Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/ en-us Copyright 2014 Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:23:57 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/ Porn emails case emerges in gubernatorial debate http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2226 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5541320568233423688.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf is suggesting that Republican Gov. Tom Corbett bears responsibility for his employees as attorney general who are said to have exchanged pornographic videos and images through office emails.The candidates were asked about the subject during Wednesday morning's debate at KYW-TV and KYW-AM in Philadelphia.Wolf responded that an organization's culture starts at the top and it's concerning that the culture at the attorney general's office allowed that to happen. After the debate, Corbett called that assertion a 'cheap shot' and says he can't believe his employees were dumb enough to send such emails.Corbett also says the work product from the attorney general's office under him was overwhelmingly good. Neither candidate, however, criticized Attorney General Kathleen Kane's decision to release details about the emails.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2226 Hunting banned, tourism down in Pa. manhunt zone http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2225 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-204538008341623279.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - For a region heavily dependent on tourism, the headline could scarcely be worse: A heavily armed survivalist charged with ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks eludes hundreds of law enforcement officials pursuing him in the woods.Yet tourism officials in the Pocono Mountains say that while visitors are calling to ask about the manhunt for Eric Frein, very few of them are canceling reservations.Elizabeth Richardson at the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau says hotels and resorts outside the immediate search zone are largely unaffected.It's a different story for business owners near the manhunt. They say they've lost money because tourists are staying away. Hunting also has been banned near the search zone.The 31-year-old survivalist is charged with killing a state police corporal and wounding another trooper outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2225 Teen held in death of accomplice shot by homeowner http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2224 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4998928095952027645.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - A 17-year-old boy has been jailed in the fatal shooting of his alleged accomplice in a burglary, even though the victim was shot by the homeowner.State police Sgt. Steve Driscoll says Anthony Welsh, of New Castle, is responsible for 20-year-old Mariek Payne's death because Payne was killed - though not by Welsh - during the commission of a felony.Police say Welsh and Payne broke into a Union Township home on Friday, and that Payne was shot by a person who lived there as Payne and Welsh fled.Payne's body wasn't found until 4 p.m. Sunday in an alley near his home in the township.Online court records don't list an attorney for Welsh who faces an Oct. 9 preliminary hearing on second-degree murder and lesser charges.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2224 Pennsylvania trooper shot dead during gun training http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2223 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5107873776375114136.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state trooper who was accidentally shot during a gun training exercise has died.State police say Trooper David Kedra was shot in the chest Tuesday during a yearly training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex in Conshohocken, near Philadelphia.The 26-year-old Kedra was flown by helicopter to a hospital, where he later died. He had been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police since June 2012.The campus where the shooting occurred has classrooms and training facilities for firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians.The shooting remains under investigation.Kedra is the 96th member of the state police to be killed in the line of duty.He's the second to be shot dead this month. Cpl. Bryon Dickson died in an ambush Sept. 12.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2223 Women's Golf: Titans Finish Second at PAC Fall Championship http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2222 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2324595655027949557.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. - The Westminster College women's golf team's 21-stroke improvement from day one to day two climbed the Titans to a second-place finish at the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Fall Championship on Tuesday.The two-day event was held Monday and Tuesday at the New Castle Country Club.The Titans' 36-hole total was an 807. Westminster shot a 414 in day one and a 393 in day two. Its 393 was the third-best 18-hole score in the Championship.<br />First-year Kelsey Phillips (Pittsburgh, PA / Allegheny) led Westminster as she carded a 189 (96-93) for fifth-place. Senior Morgan Pierce (Greenville, PA / Reynolds) followed with a 201 (100-101) for 12th-place. Also finishing in the top-15 was junior Carly Boughner (Cooperstown, PA / Rocky Grove) who shaved off seven strokes from day one to day two. Boughner carded a 106 in day one and a 99 in day two for a total of 205, good enough for 14th-palce. First-year Ava Hoag (McKeesport, PA / Elizabeth Forward) (212/112-100) rounded out the Titan scorers.The Washington & Jefferson College women's golf team won the event with a 744 (377-367). Following Westminster was Grove City in third with an 809 (398-411). Thomas More College finished fourth (821, 396-425), followed by Saint Vincent College in fifth (847,425-422), Thiel College in sixth (833, 431-452) and Waynesburg University in seventh (1144, 585-559).Grove City senior Esther Durling claimed her fourth-straight PAC Fall Championship individual title with a two-day stroke total of 175 (89-86).The 2014-15 PAC Championships feature a 72-hole stroke play event, with 36 holes played at the Fall Championships and another 36 holes played at the Spring Championships in April. The combined 72-hole team total will determine the 2014-15 PAC team champions and winners of the league's men's and women's automatic bids to the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships.New for 2014-15 season, the All-PAC teams, as well the PAC Players of the Year, will be determined by the combined 72-hole scores from the Fall and Spring Championships. In previous years, All-PAC and Player of the Year honors were determined exclusively at the 36-hole Spring Championships. The All-PAC teams will be made up of the top 15 overall scorers (5 first team, 5 second team, 5 honorable mention).The 36-hole PAC Spring Championship will be held Friday-Saturday, April 24-25 at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon, Pa. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2222 Volleyball: Titans Drop to PAC Foe Geneva http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2220 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3319918417165704875.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College volleyball team lost, 3-0, to Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Geneva College at home on Tuesday.Geneva (13-6, 6-1 PAC) won set one, 25-20, set two, 26-24, and set three, 25-20.Westminster (11-7, 5-2 PAC) held a 12-8 lead in set two, its largest of the match. The Golden Tornadoes responded with a 6-0 run to take a 14-12 lead. Eight ties followed with the latest coming at 24-24. Geneva captured the set after two Titan miscues.Titan first-year Lexie Yoho (Pittsburgh, PA / Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) and senior Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) both had a team-high six kills. Junior Tiffany Jackson (Las Vegas, NV / Las Vegas) led Westminster with 10 assists, while first-year Anna Thompson (Sherrodsville, OH / Tuscarawas Central Catholic) added eight. Westminster junior Erin Kennedy (Oakmont, PA / Riverview) had a team-high 13 digs, followed by Freyermuth and first-year Kendell Dickson (Cochranton, PA / Cochranton) who each had 10.The Golden Tornadoes out-hit the Titans, .236 to .088. Erica Hughes led Geneva's offense with 16 kills, while Alexis Ritson led the defense with 17 digs.Westminster is back in action Saturday as it competes at Thiel College's tri-match. The Titans will face Thiel at 11 a.m. and Grove City College at 1 p.m. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2220 Men's Golf: Westminster Places Sixth at PAC Fall Championship http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2219 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8268244455699169872.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. - The Westminster College men's golf team finished sixth at the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Fall Championship on Tuesday. The 36-hole PAC Fall Golf Championship were held Monday and Tuesday, September 29-30 and hosted by the New Castle Country Club.Westminster carded a two-day score of 710 (363-347).Titan senior Ross Montanti (Gibsonia, PA / Pine-Richland) led Westminster with a 167 (87-80) to tie for second place. Senior Dom Ciraula (Wexford, PA / Pine-Richland) finished next for the Titans with a 175 (88-87). Freshman Vince Hynes (Lowellville, OH) (185/94-91), sophomore Shane Wilson (New Castle, PA / Laurel) (188/99-89), and freshman Nick Torrence (Pittsburgh, PA) (189/94-95) rounded out the Titan scorers.Washington & Jefferson won the event with a 623 (315-308), followed by Saint Vincent College in second with a 628 (321-307). Grove City College placed third with a 637 (319-318), followed by Thomas More College in fourth (644, 325-319) and Thiel College in fifth (656, 334-322). After the Titans was Bethany College in seventh (808, 426-382) and Waynesburg University in eighth (840, 442-398).W&J freshman Owen Miller was the medalist with a 149 (77-72).The 2014-15 PAC Championships feature a 72-hole stroke play event, with 36 holes played at the Fall Championships and another 36 holes played at the Spring Championships in April. The combined 72-hole team total will determine the 2014-15 PAC team champions and winners of the league's men's and women's automatic bids to the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships.New for 2014-15 season, the All-PAC teams, as well the PAC Players of the Year, will be determined by the combined 72-hole scores from the Fall and Spring Championships. In previous years, All-PAC and Player of the Year honors were determined exclusively at the 36-hole Spring Championships. The All-PAC teams will be made up of the top 15 overall scorers (5 first team, 5 second team, 5 honorable mention).The 36-hole PAC Spring Championship will be held Friday-Saturday, April 24-25 at Cedarbrook Golf Course in Belle Vernon, Pa.***The Presidents' Athletic Conference contributed to this story. Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2219 Teen held in death of accomplice shot by homeowner http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2217 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2782912028097135133.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - A Lawrence County teen faces charges in the fatal shooting of his alleged accomplice in a burglary, even though the victim was shot by the homeowner.State police Sgt. Steve Driscoll says 17-year old Anthony Welsh is responsible for 20-year-old Mariek Payne's death because Payne was killed - though not by Welsh - during the commission of a felony.Police say Welsh and Payne broke into a Union Township home on Friday, and that Payne was shot by a person who lived there as Payne and Welsh fled.Payne's body wasn't found until 4 p.m. Sunday in an alley near his home in the township.Online court records don't list an attorney for Welsh who faces an Oct. 9 preliminary hearing on second-degree murder and lesser charges.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2217 Two men in custody for death of Mercer County man http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2216 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7765766624808871329.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GROVE CITY, Pa.-State police say they have two men in custody facing charges in connection with the murder of a Mercer County man.  The victim's body was found along a road in Pine Township on Sunday afternoon.Troopers say 60-year old Michael Anthony Johns, Sr., of Grove City was killed, but they have not said how he died pending an autopsy.Police say they arrested two Grove City men on Monday on charges of murder and robbery.  They say 23-year-old Ryan Bowers and 39-year-old Patrick face a Tuesday arraignment. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2216 Courts given orders to clear civil case backlogs http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2215 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7194189244995124852.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's chief Supreme Court justice says county courts are adopting civil case management processes to help them wrap up cases within two years.Chief Justice Ronald Castille said Monday that a two-year review of county court practices had found that too many civil cases had lingered for too long.He blames certain court rules that made it difficult for inactive cases to be purged. In other cases, he says, counties didn't have case management systems or they had a culture that allowed lawyers to dictate the pace of litigation.Now, he says, each county has a case management plan and president judges know that cases shouldn't go beyond two years.There are exceptions for cases that are unusually complicated or if extenuating circumstances apply, as when lawyers have long-term illnesses.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2215 Field Station to Dedicate Memorial Garden Oct. 4 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2186 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg335231826298764233.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- <strong><a href='http://Westminster College Field Station'>The Westminster College Field Statio</a>n</strong> will dedicate the Margaret 'Meg' Rankin Memorial Garden and Nursery Saturday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m.  The event, at 937 Fayette-New Wilmington Road, is open to the public.Rankin, a 1986 Westminster alumna, was a fourth-grade teacher in Rhode Island.  An outdoor enthusiast and avid gardener, she took her students outside the classroom as often as possible.  Following Rankin's death from breast cancer in 2010, her mother met with Dr. Clarence Harms, Westminster professor of biology emeritus and director of the Field Station, biology department faculty, and other Westminster representatives concerning an appropriate memorial.The garden is a half-acre fenced-in plot that includes: a community garden with 22 plots maintained by 35 gardeners; a children's garden for butterflies and nature play; areas for classes to plant; and a nursery to grow seedlings for transplanting at the Field Station and on Westminster's campus.'Consider yourself invited to visit the Field Station and help commemorate a life well lived,' Harms said.The garden is the most recent addition to the Field Station, which includes the Lucile Frey Nature Trail, Sandy Edmiston Labyrinth, William and Virginia Offutt Microforest, and the Robert Travis Weather Station. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2186 Lawrence Co. teen arrested in deadly home invasion http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2214 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6386679800514893956.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa.--  Police say they've jailed Lawrence County teen on charges that he fatally shot a man whose body wasn't found for two days after an alleged home invasion robbery.Online court records don't list an attorney for 17-year old Anthony Welsh, who was charged Sunday night with second-degree murder, robbery, conspiracy and other crimes.Police have yet to release the name of the victim, a man in his 20s, whose body was found about 4 p.m. Sunday in an alley near his home in Union Township.Investigators say that's when Welsh robbed and shot the man.Police didn't immediately explain how they linked Welsh to the fatal robbery.<br /> <br />  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2214 Homecoming 2014 activities revealed http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2212 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8507498429537720529.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College will celebrate Homecoming with a variety of activities Oct. 10-12.The annual Homecoming parade will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on Market Street.  This year's parade theme is National Days/Holidays.  Among the participants are the Westminster Titan Marching Band; the Wilmington Area High School marching band; campus organizations' floats; Homecoming king and queen candidates; and local Scout troops, community groups and businesses.  Entries will be judged by the Westminster Class of 1964.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/8036761586' title='Westminster Homecoming Parade 2012 by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img src='https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8176/8036761586_2fc9006deb_z.jpg' width='640' height='427' alt='Westminster Homecoming Parade 2012'></a>Other public events on the schedule include: a worship service in Wallace Memorial Chapel, led by the Class of 1964; Faculty Fair, an opportunity for casual conversation with faculty in McGill Library; dedication of the Victory Bell at the Field House portico; presentation of the Homecoming court prior to the Westminster Titans vs. Thiel Tomcats football game; an alumni jazz concert in Berlin Student Lounge; and meditation walks at the Sandy Edmiston Memorial Labyrinth at the Field Station. <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/6253698715' title='Candidates 7 by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img src='https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6161/6253698715_dc74f8ab0a_z.jpg' width='640' height='340' alt='Candidates 7'></a>Westminster's planetarium will host a screening of 'Black Holes' Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. followed by rooftop stargazing, weather permitting.  Visit the planetarium's website for a description and to view a trailer.  The event is free but reservations are required due to limited seating.  Call 724-946-7200 or email for planetarium reservations.   Rounding out the weekend's activities are campus tours; class reunion luncheons, dinners, and photos; presentation of alumni citations for outstanding service; and opportunities for shopping in the Titan gift shop. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2212 Corbetts get two more grandsons http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2211 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1711433466613684825.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett and his wife Susan have two more grandsons now.Corbett's office says his second and third grandchildren were born last week to his son Tommy and Tommy's longtime girlfriend.The twin boys are named Eliot and Theodore, and each has Thomas as his middle name.Corbett's daughter Kate adopted a son, Liam, as an infant in 2011.The 65-year-old Corbett is running for a second term this year.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2211 Enrollment slips again at Pa. state universities http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2210 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8786209479523478911.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Enrollment at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities appears that it is declining for the fourth straight year.Preliminary reports show that enrollment is dropping 1.5 percent to below 111,000 students at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education schools. It peaked at just above 119,000 in 2010.Chancellor Frank Brogan says that some of the system's schools are growing, while enrollment losses at others are slowing.The system raised tuition 3 percent in a bid to pare down a $30 million deficit. That's $99 a semester to $3,410 for full-time students who are Pennsylvania residents.Brogan notes that Pennsylvania is graduating fewer high school students. He says the system is trying to expand its partnerships with community colleges and extend tuition discounts at schools with extra space.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2210 Hundreds gather for Volant's Witches Night Out http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2209 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5921057772325324890.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> VOLANT, Pa.-- What started out as a marketing idea seven years ago has magically turned into a community event celebration marking the beginning of autumn.  Volant's 'Witches Night Out' celebrations brings hundreds of people to the village alone Lawrence County's SR 208 where it crosses the Neshannock Creek.  At least two hundred visitors wearing pointy hats roamed the tiny town this year.  About 100 competed in in a costume contest in front of the 200 year old mill.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/15351682246' title='Witches Night Out by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='Witches Night Out' height='264' src='https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2946/15351682246_d5d85f677f_z.jpg' width='640' /></a>Organizers also staged a mock witch trail and held a wtiches ball. 'We read about it online,' said Maryanne Kelsey of Boardman, OH. 'This is our first year so we packed the car.  We usually come to Volant to shop and have dinner a few times year.  But we dressed up the kids and ourselves. It turns out to be a lot of fun.'Also in the crowd this year a bachelorette party.  In addition to the hats and capes, they sported colorful stockings an high-helled boots.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/15371422491' title='Witches Night Out by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='Witches Night Out' height='427' src='https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3835/15371422491_fb0c2bf343_z.jpg' width='640' /></a><a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/15371657661' title='IMG_0252 by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='IMG_0252' height='427' src='https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2949/15371657661_5c01883ab3_z.jpg' width='640' /></a>The men in town seemed to be interested in crowd watching. 'This seems to be a ladies night out party,' said Carl Higgs of Pittsburgh.  'The guys in our group planned to drop off the women and go to a brew pub in another town so we could avoid following them around the shops.  But then we saw they had cider and wine and we stayed to watch.'A costume contest for dogs even brought out witches best friend to Volant.The Amish were also on hand.  While they also viewed the event, they kept their distance unless they were selling donoughts or other items.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/15374585962' title='Witches Night Out by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='Witches Night Out' height='351' src='https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2949/15374585962_68f6d1a90b_z.jpg' width='640' /></a><div style='width:650px;height:495px;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='495' width='650'><param name='flashvars' value='offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157647702893058%2Fshow&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157647702893058%2F&set_id=72157647702893058' /><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%2F72157647702893058%2Fshow&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157647702893058%2F&set_id=72157647702893058' height='495' src='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' width='650'></embed></object><br /><small>Created with <a href='http://www.flickrslideshow.com'>flickr slideshow</a>.</small></div> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2209 Women's Tennis: Titans Win, 7-2, Over Saint Vincent http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2207 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8403022299231089703.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's tennis team won, 7-2, over Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Saint Vincent on Saturday. The Titans remained undefeated with an 8-0 overall record and 5-0 record in the PAC. The Bearcats dropped to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the conference.Titan sophomore Sydney Sterner (Imperial, PA / West Allegheny) won number one singles, 7-5, 1-6, 6-0. Sterner also teamed up with senior Lauren Fling (Norton, OH / Norton) for a doubles number two victory at 8-1.Westminster will host Mount Union on Friday at 3:30 p.m.Singles competition:<br />1. Sydney Sterner (WES) def. Jackii Hauser (SVC) 7-5, 1-6, 6-0<br />2. Mariah Turiano (WES) def. Kylie Auman (SVC) 6-0, 6-1<br />3. Gabby Eaborn (WES) def. Susie Ellis (SVC) 6-3, 6-2<br />4. Lauren Fling (WES) def. Breana Liberoni (SVC) 6-4, 6-3<br />5. C. Vucenovic (WES) def. Regina Woloshun (SVC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2<br />6. Hannah Kahn (SVC) def. Maria Pallone (WES) 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-6)Doubles competition:<br />1. Mariah Turiano/Gabby Eaborn (WES) def. Jackii Hauser/Susie Ellis (SVC) 8-3<br />2. Lauren Fling/Sydney Sterner (WES) def. Kylie Auman/Regina Woloshun (SVC) 8-1<br />3. Breana Liberoni/Maria Gismondi (SVC) def. Maria Pallone/C. Vucenovic (WES) 9-7 Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2207 Volleyball: Titans Sweep Home Tri-Match http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2206 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4045912285586651990.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College volleyball team won both matches in its home tri-match on Saturday. The Titans (11-6, 5-1 PAC) won, 3-0, against Chatham University and, 3-1, versus Saint Vincent College.Against the Cougars (0-14, 0-8 PAC), the Titans won set one, 25-7, set two, 25-8, and set three, 25-12. Titan first-year Kendell Dickson (Cochranton, PA / Cochranton) had a match-high 12 kills, while seniors Alaura Hanssen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) and Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) added six kills each. Junior Tiffany Jackson (Las Vegas, NV / Las Vegas) and first-year Anna Thompson (Sherrodsville, OH / Tuscarawas Central Catholic) registered 16 and 12 assists, respectively. Westminster junior Erin Kennedy (Oakmont, PA / Riverview) and first-year Hannah Washek (Erie, PA / McDowell) led the defense with six digs apiece. Freyermuth added a match-high four blocks. Westminster out-hit Chatham, .356 to -.145.In match two versus the Bearcats (10-6, 2-3 PAC), the Titans rebounded after a 25-22 defeat in set one and won three-straight sets (25-22, 25-13, and 25-16) for the victory. Four Titans were in double-digit kills, led by Hanssen with 12. The other three were Dickson (11), senior Haley Turner (Petersburg, OH / Hubbard) (11), and first-year Lexie Yoho (Pittsburgh, PA / Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) (10). Jackson dished-out a team-high 30 assists. Kennedy and Freyermuth led the defense with 18 digs each. Jackson added 13 digs, while Dickson had 11. Yoho earned a match-high five blocks.  The Titans are back on the court Tuesday, Sept. 30, when they host Geneva at 7 p.m. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2206 Men's Soccer: Titans Shutout Visiting Penn. College of Technology http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2205 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4166711214079912598.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's soccer team finished its non-conference schedule in style as the Titans won, 5-0, over the visiting Pennsylvania College of Technology on Saturday.The Titans scored all five goals in the second half. Titan junior Matthew Kiernan (Pittsburgh, PA / Upper St. Clair) scored the first after he headed a pass from freshman Brett Thomas (Baltimore, MD / Patapsco Center for Arts) in the 49th minute.Sophomore Jeremy Wiening (Trophy Club, TX / Byron Nelson) extended the Titans' lead to 2-0 four minutes later with a header off a pass from junior Marcus Gurgiolo (Edinburg, PA / Mohawk).Senior Ryan Francis (Harwick, PA / Springdale) scored the next two goals for Westminster, both off headers from corner kicks. The first one was from senior Dan Bishop (Burlington, NJ / Holy Cross) at the 57:46 mark and the second one was from Gurgiolo at the 76th minute.Titan sophomore Jon Clark (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) scored the final goal in the 88th minute, the first of his collegiate career, after he received a cross in the box from freshman Gideon Coleman (Knox, PA / Keystone).Westminster junior goal keeper Tyler Little (Slippery Rock, PA / Slippery Rock) improved to 3-2 for the season, while collecting two saves in 75 minutes of work. The shutout-win was Little's second in 2014.The Titans will begin their Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) slate on Saturday when they host Washington & Jefferson at 1 p.m. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2205 Football: Titans Fall at Thomas More, 49-6 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2204 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg70514525069657297.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. - The Westminster College football team lost, 49-6, to the 20th-ranked Thomas More College in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game on Saturday.Thomas More (3-1, 2-0 PAC) never trailed in the game as it led 14-0 after one quarter, 21-6 at halftime and 35-6 after three quarters.The Saints took an early 7-0 lead in the first quarter when Domonique Hayden scored on a 52-yard run and junior place kicker Tommy Budke added the extra point with 12:54 on the clock. Thomas More added to its lead on its third drive when Hyden scored on a two-yard run and Budke added the point-after-touchdown, giving the Saints a 14-0 lead with 2:50 to play in the first.Westminster (0-4, 0-2 PAC) cut the lead to 14-6 as Justin Dahl (Cochranton, PA / Maplewood) made a 33-yard field goal with 9:10 to play in the second quarter and a 27-yard field goal on the Titans' ensuing drive later in the quarter. Dahl is now second in the PAC with four made field goals for the season.Thomas More extended its lead to 21-6 later in the second quarter when Ryan Winkler scored on a seven yard touchdown pass from Jensen Gebhardt and Budke added the PAT with 4:45 remaining before halftime.Hayden picked up where he left off in the first half as he scored on a 70-yard touchdown run on the Saints' first play of the second half. A Budke PAT gave Thomas More a 28-6 lead with 12:58 to play. Two drives later, the Saints extended their lead to 35-6 as Hayden scored on a 45-yard run and Budke added the extra point with 1:58 remaining in the third.The Saints added another touchdown with a 40-yard fumble return by Tyler Ellis and a five-yard run by Gabe Rice.Thomas More out-gained the Titans in total yards, 623-263, including a 537-136 advantage on the ground. Hayden finished the game with game-highs of 336 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Freshman Jametrius Bentley (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista Community) led the Titans with 60 yards on the ground, while classmate Khurazze Williams (Lakeworth, FL / Santaluces Community) had game-highs of six catches and 57 receiving yards. Westminster freshman quarterback Paul Columbo (Boca Raton, FL / West Boca Raton Community) went 17-for 32 for 127 yards through the air.Senior Corey Neill (Aliquippa, PA / Central Valley) led the Titan defense with a game-high 11 tackles, while classmate Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) added nine with a forced fumble and an interception. Westminster Rich Ellebie (Farrell, PA / Kennedy Christian) and sophomore Wayne Seamans (New Castle, PA / Union Area) registered seven tackles each. Seamans and freshman CJ Armstrong (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista) also had an interception for the Titans. Armstrong also added a sack on the day.Westminster will next travel to Carnegie Mellon on Saturday, Oct. 4, for a 1 p.m. matchup. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2204 Search for Pa. trooper shooting suspect hits 3rd week http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2203 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5736359707984352143.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - Police say the 2-week-old search for the suspect in the deadly ambush of Pennsylvania state police troopers is continuing in the heavily wooded area that has become the manhunt's focus.Trooper Adam Reed says investigators have no new information to release Saturday.Authorities said Friday the hard drive of a computer used by suspect Eric Frein provides evidence he has been planning an attack for years. They say Frein's Internet searches included sites on how to avoid police manhunts.Investigators say Frein opened fire on the state police barracks in Blooming Grove on Sept. 12. Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and a second trooper was seriously wounded.Authorities believe they have Frein contained within a 5-square-mile area around his parents' home in Canadensis.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2203 Youngstown's Jim Traficant dies at age 73 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2202 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7300865448912798309.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CLEVELAND (AP) - James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73.Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on the family farm near Youngstown. He died four days later in a Youngstown hospital, said Dave Betras, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party.The Democrat's expulsion from Congress in 2002 came three months after a federal jury in Cleveland convicted him. Prosecutors said he used his office to extract bribes from businesspeople and coerced staffers to work on his farm and his house boat on the Potomac River in Washington. He also was charged with witness tampering, destroying evidence and filing false tax returns. He spent seven years in prison.Traficant's notoriety was rivaled only by his eccentricity.He loved to play the buffoon during his 17 years in Congress. He got plenty of notice within the staid, buttoned-down Capitol and airtime on C-SPAN for his messy mop of hair - revealed to be a wig when he went to prison - his typical wardrobe of cowboy boots, denim or polyester suits, and his bombastic speaking style.His made-for-TV rants on the House floor invariably ended with the signoff 'Beam me up,' which Traficant borrowed from 'Star Trek' to show his disgust or bemusement at whatever he found particularly outrageous.'Mr. Traficant was a complex man,' Betras said. 'He gave voice to the frustrations and anxieties of the common man. The public felt he was one of them and because of that connection, they supported him in good times and in bad. He was a larger than life character who will long be remembered.'Traficant was born May 8, 1941, in Youngstown and was a quarterback for the University of Pittsburgh, where he played with future NFL coaches Mike Ditka and Marty Schottenheimer.He worked as a drug counselor for 10 years before running for Mahoning County sheriff at a colleague's suggestion.He endeared himself to voters in the early 1980s by defying the courts and going to jail for three nights rather than foreclose on the homes of workers laid off from the city's dying steel industry.The antagonism between Traficant and federal law enforcement authorities lasted throughout his public career, with Traficant trumpeting it as proof that he was on the side of 'the little guy' against powerful government interests.He faced his first federal bribery and corruption trial in 1983, when he was Mahoning County sheriff. Prosecutors accused Traficant of taking bribes to protect mobsters' criminal activity. He defended himself in court, although he was not a lawyer, and won. He argued that he was conducting a one-person sting.He was elected to Congress the following year and was easily re-elected eight times.He championed 'Buy American' requirements on virtually every spending bill and prided himself on landing federal grants for hometown prospects, including highways, a sports arena and Youngstown's airport.Yet he often exasperated fellow Democrats by breaking ranks, such as his decision to vote for Republican Dennis Hastert as speaker and his differences with President Bill Clinton on trade and other issues. He denounced Justice Department tactics and belittled Clinton's attorney general, Janet Reno, as a good prospect to run for governor of Beijing.In 2000, as he geared up for re-election, Traficant was indicted in a grand jury investigation that targeted corruption and organized crime in the Youngstown area and led to the convictions of scores of people, including judges, a prosecutor and a sheriff.But Traficant was the biggest prize, and he was not as lucky in his second trial as in his first.He claimed the government had tried to frame him because of his criticism of the FBI, CIA and Internal Revenue Service.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2202 Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2200 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7246867130996088151.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water, but the state still doesn't publish complete records on how much fresh water each company uses and where they get it from.While overall drilling-related water use is declining in some regions, the Department of Environmental Protection relies on industry-supplied data, not monitoring of actual withdrawals. That means smaller streams could still be impacted negatively.The Susquehanna River Basin Commission tells The Associated Press that industry water use in that region peaked in 2011 at about 3.8 billion gallons, and declined to about 3.1 billion gallons in 2013. That's a fraction of the nearly 34 billion gallons of water drawn by the electric power industry in 2011.The SRBC data is based on their own permits.The Marcellus Shale Coalition says the reduction reflects the industry's commitment to innovation.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2200 Pittsburgh VA reports new Legionnaire's case http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2199 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1528952881015531840.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh Veterans Affairs hospital is reporting a new case of Legionnaire's disease.A VA spokesman says in a release that on Friday a patient with pneumonia tested positive at its University Drive emergency room. The VA says the unidentified man also received outpatient treatment at that location within the last two weeks. That is the incubation period for legionella.The VA said all water tests have been negative but retesting is underway. The VA has also offered to test the facility where the veteran lives.At least six Pittsburgh VA patients died of Legionnaire's disease and others were sickened between February 2011 and November 2012, prompting Congressional hearings. Investigators found that the patients contracted it due to water treatment problems at the Pittsburgh hospitals.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2199 Volant to celebrate Witches Night Out http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2124 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4103920446676986557.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> VOLANT, Pa.- A Saturday in September seems a bit early for Halloween, but on Sept. 27th the shops and sidewalks in the village get swept up in <a href='http://www.volantshops.com/events'><strong>Witches Night Out</strong></a>.Organizers of the 7th annual Witches Night Out take advantage of the September air to promote local merchants and the community to set the mood for the season.  Even before the fall colors begin to punctuate the countryside, the event casts a spell on some unsuspecting visitors.  Suddenly they're drawn to construct elaborate and ornate capes and pointy hats. Dozens of women, children, dogs and even a few men and cats will don costumes as they raced around the town for games and events. In recent years dozens adults competed for the top prizes for the best witch. WCN cameras show you what it looks like when fashion gets a bit whimsical with a broomstick theme.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='312' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/76296362?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=ffffff' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='555'></iframe>Some of the night's events include a mock witch trial, a costume parade and a witches ball.  You can find out more by visiting <a href='http://www.volantshops.com/events'><strong>Volant Villages Shops online</strong></a>. Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2124 Women's Tennis: Titans Shutout Bethany, Remain Undefeated http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2201 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1309210595535653828.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BETHANY, W. Va. - The Westminster College women's tennis team shutout Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Bethany College, 9-0, on Friday.The Titans improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the PAC, while the Bison dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the conference.  Westminster won number two, number three, and number five singles, 6-0, 6-0. The Titans also shutout Bethany at number two doubles, 8-0, with the duo of senior Lauren Fling (Norton, OH / Norton) and sophomore Sydney Sterner (Imperial, PA / West Allegheny).The Titans will host Saint Vincent (5-2, 3-0 PAC) on Saturday at 11 a.m.Singles competition:<br />1. Sydney Sterner (WES) def. Allison Snyder (BET) 6-1, 6-3<br />2. Mariah Turiano (WES) def. Jordan Jones (BET) 6-0, 6-0<br />3. Gabby Eaborn (WES) def. Corinna Wolf (BET) 6-0, 6-0<br />4. Lauren Fling (WES) def. Katie Vallone (BET) 6-1, 6-0<br />5. C. Vucenovic (WES) def. Sarah Thrall (BET) 6-0, 6-0<br />6. Stephanie Homitz (WES) def. Nike Achenbach (BET) 6-0, 6-1Doubles competition:<br />1. Mariah Turiano/Gabby Eaborn (WES) def. Allison Snyder/Katie Vallone (BET) 8-2<br />2. Lauren Fling/Sydney Sterner (WES) def. Jordan Jones/Sarah Thrall (BET) 8-0<br />3. Maria Pallone/C. Vucenovic (WES) def. Corinna Wolf/Hannah McNerney (BET Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2201 Pa. calf with '7' on its head named for Steelers' Ben http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2198 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5784854532281868194.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> LORETTO, Pa. (AP) - Moooove over, Ben Roethlisberger. There's a new No. 7 in western Pennsylvania.The folks at Vale Wood Farms in Loretto have named a calf Baby Ben after the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback because the cow has a marking that looks like a No. 7 on its head.The farm has posted the calf's picture on its Facebook page, and WJAC-TV (<a href='http://bit.ly/1ptyWT9'>http://bit.ly/1ptyWT9</a> ) visited the farm about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh to see what all the fuss is about.Carissa Itle-Westrick, the director of business development for the family-owned food-and-grocery farm, is hoping Roethlisberger won't mind.She says, 'Baby Ben is awfully cute, so hopefully Big Ben won't mind sharing his namesake.'The farm plans to display the calf when it opens its pumpkin patch for business next month.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2198 SOLD. Buyer to close on Sig Nu house & property http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2196 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3624257063178492320.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-The for sale sign at the Sigma Nu fraternity property on the south end of New Wilmington has a 'sold' sign on it.The real estate agency confirms the non-profit organization that owns the shuttered frat house and 6.53 acres around it has accepted an offer.  The buyer intends to close on the property at the end of October.  However, Haines Realty cannot disclose any details to the public.Realator.com listed the property as a single or multi-family home built in 1920 with acreage with a listed price of $250,000.Glenn Smith took on the role of the seller.  He heads up the Kappa Phi Lambda Corporation-- the alumni board trust that holds the deed to the house and land.  He says he hopes to see a portion of the money generated by the sale of Sigma Nu go to a donation to Westminster College.  He tells WCN 24/7 he would like to see it go to creating scholarships to support children of fraternity alumni.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/11237968996' title='Shuttered Sig Nu House by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='Shuttered Sig Nu House' height='325' src='https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3769/11237968996_c955af19d9_z.jpg' width='640' /></a>WCN 24/7 checked the status of the property that sits inside the New Wilmington borough limits.  It is zoned for single-family homes with access to all utilities. The trustees authorized the sale of the property after the Sigma Nu national organization revoked the charter for the Westminster chapter.  The house closed in the summer of 2013.National leaders at the Sigma Nu headquarters in Virginia yanked the local fraternity charter because local members violated rules regarding alcoholic beverages, underage drinking and an illegal party that took place in May 2013.New Wilmington police have an open investigation relating to that party and the fraternity. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2196 Organizers calling it quits after this year's Fireman's Auction http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2195 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2665964854053669516.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Saturday's Fireman's Auction in New Wilmington marks two milestones for the massive fundraiser.  Organizers say it will be the 60th anniversary of the event.  It will also serve as the end Fireman's Auction for the volunteer fire department.'Unfortunately this will be our last year,' NWVFD firefighter Jake  Huffman said.  'We're having trouble getting enough help.'Huffman say they're disappointed, but they can't do it all.  The shrinking number of volunteers is a problem volunteer fire companies have been facing for several years.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/6167738691' title='Fireman&#x27;s Auction by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img src='https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6162/6167738691_6c3d61eb5e_z.jpg' width='640' height='374' alt='Fireman&#x27;s Auction'></a>The flea market inside the auction barn north of town on SR 158 begins at 9 on Sautrday morning.  The auction where new donated items sell begins at 5 P.M.The event requires planning and organizaing all year long.  Fire department members say they can't manage all the requirements for first responder training, responding to emergencies and all the work fundraising requires.Huffman says they're so short of volunteers for the auction, they didn't have anyone available to put out the signs that traditionally go up around the town to advertise the event.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/6167746957' title='New Wilmington Fireman&#x27;s Auction by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img src='https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6152/6167746957_6ec2f6edc8_z.jpg' width='640' height='333' alt='New Wilmington Fireman&#x27;s Auction'></a>Over the years, the flea market and auction have generated tens of thousands of dollars that have helped buy vehicles, equipment and pay for vital training for the VFD.  Members say declinding membership has forced New Wilmington firefighters to rely heavily on mutual aid from neighboring VFDs in Lawrence and Mercer counties.Huffman says they're down to 15 active firefighters and they have 14 people volunteering to help with the auction.  They do have additional help from Westminster College fraternity members.  Huffman says they're grateful to brothers of Alpha Sigma Phi and Phi Tau for helping.  Both frats have a long history of helping with the auction.  Huffman pointed out members of those organizations have literally done the heavy lifting at the auction for decades-- carrying items for sale for auctioneers and buyers.Watch how volunteers handle the leftovers from the flea market.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='312' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/75737472?byline=0&color=ff0179' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='555'><br /></iframe><div style='width:650px;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='650'><param name='flashvars' value='offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157647624844840%2Fshow&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157647624844840%2F&set_id=72157647624844840' /><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%2F72157647624844840%2Fshow&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157647624844840%2F&set_id=72157647624844840' height='500' src='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' width='650'></embed></object><br /> </div> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2195 Conservative group hits radio to help Corbett http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2197 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2017155444590994594.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A conservative non-profit organization is the first outside group to air ads in support of Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election bid.The Delaware-based group, Let Freedom Ring, says it began running the one-minute radio ads Monday in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, Pittsburgh and York.Corbett, a Republican, has already been attacked in $3 million worth of TV ads by two outside groups that support his Democratic challenger, Tom Wolf.Let Freedom Ring is a nonprofit that does not have to disclose its donors.Let Freedom Ring's president, Colin Hanna, says the ads will run initially for two weeks at a cost of six figures. Hanna says he thinks Wolf's polling lead is flimsy because it is based on voter impressions of Wolf's heavy TV advertising.The election is Nov. 4.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2197 Regulators advised against granting Uber a license http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2194 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2720036204816100575.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Uber, the ride-sharing service that's trying to expand its operations in Pennsylvania, is calling a preliminary regulatory recommendation 'disappointing.'Two administrative law judges advised the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday to deny an application by an Uber subsidiary for the same kind of certificate that's required of taxi services.Among other things, the judges observed that Uber didn't show a plan or a commitment to ensure vehicle safety and driver integrity.The final decision will be in the hands of the five-member utility commission.For the time being, San Francisco-based Uber is operating in Allegheny County on a grant of emergency temporary authority by the utility commission through Oct. 21, and it can apply for an extension.It is pressing for changes in the state law.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2194 Wolf says he won't hire 'yes' people if elected http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2193 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5800941972422675695.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf says that, if elected, he'll hire advisers who are not afraid to tell him when they think he's wrong.Wolf told a Harrisburg newspaper Thursday that CEOs who surround themselves with 'yes' people are 'completely nuts.'In an hourlong interview streamed live on PennLive.com, the wealthy York businessman assessed Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's record and discussed his views on taxes, jobs, natural gas drilling and education but broke no new ground.Wolf says executives need to have advisers who are willing to tell them the truth. If they don't, he says they don't deserve their compensation.Wolf and Corbett held the first of three campaign debates Monday in Hershey. The next debate is scheduled for Wednesday in Philadelphia.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2193 8 named in Pennsylvania porn office emails case http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2192 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2456853461195609185.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Eight former employees of the Pennsylvania attorney general's office sent or received inter-office emails containing pornography.Among the ex-employees identified by Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office are two top state officials: Police Commissioner Frank Noonan and Environmental Protection Secretary Christopher Abruzzo.Kane's office disclosed the eight men's identities Thursday and said one of them sent dozens of emails. But Kane's office couldn't say whether the men opened the emails they received.The office also couldn't say whether there are more current or former employees who sent or received any of the hundreds of pornographic emails discovered during Kane's review of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse prosecution.Kane is a Democrat who took office last year. The men were hired by Republican administrations before her.Representatives for Noonan and Abruzzo haven't responded to requests for comment.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2192 Pennsylvania hit by 5th debt downgrade in 2 years http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2191 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8293197700717435628.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Standard and Poor's Ratings Services is following through on its warning that it would lower Pennsylvania's debt rating if it didn't see strides on deficits and pension debt.The credit ratings agency said Thursday that it downgraded Pennsylvania's approximately $11 billion in general obligation debt from AA to AA minus.That puts Pennsylvania in the bottom seven of states rated by Standard and Poor's. Pennsylvania was last at AA minus in 1998.The drop is the fifth in two years by a ratings agency. They primarily cite Pennsylvania's recurring budget deficits, rising pension debt, limited revenue growth and empty financial reserves.Standard and Poor's issued the warning in April, two months before Gov. Tom Corbett signed a $29 billion budget that is balanced with more than $2 billion in stopgaps.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2191 Odds of drivers hitting deer go up in Pa. http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2190 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4142520124263211354.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH-- A new report from the auto insurance industry says Pennsylvania drivers are among the most likely hit a deer while driving. A study by State Farm says 3 percent of PA drivers are more likely to hit a deer in the next year than they were last year.  That's what State Farm's new claims data predicts. State Farm ranks PA drivers as the 2nd-most likely in the country to have a deer accident-only West Virginia ranks higher. The study says your odds of hitting a deer in Pennsylvania are 1 in 71. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2190 Lawrence County man faces trial on lewdness charges http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2189 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg330407363251997779.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- A 47-year old Lawrence County man waived his right to a preliminary hearing on public lewdness charges for allegedly exposing himself at a Neshannock Township McDonald's.  The case will now go to trial.Police say they arrested Preston Sager for reportedly exposing himself to an 10-year-old girl at the restaurant on Wilmington Avenue in New Castle last year. Sager was arrested on Aug. 30 in a similiar case in Beaver County that took place at a library. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2189 Paper: Pennsylvania keeps gas leak sites secret http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2188 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2785626569652920995.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - A newspaper reports that the location of leaking natural gas pipelines in Pennsylvania is kept secret by the state commission charged with regulating companies that own the lines.Public Utility Commissioner Gladys Brown tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (<a href='http://bit.ly/1veOtvG'>http://bit.ly/1veOtvG</a>) it's important to shield the locations because of 'security concerns.'The newspaper says the secrecy can prevent the public from finding out about leaks.The paper's analysis found that gas explosions in Pennsylvania killed 10 people in the last 10 years and injured 21 others.Some researchers are strapping methane detectors to cars to record readings on the street. Peoples Natural Gas Co., which owns distribution lines under Pittsburgh, says the more the public knows the better. The utility's encouraged an environmental group to bring a public mapping project to Pittsburgh.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2188 Pa. trooper ambush suspect making manhunt a 'game' http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2187 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8925084604907297246.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say the target of a massive manhunt may be playing a game with law enforcement as he hides in the woods of northeast Pennsylvania.Police say they've caught glimpses of 31-year-old Eric Frein (freen) as recently as Tuesday. But they couldn't capture him in the rough terrain.Frein is described as a self-taught survivalist with a vendetta against state police. He's charged with killing one trooper and wounding another during a Sept. 12 ambush of their barracks in Blooming Grove.Authorities say Frein makes himself visible from distances where he's unlikely to be caught. He's reportedly left behind soiled diapers and empty cigarette packs in the wilderness.Police said Wednesday the manhunt has included kicking bears out of caves and getting warrants to search vacant houses.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2187 Celebrity Series to Open Season with 1970s Duo America http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2185 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2536510075538514814.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> Westminster College's Celebrity Series opens its 2014-2015 season with perennial classic rock favorite <a href='https://www.facebook.com/Americaband'><strong>America</strong></a> Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The concert is sponsored by the Springfield Restaurant Group.Founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell rose to the top of the charts with their signature song 'A Horse with No Name' and followed it up with a string of hits that includes 'Ventura Highway,' 'Don't Cross the River,' 'Lonely People' and 'Sister Golden Hair.'With six certified gold and/or platinum albums, America's material covers a blend of disparate genres and styles from effects-laden rockers to oddball medleys to soul-bearing ballads.  After nearly 45 years of music-making, the duo's audience extends to first-, second- and third-generation fans, a testament to their enduring appeal.<a href='http://www.westminster.edu/about/celebrity/index.cfm'>Tickets, ranging from $35-$55, are available by calling the Celebrity Series box office at (724) 946-7354.  Additional information on this and all of the season's shows is available here.</a> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2185 Police: Lawrence Co. woman claimed to be dead sister during DUI http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2184 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7362704828973332915.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> TYRONE, Pa. (AP) - A Lawrence County woman has been ordered to stand trial on charges that she was driving drunk - and then used her dead sister's identity after she was stopped by police.Thirty-five-year-old Crystal Lample, of Ellwood City, waived her right to a preliminary hearing on drunken driving, providing a false identification and other charges Tuesday.Police in Tyrone, Blair County, arrested her Sept. 11 after receiving a report of an erratic driver. Police say Lample could barely stand and claimed to be Brandi Lee Miller, of Ellwood City. Police later determined that Miller died in 2010.Lample's public defender didn't immediately return a call for comment Wednesday, and her home telephone was disconnected.A friend of Lample's told police she uses her dead sister's name when dealing with the police. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2184 Pa. leads spending on TV ads for state offices http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2183 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5654215163344660957.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new national survey shows Pennsylvania leads the nation in spending on TV ads by candidates for statehouse offices and their allies.The Washington-based Center for Public Integrity survey released Wednesday shows the $37.8 million spent by the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and Legislature exceeded any other state.Close behind were Texas at $36.8 million and Florida at $33.7 million.Pennsylvania's total was inflated by the $10 million that Democrat Tom Wolf put up to jump-start his campaign to unseat Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.The survey looks at commercials placed through Sept. 8 during the two-year election cycle that started in 2013.So far, Pennsylvania's expenditures have paid for 56,000 ads - each ad was counted every time it aired - at a cost per voter of $3.99.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2183 Men's Golf: Montanti Places Second, Titans Fifth at La Roche Invitational http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2182 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg65923420613482537.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Senior Ross Montanti's (Gibsonia, PA / Pine-Richland) second-place finish paced the Westminster College men's golf team to a fifth place overall at the La Roche Invitational. The Par 71-event took place at the Wildwood Golf Club.Montanti tied for second place with a score of 75 (37-38), while Westminster scored a 327 out of 11 schools.Grove City won the event with a 318, while Brian Giesler was the medalist with a 71 (34-37).Also competing for the Titans were senior Dom Ciraula (Wexford, PA / Pine-Richland) (81/37-44), freshman Nick Torrence (Pittsburgh, PA) (82/40-42), sophomore Shane Wilson (New Castle, PA / Laurel) (89/42-47), and freshman Vince Hynes (Lowellville, OH) (96/47-49).Westminster will next compete at the two-day Presidents' Athletic Conference Fall Tournament, starting Monday, Sept. 29. It will take place at the New Castle Country Club. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2182 Women's Soccer: Titans Draw, 1-1, with Penn. State-Behrend http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2181 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6948424795011812862.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ERIE, Pa. - A late Titan goal resulted in a, 1-1, double overtime tie with Penn. State Behrend on Tuesday. The Westminster College women's soccer team, down 1-0, tied the game at the 82:18 mark when junior Kelsey Rogers (Pittsburgh, PA / Upper Saint Clair) found senior Kerri Inzinga (Monroeville, PA / Gateway) for the goal.Titan first-year goalie Laura Page (Bethel Park, Pa. / Bethel Park), the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week, collected a career-high eight saves on the night. Page improved to a team-best 4-1 on the season.Penn. State Behrend (6-2-1) took a 1-0 lead with a goal at the 30:35 mark when Allyson Lonas found Jordan Oberlander who scored off a scramble from a direct kick.Inzinga is tied with junior Raechel Pusateri (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) for a team-leading three goals on the season.The Lions out-shot Westminster, 17-9, while the Titans (7-2-1) held a 7-4 corner kick edge.The Titans are off until next Tuesday when they travel to Juniata for a 4 p.m. match; their last before the PAC slate begins.   Wed, 24 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2181 Women's Tennis: Titans Blank Penn. State-Behrend, Move to 6-0 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2180 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8503026497056205962.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - For the third time this season, the Westminster College women's tennis team won in shutout fashion as the Titans won, 9-0, against Penn. State-Behrend.The Titans (6-0) remained undefeated, while the Lions dropped to 4-3 overall.Westminster sophomore Sydney Sterner (Imperial, PA / West Allegheny) won at number one singles, 7-5, 6-3. Sterner also teamed up with senior Lauren Fling (Norton, OH / Norton) for an 8-2 win at number two doubles.Titan sophomore Mariah Turiano (Hollidaysburg, PA / Hollidaysburg) and first-year Gabby Eaborn (Coraopolis, PA / West Allegheny) won number one singles, 8-5.Westminster is back on the courts Friday when it travels to Bethany for a 4 p.m. match.Singles competition:<br />1. Sydney Sterner (WES) def. Chelsea Czerwinski (BEHW) 7-5, 6-3<br />2. Mariah Turiano (WES) def. Alexandra Laffey (BEHW) 6-0, 6-4<br />3. Gabby Eaborn (WES) def. Colleen Miller (BEHW) 6-3, 6-2<br />4. Lauren Fling (WES) def. Malinda Miller (BEHW) 6-1, 6-0<br />5. C. Vucenovic (WES) def. Morgan Kramer (BEHW) 6-4, 6-1<br />6. Stephanie Homitz (WES) def. Storm Schaffer (BEHW) 6-4, 6-0Doubles competition:<br />1. Mariah Turiano/Gabby Eaborn (WES) def. Chelsea Czerwinski/Alexandra Laffey (BEHW) 8-5<br />2. Sydney Sterner/Lauren Fling (WES) def. Colleen Miller/Celeste Bentley (BEHW) 8-2<br />3. Maria Pallone/C. Vucenovic (WES) def. Malinda Miller/Morgan Kramer (BEHW) 8-3 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2180 Big donors give more in Pennsylvania governor race http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2179 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-140740415559522553.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's candidates for governor are revealing the identities of the donors who gave them nearly $18 million over the summer as the race threatens the state's all-time campaign spending record.Tuesday was the deadline for filing campaign finance reports for the three-month period ending Sept. 15.Democratic nominee Tom Wolf raised $9.6 million during that time, while Republican Gov. Tom Corbett raised $8.1 million.Wolf received nearly $3 million from labor unions and $1 million from Thomas Grumbacher, the chairman of the Bon-Ton department stores chain. Corbett received another $4 million from his biggest donor, the Republican Governors Association.Total campaign spending has surpassed $60 million, including the losers in May's four-way Democratic Party primary election. The 2002 election approached $70 million in overall spending.The election is Nov. 4.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2179 Paper: Pa. natural gas leaks among worst in nation http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2178 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7833275649573444095.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - A newspaper reports Pennsylvania has more than 10,000 miles of dangerously leaky, decades-old natural gas distribution pipes and it could cost $11 billion to replace them all.The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (<a href='http://bit.ly/1mrstgq'>http://bit.ly/1mrstgq</a>) reported Tuesday that federal records show Philadelphia has the highest concentration of leaky gas lines in the state. In 2013, Philadelphia Gas Works reported 89 leaks per hundred miles of gas line - eight times the national average.According to the newspaper's analysis, accidents involving gas distribution lines have killed more than 120 people nationwide, injured more than 500 others and caused more than $775 million in damage since 2004.Peoples Natural Gas and Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania plan to spend more than $1 billion to replace pipe over the next few years.___Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.comCopyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2178 Pennsylvania slapped with another debt downgrade http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2176 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4181062306606513889.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> Pennsylvania slapped with another debt downgradeHARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - New York-based Fitch Ratings is knocking down Pennsylvania's debt rating for the second time in 14 months, citing the state government's recurring budget deficits.Tuesday's announcement by the credit ratings agency is the fourth time in two years that Pennsylvania's debt has been downgraded by a major agency. Fitch notes that the state's $29 billion budget relies on $2 billion in one-time items to balance.The downgrade takes Pennsylvania from AA to AA minus. Before Tuesday's downgrade, Pennsylvania was already in the bottom one-third of states Fitch rates.Moody's has downgraded Pennsylvania twice in the past two years, including once in July, and Standard & Poor's warned earlier this year that it could downgrade Pennsylvania if it didn't see significant strides to address deficits and pension liabilities.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2176 Corbett, Wolf joust over taxes, finances in debate http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2175 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3494048450304566711.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) - Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf jousted over taxes, state financial health and public school spending in the first debate in Pennsylvania's governor's race.<a href='http://www.c-span.org/video/?321612-1/pennsylvania-governors-debate'><strong>Click here to watch the debate online from C-Span.</strong></a>Monday's fast-moving 45-minute forum was held in front of a packed Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry dinner in Hershey.Corbett sought to raise questions about where Wolf would find the money to achieve his promise to increase state spending on public schools and meet state pension obligations. For his part, Wolf sought to frame Corbett as failing to capably steer the state's economy and government finances while he cut critical funding for public schools.Moderator Dennis Owens of WHTM-TV in Harrisburg asked the questions during the 45-minute event.Wolf headed his family's York-based building products business for nearly three decades. Corbett is Pennsylvania's former two-term attorney general.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2175 Search for trooper shooting suspect focused on wooded area in Poconos http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2174 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8908988344737415161.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - A 10-day manhunt for the survivalist accused of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks has narrowed to the rural area where he grew up and his parents still live.But the suspect has managed to elude capture despite the efforts of hundreds of law enforcement officers.State police have been closing roads in the Canadensis area as they hunt for 31-year-old Eric Frein, who's charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding another trooper outside the Blooming Grove barracks.Residents have been unable to get back to their homes due to heavy police activity in the heavily wooded region of the Pocono Mountains. Tensions are running high among residents.One resident, Bill Mew, said the lengthy manhunt has been nerve-wracking, especially with police choppers circling overhead.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2174 Wolf decries voter turnout, school funding system http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2173 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6842613063360335146.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's Democratic nominee for governor, Tom Wolf, says voter turnout in the May primary election was pathetic and that candidates have to do a better job of giving people a reason to go vote.Wolf spoke Monday at a packed Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, just hours before he and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett meet for their first candidates' debate.At the luncheon, Wolf also defended his plan to raise income taxes in exchange for cutting lower local school property taxes. He says Pennsylvania's heavy reliance on property taxes to fund public schools puts people in the position of choosing between supporting schools and affording to stay in their home.He and Corbett are to square off at a Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry dinner in Hershey.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2173