Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/ en-us Copyright 2015 Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:59:17 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/ College student killed in apparent murder-suicide http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2785 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6235201360809820528.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a man fatally shot a Carnegie Mellon University student in their Pittsburgh apartment and then killed himself in an apparent murder-suicide.The 26-year-old woman and 29-year-old man's bodies were found around 1:45 p.m. by officers performing a wellness check.They were in a second floor unit at the Sherwood Towers Apartments in the city's North Oakland section.Police say the building's manager asked for officers to check on the woman after friends said she hadn't been seen for days.Police Commander RaShall Brackney says investigators are trying to determine when the man and woman died.Officials didn't release the names of the victims. They say they didn't think the man was a student.The apartment building is close to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon campuses.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2785 Overnight snow delaying schools in western Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2784 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4638202375030316864.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Overnight snows were delaying classes at more than 200 western Pennsylvania schools, though major arteries were mostly clear and morning commuters were seeing few delays.Freezing rain turned to snow late Thursday into Friday morning, leaving one to three inches on the ground and more in the mountain ridges south and east of Pittsburgh.The National Weather Service says another inch of snow was expected in most areas before the system moves through.Saturday was expected to be mostly clear with highs in the mid-20s before another storm system moved in Sunday with the potential to drop several inches of snow into Monday with temperatures dropping into the low teens.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2784 McCord stepping down as Pennsylvania treasurer after 6 years http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2783 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-719974115048099100.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord is stepping down from the job after six years in the office, although the Democrat who just ran unsuccessfully for governor gave no indication Thursday what he had planned for his future.In a statement through his office, McCord, 55, a former venture capitalist, listed his accomplishments and he said only that it is time for him to return to the private sector.'It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth as their elected State Treasurer for the past six years,' McCord wrote in a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf. 'But with my goals at Treasury now achieved - and with a new governor now in office to appoint my successor - it is time for me to return to the private sector, where most of my life's work has been.'The departure comes just after his lawsuit with Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman against the NCAA resulted in college sports' governing body restoring 112 football wins it had stripped from Penn State in the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation scandal and dropping other lingering penalties it had imposed.McCord's office said his last day will be Feb. 12.He was elected to two four-year terms in the office and ran unsuccessfully for governor last year, losing in the primary to Wolf. The campaign sowed hard feelings after McCord raised the issue of race by connecting Wolf to a former York mayor who had been charged, and later acquitted, with murder for allegedly inciting white gang members to kill a black woman during York's 1969 race riots.McCord, a Montgomery County resident, will leave with two years left in his final term. It will be up to Wolf to nominate a successor, with Senate confirmation, to fill the job through the 2016 election. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2783 Federal investigators eyeing state treasurer as he resigns http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2782 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2679683138486405624.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Federal authorities are looking into the campaign-related activity of Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord, who says he is stepping down from the job after six years.A person familiar with inquiries by authorities confirmed the probe to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to be identified discussing a matter that hasn't been discussed publicly by McCord or authorities.The Democrat pumped $2.2 million of his own money into his unsuccessful run for governor last year. He gave no indication Thursday about his future plans.The former venture capitalist didn't grant interviews or mention an investigation in a statement released by his office and said only that it is time for him to return to the private sector.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2782 Survivalist charged in trooper ambush pleads not guilty http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2781 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3274007774966002037.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MILFORD, Pa. (AP) - A survivalist accused of killing one Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding another in a police barracks ambush has pleaded not guilty.Eric Frein (freen) was arraigned Thursday at the Pike County Courthouse in Milford.The 31-year-old Frein participated by video from the county jail and answered yes-or-no questions from his lawyer, who entered the not-guilty plea on his behalf.Frein is charged with first-degree murder, terrorism and related charges in the September ambush that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and severely wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the police barracks in Blooming Grove.Frein was captured Oct. 30 after a 48-day manhunt in the Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania.Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2781 Beer truck and coal truck crash on western Pa. road http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2780 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2712788526664904685.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Some people but salt in their beer to improve the taste. But PennDOT crews spent part of the morning salting beer so it wouldn't freeze over on a western Pennsylvania highway.State police say the beer was spilled when a coal truck driven by 41-year-old Albert Parsley, of Indiana, Pennsylvania, was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer hauling beer about 5:15 a.m. Thursday.That happened on U.S. Route 22, where the coal truck was stopped at a traffic light at state Route 819 in Salem Township.The eastbound lanes reopened by 7 a.m. The westbound lanes where the crash occurred reopened about an hour later.Forbes Road Fire Chief Robert Rosatti tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1HlAX2H ) that the beer truck driver, 61-year-old Roy Crider, of Connellsville, was taken to a hospital for a minor injury.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2780 Labor board again accuses UPMC of anti-union tactics http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2779 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5457508286471334337.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The National Labor Relations Board has again accused the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of engaging in anti-union tactics.The complaint was announced Thursday by the Service Employees International Union, which has been trying for years to unionize some 3,500 non-clinical employees.In November, an administrative law judge found UPMC engaged in unfair labor practices and ordered the health network to halt certain practices, including denying non-employee organizers access to its cafeteria, conducting surveillance on employees and organizers, and barring workers from wearing union insignia in non-patient care areas.UPMC appealed that finding.The new complaint contains similar allegations, but none more recent than June 2014.UPMC says the union 'has yet again resorted to manufactured unfair labor practices charges in an attempt to discredit UPMC,' which claims the employees don't want to unionize.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2779 Wolf to restore ban on new gas drilling leases http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2778 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6937050731367594233.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf is poised to sign an executive order ending a short-lived effort by former Gov. Tom Corbett to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock buried deep beneath Pennsylvania's state parks and forests.The Democrat plans to sign the order restoring a moratorium on new drilling leases involving public lands Thursday at Benjamin Rush State Park in northeast Philadelphia.It will supersede an order that Republican Corbett signed in May and reinstate the ban former Gov. Ed Rendell, a Democrat, instituted in 2010.Environmentalists are praising the move, saying it reflects Wolf's support for strong environmental regulation. But the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry trade group, is sharply criticizing the governor, saying it's a political move that unnecessarily bans the safe development of natural gas.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2778 Women's Basketball: Titans Stung By Yellow Jackets http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2777 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7154296227529554987.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WAYNESBURG, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team lost 73-47 to Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Waynesburg University on the road Wednesday night.Westminster (4-14, 3-8 PAC) was in front for the first five minutes of the contest and led 9-5 after a three-point field goal by sophomore Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) with 15:42 remaining. Waynesburg (9-9, 6-5 PAC) responded with a 13-0 run to take an 18-9 lead with 10:29 on the clock. The Titans quickly recovered and orchestrated an 8-0 run to cut the Yellow Jacket's lead to 18-17 with 5:08 left before halftime. Waynesburg, however, outscored Westminster 14-2 and took a 32-19 lead at intermission.The Titans continued to battle in the second half and got within five points (41-36) of Waynesburg's lead after sophomore Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) converted on a tradition three-point play with 11:31 to play. The Yellow Jackets would not let the Titans get any closer and ended the game with a 32-11 run.Senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) led the Titan offense with 13 points. Durbin led Westminster on the glass with seven rebounds to go along with nine points. Brown added 10 points, while first-year Kristine Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) scored seven. First-year Kylie Cook (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) contributed off the bench with six rebounds.Waynesburg out-shot Westminster 37.7% (23-61) to 33.3% (16-48). The Titans held a 38-33 rebound edge.Westminster is back in action Saturday when they host Thomas More College in PAC action at 1:30 p.m. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2777 Men's Basketball: Carswell Scores Season-High in Titans' Loss at Waynesburg http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2776 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2235915297864168472.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WAYNESBURG, Pa. - The Westminster College men's basketball team lost 81-60 to Waynesburg University in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) play on the road Wednesday night.Westminster (5-13, 2-7 PAC) had a 17-8 lead with 14:09 remaining in the first half after junior Paul Carswell (Painesville, OH / Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) found sophomore Cameron Pozsgai (Windham, OH / Windham) for a three-point field goal. Waynesburg (10-9, 6-4 PAC) eventually tied the game at 24 with 8:04 on the clock and outscored the Titans 30-6 for the remainder of the half to take a 54-30 halftime lead.In the second half, the Titans cut the Yellow Jackets' lead to 72-60 after a layup by freshman Deontay Scott (Youngstown, OH / East) with 5:06 left. That would be the closest Westminster would get as Waynesburg closed out the game with a 9-0 run.Carswell led the Titan offense with a season- and game-high 20 points. Also scoring in double-digits for Westminster were freshman Brandon Domenick (New Castle, PA / New Castle) and Scott with 10 points apiece. Scott led Westminster on the glass with seven rebounds. Junior Charlie Wallander (Pittsburgh, PA / Baldwin) added eight points. Domenick also had a game-high seven assists.Waynesburg out-shot Westminster 38.3% (23-60) to 37.1% (23-62) and out-rebounded the Titans 43-39.The Titans will look to get back in the win column on Saturday when they host Thomas More College at 3:30 p.m. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2776 Western Pennsylvania chocolate maker tweaking 'Bradie' with football http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2775 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-9091694695142691858.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania candy maker is having some fun at the expense of Tom 'Bradie' and the New England Patriots.The (Washington) <a href='http://bit.ly/1wzxQsz'>Observer-Reporter</a> says Bill Sarris had his staff make a 'deflated' chocolate football - it has a big dent in the side - and posted a picture on the company's Facebook page.<div id='fb-root'></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = '//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class='fb-post' data-href='https://www.facebook.com/SarrisCandies/photos/a.115473254042.94332.115289079042/10152988518624043/?type=1' data-width='466'><div class='fb-xfbml-parse-ignore'></div></div>Named the 'Bradie' ball to avoid any legal issues, the caption on the pic says, 'Net weight 13 lbs ... Oops! We meant 11.2 lbs.'The Patriots and quarterback, Tom Brady, play in the Super Bowl Sunday, having been accused of using underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship game.Sarris isn't selling the 'Bradie' balls at his Canonsburg store about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh and won't say how he made his, saying, 'You'll have to ask the Patriots how they did it.'Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2775 Mercer County town shuts down man's garage 'fight nights' http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2774 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg97198323618620300.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> FARRELL, Pa. (AP) - Police and zoning officials have shut down 'Fight Nights' that a man holds in his Mercer County garage, even though he argues the events are harmless and, more or less, akin to 'mud wrestling.'Lawrence Owens, the man who hosted the third such event in his Farrell garage over the weekend, is upset that authorities shut it down..But officials in Farrell say his garage is zoned residential. They say Owens needs a variance to host events at which he charges admission or he faces a $500 fine.But Owens accused police of thwarting his efforts to create jobs for black people, saying, 'There are 30 people eating off this event.'Owens agreed to apply for a variance.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2774 Education Dept. investigating Allegheny College sex response http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2773 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7045590960534924148.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Allegheny College says it's cooperating with a U.S. Department of Education investigation that the school's response to sexual violence or harassment wasn't sufficient.The university is cooperating with the probe, one of more than 90 the Education Department has launched in recent months at colleges and universities.The school hasn't been given information about the incident, including when it happened.Under the law, students who believe a school has not properly handled or responded to a report of sexual violence or harassment can complain to the department's Office of Civil Rights within 180 days.The school's Title IX coordinator says the school was notified of the investigation Dec. 5 and hopes to provide records on sexual complaints and policies dating to 2012 by March.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2773 Fight between cities, nonprofits flares in Pa. Senate http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2772 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3605643700999856162.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican efforts to put Pennsylvania state lawmakers back in control of granting tax-exempt status to charities is meeting more resistance.The Senate's scheduled vote Wednesday fizzled after some Republicans requested a hearing first and Democrats signaled they would all oppose the bill. A hearing could happen next week.The delay came amid a flurry of lobbying against it by public-sector labor unions and local government officials. The charities include hospitals, social service providers, universities and houses of worship.The bill is a resolution to change the constitution. It was spurred by a 2012 state Supreme Court ruling that put the courts, not lawmakers, in charge of granting tax-exempt status. It was viewed as favorable toward municipalities.Democrats say they prefer first to write new rules to protect cash-strapped municipalities.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2772 Italian ice oasis: Pa.-based Rita's expanding to Middle East http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2771 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6493360849472792088.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It's not a mirage: Rita's Italian Ice is bringing its cool treats to the desert.The suburban Philadelphia-based chain says Wednesday it's contracting with a Middle East food executive to open 46 stores in the next decade in Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and five other Arab nations.Rita's contractor Faysal Younes, who formerly worked with Starbucks, says the Middle East's warm climate makes it a natural market for Rita's sweet, frozen concoctions.The company's store total doubled to more than 600 in 27 states in the last 10 years and it's partnered with a New Jersey firms to increase its presence at sports stadiums.Now it's looking for international growth. Beside the Middle East, Rita's says it's opened or planning stores in Canada, China, India, the Philippines and the Caribbean.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2771 Prosecutor wants death penalty in Pa. trooper ambush case http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2770 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8817095450608229197.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/_cfimg5752411134930798089.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-2671074560096935729.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/_cfimg1127436804333226561.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-2635736537718874042.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/_cfimg-4648425787891526154.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-624013673042818575.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH-- The National Weather Service (NWS) has extended the winter weather advisory for most of Western Pennsylvania until 7 on Tuesday morning..Forecasters predicted 4 to 6 inches total for parts of the region on Monday.  Several area school districts started the morning off with delays and then closed. The NWS says some areas could see another 3-4 inches overnight. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2763 Snow prompts disaster emergency proclamation in Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2762 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4962938384879765474.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/_cfimg7894150530138664228.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/_cfimg5123972158541791001.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has spent almost $300,000 defending a claim by a company that supplied the supermarket wine kiosks in a program that was aborted because the machines were unpopular and allegedly didn't work properly.The legal fees in a story Sunday updating the status of the litigation by Simple Brands LLC.The Montgomery County company is pursuing the matter before the LCB's Board of Claims in Harrisburg, claiming the LCB decisions forced it out of business at a loss of $81 million. The company also says the LCB is delaying the litigation unnecessarily.But the LCB says the company took six months to respond to a request for legal records, only to dump 126,000 pages on the LCB last month, which the agency is still studying.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2760 Kane investigation keeps mystifying state's legal community http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2759 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4546177981785928133.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/_cfimg5701190350855864762.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/_cfimg-5644268851828676660.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team won 58-44 at home over Chatham University in Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) action on Saturday.Chatham (5-12, 2-8 PAC), who led for most of the first half, had its largest lead of 18-10 with 9:02 remaining. Westminster (4-13, 3-7 PAC) regrouped and eventually tied the game at 24 after sophomore Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) converted on a traditional three-point play with 1:50 on the clock. Brown put the Titans in front 27-24, their first lead since early in the half, after a three-pointer with 29 seconds remaining. Westminster would lead with the same score at halftime.Westminster started the second half with an 8-0 run and led 35-24 with 16:13 on the clock. The Cougars, who were never able to regain the lead, got within six points (50-44) of the Titans' lead with 1:21 remaining in the game. Westminster finished strong with an 8-0 run to seal its third victory of its last four contests.Senior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) led the Titan offense with 12 points. Brown scored a season-high 11 points and was one rebound away from her first career double-double with nine boards. Junior Andrea Marsh (Panama, NY / Panama Central) led Westminster on the glass as she tied a career-high with 10 rebounds to go along with eight points. Sophomore Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) and first-year Kylie Cook (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) added eight points apiece.Westminster out-shot Chatham 38.8% (19-49) to 25.9% (15-58) and dominated the boards with a 51-29 advantage.The Titans will next travel to Waynesburg University (8-9, 5-5 PAC) on Wednesday with a 5:30 p.m. game start. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2757 Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field: School Records Broken at YSU Invite http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2756 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1191834144700799578.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/_cfimg3266306653583936283.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/_cfimg8198273765441976033.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania voters may soon find themselves picking sides in a long-running dispute about who decides which charities should be exempt from taxes.It's a decision with significant financial implications for the charities and the cities and towns where many are based.A constitutional amendment that passed the Legislature during its last session would give lawmakers explicit authority to establish standards about what qualifies as a purely public charity and is tax-exempt.If lawmakers approve it again in the next two years, the proposal goes before voters in the form of a statewide referendum.That could occur as early as May.Hospital organizations, religious groups and other nonprofits are urging lawmakers to advance the proposal. But municipal officials warn it could drain revenue from cities already facing chronic fiscal troubles.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2754 PGH Mayor: Controller's 'Undercover Boss' claims 'cheap' stunt http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2753 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-853694055200664622.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/_cfimg3649062646701253797.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/_cfimg7050590849624990449.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Mother Nature dumped as much as nine inches of snow on parts of Pennsylvania overnight, with the heaviest totals occurring in the center and eastern parts of the commonwealth.The National Weather Service says nine inches was reported in Coolbaugh Township in Monroe County, with eight inches reported in parts of Berks, Lehigh, Northampton and Schuylkill counties. Seven inches or more was reported in Dauphin and Bucks counties.The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reduced speeds to 45 mph on some roadways but lifted the restrictions Saturday morning.The Delaware River Port Authority reduced speed limits to 25 mph on bridges crossing the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.Philadelphia International Airport instituted a 'ground delay' traffic management program that led to about two dozen cancellations.Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2751 Slippery Rock gets OK to pursue physician assistant program http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2750 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4378394795639130250.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/_cfimg-2211742295585549054.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/_cfimg2444540364298818674.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/_cfimg-2397081309785348207.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/_cfimg1489540767735128557.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/_cfimg5747692826615218651.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/_cfimg3092883234110546237.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/_cfimg3663180557523244229.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/_cfimg4042785113744216529.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/_cfimg5056479531030365711.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-2399632262058184312.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/_cfimg-25399831758071095.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/_cfimg1434301157160693311.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-2760274487134972667.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/_cfimg1132890298943184044.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-965990951410501427.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