Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/ en-us Copyright 2015 Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:14:33 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/ Prosecutor wants death penalty in Pa. trooper ambush case http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2770 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5379087412836364770.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MILFORD, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania prosecutor is formally notifying the court he's seeking the death penalty for a man accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush.Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin filed a document Tuesday listing aggravating circumstances that could send Eric Frein (freen) to the state's death row.Frein's formal arraignment is scheduled for Thursday at the courthouse in Milford, but Tonkin says he expects Frein to participate by video from the Pike County Correctional Facility.Defense attorney Michael Weinstein is declining to comment on the death penalty filing and says his client intends to plead not guilty at the arraignment.Frein is charged with first-degree murder and other offenses in the September ambush that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and severely wounded Trooper Alex Douglass.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2770 Senate GOP refuses to halt 11th-hour Corbett nominations http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2769 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4927321834783962192.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Leaders of the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate say they're not returning the paperwork for more than two dozen nominations to state boards and commissions that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf wants to halt.The Senate Rules Committee approved 13 of the nominations Tuesday for consideration by the full Senate. Former Gov. Tom Corbett filed the nominations before his tenure ended and Wolf has criticized the process as lacking transparency.A Senate GOP spokeswoman says the nominees will be judged on their qualifications.The nominees who were advanced include the director of Corbett's southwest Pennsylvania office, Mary Ann Eisenreich, to the State Board of Education, former Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley to the Temple University trustees, and Corbett's revenue secretary, Dan Meuser, to the State System of Higher Education board.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2769 140,000 Pennsylvanians enroll in health plans for first time http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2768 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8891782397577193838.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Federal officials say that more than 140,000 Pennsylvanians have enrolled for the first time in plans sold through the health insurance marketplace for 2015.Tuesday's report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave statistics for the first two months of open enrollment, through Jan. 16.Approximately 278,000 others re-enrolled after purchasing a plan during the 2014 enrollment period. Including people who signed up for the first time, four in five were eligible for federal tax credits to help them pay for the coverage.The numbers don't include automatic re-enrollment by any of the 317,000 Pennsylvanians who signed up in the 2014 enrollment period. However, federal officials haven't said how many of those who signed up for 2014 remain insured.The enrollment period lasts through Feb. 15.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2768 Women's Indoor Track & Field: Titans Nationally Ranked http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2767 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2977130648912913796.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW ORLEANS, La.- The Westminster College women's indoor track & field team has earned a spot in the latest NCAA Division III National Team Computer Rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).The Titans, under the guidance of head coach Tim McNeil '96, are currently ranked 14th with 52.78 points. They are the only Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) school represented in the top 25.The Division III computer rankings will be released every Tuesday (with the exception of Wednesday, February 18 and Monday, March 9) between now and the NCAA championships, which start on March 13. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2767 Professor dies in campus office of Pennsylvania university http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2766 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6358718559446884836.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) - A longtime professor has been found dead in his office at a state-owned university in southwestern Pennsylvania.Burrell Brown, a professor at California University of Pennsylvania, was found dead late Sunday. He'd been on the faculty at the school about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh since 1989.University spokeswoman Christine Kindly says in a statement that Brown was 67 and chair of the Department of Business and Economics when he died.There were no signs of foul play, though the Washington County coroner could not immediately be reached about the cause of death.Kindl says Brown 'was a distinguished faculty member and campus leader for many years, and he will be greatly missed by the entire campus community.'Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2766 Wolf vows to support Senate's medical marijuana bill http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2765 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg693718277139357581.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf gave an impromptu audience to parents of children who are suffering daily from debilitating seizures and is vowing to sign a medical marijuana bill that senators are writing.Tuesday's greeting in Wolf's Capitol offices followed a news conference at which Sens. Daylin Leach and Mike Folmer said they plan to broaden their legislation that overwhelmingly passed the Senate last fall.That bill was opposed by then-Gov. Tom Corbett and it died when the House didn't act on it at the end of the legislative session.The senators' new bill would expand the list of authorized medical conditions to give doctors more leeway. They also plan to expand drug delivery methods to include smoking and vaporization, as well as extracted oils, edible products, ointments and tinctures.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2765 NWS extends western Pa.'s winter weather advisory http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2763 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1584052322292100192.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH-- The National Weather Service (NWS) has extended the winter weather advisory for most of Western Pennsylvania until 7 on Tuesday morning..Forecasters predicted 4 to 6 inches total for parts of the region on Monday.  Several area school districts started the morning off with delays and then closed. The NWS says some areas could see another 3-4 inches overnight. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2763 Snow prompts disaster emergency proclamation in Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2762 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6980647290784235652.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Wintry weather and a forecast for more of the same are prompting Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to issue a disaster emergency proclamation.Wolf said Monday the move would help state and local governments deal with a storm that's expected to have its greatest effect in the eastern half of Pennsylvania.The governor's move allows state agencies to devote all of their available resources and people, and temporarily alters normal procedures for bidding and contracts.The state's emergency operations center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in the Harrisburg suburbs got up and running early Monday. It helps coordinate efforts by agencies such as State Police, PennDOT, the Turnpike Commission and the Health Department.The governor's proclamation doesn't restrict travel but he's asking motorists to stay off roads if that's practical.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2762 New Pa. House GOP leader talks taxes, medical marijuana http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2761 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6778835661661107090.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Republican floor leader in the Pennsylvania House says property tax reform, public pensions and liquor privatization need to be in the mix as budget talks get underway with the state's Democratic governor.Majority Leader Dave Reed told the Pennsylvania Press Club on Monday that the education debate should focus on whether there's enough funding and how it's distributed, whether there's a better alternative to school property taxes, lowering pension costs and changing how schools operate.Reed says he hopes the House will approve a medical marijuana bill that will lead to productive negotiations with the Republican-controlled Senate and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.Reed also says a grand jury may have gone too far in recommending changes to the state law preventing journalists from being compelled to reveal confidential sources.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2761 'Free' wine kiosks cost Pennsylvania $300K in legal fees http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2760 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4706046889779514181.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has spent almost $300,000 defending a claim by a company that supplied the supermarket wine kiosks in a program that was aborted because the machines were unpopular and allegedly didn't work properly.The legal fees in a story Sunday updating the status of the litigation by Simple Brands LLC.The Montgomery County company is pursuing the matter before the LCB's Board of Claims in Harrisburg, claiming the LCB decisions forced it out of business at a loss of $81 million. The company also says the LCB is delaying the litigation unnecessarily.But the LCB says the company took six months to respond to a request for legal records, only to dump 126,000 pages on the LCB last month, which the agency is still studying.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2760 Kane investigation keeps mystifying state's legal community http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2759 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4199198227341789609.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The unusual, court-ordered probe into whether Pennsylvania's attorney general's office illegally shared secret investigative material with a newspaper keeps mystifying the state's legal community.Now there are questions about the intentions of last week's Supreme Court order. It told Montgomery County's district attorney to halt, at least temporarily, any prosecution 'stemming from' a grand jury presentment that recommended criminal charges be filed against Attorney General Kathleen Kane.Prosecutors and former prosecutors now disagree over whether the court wants to stop Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman from investigating Kane, even if she conducts her own investigation.Ferman and the court aren't commenting.Meanwhile, the high court plans to review the legality of a judge's appointment of a hand-picked lawyer to act as a special prosecutor to investigate Kane's office.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2759 Snow, and heavier snow, forecast for parts of Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2758 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5371427184918098118.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Residents in eastern Pennsylvania are being warned to prepare for snow - followed by much heavier snow.Forecasters say light snow pushing in from the west will bring 2 to 4 inches of snow to eastern Pennsylvania overnight Sunday, with a little more in central and western parts of the commonwealth.But a major coastal storm on Monday night into Tuesday is expected to bring 10 to 18 inches to the Philadelphia area, with 6 to 14 inches in the Lehigh Valley.Forecasters warn that the storm could have 'a major impact on commerce and travel.'The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation plans to have hundreds of trucks out salting the roads and plowing.A Philadelphia International Airport spokeswoman says some airlines have already announced plans to cancel flights in preparation for Monday night's storm.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2758 Women's Basketball: Second Half Surge Propels Titans Over Chatham http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2757 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7657771999434054098.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team won 58-44 at home over Chatham University in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) action on Saturday.Chatham (5-12, 2-8 PAC), who led for most of the first half, had its largest lead of 18-10 with 9:02 remaining. Westminster (4-13, 3-7 PAC) regrouped and eventually tied the game at 24 after sophomore Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) converted on a traditional three-point play with 1:50 on the clock. Brown put the Titans in front 27-24, their first lead since early in the half, after a three-pointer with 29 seconds remaining. Westminster would lead with the same score at halftime.Westminster started the second half with an 8-0 run and led 35-24 with 16:13 on the clock. The Cougars, who were never able to regain the lead, got within six points (50-44) of the Titans' lead with 1:21 remaining in the game. Westminster finished strong with an 8-0 run to seal its third victory of its last four contests.Senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) led the Titan offense with 12 points. Brown scored a season-high 11 points and was one rebound away from her first career double-double with nine boards. Junior Andrea Marsh (Panama, NY / Panama Central) led Westminster on the glass as she tied a career-high with 10 rebounds to go along with eight points. Sophomore Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) and first-year Kylie Cook (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) added eight points apiece.Westminster out-shot Chatham 38.8% (19-49) to 25.9% (15-58) and dominated the boards with a 51-29 advantage.The Titans will next travel to Waynesburg University (8-9, 5-5 PAC) on Wednesday with a 5:30 p.m. game start. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2757 Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field: School Records Broken at YSU Invite http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2756 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg295367114250983722.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Senior Anthony Thomas (New Castle, PA / Union) and freshman Jametrius Bentley (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista Community) broke two school records as the Westminster College men's and women's indoor track & field teams competed at the Youngstown State University Invitational at the Watson and Tressel Training Site on Friday. The event, which included Division I, II and III schools was a non-team scoring event.Thomas shattered his own school record in the long jump that he set in last year's Indoor Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships. On Friday, Thomas won the long jump with a leap of 7.10 meters (23'3.50'), breaking his previous mark of 6.78 meters.Bentley placed 19th in the 60-meter dash with a school-record time of 7.26, breaking J.J. Faltot's record of 7.30 set in 2012.Junior Nick Fiorentino (Franklin, PA / Franklin), who broke the school record in the weight throw two weeks ago at Oberlin College, earned a top-10 finish in the shot put with a toss of 13.76 meters (45'1.75'). He also placed 20th in the weight throw (12.97m/42'6.75').Junior Andrew Brannen (Pittsburgh, PA / Peters Township) tied his indoor personal best in the pole vault with a seventh-place mark of 4.30 meters (14'1.25'). Sophomore Scott Hughes (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler) placed 29th in the 200 (23.97).For the women's team, sophomore Cassidy Shepherd (Greensburg, PA / Salem) placed third in the pole vault with a mark of 3.65 meters (11'11.75).Senior Alaura Hanssen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) added almost two meters to her personal record (PR) in the weight throw with a toss of 11.78 meters (38'7.75') for 23rd place. She also PR'd (for indoor) in the shot put with a 19th-place mark of 10.66 meters (34'11.75').First-year Katelynn Morrell (Boardman, OH / Boardman) placed 23rd in the 1-mile run (5:41.62), while sophomore Alicia Nuzzo (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) placed 24th in the 400 (1:02.38).Westminster will next compete in the two-day SPIRE Midwest Open in Geneva, Ohio, starting on Friday, January 30. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2756 Swimming & Diving: Titans Remain Undefeated in PAC after Sweep of Saint Vincent http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2755 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8258272702856797081.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving team swept Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Saint Vincent College at home on Saturday.The Titan men's team (8-2, 3-0 PAC) won 163-94, while the Titan women's team (8-3, 4-0 PAC) won 148-109. The Bearcat men's team falls to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the PAC, while the Bearcat women's team drops to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference.The Titan men's team won 12 events, while the Titan women's team won eight events. Westminster also won three events in which it used three exhibition swimmers.Senior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) and freshman Mitch Stahara (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) won three events each. Brooks won the 100 backstroke (51.38), the 200 backstroke (1:55.59), and the 50 freestyle (21.86). Stahara placed first in the 100 freestyle (48.30), the 200 freestyle (1:44.79), and the 500 freestyle (5:00.51).Senior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) won a pair of events as he touched first in the 200 butterfly (1:58.03) and the 1,000 freestyle (10:11.47).Junior Matt Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) won two events and was also part of a winning relay team. Baurle swept the breaststrokes as he won the 100 (58.95) and the 200 (2:13.65). He was also the second leg of the 200 medley relay team that won with a time of 1:36.96. Completing the quartet were junior Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle), freshman Brad Kolesar (West Mifflin, PA / West Mifflin), and senior Jake Pletz (Venetia, PA / Peters Township). Kolesar also won the 100 butterfly (52.53).Junior Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) led the Titan women's team as she won two individual events and was part of a winning relay team. Reott won the 200 freestyle (2:00.78) and the 200 backstroke (2:15.18). Reott was also the fourth leg of the 200 medley relay team that won at 1:52.66. Completing the quartet were senior Marina Rozick (Pittsburgh, PA / North Allegheny), sophomore Samantha Tower (Export, PA / Franklin Regional), and senior Rebecca Mobley (Gibsonia, PA / Pine-Richland).Rozick (100 backstroke/1:02.78), Tower (100 breaststroke/1:10.04), and Mobley (100 butterfly/1:02.02) also picked up individual wins.Sophomore Mikayla Morrow (Columbiana, OH / Homeschool) and first-year Lindsay Homan (Penfield, NY / Penfield) rounded out the first-place finishers for the Titans as Morrow touched first in the 200 breaststroke (2:33.13) and Homan won the 200 butterfly (2:15.54).Westminster is back in the pool Thursday when it travels to Grove City College with a start time of 6 p.m. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2755 Charities, cities at odds over Pa. constitutional amendment http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2754 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5766465898796836109.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania voters may soon find themselves picking sides in a long-running dispute about who decides which charities should be exempt from taxes.It's a decision with significant financial implications for the charities and the cities and towns where many are based.A constitutional amendment that passed the Legislature during its last session would give lawmakers explicit authority to establish standards about what qualifies as a purely public charity and is tax-exempt.If lawmakers approve it again in the next two years, the proposal goes before voters in the form of a statewide referendum.That could occur as early as May.Hospital organizations, religious groups and other nonprofits are urging lawmakers to advance the proposal. But municipal officials warn it could drain revenue from cities already facing chronic fiscal troubles.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2754 PGH Mayor: Controller's 'Undercover Boss' claims 'cheap' stunt http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2753 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5954933467791931808.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says the county controller is engaging in a 'cheap political stunt' by withholding county tax revenues from a local tourism agency after Peduto's appearance on 'Undercover Boss.'Peduto appeared on the CBS show last month and pledged $155,000 to help four needy city workers. Peduto has stressed that tax revenue won't be used, and that corporate and institutional donors - including VisitPittsburgh - have pledged to pay the money.But Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner says VisitPittsburgh gets most of its $11 million budget from county tax money.So she wants the agency to account for $25,000 it donated to the 'Undercover Boss' fund, plus another $25,000 it may donate, before she hands over $682,000 in tax revenues.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2753 Hundreds of Pa. state workers line up to meet new governor http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2752 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5979077052759814177.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP)-- Gov. Tom Wolf is ending his first week in office by meeting hundreds of the state employees who now work under him.The line for the late Friday afternoon reception with the new governor and his wife Frances snaked through the Capitol, and some waited about an hour to shake their hands.Wolf says he came up with the idea after the November election in which he defeated Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.The Democrat says he wanted to meet his 'fellow employees.' He says some of them had suggestions and others gave him reading materials he plans to review.The new governor says the reception is 'normal, it's just what you do.'Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2752 Storm brings as much 9 inches of snow to Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2751 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2593524840801595319.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mother Nature dumped as much as nine inches of snow on parts of Pennsylvania overnight, with the heaviest totals occurring in the center and eastern parts of the commonwealth.The National Weather Service says nine inches was reported in Coolbaugh Township in Monroe County, with eight inches reported in parts of Berks, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties. Seven inches or more was reported in Dauphin and Bucks counties.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reduced speeds to 45 mph on some roadways but lifted the restrictions Saturday morning.The Delaware River Port Authority reduced speed limits to 25 mph on bridges crossing the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.Philadelphia International Airport instituted a 'ground delay' traffic management program that led to about two dozen cancellations.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2751 Slippery Rock gets OK to pursue physician assistant program http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2750 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8632535642515745017.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. (AP) - Slippery Rock University has gotten state approval to pursue a graduate degree program for physician assistants who would be trained to work in rural areas with special needs patients.The State System of Higher Education on Thursday approved the school's plan to offer the two-year, 116-credit master's degree program.The school must still get the program accredited, but has already begun that process.Officials at the school about 45 miles north of Pittsburgh say the program is needed to address the shortage of medical professionals in rural areas, especially those trained to deal with special needs patients and those without sufficient insurance.The school plans to charge $607 per credit for the program, plus more than $7,000 in lab and clinical fees.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2750 Men's Swimming & Diving: Titans Nationally Ranked http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2749 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8554877718530642869.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's swimming and diving team has been nationally ranked in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Team Rankings as voted by a committee of CSCAA member coaches. The Titans are ranked 25th in the country.The CSCAA DIII Rankings Committee will produce in-season rankings of the 25 best performing NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving teams in rank order at the time of each poll. The rankings will be released on a monthly basis throughout the 2014-15 season. The poll is not designed to predict the results of the NCAA Championship, but rather which teams would win head-to-head against other teams in the country. Rankings are based on performances that have taken place since the previous poll and include invites as well as dual meets.Westminster (7-2, 2-0 PAC) is back in the pool Saturday when they host Saint Vincent College at 1 p.m. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2749 Former drilling exec faces more than 7 years in $9M theft http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2748 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5886401860882698788.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The former chief operating officer of a western Pennsylvania drilling company faces more than seven years in prison when he's sentenced for embezzling more than $9 million to feed his casino gambling habit.Fifty-four-year-old Larry Dean Winckler pleaded guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud and income tax fraud in February and was to be sentenced in July. But that was delayed until Friday because of thyroid cancer, which is now in remission.Winckler acknowledged he had checks written to himself from the bank accounts of Falcon Drilling LLC in Indiana County and that he and another company official sent bogus letters to auditors claiming to not know anything about the stolen money.Defense attorney Martin Dietz says 'every penny' of the thefts was driven by Winckler's casino gambling addiction.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2748 14 cats killed in Pennsylvania fire http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2747 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8473619539828071666.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - Firefighters say a fire in a central Pennsylvania home killed 14 cats and displaced three people. the fire started Thursday in the cats' bedding in a carport at the Altoona home. Firefighters say one of the cats may have knocked over a lightbulb that was put there to keep them warm.The fire broke out around 4:45 p.m. and quickly spread through the home.A man inside was able to get out. No one else was home. Three of the family's 17 cats survived.Neighbors say they saw flames shooting 20 feet from the roof. Firefighters say the home is a total loss.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2747 Chevron laying off 162 from Appalachian unit near Pittsburgh http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2746 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7927006372347838590.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) - Chevron Corp. is laying off 162 workers at its Appalachian business unit based near Pittsburgh.The cuts affect about 23 percent of the 700 employees at the oil and gas exploration unit based in Moon Township., about 10 miles west of the city. Chevron said the restructuring began in November.Spokesman Trip Oliver says, 'Chevron is taking steps to streamline its organization and ensure our workforce is the right size for expected activity levels in this region, which are lower than originally anticipated.'The San Ramon, California-based company once planned to build a regional headquarters in Moon Township, but delayed that project indefinitely in July.Oliver says Chevron still 'will continue to make significant investments in the development of natural gas from shale in this area.' Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2746 Gas drilling watchdog group settles suit over terror listing http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2745 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg709389631145102141.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A gas drilling watchdog group that was characterized in Pennsylvania security bulletins as a potential terror threat has settled its lawsuit against the state, the group's lawyer said Thursday.The settlement terms between Pennsylvania officials and the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition were not immediately released.The gas drilling coalition's lawsuit said the bulletins characterized the group as a possible threat to infrastructure without evidence. A private contractor, the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response, produced the reports under a one-year, $103,000 contract.Then-Gov. Ed Rendell later apologized for the monitoring of peaceful citizens' groups, and his homeland security director resigned.Yet the coalition's attorney, Paul Rossi, said Thursday he has evidence that improper monitoring of citizen groups is still happening within state government.'This has to stop,' he said. 'State officials ought to ... understand they can't do this, in any form whatsoever.'The security bulletins were issued several times a week and sent to hundreds of people, most of them in law enforcement and private industry. State police have said the bulletins included information taken out of context, some of the analysis was biased and their internal analysis concluded there was no threat to public safety.Diane Dreier, vice president of the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition, said Thursday at a news conference with Rossi that including groups like hers on a terror watch list 'can and does have a chilling effect upon freedom of speech.'The director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency cleared the coalition of wrongdoing in a letter released by Rossi.'I can state unequivocally - and I assure the public - that this agency has no information or reason to believe that GDAC at any time in the past or currently could be fairly characterized as a 'terrorist organization,'' Director Glenn Cannon wrote in a letter to the group dated Dec. 18.He added the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response's information about the group, which formed to oppose gas drilling in Luzerne County, was 'unreliable and incorrect.'The company and its co-director, Mike Perelman, were earlier dismissed as defendants in the coalition's lawsuit, but Rossi said he is appealing.Cannon's letter shows that Perelman 'simply lied about my group, and that clearly states a defamation claim that ought to be litigated,' said Rossi, who accused Perelman of maliciously targeting environmental groups that raised questions about the Marcellus Shale drilling boom.Perelman's attorney did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment. Perelman defended his company's work before a legislative committee and denied allegations it compiled a terror watch list.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2745 Grand jury suggests altering Pennsylvania press shield law http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2744 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1472375576187120322.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A grand jury that's recommended criminal charges against the Pennsylvania attorney general in connection with leaks of grand jury material wants to alter a state law that prevents journalists from having to disclose confidential sources.A seven-page report sent to news outlets Thursday by special prosecutor Thomas Carluccio recommends what jurors described as a 'criminal-fraud exception' to the Pennsylvania Shield Law for grand jury matters and the elimination of the law's protections if a source has testified about their communications with a journalist.The report says the grand jury was able to determine who leaked secret materials about an investigation but a criminal-fraud exception would have made their investigation more complete and faster.An attorney with the Pennsylvania News Media Association says the group opposes weakening the law.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2744 Wolf yanks Corbett's Pa. open records agency appointee http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2743 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5629483393099919288.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf says he's removing the man just appointed by his predecessor to direct the state Office of Open Records.Wolf, a Democrat who became governor two days ago, said Thursday that Erik Arneson's appointment by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett lacks transparency and that he'll conduct a national search to fill the position.The job carries a six-year term. A top Senate Republican aide, Drew Crompton, questions whether Wolf has the power and authority to remove the office's director.Crompton calls it 'partisan politics through and through.'Wolf is also trying to stop more than two dozen nominations posted by Corbett in his final days.The Office of Open Records handles appeals involving a wide section of government for people who have been denied access to records.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2743 Brother of Packers coach Mike McCarthy dies in western Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2742 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7842681845264081310.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The younger brother of Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has died.A spokeswoman for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, says 47-year-old Joseph McCarthy died Wednesday morning at a hospital in McCandless in western Pennsylvania.Spokeswoman Amie Downs says the report from the Medical Examiner's Office stated that Joseph McCarthy was taken to the hospital after an incident at a gym. An autopsy to determine the cause of death is expected to be conducted on Thursday.Mike McCarthy, the 51-year-old Packers coach, cited a personal matter in postponing a season-ending news conference at Lambeau Field on Wednesday morning.Packers president Mark Murphy says the McCarthy family appreciates the outpouring of support that they have received and asks for privacy.There was no answer when a call was made to Joseph McCarthy's home.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2742 Western Pa. man gets 40 to 80 years for killing, cutting body with saw http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2741 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5978479730015682649.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BROOKVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man will spend 40 to 80 years in state prison for robbing an acquaintance in a drug-related dispute and cutting up the body with a chain saw.Jefferson County District Attorney Jeffrey Burkett says this was 'a drug deal that really went bad.'Thirty-four-year-old Michael Shugars, of Brookville, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder Wednesday for killing 33-year-old Chet Haddow, of Punxsutawney, on Sept. 13, 2013.State police charged Shugars after finding his fingerprints on the victim's hands.Authorities believe the men were on friendly terms before Shugars killed Haddow, burned his car, then took the body home and dismembered it before disposing of the remains. Some of the body parts were found in a creek in Hamilton, a tiny village about 60 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2741 Some Pa. public universities seek OK to charge per-credit tuition http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2740 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-289602587914310246.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The State System of Higher Education is scheduled to vote on whether to allow two more of its 14 state-owned universities to offer per-credit tuition to in-state students, rather than the flat annual rate of $6,820.Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Bloomsburg University were seeking approval at Thursday's meeting in Harrisburg.IUP wants to cut the current per-credit fee of $284 by 7 percent, but increase it gradually back to that rate in four years.Millersville and Clarion universities have previously received approval to charge in-state students per-credit tuition instead of a flat rate.IUP officials are hoping the change will encourage students to take more credits per semester and increase graduation rates when coupled with incentives to boost need-based financial aid and shorten the time it takes to earn some degrees.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2740 Pennsylvania holding off on hiking ban during hunting season http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2739 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6626677627978712614.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Game Commission is holding off on a plan that would bar hikers from state game lands during hunting season.The state's Board of Game Commissioners said Wednesday it removed the proposal from its January meeting agenda after receiving hundreds of public comments.Board President Robert Schlemmer says they want more time to consult with hunters, conservationists and elected officials before considering the measure.The proposed rule would have barred hiking and other non-hunting activities on state game lands during the fall and spring hunting seasons. That's more than 130 days.Hiking would still be permitted on Sundays, when hunting is disallowed.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2739 Pa. mother arrested after newborn is found alive in toilet http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2738 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4622133096550181570.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania woman has been arrested after police say her newborn spent several minutes in a toilet.Swanee White was charged Thursday with endangering the welfare of a child, simple assault and recklessly endangerment.The 19-year-old Manheim Township woman was jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail and was not available for comment.Online court records did not list information on her lawyer.WGAL-TV reports White's relative found the baby in the toilet Jan. 3.The station says the baby was treated at a hospital and has since been placed in protective custody with a county child welfare agency. Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2738 Men's Basketball: 15 Three-Pointers Guide Titans Past Washington & Jefferson http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2737 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1888378174635230562.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team had its largest victory under third-year head coach Kevin Siroki ('93) on Wednesday night in the Titans' 92-50 win at Washington & Jefferson College.The Titans made a season-high 15 three-point field goals (15-27), led by sophomore Jason Pilarski (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) and freshman Brandon Domenick (New Castle, PA / New Castle) who each made four three-pointers.W&J (1-16, 0-8 PAC) got within five points (23-18) of the Titans' lead with 8:58 on the clock in the first half. That would be as close as the Presidents would get for the remainder of the game as Westminster (5-12, 2-6 PAC) finished the half with a 24-2 run to take a 47-20 halftime lead. The Titans continued its dominant offensive performance in the second half and led by as much as 44 points twice.Five Titans scored in double-figures led by Pilarski with a season-high 18 points. Sophomore Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars) (17), freshman Deontay Scott (Youngstown, OH / East) (16), Domenick (12), and junior Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) (10) also scored in double-digits for Westminster.Scott registered his fifth double-double of the season as he led on the glass with a game-high 11 rebounds. Domenick dished-out a game-high seven assists, while junior Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) had four. Carswell added eight boards.The Titans out-shot the Presidents 54.0% (34-63) to 33.9% (20-59) and out-rebounded W&J 46-25.Westminster will take the weekend off and will return to the court next Wednesday, January 28, when it travels to Waynesburg University. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2737 Women's Basketball: Titans Shoot Season-Low in Loss at W&J http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2736 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2122026734862547741.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team lost 71-41 to Washington & Jefferson College on the road Wednesday night.The Presidents (12-4, 6-3 PAC) took their first double-digit lead at the 11:12 mark in the first half with a 12-2 lead.  The Titans (3-13, 2-7 PAC) cut W&J's lead to six points (16-10) after sophomore Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) found classmate Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) for a three-point field goal with 5:06 on the clock. The Presidents, however, outscored the Titans 14-2 for the remainder of half and led 30-12 at halftime. W&J maintained its double-digit lead in the second half and led by as much as 30 points on two occasions.Westminster shot a season-low 22.0% (11-50) from the field, while W&J shot 42.2% (27-64). The Presidents also out-rebounded the Titans 49-34.Durbin led the Titan offense as she tied a game-high 11 points. Senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) added nine points, while first-year Allison Bell (Cortland, OH / Maplewood) registered a career-high eight points. First-year Kylie Cook (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) and Bell led Westminster on the glass with five rebounds each.The Titans will host Chatham University at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2736 Top Pennsylvania court takes up attorney general's leak case http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2735 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4099547496265791366.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider the state attorney general's claim that a special prosecutor investigating her office over allegations of grand jury leaks was appointed illegally.The justices on Wednesday took up a legal challenge by Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who's seeking to invalidate a judge's appointment of special prosecutor Thomas Carluccio, a Republican.The court wants Kane and Carluccio to address previous court decisions and a state law concerning independent counsel that expired a decade ago.The Supreme Court says the briefs need to be filed quickly. It plans to conduct oral arguments in Philadelphia in March.The order comes hours after the court released records indicating a grand jury has recommended perjury and other charges against Kane related to an investigation of grand jury secrecy.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2735 Flu has caused 15 deaths in western Pa. http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2734 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2589721686915520909.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Allegheny County Health Department says 15 people have now died from the flu in the Pittsburgh area, but that this season's outbreak seems to be slowing down.All of the victims were at least 55 and most had other health problems. Fifteen people died last flu season, and more deaths are possible this season.Still, officials say this is one of the worst flu seasons in recent memory with nearly 4,000 cases reported.But Kristen Mertz, a health department epidemiologist says, 'It looks like flu may have peaked at the very beginning of January. That is what we are seeing regionally and nationwide.'Health officials are still recommending that people get vaccinated and otherwise use common-sense methods, like washing their hands more frequently, to avoid the virus.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2734 Fired township treasurer waives hearing in $800K theft case http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2733 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6148068949665096597.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - The fired treasurer of a western Pennsylvania township has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges he stole nearly $800,000 from taxpayers during his 14 years in office.Brian Tanner  surrendered last week when Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa announced more than 500 counts of forgery and theft-related crimes against Tanner.Defense attorney David Acker has says the 49-year old Tanner is cooperating with authorities.Tanner was fired from his $57,000-a-year job as secretary/treasurer in July. That's when auditors determined he wrote more than 200 checks worth more than $453,000 to himself and a township auditor - who has also been fired - from 2011 to 2013.Subsequent audits found $1.2 million in questionable expenditures, some $800,000 of which the DA said are flatly illegal.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2733 Ohio woman killed in Wilmington area crash http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2732 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6781188993364832281.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-  State police say one died Tuesday in a crash involving a minivan and a truck in Wilmington Township, Mercer County.State Police say 39-year-old Mandy Digman of Salem, OH, died after the minivan she was riding collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Bethel New Wilmington and Mercer Pulaski Roads shortly after 12 p.m.Troopers say 71-year old Fred Flory was traveling ran a stop sign and crashed into a pickup truck driven by 36-year old Jodi Rimel of Dawson, Pa.Rimel suffered serious injuries.  Fred Flory was also injured in the crash. Troopers say he and Digman were not wearing seat belts. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2732 Wolf starts first day with ethics, open government training http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2731 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-356265223229346777.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's first day on the first job includes a few hours of training on ethics and making government open to the public.The Democrat got to the Capitol at about 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the morning after his inaugural ball, and parked his trademark Jeep outside the executive offices before joining senior staff and others for the training.He's now leading a state government that comprises 74,000 full-time employees and more than 50 agencies, boards and commissions.Signs of change can be found outside the PennDOT headquarters, where photos of former Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley have been removed.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2731 1852: Westminster College was established and 10 other things happened... http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2730 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg695020804193997063.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College was born Jan. 21, 1852 in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania at a joint meeting of the Ohio and Shenango Presbyteries. One of the earliest coeducational colleges in the nation, Westminster was founded to promote the spirit and values of Christianity while focusing on the development of the individual - intellectually, spiritually, and socially.  Here are 10 other things that happened in 1852:<br />1. Franklin Pierce (D) was elected as the 14th U.S. President.<br />2. Roget's Thesaurus first published.<br />3. Frederick Douglass delivered his famous speech against slavery in Rochester, NY.<br />4. Uncle Sam cartoon figure first appeared in the NY Lantern weekly<br />5. Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' published -focused national attention on the atrocities of slavery.<br />6. Wells and Fargo began shipping and banking company as the California Gold Rush is well underway.<br />7. U.S. statesman Henry Clay, known as 'the Great Compromiser' died.<br />8. End of the Great Irish Famine.<br />9. David Foster composed 'My Old Kentucky Home.'<br />10. The first modern public restroom, with flushing toilets opened in London. First American public restrooms also opened in NYC. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2730 Borough reminds property owners to keep sidewalks cleared http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2729 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-842254025283169991.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- New Wilmington Borough officials say some residents are falling behind when it comes to keeping sidewalks in front of their homes or businesses cleared.Borough leaders tell WCN 24/7 they are receiving numerous complaints from residents about falling on icy sidewalks that home owners and landlords are failing to properly maintain in the snow and ice.Officials say New Wilmington ordinances require all property owners to check their sidewalks and maintain them in winter.  This includes ramps that intersect onto streets.  The borough requires property owners to clear all sidewalks for the safety of pedestrians, mail carriers, delivery workers and school children. <br /><br />  Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2729 Tom Wolf sworn in as Pennsylvania's 47th governor http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2728 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5286084825903591812.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa.-- York businessman and Democrat Tom Wolf took the oath of office as Pennsylvania's 47th Governor on Tuesday at noon, declaring, 'I am an unconventional Governor.'Wolf defeated incumbent GOP Governor Tom Corbett in November's primary.The 66-year old Governor was flanked by his wife and two daughters as he took the oath of office in front of the Captiol.  Former governors were on hand for the ceremony including Corbett, Ed Rendell, Tom RIdge and Mark Schweiker. York County Judge Penny Blackwell administered the oalth to Wolf as he placed his hand on a 19th Century family bible.Wolf says education must be the 'highest priority.'The new Governor served as Pennsylvania's revenue secretary under Gov. Ed Rendell.  He also has a Ph.D. in political science from MIT. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2728 Lawrence County auctioneer declared champion bid caller at Pa. Farm Show http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2726 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4258342025595083180.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> Harrisburg, Pa.-- When the Pennsylvania Farm Show ended earlier this month, one Lawrence County man headed home as champion auctioneer.  Jeff Pennington took home the top prize from the competition at the 36th Annual State Auctioneers Association Bid Calling Contest held last week.The competition consists of three rounds-and the third round pits the top 10 auctioneers where each was forced to sell similar toy tractors that were provided by the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association.Judges declared Pennington champion based on his presentation, voice control, clarity and salesmanship.Watch Jeff Pennington in action.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='360' src='//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/VS209BLpFVI?rel=0' width='480'></iframe> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2726 Lawrence Co. man faces gun charges from incident outside WAHS basketball game http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2725 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4054799300754005944.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - A Volant man faces charges for having an unlicensed gun outside the Wilmington Area High School on Jan. 5.  New Wilmington police say 36-year old Samuel Martin Koi goes to court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 17 for an incident that happened during a varsity basketball game.According to the police report, Chief Carmen Piccirillo was conducting a safety check at the school's varsity basketball game. While outside the school the chief says he was confronted by Koi who ‘chest bumped' him and became verbally abusive. The chief says he smelled alcohol and informed Koi he would be subject o a DUI investigation.  Piccirillo described Koi as aggressive prompting a searched of the suspect's car.  That search turned up a loaded 9mm handgun. Koi faces a count of possession of a weapon on school property and a count  of carrying a firearm without a license. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2725 Man pleads guilty in girlfriend's drug-related death http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2724 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7758242300063260548.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BUTLER, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to having provided fentanyl-laced heroin that authorities say led to his girlfriend's fatal overdose last year.Shayne Emery of Slippery Rock pleaded guilty last week in Butler County Court to drug delivery resulting in death.Prosecutors plan to recommend a sentence of four to 15 years when he is sentenced Feb. 24.Police say 21-year-old Brittany Lee Hays was found unresponsive in February with a syringe and stamp bags marked 'Theraflu.' Officials said that was one of the street names used for heroin laced with the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl that was blamed for more than 20 fatal overdoses in western Pennsylvania last year. Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2724 Western Pa. ice fisherman found dead after falling into frozen lake http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2723 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5693813350554554710.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ATWOOD, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say an ice fisherman was killed after falling through the ice on a frozen western Pennsylvania lake.State police and the Armstrong County coroner's office say 56-year-old James Whitlinger of Avonmore was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon at Keystone Lake.Coroner Brian Myers said a search began at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday after finding his equipment and holes bored in the ice but no one around.County dispatchers said more than 70 emergency responders joined in the search of the 5-mile-long lake near Indiana County.Myers said Whitlinger drowned about a half-mile south of the Atwood boat launch on the border of Plumcreek and Cowanshannock townships. The death was ruled an accident.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2723 Western Pa. university basketball player found dead http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2722 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8685392696620487076.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a western Pennsylvania university student and basketball player was found dead in her dormitory over the weekend.The Washington County coroner's office said 21-year-old Shanice Clark of Toronto was found unresponsive at about 3 a.m. Sunday at California University of Pennsylvania.University officials said they were 'deeply saddened' by the death of the 6-foot senior forward, who was redshirting after playing two dozen games for the Vulcans last season.Athletic Director Karen Hjerpe called Clark 'a bright student and talented player' and said 'her smile and personality will be missed.'California borough police said a preliminary report from medical personnel indicated that the death appeared to be accidental.The coroner's office said the cause of death was pending an autopsy and the manner of death remained under investigation.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2722 Women's Basketball: Titans Shoot Season-High, Top PAC Foe Geneva http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2721 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7810641621474638405.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team won its second-straight Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) contest after a 66-57 win at home against Geneva College on Saturday.The Titans (3-12, 2-6 PAC) shot a season-best 50% (23-46) from the field, led by senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) who shot 8-for-10 for a game-high 20 points.Westminster led by 12-4 with 13:44 remaining in the first half. Geneva (4-11, 2-6 PAC) responded with a 19-10 run to take its first lead of the game at 23-22 with 5:34 to go in the half. The Titans quickly regained the lead and outscored the Golden Tornadoes 12-4 for the remainder of the half to take a 34-27-halftime lead.The Titans did not let Geneva get closer than eight points for the remainder of the contest and led by as much as 16 points when sophomore Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) drained two free throws with 2:40 left.Also scoring in double digits for Westminster was sophomore Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) with 13 points, including a team-best three three-point field goals. Brown grabbed down a game- and career-high 12 rebounds to go along with a season-high nine points. Senior Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) added eight points, while Borts had eight rebounds.Westminster will look to make it three-straight wins when it travels to Washington & Jefferson on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2721 Men's Basketball: Titans Top Geneva, 73-56, for First PAC Win http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2720 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2856472240391282750.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team snapped a six-game losing streak after a 73-56 win at home versus Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Geneva College for its first PAC win of the season on Saturday.Titan sophomore Jason Pilarski (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) scored a season- and game-high 14 points.Westminster (4-12, 1-6 PAC), who was in front for the entire first half, had a 32-15 lead with 5:47 remaining. Geneva (6-10, 3-4 PAC) cut the Titans' lead to 10 points (38-28) after a 13-6 run to end the half.The Golden Tornadoes got within seven points (38-31) after a three-pointer with 19:24 to play. The Titans responded with a 13-2 run to take an 18-point lead (51-33), which was capped off with a three-pointer by sophomore Matt Getsy (Mars, PA / Mars). Westminster maintained its double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest.In addition to Pilarski, three other Titans scored in double-figures. Getsy and junior Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) scored 13 points each, while junior Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) registered 12 points. Wallander led on the glass with a game- and team-high 12 rebounds. Freshman Deontay Scott (Youngstown, OH / East) added eight points and six boards, while classmate Brandon Domenick (New Castle, PA / New Castle) netted nine points and dished out a game-high six assists.Westminster out-shot Geneva 44.3% (27-61) to 37.3% (19-51) and out-rebounded the Golden Tornadoes 42-37.The Titans are back on the court Wednesday when they travel to Washington & Jefferson College. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2720 Swimming & Diving: Titans Compete in Double Dual Meet at Carnegie Mellon http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2719 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-807802952509399841.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Westminster College men's and women's swimming & diving teams competed in a double dual meet at Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday.The Titan men lost 186-108 to Carnegie Mellon and lost 158-140 to SUNY Geneseo. The Titan women lost 240-60 to Carnegie Mellon and lost 223-77 to SUNY Geneseo. The Westminster men's team falls to 7-2 in dual meets, while the Westminster women's team falls to 7-3.Junior Matt Baurle (Jeannette, PA / Penn Trafford) swept the breaststrokes as he won the 100 (58.50) and the 200 (2:10.07).Freshman Mitch Stahara (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) and senior Steven Brooks (Boardman, OH / Boardman) also each picked up a first-place finish. Stahara won the 100 freestyle (48.09), while Brooks touched first in the 200 backstroke (1:55.47).Brooks also placed second in the 50 freestyle (21.90), while Stahara placed second in the 200 freestyle (1:45.11). Baurle and Brooks teamed up with junior Austin Karper (Carlisle, PA / Carlisle) and freshman Brad Kolesar (West Mifflin, PA / West Mifflin) for a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:36.61). Senior Nicholas Smith (Indiana, PA / Indiana) placed second in the 200 butterfly (1:57.73).For the women's team, sophomore Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston) placed third in the 1,000 freestyle (11:07.13), while junior Kelsey Reott (Butler, PA / Slippery Rock) placed third in the 200 backstroke (2:13.60).Westminster is back in the pool next Saturday when they host Saint Vincent College at 1 p.m. Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2719