26.8% (15-56). Free throws made an impact as W&J shot 27-for-39 (69.2%) and Westminster shot 7-for-15 (46.7%). The Presidents dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Titans 51-36. W&J's Valerie Dunlap had a game-high 17 rebounds.Westminster finishes the season 7-20 overall and 5-13 in the PAC. Washington & Jefferson (20-6) advances to the PAC Semifinals. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2948 Future of 'mental anguish' law debated in federal court http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2947 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-334285007989119711.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Prosecutors are urging a federal judge to dismiss challenges to a Pennsylvania law that convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal and others say violates prisoners' free speech rights.The law allows victims of violent crimes to take legal action against offenders whose conduct perpetuates their mental anguish.Lawyers for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams say the court lacks jurisdiction because the five-month-old law has yet to be enforced.Plaintiffs' attorneys say the law already is prompting some prisoners to censor writings and recordings out of fear of punishment.It was passed after a pre-recorded speech by Abu-Jamal was played before graduates of Vermont's Goddard College in October. He's serving a life term for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer but claims he's the victim of a racist justice system.U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner did not immediately rule.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2947 Swimming & Diving: Brooks Selected to Compete at Nationals http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2946 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5722931392730239651.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Westminster College senior swimmer Steven Brooks (Boardman, Ohio/Boardman) has been selected to compete in the 2015 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. The championships will be held March 18-21 at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas. The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and the City of Shenandoah will serve as the hosts. A total of 527 participants (479 swimmers and 48 divers) will compete in the championships.Brooks preliminarily qualified for the 100 and 200 backstrokes and will also compete in the 50 freestyle as an option event. The official psych sheets will be released early next week.Brooks, who claimed the PAC Swimmer of the Year honors for the third straight year, helped the Titans win their sixth PAC title. He made it three straight PAC titles in both the 100 back (B-cut, Longnecker Pool record time of 49.35) and 200 back (B-cut, Longnecker Pool record time of 1:49.66) and finished second in the 50 free (B-cut time of 20.64). He also swam on Westminster's winning 400 free (3:06.33), 200 medley (B-cut time of 1:32.30) and 400 medley (B-cut, Longnecker Pool record time of 3:22.54) relays.Last year at nationals, Brooks nearly missed becoming an All-American Honorable Mention honoree in the 100 backstroke as he placed 17th with his second-best time of his career of 50.11. Brooks also set a school-record time of 1:49.39 in the 200 backstroke as he placed 21st and finished 43rd in the 50 freestyle (21.14).Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. The complete list of all swimmers competing in the championships is available at www.usaswimming.org/ncaa.NCAA.com will stream all sessions Wednesday through Saturday of the championships. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2946 Shooting suspect from Cleveland shoots herself in Lawrence County http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2945 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6784957823753491219.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities say the brother of Cleveland's police chief has been killed and the girlfriend suspected in his death shot herself when troopers stopped her vehicle in western Pennsylvania.A U.S. marshal initially said the woman committed suicide, but Cleveland police said in an emailed statement later Tuesday that she was listed in critical condition at a hospital.Pennsylvania State Police say 36-year-old Dana Johnson held a gun to her head and fired once as troopers approached her vehicle along state Route 376 in Lawrence County.Johnson was sought after police responding to a reported shooting found 34-year-old William D. Williams dead at a home on Cleveland's east side early Tuesday. Cleveland police confirmed Williams is the brother of Chief Calvin Williams but didn't immediately release further details. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2945 Man killed in Tuesday night crash in Lawrence County http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2944 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7703172945553486034.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. - State police say one man died in a single vehicle accident in Lawrence Conunty on Tuesday night in Little Beaver Township.Troopers say the name of the victim has not been released pending the notification of family. It happened on State Route 551 n Little Beaver Township.  Police say the driver was going too fast when he lost control.The vehicle struck a utility pol and rolled over and flipped before striking a tree-- then landed on the road and the driver was thrown from it.  Police say he was not wearing a seat belt. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2944 PEMA, National Guard helping Pennsylvania city without water http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2943 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4247145603925855394.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Army National Guard are helping a northwestern Pennsylvania city without water.Bradford officials say a 24-inch water main that broke Monday at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford caused 5 million gallons of water to leak, completely draining reserves in the city of about 8,800. Bradford is about 130 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.PEMA opened an emergency operations center Wednesday and is shipping water to the city and working with retailers to supply bottled water. The National Guard is bringing in at least three portable 500-gallon water buffalo tanks and trying to determine if there's a way to temporarily purify other water supplies until the city's is replenished.That's expected to take several days.City schools and the university have canceled classes this week. Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2943 Sheetz opens 500th convenience store, with plans for 1,000 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2942 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6306990677262729341.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania-based Sheetz convenience store chain is looking to double its store total after opening its 500th location.Sheetz executives cut a ceremonial ribbon Tuesday at the Altoona company's latest location in Thomasville, North Carolina.The company is now planning for 750 stores and eventually 1,000.Founder Bob Sheetz says he never envisioned the chain's growth when he opened the first store in 1952. The 80-year-old tells the newspaper he dreamed of owning 100 stores.There are about 152,000 convenience stores nationwide.Sheetz executives say they're planning to expand within the six states where they're currently operating; Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.They're opening at least 30 stores in 2015, including dine-in locations near West Virginia and Penn State universities.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2942 Men's Basketball: Titans End Season After Hard Fought Game at Top-Seeded Saint Vincent http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2941 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6694000259880495330.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> LATROBE, Pa. - Despite a strong and commanding first half, the eighth-seeded Westminster College men's basketball team lost 87-79 at top-seeded Saint Vincent College in the 2014-15 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday.The Titans were in control in the first half as they lead the entire half with the exception of when the Bearcats led 2-0 in the opening minutes. Westminster took its first double-digit lead, 18-8, when sophomore Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) made a three-pointer, one of a game-high 13 Titan threes, with 13:56 remaining. Westminster took its largest lead of game of 26-11 when junior Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) drained a three with 10:29 on the clock. Junior Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) earned the assist. Saint Vincent, however, out-scored Westminster 24-12 for the remaining of the half and the Titans only led 38-35 at halftime.The Bearcats continued their offensive surge as they took a quick 44-38 lead with 18:06 on the clock. The Titans continued to battle and eventually tied the game at 55 after sophomore Jason Pilarski (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) made a pair of free throws with 10:45 remaining. Pilarski would tie the game again (60-60) with a layup with 8:54 on the clock, however, Saint Vincent took its first double-digit lead of the game (76-65) after a 16-5 run at the 2:52 mark. Westminster got within six points, 85-79, after a three-pointer by sophomore Cameron Pozsgai (Windham, OH / Windham) with 17 seconds remaining, but the deficit proved to be too large to overcome.The Titans had four players score in double figures, led by Pilarski with a season-high 20 points. Pozsgai followed with 18 points, all coming from a game-high five three pointers which tied a career best. Wallander and Getsy added 15 and 12 points, respectively. Freshman Brandon Domenick (New Castle, PA / New Castle) scored nine points after shooting 3-for-3 behind the arc and dished out a game-high six assists. Westminster shot a season-best 56.5% (13-23) from three-point range. Wallander led Westminster on the glass with eight rebounds.Westminster finishes its season 7-20 overall and 3-13 in the PAC. Saint Vincent (20-6, 14-2 PAC) advances to the Semifinals. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2941 Wolf takes tweeted questions at 'Twitter town hall' http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2940 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5385504653528378587.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - From school funding to the future of coal, Gov. Tom Wolf spent a half-hour on Twitter fielding Pennsylvanians' tweeted questions about his agenda.Individuals and interest groups participated in Tuesday's 'Twitter town hall' and Wolf responded in brief sentences or through links to videos and other online sources of information.Asked how he would increase early-childhood education programs, he advised the questioner to 'stay tuned' for the budget address he's scheduled to make to lawmakers next week.The Democrat dodged some questions, including a query about his relationship with the Republicans who control both houses of the Legislature. He said that the both 'must work together' to make progress.On the future of coal, he pledges to work with all stakeholders to make Pennsylvania an energy leader.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2940 Western Pa. baby sitter jailed on charges she shook, hit 10-month-old http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2939 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7383613191623360209.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania baby sitter has been jailed on charges she shook and punched a 10-month-old she was watching last spring, leaving the girl unconscious.Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Nichols, of Greensburg, was arraigned Monday on charges including aggravated assault and child endangerment stemming from the incident May 5.That's when Nichols allegedly shook and punched little Scylla Connor after her mother, April Dittmar, asked Nichols to watch the child.The girl's mother says Nichols claimed the baby's brother pushed the girl, causing her to fall and hit her head. But doctors at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC told the mother and state police that the baby's injuries couldn't have happened that way.Online court records don't list an attorney for Nichols who faces a preliminary hearing Friday in Westmoreland County.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2939 -15 in New Castle- Cold cancels Erie school for 4th day http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2938 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4104701595945408907.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ERIE, Pa. (AP)-- Make that four straight school days canceled by the bitter cold in Erie.The city's schools are shut down again Tuesday as temperatures hover near zero and wind chills are projected to hit minus-30 or colder.A new round of record cold is closing or delaying school across Pennsylvania. Temperatures hit minus-15 in New Castle, minus 16 in Butler and minus-6 at the Pittsburgh airport.The National Weather Service says northern and western Pennsylvania will see wind chills between minus-10 and minus-20 degrees.A wind chill warning is in effect for northern mountains until 9 a.m., with forecasts of wind chills 25 to 30 degrees below zero.<br /><br />Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.<br />  Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2938 State police seek suspect who cut horse tails and manes in Butler County http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2937 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1007357225954726120.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BUTLER, Pa. (AP)-  A state police have been searching for a suspect who cut the manes and tails from three horses at a western Pennsylvania horse complex.Cortney Shipley manages the barn and trains horses at the Henderson Equestrian Complex in Jefferson Township, Butler County.Horse hair is used to make jewelry and tail and main extensions for show horses. The hair can even be used to make brushes, violin bows, hat bands and wigs.Shipley believes the horse barber struck during the lunch hour on Wednesday, when the horses would have been unattended in an open field along a road.Shipley says it takes years for horses to grow back their manes and tails.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2937 Westminster and Grove City post opening-round wins in PAC Championship Tournament http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2936 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5076920216728000753.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org) - Fifth-seeded Grove City College and seventh-seeded Westminster College each picked up first round wins in the 2014-15 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Basketball Championship Tournament Monday evening.<br /><br />Grove City secured a 66-46 win over eight-seeded Thiel College at the Grove City College Arena, while Westminster earned a 77-65 road win at sixth-seeded Bethany College.<br /><br />Senior guard Kelsey Shirey (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) tied a single-game Grove City record with six three-point goals and finished the game with a game-high 22 points. Sophomore guard Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, Ohio/Lowellville) finished with an 18-point, 11-rebound double double to lead Westminster.<br /><br />In Wednesday's quarterfinal round, Grove City will play at fourth-seeded Waynesburg University while Westminster will travel to face third-seeded Washington & Jefferson College.<br /> <br />The winners of Wednesday's quarterfinal matchups will travel to top-seeded Thomas More College and the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky for the semifinal and championship rounds on Friday and Saturday. Second-seeded Saint Vincent College will face off against the 3/6/7 winner in Friday's opener at 6 p.m., followed by Thomas More hosting the 4/5/8 winner in the nightcap at 8 p.m. The championship tournament title game will be on Saturday at 5 p.m.<br /><br />The PAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament features a new configuration in 2014-15, as the conference has adopted a double-bye format in which number one seed Thomas More and second-seeded Saint Vincent automatically advance to the semifinal round.<br /><br />Admission to all PAC Championship Tournament contests is $5 for adults and $2 for students, with students at PAC host institutions admitted for free with valid ID. Championship tournament programs will be on sale for $1.<br /><br />The winner of the 2014-15 PAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament receives the league's automatic bid to this year's NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which gets underway March 6-7.<br /><br />2014-15 PAC Championship Tournament highlightsMonday, Feb. 23 - Bethany, W.Va.First Round<br />No. 7 Westminster 77, No. 6 Bethany 65 Box ScoreAfter sophomore forward Carly Grady's (Keyser, W.Va./Keyser) jumper gave sixth-seeded Bethany a 52-51 lead with 8:36 remaining, seventh-seeded Westminster closed out the final eight minutes by outscoring the Bison 26-13 to claim the opening-round victory. Sophomore guard Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, Ohio/Lowellville) finished with an 18-point, 11-rebound double double to lead four Titans in double figures. Senior forward Allison Borts (Youngstown, Ohio/Boardman) added 17 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Mikyla Tipton (Wellsville, Ohio/Wellsville) finished with 18 points and seven assists to pace the Bison. Junior forward Gabrielle Naples (Salem, Ohio/South Range) chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds.Monday, Feb. 23 - Grove City, Pa.First Round<br />No. 5 Grove City 66, No. 8 Thiel 46 Box ScoreWith Monday's first round win, Grove City claimed the program's first home tournament win since February 24, 2004, when the Wolverines downed Waynesburg 61-43. Senior guard Kelsey Shirey (Macedonia, Ohio/Nordonia) finished with a game-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, knocking down 6-of-10 three-point attempts. Junior forward Kathryn Erbelding (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Olympia) chipped in 17 points, four assists and career-high nine steals. Thiel was led by junior forward Jaclyn Watkins' (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa) 17-point, six-rebound effort. She scored her 1,000th career point in the loss.2014-15 Championship Tournament Schedule<br />First Round<br />Monday, February 23<br />6 p.m. No. 5 Grove City 66, No. 8 Thiel 46<br />7 p.m. No. 7 Westminster 77, No. 6 Bethany 65<br />Quarterfinals<br />Wednesday, February 25<br />7 p.m. No. 7 Westminster at No. 3 W&J (Quarterfinal 1)<br />7 p.m. No. 5 Grove City at No. 4 Waynesburg (Quarterfinal 2)<br />Semifinals (Thomas More to host Friday's semifinal round and Saturday's championship)<br />Friday, February 27<br />6 p.m. Winner of Quarterfinal 1 vs. No. 2 Saint Vincent (Semifinal 1)<br />8 p.m. Winner of Quarterfinal 2 at No. 1 Thomas More (Semifinal 2)<br />Championship (Thomas More to host Friday's semifinal round and Saturday's championship)<br />Saturday, February 28<br />5 p.m. Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. winner of Semifinal 2 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2936 Westminster earns play-in game victory in PAC Championship Tournament http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2935 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-522315367180353875.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org) - Number eight Westminster College earned a 79-63 victory over ninth-seeded Washington & Jefferson College Monday evening in the opening round of the 2014-15 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Basketball Championship Tournament.<br /><br />Westminster sophomore guard Cameron Pozsgai (Windham, Ohio/Windham) led all scorers with 20 points in the league's fourth annual play-in game.<br /><br />With Monday's win the Titans advance to Tuesday's quarterfinal round to meet top-seeded Saint Vincent College. Tipoff at the Robert S. Carey Center is scheduled for 7 p.m.<br /><br />Tuesday's remaining quarterfinal pairings will see number seven Grove City College travel to second-seeded Waynesburg University, while sixth-seeded Geneva College will travel to third-seeded Bethany College. Fifth-seeded Thiel College will head to Crestview Hills, Kentucky to take on fourth-seeded Thomas More College. Tuesday's quarterfinal games will tip off at 7 p.m.<br /><br />The semifinal round of the men's championship tournament is scheduled for Thursday, with the lowest remaining seed traveling to the highest remaining seed and the two middle seeds meeting at the higher of the two. Thursday's semifinal games will both tip off at 7 p.m.<br /><br />Saturday's title game will be hosted by the higher seed remaining after Thursday's semifinals, with the start time scheduled for 7:30 p.m.<br /><br />Admission to all PAC Championship Tournament contests is $5 for adults and $2 for students, with students at PAC host institutions admitted for free with valid ID. Championship tournament programs will be on sale for $1.<br /><br />The winner of the 2014-15 PAC Championship Tournament receives the league's automatic bid to this year's NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which gets underway March 6-7.<br /><br />2014-15 PAC Championship Tournament highlightsMonday, Feb. 23 - New Wilmington, Pa.First Round (Fourth Annual PAC Play-In Game)<br />No. 8 Westminster 79, No. 9 W&J 63 Box ScoreThe eight-seeded Titans, leading by just five (67-62) with 2:22 to play, outscored the visiting Presidents 12-1 over the final 1:38 to secure the opening-round win at Memorial Field House. Sophomore guard Cameron Pozsgai (Windham, Ohio/Windham) led four Titans in double figures with 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting. Pozsgai also chipped in with six rebounds. Sophomore guard/forward Matt Getsy (Mars, Pa./Mars) added 17 points and a team-best seven rebounds while junior guard/forward Paul Carswell (Painesville, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) chipped in with 16. Freshman forward Brian Lindquist (Narvon, Pa./Pequa Valley) paced W&J with 16 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Mike Resnik (White Oak, Pa./McKeesport) finished with 15 points, five rebounds and three assists.2014-15 PAC Championship Tournament Schedule<br />First Round (Play-in game)<br />Monday, February 23<br />7 p.m. No. 8 Westminster 79, No. 9 W&J 63<br />Quarterfinals<br />Tuesday, February 24<br />7 p.m. No. 8 Westminster at No. 1 Saint Vincent (Quarterfinal 1)<br />7 p.m. No. 7 Grove City at No. 2 Waynesburg (Quarterfinal 2)<br />7 p.m. No. 6 Geneva at No. 3 Bethany (Quarterfinal 3)<br />7 p.m. No. 5 Thiel at No. 4 Thomas More (Quarterfinal 4)<br />Semifinals<br />Thursday, February 26<br />7 p.m. Lowest reminaing seed at highest remaining seed (Semifinal 1)<br />7 p.m. Lower middle seed at higher middle seed (Semifinal 2)<br />Championship<br />Saturday, February 28<br />7:30 p.m. Lower remaining seed at higher remaining seed Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2935 Symphony Orchestra to Present Concert http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2934 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4520518789795518765.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present a concert Friday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.The program includes 'Overture' to The Barber of Seville by G. Rossini; 'Valse Triste' by J. Sibelius; 'Allegro Moderato' from Piano Cencerto No. 4 in G Major by L. van Beethoven; and 'Blanik' from Ma Vlast by B. Smetana.Westminster music faculty participating in the orchestra are Dr. Robert Knop, associate professor, on viola; Dr. Daniel Perttu, associate professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Music, on bassoon; and Dr. Timothy Winfield, assistant professor, on trumpet.The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, assistant professor of Music.'This program is very much about contrasts, encompassing comedic music as well as the tragic; elements of the heroic, and of the sublime,' shares Crawford Perttu. 'We are particularly thrilled to have Dr. Nancy DeSalvo soloing with us. It provides such a wonderful opportunity for the students to collaborate with the faculty on a professional level performance.'Crawford Perttu, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2009, directs the symphony orchestra and the Ceól na Teud Scottish string music group, teaches the string pedagogy sequence as well as private violin and viola lessons, and supervises the weekly string master class. She earned an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and a master's and doctorate from the Ohio State University. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2934 Liquor privatization bill clears Pa. House committee hurdle http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2932 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1337399720288452755.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A proposal to sell off most of Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor system and its wholesale distribution network is moving ahead, but its prospects for passage remain unclear.The state House Liquor Control Committee voted 15-to-10 Monday to advance a Republican-backed proposal very similar to a bill that stalled in the last legislative session.The proposal would create 1,200 licenses for private businesses to sell wine and liquor and would give existing beer distributors the first shot at buying them.Grocery stores would only be able to sell wine, not liquor. All but 100 of the 600 government-owned and -operated liquor stores would gradually close and employees there would get help finding new jobs.A similar bill passed the House without Democratic support in 2013 but never got a Senate floor vote.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2932 Audit shows Pennsylvania lawmakers' surplus grew again http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2931 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6800781112918336282.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Legislature's pool of reserve cash grew for a second straight year.The Legislative Audit Advisory Commission said Monday that an outside audit of the Legislature's finances showed that the surplus grew to $161 million, as of last June 30.Last year's audit showed the legislative reserve had swelled to $154 million from $140 million the previous year, reversing a downward trend that began in 2006.The Legislature has ignored recommendations by auditors that it adopt a formal policy on the appropriate amount of the reserve.Top lawmakers justify the reserve as insurance against a budget standoff with the governor. But the Legislature has created no special rules to limit the use of the money, and such a large and unfettered surplus is nearly unheard of in other states.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2931 Pennsylvania AG says judge should be taken off her leak case http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2930 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8444085196081438939.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Lawyers for Pennsylvania's attorney general say the judge who supervised a grand jury that's recommended charges against her should be removed from any future proceedings in the matter.Attorney General Kathleen Kane's legal team argued in a filing with the state Supreme Court on Monday that Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter has demonstrated personal animosity toward her.The latest filing comes about a week after Carpenter defended the legality of his appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations that secret grand jury material was leaked to a Philadelphia newspaper last year.The grand jury recommended charges against Kane that include perjury.Kane's lawyers accuse the special prosecutor of an unlawful assumption of executive power, and say Carpenter didn't have the power to appoint him. Kane hasn't been charged.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2930 Pennsylvania House passes bill on cyber bullying http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2929 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg570689965584047347.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A bill creating the offense of cyber harassment of a child in Pennsylvania has the overwhelming approval of the state House of Representatives.The bill passed Monday, 193-to-5, and goes to the Senate for consideration.Under the bill, cyber harassment of a child would be a third-degree misdemeanor and a perpetrator under 18 would be under the jurisdiction of juvenile court.The bill defines the crime as being committed with an intent to harass, annoy or alarm by using electronic social media to disparage the child's health, characteristics, sexuality or sexual activity, or to threaten harm.A third-degree misdemeanor allows for a maximum of one year in prison.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2929 Wicked wind chill cancels Erie school for 3rd straight day- dozens more on delays http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2928 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3380701989034420920.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ERIE, Pa. (AP) - Wicked wind chills are gripping Pennsylvania once again.The National Weather Service says most of the state will see wind chills Monday between 5 degrees and minus-5.A wind chill warning is in effect for the northern mountains until 9 a.m. Tuesday with forecasts of wind chills 15 to 30 degrees below zero.School is cancelled for the third day in a row in Erie, where the temperature fell to minus-5 and the wind chill was expected to hit minus-18.The district says it'll make up missed days in June.Dozens of other districts were also closed or on a two-hour delay.Motorists say they're dodging deep potholes on their morning commute Monday.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2928 McConnells Mill State Park in Winter- VIDEO! http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2902 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4992586818136993633.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SLIPPERY ROCK TOWNSHIP, Pa.-- It's snowy.  It's icy.  It's cold and it's beautiful.  It's winter at McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County.McConnells Mills State Park gets plenty of visitors in the spring, summer and fall.  However, much of that traffic drops off in the winter. This time of year the mill itself is sealed shut. The icy waters of the Slippery Rock Creek are too treacherous for kayaking or fishing. But it's an adventure for the eyes end ears with rushing water, ice formations and more. Our cameras reveal the frozen wonderland of a Lawrence County treasure that is certainly worth the trip for those willing to brave the cold.  Check out our video essay.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='366' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/119986942?byline=0' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='650'></iframe><a href='https://vimeo.com/119986942'>McConnells Mill State Park in Winter</a> from <a href='https://vimeo.com/wcn247'>WCN 24/7 on VIMEO</a> on <a href='https://vimeo.com'>Vimeo</a>.Produced by Bradley Weaver- WCN 24/7 StaffHERE ARE THE PICS!  SLIDSHOW!<div style='width:600px;height:500px;text-align:center;margin:auto;'><object classid='clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000' codebase='http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0' height='500' width='600'><param name='flashvars' value='offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157648575563373%2Fshow&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157648575563373%2F&set_id=72157648575563373' /><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true' /><param name='src' value='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' /><embed allowfullscreen='true' flashvars='offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157648575563373%2Fshow&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157648575563373%2F&set_id=72157648575563373' height='500' src='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' width='600'></embed></object><br /><small>Created with <a href='http://www.flickrslideshow.com'>flickr slideshow</a>.</small></div> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2902 New wind chill warnings issued in Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2927 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1808642466620326489.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> Pittsburgh (AP) - Pennsylvania residents digging out from as much as 8 inches of snow or more are now being warned about dangerous wind chills expected in many areas.The storm Saturday into early Sunday prompted delays and cancellations at Philadelphia International Airport and speed restrictions on many highways.Forecasters have issued now wind chill advisories for much of western Pennsylvania, saying double-digit wind chill estimates are expected into Tuesday morning that could cause frostbite and hypothermia if precautions aren't taken.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2927 Indoor Track & Field: Records Broken at Kenyon Classic http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2933 GAMBIER, Ohio - The Westminster College men's and women's indoor track & field teams competed in the Kenyon College Classic on Saturday. The Titan men's team finished third out of seven schools with 78 points, while the Titan women's team placed fifth out of seven schools with 72.75 points.Titan sophomore Katelynn Morrell (Boardman, OH / Boardman) placed third out of 24 runners in the 1-mile run with a school record time of 5:33.85. Sophomore Doltyn Snedden (Windber, PA / Forest Hills) placed fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a school-record time of 9.04.Freshman Jametrius Bentley (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista Community) won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.16 and also placed second in the 200-meter dash with a personal-best time of 23.39. Three Titans earned third place in their respective events: junior Jake Dindak (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) in the 400-meter dash (52.65), junior Andrew Brannen (Pittsburgh, PA / Peters Township) in the pole vault (indoor personal-best 4.42m), and junior Nick Fiorentino (Franklin, PA / Franklin) in the shot put (13.01m).The Titan women's team swept the top three spots of the pole vault, led by junior Marissa Kalsey (Waynesburg, PA / Waynesburg) who tied a season-best mark of 3.81 meters. Senior Brittany Majors (Wampum, PA / Ellwood City) placed second (3.36m), while sophomore Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, PA / Salem) placed third (3.36m). Shepherd also placed fifth in the 60-meter dash with a season-best time of 8.36.Westminster will next compete at the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Indoor Championships on Thursday, hosted by Youngstown State University. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2933 St. Vincent top seed in PAC men's basketball playoffs- #8 WC plays #9 WJ on Monday http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2926 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5240377310382446564.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org) - Two-time defending conference champion Saint Vincent College has earned the top seed and hosting rights throughout the 2014-15 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, which will take place February 23-28.The Bearcats and 12th-year head coach D.P. Harris will be looking to secure the program's third consecutive men's basketball title. Third-seeded Saint Vincent topped second-seeded Thomas More College 90-84 in Crestview Hills, Kentucky to win the 2014 PAC title. In 2013, the Bearcats won their first-ever PAC men's basketball title with an 81-67 victory over the Saints at the Carey Center in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.<br /><br />Tournament play will begin on Monday with the league's fourth annual play-in game, which features ninth-seeded Washington & Jefferson College traveling to eighth-seeded Westminster College. Monday's tipoff at Memorial Field House is scheduled for 7 p.m., with the play-in game winner earning a trip to top-seeded Saint Vincent Tuesday for one of four quarterfinal matchups.<br /><br />Tuesday's remaining quarterfinal pairings will see number seven Grove City College travel to second-seeded Waynesburg University, while sixth-seeded Geneva College will travel to third-seeded Bethany College. Fifth-seeded Thiel College will head to Thomas More to take on the fourth-seeded Saints.<br /><br />The semifinal round of the men's championship tournament is scheduled for Thursday, with the lowest remaining seed traveling to the highest remaining seed and the two middle seeds meeting at the higher of the two. Thursday's semifinal games will both tip at 7 p.m.<br /><br />Saturday's title game will be hosted by the higher seed remaining after Thursday's semifinals, with the start time scheduled for 7:30 p.m.<br /><br />Admission to all PAC Championship Tournament contests is $5 for adults and $2 for students, with students at PAC host institutions admitted for free with valid ID. Championship tournament programs will be on sale for $1.<br /><br />The winner of the 2014-15 PAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament receives the league's automatic bid to this year's NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which gets underway March 6-7.<br /> 2014-15 PAC Mn's Basketball Championship Tournament<br />First Round (Play-in game)<br />Monday, February 23<br />7 p.m. No. 9 W&J at No. 8 Westminster<br />Quarterfinals<br />Tuesday, February 24<br />7 p.m. Winner of No. 8/No. 9 play-in game at No. 1 Saint Vincent (Quarterfinal 1)<br />7 p.m. No. 7 Grove City at No. 2 Waynesburg (Quarterfinal 2)<br />7 p.m. No. 6 Geneva at No. 3 Bethany (Quarterfinal 3)<br />7 p.m. No. 5 Thiel at No. 4 Thomas More (Quarterfinal 4)<br />Semifinals<br />Thursday, February 26<br />7 p.m. Lowest reminaing seed at highest remaining seed (Semifinal 1)<br />7 p.m. Lower middle seed at higher middle seed (Semifinal 2)<br />Championship<br />Saturday, February 28<br />7:30 p.m. Lower remaining seed at higher remaining seed<br />Presidents' Athletic Conference<br />PO Box 183<br />New Wilmington, PA 16142<br />Phone (724) 901-0090<br />Fax (800) 708-0191<br />[ecac_footer] [ncaa_d3b] [SIDEARM Sports]<br />Privacy Policy Terms of Service<br />[PAC Athletics Twitter]Men's Basketball: Westminster defeats Geneva 88-85 - (OT)13 hours ago Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2926 Thomas More earns top seed in PAC women's basketball playoffs- WC is #7 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2925 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1853484493228603656.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org) - Thomas More College, the top-ranked NCAA Division III program in the country according to both national polls, will be the top seed and has earned home court advantage throughout the 2014-15 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Basketball Championship Tournament, which will take place February 23-28.Fourth-year head coach Jeff Hans has the Saints' program ranked first on this week's USA Today Sports Division III Top 25 Coaches' Poll and D3hoops.com Top 25, respectively, after finishing the regular season 25-0 overall and 18-0 in the PAC.Winners of the last eight PAC Championship Tournament titles, Thomas More has won 71-straight regular-season games dating back to an 84-75 overtime loss against Calvin College on November 23, 2012. The Saints' last conference loss was a 68-65 setback at Saint Vincent College on January 14, 2012, a span of 64 league games. Since joining the PAC in 2006 (9 seasons), the Saints have totaled a conference regular-season record of 137-5.<br /> <br />The PAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament features a new configuration in 2014-15, as the conference has adopted a double-bye format in which number one seed Thomas More and second-seeded Saint Vincent automatically advance to the semifinal round, which will be hosted by Thomas More at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky on Friday, February 27.<br /> <br />Tournament play will begin on Monday with a pair of first round contests. Fifth-seeded Grove City College will host eighth-seeded Thiel College in one matchup, while sixth-seeded Bethany College will host seventh-seeded Westminster College in the other opening round contest. On Wednesday, the Grove City-Thiel winner will play at fourth-seeded Waynesburg University while the Bethany-Westminster winner will travel to face third-seeded Washington & Jefferson College in the quarterfinal round.  <br /> <br />The winners of Wednesday's quarterfinal matchups will travel to Thomas More for the semifinal and championship rounds on Friday and Saturday. Saint Vincent will face off against the 3/6/7 winner in Friday's opener at 6 p.m., followed by Thomas More hosting the 4/5/8 winner in the nightcap at 8 p.m. The championship tournament title game will be on Saturday at 5 p.m.<br /> <br />Admission to all PAC Championship Tournament contests is $5 for adults and $2 for students, with students at PAC host institutions admitted for free with valid ID. Championship tournament programs will be on sale for $1.<br /> <br />The winner of the 2014-15 PAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament receives the league's automatic bid to this year's NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which gets underway March 6-7.<br /> 2014-15 PAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament<br />First Round<br />Monday, February 23<br />6 p.m. No. 8 Thiel at No. 5 Grove City<br />7 p.m. No. 7 Westminster at No. 6 Bethany<br />Quarterfinals<br />Wednesday, February 25<br />7 p.m. No. 6/No. 7 winner at No. 3 W&J (Quarterfinal 1)<br />7 p.m. No. 5/No. 8 winner at No. 4 Waynesburg (Quarterfinal 2)<br />Semifinals (Thomas More to host Friday's semifinal round and Saturday's championship)<br />Friday, February 27<br />6 p.m. Winner of Quarterfinal 1 vs. No. 2 Saint Vincent (Semifinal 1)<br />8 p.m. Winner of Quarterfinal 2 at No. 1 Thomas More (Semifinal 2)<br />Championship (Thomas More to host Friday's semifinal round and Saturday's championship)<br />Saturday, February 28<br />5 p.m. Winner of Semifinal 1 vs. winner of Semifinal 2 Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2925 Storm bringing 4 to 8 inches of snow to much of Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2922 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg953091117272333230.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Forecasters say another winter storm is dumping several inches of snow over most of the commonwealth this weekend.The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings and advisories predicting snow totals of between 4 and 8 inches for much of Pennsylvania.Forecasters say the storm late Saturday and early Sunday may also include some sleet and freezing rain, with up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation in some areas.Officials say poor visibility combined with the snow and ice will make travel hazardous at times.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reduced speed limits to 45 mph on a number of interstates and highways.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2922 Retired Pennsylvania professor dead; son arrested http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2921 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3576448847952134597.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> INDIANA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say the son of a retired  Pennsylvania professor has been arrested and charged with homicide in her death.Officials said police in the borough of Indiana found 72-year-old Ruth Shirey unconscious with beating injuries in her home early Friday and her car missing. She later died at Indiana Regional Medical Center.Hours later, police stopped her car near Altoona in Blair County and arrested 36-year-old Todd Royce Walters, who also lived in the home.He was charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault. Police said in a criminal complaint that they were told that he had been treated for mental health issues. Court documents don't list an attorney for him.Shirey was an emeritus geography professor who had taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for 37 years.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2921 WC Comes in at Bottom of PAC Preseason Baseball Poll- Thomas More on Top http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2920 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7630809401356974898.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org) - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) released the results of the 2015 PAC Preseason Baseball Coaches' Poll, along with its Players to Watch list, on Thursday. Thomas More College and 15th-year head coach Jeff Hetzer were picked as the preseason favorite to claim this year's championship tournament title.<br /><br />The PAC also released its 60th anniversary baseball team on Thursday.<br /><br />The annual preseason poll collects votes from each of the league's nine head coaches.<br /><br />Thomas More, winner of last season's championship tournament, totaled four first-place votes and 74 points. The Saints finished the 2014 season 25-19 and won the program's third PAC Championship Tournament title. They were regional semifinalists at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional in Marietta, Ohio.<br /><br />Washington & Jefferson College, the 2014 regular-season league champion, collected three first-place votes and 71 points to finish second. Bethany College and Waynesburg University tied for third with 52 points each. Waynesburg also received one first-place vote.<br /><br />Thiel College College was picked fifth, totaling 48 points and receiving the final first-place vote. Saint Vincent College was picked sixth (45), Geneva College seventh (23), Grove City College eighth (21) and Westminster College ninth (19).<br /><br />The 2015 PAC Championship Tournament is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, May 7-9. The top seed coming out of the regular season will host the league's four-team, double-elimination tournament.<br /> 2015 PAC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll<br />School (first-place votes) Points 2014 Record (PAC)<br />1. Thomas More College (4) 74 25-19 (14-10)<br />2. Washington & Jefferson College (3) 71 29-15 (21-3)<br />T-3. Bethany College 52 19-18 (14-10)<br />T-3. Waynesburg University (1) 52 18-25 (13-11)<br />5. Thiel College (1) 48 15-22 (9-14)<br />6. Saint Vincent College 45 18-21 (12-12)<br />7. Geneva College 23 12-26 (8-15)<br />8. Grove City College 21 9-25 (7-16)<br />9. Westminster College 19 11-24 (8-15) Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2920 Titans picked 5th- Thomas More #1 in PAC Preseason Softball Poll http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2919 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3110687634923306999.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org) - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) released the results of the 2015 PAC Preseason Softball Coaches' Poll, along with its Players to Watch list, on Friday. Thomas More College and seventh-year head coach Lindsay Bramhall were picked as the preseason favorite to claim this year's championship tournament title.<br /><br />The PAC also released its 60th anniversary softball team on Friday.<br /><br />The preseason poll collects votes from each of the conference's 10 head coaches.<br /><br />The Saints, last year's regular-season champions, received 93 total points and five of the league's 10 first-place votes. They finished the 2014 season 31-12 and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, finishing 1-2 at the Chicago Regional.<br /><br />Geneva College was picked second, finishing with 88 points and three first-place votes, while defending tournament champion Washington & Jefferson College was picked third, earning the final two first-place votes and 87 total points.<br /><br />Bethany College was selected fourth with 70 points, followed by Westminster College in fifth (50), Thiel College in sixth (48) and Saint Vincent College in seventh (46). Grove City College and Waynesburg University tied for the number eight spot with 29 points apiece. Chatham University was picked 10th (10).<br /><br />The 2015 PAC Softball Championship Tournament will be held Friday-Saturday, May 1-2. The top seed coming out of the regular season will host the league's four-team, double-elimination tournament.<br /> 2015 PAC Softball Coaches Preseason Poll<br />School (first-place votes) Points 2014 Record (PAC)<br />1. Thomas More College (5) 93 31-12 (16-2)<br />2. Geneva College (3) 88 23-16 (15-3)<br />3. Washington & Jefferson College (2) 87 25-12 (13-5)<br />4. Bethany College 70 18-24 (10-8)<br />5. Westminster College 50 20-16 (9-9)<br />6. Thiel College 48 12-22 (5-13)<br />7. Saint Vincent College 46 22-14 (8-10)<br />T-8. Grove City College 29 12-21 (6-12)<br />T-8. Waynesburg University 29 10-22 (6-12)<br />10. Chatham University 10 6-19 (2-16) Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2919 Coroner: Worker dies when rock falls in western Pennsylvania mine http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2918 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6753177134941547921.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HEILWOOD, Pa. (AP) - A county coroner says a worker was killed at a mine in west-central Pennsylvania after a large rock fell from the mine roof and crushed him.Indiana County Coroner Jerry L. Overman Jr. says in a news release that the man - 29-year-old Todd Trimble of Gallitzin - was installing roof bolts at Rosebud Heilwood mine on Friday afternoon when the rock fell and he was trapped underneath.The coroner says co-workers freed Trimble and took him to the surface, where paramedics had arrived.The coroner pronounced the man dead at the scene.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2918 Pennsylvania flush with cash for transportation projects http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2917 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1378778810620549431.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania is implementing a multibillion-dollar transportation work blueprint at a time the federal government is doling out less money for such work.The higher taxes, fees and fines approved in 2013 are being phased in over five years to generate $2.3 billion mostly for roads and bridges. There will be millions more for railroads, seaports and airports.Data analyzed by The Associated Press show the state's increased spending comes even as money made available to the states from the Federal Highway Trust Fund declined 3.5 percent between 2008 and 2013.In Pennsylvania, the federal funds shrank from $1.7 billion to $1.6 billion- 5.9 percent, or 13 percent when adjusted for inflation.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2917 Penn State fraternity suspended over hazing allegations http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2916 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8778987414499024420.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State's chapter of Pi Kappa Phi has been sanctioned for hazing violations.The fraternity's national leadership said Friday chapter's interim suspension will remain in effect until the end of the month.After that, Pi Kappa Phi says, the 107-member chapter will be allowed to return to limited activity so it can complete educational programs and strengthen operations.Pi Kappa Phi originally suspended the chapter in December and was investigating violations of its risk management policy and standards of conduct.Penn State Interfraternity Council President Rick Groves tells The Daily Collegian the university received an anonymous letter alleging members of the fraternity were hazed.Groves says the council will conduct its own investigation after Pi Kappa Phi's is completed.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2916 Pope's Pennsylvania visit fuels fundraising for World Meeting of Families http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2915 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5073919215857091524.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Who's the hottest fundraiser in Philadelphia? Pope Francis, of course.Organizers of the World Meeting of Families said Friday excitement for the pontiff's visit to the September 22-27 conference has already pushed it two-thirds of the way to its $45 million fundraising goal.Archbishop Charles Chaput credits the wonderful generosity of donors interested in supporting the conference's message that families are the key to strengthening communities.Organizers say the funds will cover extensive operational costs, including security, transportation and infrastructure enhancements.They say they'll calculate costs related to Francis' visit once they receive a formal itinerary from the Vatican.Francis is expected to take part in the Festival of Families closing event and lead a public Mass before than 1.5 million people on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2915 Deep freeze and wind chills continue for western Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2914 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3258654448786833534.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE- Arctic air and bitterly cold wind is moving across Pennsylvania, plunging temperatures into record low single digits, accompanied by subzero wind chills.The National Weather Service says Friday's extreme weather brought record low temperatures from western Pennsylvania, forcing a number of school closuresIn our region, temperatures dipped to -18 in New Castle,  -15 in Butler and 6 below zero in Pittsburgh - all records. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2914 Pa. college student filmed classmates in shower http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2913 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6687414478113824067.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a Carnegie Mellon University student's extracurricular activities included filming fellow students in the shower.Daniel Edilio Jorge was arrested Thursday on invasion of privacy charges. The 19-year-old East Williston, New York man is free on bond pending a March 4 preliminary hearing.Jorge declined to answer questions as he left his arraignment. He's no longer enrolled at Carnegie Mellon.Police say Jorge had videos of more than 30 male students on his iPhone and hard drive.Police say they started investigating Jorge after another student saw him recording two people showering in a dormitory bathroom without their knowledge.Police say Jorge admitted recording the videos after initially denying they were his.A Carnegie Mellon spokeswoman says the investigation led to Jorge's departure from the school.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2913 Testy over testing: More students snub standardized exams http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2912 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5041479379589607036.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The backlash against high-stakes testing is kicking into high gear this spring as millions of students start taking new, more rigorous exams.Officials say the standardized assessments are crucial to evaluating student progress and competitiveness. But a growing cohort of parents, students and teachers are rebelling against what they consider a toxic culture of testing.They're concerned the exams distract from real learning, put added stress on students and staff, and waste resources. And an increasing number are opting their children out of the assessments.Officials have begun to listen. Pittsburgh officials cut about 33 hours of testing this year for some elementary students. And U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he's urging Congress to make states set limits on the volume of exams.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2912 Jameson ER prepared to care for people exposed to extreme cold http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2904 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6656000838142589132.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- The bone-chilling blast of cold is coming with strong winds and forecasters warn of possibly the coldest temperatures in years. The National Weather Service warns frostbite can develop in 'a matter of minutes.'  Dr. Jennifer Savion, Jameson Hospital Emergency Room Director, says they are prepared to treat people with frostbite and hypothermia. However she says people can stay safe by limiting how much time they spend outside.  She recommends anyone needing to shovel or clear sidewalks only venture out in very short periods of time.  She also cautions that you want all of your skin covered. Dr. Savino offers more on how to recognize the symptoms of hypothermia and how to prevent it from happening to you.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='428' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/119801345?color=ff0179&byline=0' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='760'></iframe><a href='https://vimeo.com/119801345'>Frostbite & hypothermia risks during extreme temps/windchills</a> from <a href='https://vimeo.com/wcn247'>WCN 24/7 on VIMEO</a> on <a href='https://vimeo.com'>Vimeo</a>. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2904 Private Pa. university to end all abortion coverage http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2911 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8402413275983748685.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - The University of Scranton plans to end employee health care coverage for abortions in cases of rape, incest and to preserve the life of the mother.The Roman Catholic university notified faculty and staff of the proposed change last week.The university's president, the Rev. Kevin Quinn, wrote in a letter to faculty and staff that church teaching on abortion does not include any exceptions, 'however serious or tragic' the circumstances of the pregnancy.The university's faculty affairs council, which is now in contract negotiations, must agree to the university's request. The union has not yet formally responded to the proposal.___Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2911 Historically black Lincoln U. in Pa. investigating racist graffiti http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2910 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4383771302289293285.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. (AP) - A historically black university outside Philadelphia says it's investigating after racially disparaging graffiti was discovered on a sign at an entrance to the campus.Lincoln University says campus public safety officers discovered the vandalism at 1:50 a.m. Thursday and immediately took steps to correct the damage.Acting President Valerie Harrison called the graffiti a display of ignorance and hatred and said in a letter to students that it's a sober reminder of the hatred and intimidation past generations overcame.Harrison says the university will put measures in place to minimize opportunities for defacing property on its campus about 45 miles west of Philadelphia.She told Lincoln's 2,500 students they shouldn't be distracted by 'the cowardly acts of others' or act out in a manner inconsistent with the state-related university's values.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2910 Tough Mudder sues Pennsylvania man over similar race name http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2909 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2179977871780344079.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The company behind the popular Tough Mudder obstacle course race series has sued a Pennsylvania man who started a race for kids called 'Mini Mudder.'Tough Mudder Inc. of New York City filed a federal lawsuit this week against Barry Dobil, of Upper Macungie Township near Allentown, claiming trademark infringement.Tough Mudder's suit demands that Dobil stop using the name Mini Mudder. The company also seeks monetary damages.Dobil tells the paper he's shocked by the suit. He says he started running his own event as a 'good, fun, nothing-but-positive activity for my kids.'Tough Mudder plans to hold 50 races in the United States and abroad this year.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2909 Almost all of Lake Erie now covered by ice http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2905 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2691162471738497628.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CLEVELAND (AP) - The latest cold snap has almost all of Lake Erie covered by ice.The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory says ice has formed across close to 94 percent of the lake. That's the highest percentage out of all of the Great Lakes.Just two years at this time of the year, only about half of the lake had ice cover.Scientists say mid-February is when Lake Erie is usually the coldest.The Northeast Ohio Media Group (<a href='http://bit.ly/1L4ADDT'>http://bit.ly/1L4ADDT </a>) in Cleveland reports that the lake reached 100 percent ice coverage only three times since records have been kept.The most recent time was in 1996.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2905