Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/ en-us Copyright 2014 Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:23:01 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/ List of wells impacted by drilling includes Lawrence County sites http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2040 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5526583844909835436.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP & WCN Staff) - After years of delays and confusion Pennsylvania has released details of 243 cases where regulators determined that oil or natural gas drilling or related activities ruined private drinking water wells.  Four of those are in Pulaski Township, Lawrence County.The Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday <strong><a href='http://http://bit.ly/1lyMfGG'>released links to the documents</a></strong>. The Associated Press and other news outlets have waged legal battles for several years seeking the records. DEP had previously given some documents to different news organizations, but had never released a comprehensive list.The 243 cases from 2008 to 2014 include some where multiple water wells were impacted. The problems include methane gas contamination, spills of wastewater and other pollutants, and wells that went dry or were otherwise undrinkable. The records show that some of the problems were temporary.Other complaints are still being investigated.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2040 Lawrence Co. man drowns at Moraine State Park http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2039 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2824038846932538317.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PORTERSVILLE, Pa.-- Rangers at Moraine State Park say a 52-year old New Wilmington man drowned at Lake Arthur on early Thursday afternoon.They have not released the name of the victim at this time.  He died at Lakeview Beach in the park.  He was part of a group from a care home in Lawrence County-- part of a day trip outing for the residents. Rangers say people at the beach spotted him in the water struggling and rushed out to pull him to shore.  They attempted CPR, but he died on the scene. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2039 Many WC students begin semester with summer internships under their belts http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2038 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8982990489323943406.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- More than 150 Westminster College students completed summer internships in a variety of settings.Experiences included: working with elementary and high schools; shadowing staff in operating and post-operative care; authoring an interpretive guide for mass spectrometry; attending court proceedings and doing ride-alongs with police; producing and editing promotional videos; working in congressional offices in Washington, D.C.; and assisting the historian and archivist at the Chautauqua Institute.Jessie Klousnitzer, a senior political science major from Pittsburgh, interned in the Washington office of Congressman Tim Murphy (R), PA.'After learning about American government for three years, I wanted to experience it firsthand,' Klousnitzer said.  'I was surprised how much work goes on behind the scenes before a bill can even be considered.  It was good to learn what happens behind closed doors.'During her nine-week experience Klousnitzer found there was no 'typical day.'  'There were things I did more often, like give tours of the Capitol to constituents and research legislation, but every day was different because there were new issues coming up, different bills being voted on, and new meetings to take.'Sarah Rigby, a senior sociology major from Parma Heights, Ohio, interned with the North Royalton police department and spent most of her time with the Berea court system, working closely with a probation officer.'I was surprised when the probation officer told me how many people she worked with showed improvement,' Rigby said.  'I learned a lot about the court system by being part of it.  The experience reinforced my decision about wanting to work with something like this.' Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2038 Pulaski Township sued over gas drilling http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2037 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3173401913244317877.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PULASKI, Pa. (AP) - A Lawrence County couple is suing their township, claiming that supervisors improperly approved natural gas drilling in a residential area.The lawsuit against Pulaski Township was filed by Timothy Chito and Elizabeth Kesner. The lawsuit says the couple purchased a home in the area in 1996, but that recent drilling about 1500 feet away is affecting their property and quality of life.The lawsuit seeks damages and to have the township amend its local zoning laws so that drilling is only allowed in industrial areas.The township did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2037 Poll shows Wolf maintaining lead in Pa. gov race http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2036 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3677298778685983027.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new poll shows Democrat Tom Wolf retains a wide lead over Pennsylvania's Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.The statewide telephone survey released Thursday by Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster shows Wolf favored by 49 percent of registered voters, Corbett backed by 24 percent and 25 percent undecided.That's about the same as the finding in a June poll by the same pollster.The latest poll shows majorities believe it is important for the next governor to make major changes to the state pension and income-tax systems. Pension reform is a top Corbett agenda item that's stalled in the Legislature, while Wolf proposes overhauling the income tax.The poll of 520 voters, conducted between Aug. 18 and Monday, has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2036 WC gets $1 million to train more STEM teachers for local schools http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2032 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6295692089421043618.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- The National Science Foundation (NSF) will give Westminster College more than a million dollars to help create local high school teachers in science, technology, engineeer and mathematics (STEM).  It's part of a project to help bridge the gap for struggling schools.The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program of the NSF will give Westminster $1.027 million for a program to strengthen STEM teacher training on the secondary education level.College president Rick Dorman praised the program as an assest for Westminster and western Pennsylvania high schools.'Through this exceptional program, Westminster will significantly contribute to strengthening STEM skills and qualifications within the region's high-need secondary schools,' said Dorman. 'Called the IQ STEM program, the grant enables us to continue our commitments to achieving outstanding educational outcomes not only at Westminster, but also in our region's schools.'The grant will also allow Westminster to collaborate with high needs school districts in Lawrence and Mercer counties, including Sharon, Farrell, Union and New Castle. Education professor Amy Camardese will head up the IQ Stem program.  She appeared on Pittsburgh's public radio station, <a href='http://wesa.fm/post/westminster-college-launches-stem-program-high-needs-schools'>WESA on Wednesday.</a>  She explained the program will  place 20 STEM educators into 'high need' area classrooms.'They are our neighbors,' Amy Camardese said on WESA. 'We feel an obligation to use the tools that we have at the college to enhance the welfare of our neighboring school districts.'The grant will also underwrite workshops, research and teaching experiences that will deal with racial, cultural and economic issues that districts face in lower performing schools. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2032 Bethany picked 1st- Westminster 4th in PAC women's volleyball preseason coaches' poll http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2033 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1492097966084080163.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org) - After finishing as the regular-season champion and runner-up at the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship Tournament last year, the Bethany College women's volleyball program was picked to finish first in 2014 on the annual preseason coaches' poll, as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. The PAC announced its preseason coaches' poll results and Players to Watch list Wednesday.<br /><br />In 2013 eighth-year head coach Courtney Kline led the Bison to the league's first-ever 17-1 regular-season mark, the program's third-straight 30-win season, and fourth-straight Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Regional Championship.<br /><br />Bethany totaled eight first-place votes and 98 points to earn the poll's top ranking. Thomas More College finished second on the poll with two first-place votes and 88 points. The Saints claimed the 2013 PAC Championship Tournament title, the program's second-straight title and fifth since joining the league in 2005.<br /><br />Geneva College was selected third with 80 points, followed by Westminster College in fourth with 69 points. Saint Vincent College was fifth (55) while Grove City College and Washington & Jefferson College tied for sixth with 49 points. Thiel College was picked eighth (28), Waynesburg University ninth (24), and Chatham University 10th (10).<br /><br />Also announced on Wednesday was the PAC's 60th anniversary women's volleyball team. The PAC, formally organized in 1955 by Case Institute of Technology, Western Reserve University, John Carroll University, and Wayne State University, is celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout the 2014-15 academic year. The 60th anniversary celebratory teams were created to honor outstanding PAC student-athletes that have competed as members of both present, and past, PAC-affiliated institutions.<br /><br />This season's six-team PAC Championship Tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4, 7-8.<br /><br />Eight of the league's 10 schools will open their seasons this weekend, Friday-Saturday, Aug. 29-30. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2033 Thomas More picked first in PAC men's soccer preseason poll http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2035 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4830623259881293334.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org) - The Thomas More College men's soccer program has been selected as the 2014 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) preseason favorite, according to the annual PAC preseason coaches' poll. The PAC announced its preseason coaches' poll results and Players to Watch list Tuesday.The Saints totaled seven first-place votes and 78 points to lead the nine-team coaches' vote. Washington & Jefferson College secured the remaining two first-place votes and 70 points to finish second.<br />Geneva College was third with 60 points, followed by Grove City College in fourth with 59 points. Westminster College was fifth with 39 points, with Waynesburg University finishing sixth (33), Bethany College seventh (32), Saint Vincent College eighth (23), and Thiel College ninth (11).Also announced on Tuesday was the PAC's 60th anniversary men's soccer team. The PAC, formally organized in 1955 by Case Institute of Technology, Western Reserve University, John Carroll University, and Wayne State University, is celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout the 2014-15 academic year. The 60th anniversary celebratory teams were created to honor outstanding PAC student-athletes that have competed as members of both present, and past, PAC-affiliated institutions.Ninth-year head coach Jeff Cummings, a three-time PAC Coach of the Year, has led Thomas More to five-straight PAC Championship Tournament titles. The program has also earned five-straight trips to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.<br />Thomas More is currently tied with Bethany for the second-longest championship winning streak in the PAC (5). The Bison also hold the league's longest championship stretch, winning at least a share of the league title for 23-straight seasons (1979-2001).The PAC will be hosting its 2014 men's and women's soccer championship matches at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh. This fall's title matches are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8. Tentative start times for the championship matches are 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.<br />All nine PAC programs will get their non-conference schedules underway this weekend, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 29-31.<br />  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2035 Thomas More tops PAC women's soccer preseason coaches' poll http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2034 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5860921148642035867.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org) - Thomas More College totaled nine first-place votes and 99 points to earn the top spot on the annual Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll, as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. The PAC announced the results of its preseason coaches' poll and Players to Watch list Tuesday.The Saints, winners of three-straight PAC Championship Tournament titles and four overall league championships since joining the PAC in 2005, head into 2014 looking to tie Bethany College (5), Grove City College (5), and Westminster College (5) for the most women's soccer titles in PAC history.Thomas More enters the 2014 season ranked 13th on the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA)/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women's National Preseason Top 25. The Saints and ninth-year head coach Jeff Cummings, a two-time PAC Coach of the Year (2011, 2013), finished the 2013 season 19-2-2 overall and advanced to the sectional semifinals of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship for the first time in program history. It was the program's third-straight season appearing in the Division III Championship Tournament.The Saints finished tied for 13th on 2013's final NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25.Grove City finished second on the preseason coaches' poll with one first-place vote and 88 points. Westminster was third with 70 points, followed by Washington & Jefferson College in fourth (68), Waynesburg University it fifth (58), Saint Vincent College in sixth (54), Geneva College in seventh (48), Bethany in eighth (31), Thiel College in ninth (20), and Chatham University 10th (14).Also announced on Tuesday was the PAC's 60th anniversary women's soccer team. The PAC, formally organized in 1955 by Case Institute of Technology, Western Reserve University, John Carroll University, and Wayne State University, is celebrating its 60th anniversary throughout the 2014-15 academic year. The 60th anniversary celebratory teams were created to honor outstanding PAC student-athletes that have competed as members of both present, and past, PAC-affiliated institutions.The PAC will be hosting its 2014 men's and women's soccer championship matches at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh. This fall's title matches are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8. Tentative start times for the championship matches are 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.<br />Nine PAC schools will get their seasons underway between Friday-Sunday, Aug. 29-31.<br />  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2034 'Bachelor' contestant from Pa. returns to teach third grade http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2030 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg9182202406716072210.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania teacher who appeared in two reality TV dating shows during the last school year has returned to the district and is teaching third-graders.Wilkes-Barre Area School District said Elise Mosca was on the job at Kistler Elementary after a request for a third leave of absence was rejected earlier this month.Mosca appeared on 'The Bachelor' and 'Bachelor in Paradise' since January.She's been a district teacher since 2009.District officials didn't know she intended to be on 'The Bachelor' when the board approved the first of two unpaid leaves in September. The district generally allows unpaid leave of up to two years.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2030 Beaver County kindergartener brings loaded gun to school http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2029 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7162853918397991055.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - Police and school officials say a kindergarten student brought a loaded gun to a Beaver County school.Aliquippa Police Chief Donald Couch Jr. says the loaded .22-caliber revolver was found Monday morning inside a backpack, but they are sure the student meant no harm.Police have contacted the child's mother and her boyfriend to determine whether any criminal charges are warranted. The gun came from the boy's home and is registered to someone born in 1914 who police think is deceased.School officials say another student told a teacher about the weapon, which was removed at about 10:30 a.m. without incident.Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf visited the school that day at around 2:15 p.m.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2029 Robbery chase forces Grove City College lockdown http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2028 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8952114600219930625.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GROVE CITY, Pa.-- It's business as usual at Grove City College (GCC) following a Tuesday morning lockdown at the Mercer County college.GCC officials issued the lockdown during the morning ordering students to stay in their dorm rooms and workers to remain in their offices.  A chase for a robbery suspect led police to the college campus. College leaders lifted the loackdown around 11:30 a.m. allowing classes to resume.  Officials say one of two men involved in a robbery was arrested on the campus.  State police say the robbery happened at a nearby salvage company. Troopers indicate the suspects fled the salvage yard and into Grove City.   The suspects threw a gun from the car near the college campus.  GCC officials say the lockdown was a precaution and no one was in danger.The situation forced the college to move it's opening convocation scheduled for Tuesday to Thursday. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2028 Westminster Gift Revenue Tops $5 Million for Fiscal Year http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2027 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4154773556077741485.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College's gift revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30 was $5,010,327, bringing total giving to date toward its $50 million comprehensive campaign to nearly $46 million.Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College is entering its final phase.  Its goals support Westminster's strategic initiatives by increasing endowed funds for student scholarships, faculty development, and academic programs by enhancing facilities and by strengthening the Westminster Fund.'We are so grateful for the generosity and loyalty of alumni, friends, parents, faculty, staff, corporations, and foundations, as well as the community, for making each year of the campaign exceptional,' said Grady Jones, Westminster's vice president for institutional advancement.   Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2027 Contractor pleads in fake well-plugging case http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2026 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2169890281091815331.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A contractor has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge that he lied to the government in saying that he had plugged abandoned northwestern Pennsylvania oil wells in accordance with environmental regulations.The <a href='http://bit.ly/1vi4KSI'>Erie Times-News</a> reports that 45-year-old Ronald A. Wright of Pleasantville pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Erie to one count of 'false writing or document to the government.'Federal prosecutors said Wright, an employee of Pleasantville-based S&T Services and Supply Inc., filed false certificates that environmental regulators relied upon to approve an injection well Elk County.Assistant U.S. Attorney Marshall Piccinini said Wright had plugged 95 wells over seven years and a sample testing of nine wells showed all had 'irregularities,' so all 95 will likely have to be re-plugged. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2026 College hosts &quot;Landscape and Abstractions&quot; exhibition in ink, oil & mixed media http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2019 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7353100735111123616.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College will host 'Landscapes and Abstractions,' an exhibition of sumi ink and oil paintings and mixed media collage by local artist <a href='http://www.thomasmcnickle.com/'><strong>Thomas McNickle</strong></a>, Aug. 25-Oct. 10 in the Foster Art Gallery in Patterson Hall.A reception and artist talk are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 3, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the gallery.  All events are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.McNickle's work has earned more than 25 medals and been included in over 100 national juried exhibitions.  He is an elected member of the American, the National, the Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Watercolor Societies; is listed in 'Who's Who in American Art'; has earned the Edinboro University Outstanding Alumni Award; and had one-man exhibitions in galleries in North and South Carolina, New York City, Pittsburgh, Slippery Rock, New Wilmington, and Youngstown, Ohio.He earned undergraduate and master's degrees from Edinboro University and taught art at the high school and college level.  He now conducts classes and workshops across the country and maintains a studio in Volant, where he lives with his wife, Janice. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2019 3 get prison in 2012 death of W&J College student, player http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2031 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8014043930878816137.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Three men have been sentenced to prison in the murder of a Washington and Jefferson College student and football player who died during a mugging almost two years ago.Twenty-five-year-old Eric Wells of Pittsburgh, 25-year-old Adam Hankins of Washington, Pa., and 24-year-old Troy Simmons of East Pittsburgh pleaded guilty in May in Washington County to 3rd-degree murder and robbery.Prosecutors said the three attacked 21-year-old Washington & Jefferson College student Timothy McNerney and a friend as they walked from a bar back to campus in October 2012. Authorities said McNerney died after he was pushed backward by Wells and hit his head on the ground.A judge sentenced Wells to 13 to 31 years in prison, Hankins to nine to 25 years and Simmons to seven to 20 years.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2031 WC & GCC Tie in PAC Women's Tennis Preseason poll http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2025 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6096851926579288707.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa.- Westminster College and Grove City College both secured 75 total points to tie for the top spot on the annual Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Tennis Preseason Coaches' Poll, as voted on by the league's nine head coaches. The PAC announced its preseason coaches' poll results and Players to Watch list Monday.<br /><br />Westminster, winner of the 2013 league championship after earning a share of the team title with Saint Vincent College in 2012, collected five first-place votes. Grove City claimed the remaining four first-place votes.<iframe width='640' height='360' src='//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/kNXwpUSZfdw?rel=0' frameborder='0' allowfullscreen></iframe>Saint Vincent finished third in preseason coaches' poll voting with 63 points, followed by Waynesburg University in fourth with 48 points. Geneva College was fifth with 45 points, Washington & Jefferson College sixth with 36 points, and Thomas More College seventh with 34 points. Rounding out the poll was Thiel College in eighth (18) and Bethany College ninth (11).  <br /><br />Westminster made its first-ever appearance at the NCAA Division III Championship last spring as one of 39 conference champions in the 50-team field after securing the PAC's automatic qualification (AQ) The Titans finished their 2013-14 season with an 18-2 overall record and perfect 9-0 mark in PAC play.<br /><br />The Titans, under first-year head coach Jayme Thiem, return a pair of 2013 PAC singles champions in sophomores Mariah Turiano (Hollidaysburg, Pa. / Hollidaysburg) and Sydney Sterner (Imperial, Pa. / West Allegheny). Turiano claimed the second singles flight title with Sterner winning the third singles flight championship.<br /><br />Turiano teamed with 2013 PAC MVP Caitie Hosler (Lititz, Pa. / Manheim Central) to finish second in the first doubles flight, while Sterner and sophomore Maria Pallone (New Kensington, Pa. / Valley) captured the third doubles flight title.***The Presidents' Athletic Conference contributed to this story. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2025 Politicians cheer Pittsburgh airport gas drilling http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2024 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3313907762263037943.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) - The start of natural gas drilling near the Pittsburgh International Airport is being cheered by Pennsylvania politicians from both parties.The ceremony Monday to officially announce and celebrate the start of drilling featured remarks by Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, Democratic County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Republican Congressman Tim Murphy, and local leaders.Fitzgerald says the vast majority of people he talks to support the Consol Energy project, which could ultimately bring more than $500 million in royalties to the Allegheny County Airport Authority. Consol, which is based in nearby Cecil, plans to drill 45 wells from six pads over the next few years. The wells will tap into the gas-rich Marcellus Shale about 7,000 feet underground.Consol says drilling began about 10 days ago.The Federal Aviation Administration reviewed the project and approved the plan, along with state and local authorities.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2024 Engaged Pa. couple accused of biting each other http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2023 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6031137867515760493.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Police in central Pennsylvania say an engaged couple face assault and other charges for an altercation in which they allegedly bit one other.Police say 23-year-old Darlene Frymoyer of Danville and 22-year-old Joel Whitesell of Catawissa are both accused in the Aug. 17 incident.The paper says Frymoyer admits she bit him but says he also bit her, on the back, and slammed her down.Court papers say he admits to slamming her on a roadway. Authorities say he has a bite mark on his neck, and she has one on her right arm.They're both charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.Neither had lawyers listed in the online court docket. They didn't have listed phone numbers. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2023 Campus leaders taking Ice Bucket Challenge http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2022 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1705057627494216002.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (AP & WCN Staff)-- The ice bucket challenge's success as a viral social media campaign has the <strong><a href='http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html'>ALS Association</a></strong> thanking 1.1 million new donars.  So far celebrities, politicians, social leaders and every day people have helped raise more than $53.3 million dollars since July 29.  Experts say that it is one of the most viral philanthropic social media campaigns in history.  Now the challenge is getting campus leaders jump on the fundraising bandwagon.The arrival of the Class of 2018 at Westminster prompted the crew and organizers behind the Fresh Start program to challenge some familiar campus faces, including President Rick Dorman.Dorman took the challenge on Sunday at the Student Alumni Association picnic.   WCN's Harry Greene caught it on camera and posted it on Facebook.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='281' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/104254291?byline=0&color=ff0179' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='500'></iframe>'Took the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS at the SAA picnic today,' Dorman posted on Twitter.  'Thanks to SO9 for challenging me. Will also donate to ALS. It was cold!!'During the Fresh Start training, the challenge went out to the head of campus public safety earlier in the week.  J.J. Walker accepted it in front of the campus sign outside of old main as a bucket brigaide rained down on him.  He passed the challenge on to all the public safety directors of PAC Division III schools.Dorman and Walker join thousands of people, including celebrities like Taylor Swift and Oprah Winfrey.  They have posted videos of themselves getting buckets of ice water dumped over their heads and challenging others to do the same - or donate money to The ALS Association, which raises money for Lou Gehrig's disease research and assistance.The viral nature of the effort surprised even The ALS Association.'This level of unprecedented giving is (something) I don't think this country has seen before outside of a disaster or emergency,' said ALS Association spokesperson Carrie Munk. 'We had no idea it would get to this point.'<object classid='clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000' data='https://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf' height='281' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' width='500'><param name='flashvars' value='intl_lang=en-US&photo_secret=f625ecb7f6&photo_id=14982683002' /><param name='movie' value='https://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf' /><param name='bgcolor' value='#000000' /><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true' /><embed allowfullscreen='true' bgcolor='#000000' flashvars='intl_lang=en-US&photo_secret=f625ecb7f6&photo_id=14982683002' height='281' src='https://www.flickr.com/apps/video/stewart.swf' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' width='500'></embed></object>Who should get credit for making this a viral sensation depends on whom you ask. Some say it began earlier this month when friends of a 29-year-old Boston man with ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, did a group challenge.It's also demonstrated that the average Joe or Jane can make waves.'One of the big take-aways is the power of individuals who are so tightly connected to a cause can really make a difference,' Munk said. 'I'm pretty sure that if any company or any nonprofit had all of the public relations dollars in the world to come up with a campaign, we never would've seen this kind of success.'Lucretia Gilbert, executive director of The Pink Agenda, which raises money for breast cancer research and awareness, believes it will encourage other nonprofits to get creative on social media.'It's a very simple thing and that's kind of the beauty of it. Everyone can do this challenge,' she said.The effort comes at a time when private groups are searching for new ways to raise dollars in the wake of tighter federal government spending on basic medical research, including on diseases like ALS.The National Institutes of Health is spending about $30 billion this year, money that is divided in a highly competitive process to scientists around the country, and the world, to pursue what are deemed the most promising leads to understand various diseases and to find new targets to fight them.Congress cut government spending last year; in 2012, the NIH's budget was $30.8 billion. And even before those cuts, the agency's budget hadn't kept pace with inflation for about a decade. As a result, the NIH is funding about one in six grant applications - down from about one in three a decade ago, director Francis Collins said earlier this year.For Lou Gehrig's disease, the NIH's estimated budget this year is $40 million, down from $44 million in 2012. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2022 Penn St. ex-officials' case moves along under seal http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2021 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2567446206145736660.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The criminal case against three former Penn State administrators is being conducted under strict court secrecy, and the judge has sealed all filings for the past six months.That includes an effort by the PA Media Group to force the documents into the open.Nearly three years after two of the defendants were charged with covering up child sex abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, there's still no trial date for Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover told The Associated Press in May that he hoped to get the case 'on track for later this summer.'This week his office referred questions to a court spokesman, who says he can't comment on the case's timetable or on the sealed filings.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2021 Pa. considering new fee for outdoor land use http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2020 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4161878895048778407.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania may soon charge a fee for snowmobilers, equestrians and mountain bikers who use state game lands.The Pennsylvania Game Commission will likely vote on the plan next month.The proposed license of up to $30 is designed plan to raise money for trail upkeep. Hikers wouldn't be charged, and hunters already pay a fee. Game Commission spokesman Travis Lau says horses, bicycles and snowmobiles can damage trails, but hikers and birdwatchers typically don't.Some outdoor enthusiasts say the proposed fee is unfair and will be impossible to enforce.The Game Commission expects to vote on the proposal at their meeting on Sept. 22 and 23 in Delmont.<br /> <br />Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.<br />  Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2020 Labor council blocks unions' invite to Corbett http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2017 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4086415015625361996.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - An umbrella group for Pittsburgh-area labor unions has told Gov. Tom Corbett he can't march in the city's Labor Day parade, despite an invitation from at least two individual unions.Jack Shea, the president of the Allegheny County Labor Council which sponsors the parade, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1ohRKny ) that Corbett isn't invited.Boilermakers Local 154 and the Laborers District Council of Western Pennsylvania had invited Corbett.To avoid a confrontation, unions supporting Corbett hope to invite him to another event on or near Labor Day. Phil Ameris, the president and business manager of the Laborer's District Council says, 'We're 150 percent behind the governor.'Corbett's campaign spokesman, Billy Pitman, says the governor 'is proud to have the support' of unions who support his 'Less Taxes, More Jobs' policies. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2017 New medal to be displayed at Sept. 11 ceremony http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2016 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6513733792309107797.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - This year's Sept. 11 observance at the <strong><a href='http://www.nps.gov/flni/index.htm'>Flight 93 National Memorial</a></strong> in western Pennsylvania will include the first public view of the Congressional Gold Medal given to the site.The medal is the highest civilian honor Congress can bestow. It'll be presented to memorial officials at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 10 before being shown the next day in Shanksville, near where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed.Legislation passed in 2011 called for three medals to be struck in honor of the Americans killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The medals are to be permanently displayed at memorials in New York, in Shanksville and at the Pentagon.The National Park Service said Thursday former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is scheduled to speak at the annual Pennsylvania ceremony.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2016 Pa. appellate court frowns on sentencing laws http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2015 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8326567897489075373.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania appellate court is adding its voice to lower court decisions saying certain state mandatory minimum sentencing laws are unconstitutional.The Superior Court ruled Wednesday that a mandatory minimum law dealing with guns in drug crimes is unconstitutional because it dictates that the judge, not the jury, should decide whether the defendant committed crimes that trigger the sentence.The case came from Montgomery County, where Assistant District Attorney Robert Falin says his office is likely to appeal to the state Supreme Court. The justices plan to hear arguments on similar cases next month.Wednesday's decision is believed to be the first time the Superior Court overturned such a law under a year-old U.S. Supreme Court decision.Superior Court judges say it's up to lawmakers to fix the law.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2015 Marijuana charges against Steelers Bell, Blount http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2014 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7726410054965727677.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police have filed marijuana possession charges against Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount following a traffic stop.Police in the Pittsburgh suburb of Ross Township say a motorcycle officer pulled over Bell's Chevrolet Camaro when he smelled marijuana coming from it about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.Detective Brian Kohlhepp has said the players and a woman in the car, 21-year-old Mercedes Dollson, of Elk Grove, California, were polite and cooperative.Kohlhepp says all three acknowledge the three-quarter-ounce of marijuana found in the car belonged to them.Online court records show all three have been charged with marijuana possession. Bell is also charged with driving under the influence because, in Pennsylvania, driving while using any amount of an illegal drug is a crime.The court records don't list defense attorneys.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2014 Largest state liquor store debuts in Pittsburgh http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2013 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2560365583996876772.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board was opening its largest store in the state in Pittsburgh's trendy Shadyside neighborhood.The 17,000-square-foot store grew out of a smaller one that first opened in January 2002. That store then was consolidated in 2006 with two smaller stores nearby that closed.Since then, sales at the shop have grown, prompting the LCB to expand the store again when some adjacent space became available. The LCB spent nearly $250,000 on the expansion.The store, known as the Penn Circle South location, had sales of $19.1 million last fiscal year.The store offers nearly 5,800 products, compared to about 3,900 in Wexford and 4,600 in the Pine Plaza Premium Collection store, two of the biggest in the Pittsburgh suburbs.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2013 PUC OKs Uber for temporary Pittsburgh-area service http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2012 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2517474099051369247.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Uber has become the second ride-sharing company to satisfy insurance, safety and other requirements that give it temporary permission to operate in the Pittsburgh area.The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission last month gave conditional approval for Uber and its competitor, Lyft, to obtain temporary licenses to operate in Allegheny County.Lyft satisfied those conditions and was granted a 60-day permit to operate on Aug. 14. On Thursday, the PUC said Lyft had complied with the conditions, too.Both companies are seeking permanent 'experimental' licenses. The services need 'experimental' approval because they operate differently than taxis and other transportation covered by PUC regulations.The companies use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their personal vehicles to give people rides. The drivers then share the fares they collect with the companies.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2012 Class of 2018 arrives at Westminster College http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2011 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1534469970528983870.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College welcomed the class of 2018 with the traditional Opening Convocation on Thursday after the new students moved into the residence halls.Freshmen and transfer students received a warm welcome from the Fresh Start upperclassmen who, with members of the football team, helped unload everything from ironing boards to microwaves and computers into the residence halls.  The incoming students are well qualified with 3.6 grade point average and 1048 SAT.Dr. David L. Barner, professor of broadcast communications, presented the featured address, '1964: It Was a Very Good Year.'  The Westminster Student Brass Ensemble performed music under the direction of Dr. R. Tad Greig, associate professor and director of bands, while College organist Kathryn D. Miller played processional and recessional music. The Alma Mater was led by Abigail Miles, junior communication studies and music major from Akron.The new students will be divided among the Fresh Start volunteers, who serve as the group leaders for a weekend of orientation activities. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2011 Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2010 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4121620549940825401.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail.The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands.The ban takes effect immediately and lasts until the Park Service can develop an appropriate policy. The Park Service says drones could affect resources and visitors in ways it has yet to analyze so more study is needed.The Appalachian Trail goes through parts of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.In June the Park Service directed all parks to take steps to prohibit the use of the increasingly popular aircraft, which are often used to take photos and videos.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2010 Geneva College to cut spending http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2009 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg137326939495411115.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BEAVER FALLS, Pa. (AP) - Geneva College in western Pennsylvania is laying off 14 employees and cutting spending by 5 percent.The school said Wednesday the cutbacks are part of an ongoing effort to keep education affordable.President Ken Smith says the Christian college is making the moves with 'deep regret.'The job cuts include three faculty members who will leave at the end of the 2014-15 school year, and other staff who will leave at varying times.Geneva says it is phasing out graduate programs in special education and reading, programs in cardiovascular sciences, and undergraduate majors in music performance and biblical languages. All students enrolled in those programs will be able to complete their degrees.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2009 Corbett: I kept no-new tax pledge the 'best I can' http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2008 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7264949838129298934.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says he believes he fulfilled the spirit of his 2010 campaign pledge not to raise taxes or fees, but he won't renew that sweeping vow in his current bid for a second term.The Republican told a panel of Associated Press editors and reporters on Wednesday that he's living up to the pledge the best he can.In his first term, Corbett has signed legislation raising taxes on motor fuels and scores of fees.Still, he says, he thinks taxpayers will decide that he kept his pledge because he didn't raise income or sales taxes and didn't authorize new taxes.Corbett is being challenged by Democrat Tom Wolf. The election is Nov. 4.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2008 Body of missing kayaker found in Crawford County http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2007 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg565583509106671499.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SPARTANSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Search teams have found the body of a northwestern Pennsylvania kayaker who was missing.State police identified the man as 51-year-old Thomas W. Erickson of Titusville. His body was found early Tuesday afternoon in Clear Lake.Authorities say Erickson was fishing from the kayak and wasn't wearing a life preserver. He was reported missing Monday evening.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2007 NCPD unsure if burglary suspect ended up in river http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2006 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4247538013291306497.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - Police say they've arrested one suspect in the burglary of New Castle area jewelry and precious metals store, but are unsure whether the other drowned or somehow escaped after diving into a river.Police say they were chasing two suspects about 3:30 a.m. after a break-in at Greek's House of Gold in New Castle.Police say one of the men wound up in the Shenango River, but police couldn't find him.They were planning to resume their search later Tuesday, but it wasn't immediately clear if the second suspect had been found.Police have yet to release the first suspect's name.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2006 Missing kayaker sought on Crawford Co. lake http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2005 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7557648107299854926.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SPARTANSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Emergency crews have been searching for a missing kayaker on a Crawford County lake.Crews were called to Clear Lake near Spartansburg shortly 7 p.m. Monday.Fire companies and a water rescue team were searching along with the county scuba team.There was no further information about the missing person.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2005 Corbett camp yanks Texas gov's video endorsement http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2004 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4852635345101888514.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election campaign is seeking to distance itself from Rick Perry's legal troubles.Campaign manager Mike Barley said Monday that the campaign removed a video endorsement by the Texas governor of Corbett from its website shortly after a grand jury indicted Perry on Friday on two felony counts of abuse of power.Barley says the Corbett campaign pulled the video because it did not want the indictment to distract from the campaign.The charges involve Perry's veto of funding for his state's public integrity unit. Perry says the charges are examples of government overreach in what amounts to a political dispute.The video endorsement was shot at a May rally in southwestern Pennsylvania celebrating the natural gas industry. Corbett was joined by Perry, who praised Corbett's leadership and fiscal responsibility.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2004 Environmentalist group says health registry needed http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2003 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1211116005764281914.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An environmentalist group says the Corbett administration is moving in the right direction in handling health complaints involving natural-gas drilling, but that more needs to be done.John Norbeck of PennFuture said the changes announced Monday will improve the department's internal processes. But he says a statewide registry is needed to track environmental health threats and identify trends early on.Health Secretary Michael Wolf says his department has implemented a written-letter response policy to better document correspondence between the department and people who file complaints.Other changes include providing information to doctors about how to file environmental health complaints and making the department's website easier to use.Spokeswoman Holli Senior says the department supports the concept of a registry and is exploring options that include a public-private partnership.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2003 Gas-drilling health complaint process enhanced http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2002 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6272997563855800870.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Corbett administration says it has enhanced the Pennsylvania Health Department's handling of complaints involving natural-gas drilling.Health Secretary Michael Wolf said Monday changes recommended by an internal working group include providing information to doctors about how to file environmental health complaints and improving the availability of health information on the department's website.Wolf says the department also has instituted a written-letter response policy in an effort to document correspondence between the department and people who file complaints.The lack of a reliable system for tracking complaints was among concerns highlighted in an audit of the state Department of Environmental Protection released last month.The review by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale also says environmental regulators failed to adequately monitor well safety over a four-year period ending in 2012.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2002 Huge utility line upgrade faces opposition http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2001 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4806612282243499860.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - One of the biggest new electric transmission line proposals in decades is turning into a debate over fracking, renewable energy and the future of an aging energy grid.The $4 billion to $6 billion PPL Corp. project is designed to take electricity generated near Pennsylvania's booming shale gas region and deliver it to New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. That's prompting questions from environmental groups.Jeff Tittel of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club says the money would be better spent on renewable energy and efficiency projects. He says the group opposes having the line in its state.Allentown-based PPL says the 725-mile project would increase reliability and save customers money. The company hopes to know more from regulators by the end of the year.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2001 Premier FBI cybersquad in Pittsburgh to add agents http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2000 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-276341613820188125.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The FBI's premier cybersquad in Pittsburgh has taken on some of the biggest cyberthreats in the world. Because of its success, the office is getting more agents and cases.Former federal prosecutor Bruce Antkowiak says the cybersquad's unprecedented growth mean it will likely become involved in cases that could redefine the legal concepts of privacy.Special-Agent-in-Charge Scott Smith says the squad has developed 'a model approach to investigating and preventing cybercrime' by partnering with prosecutors, private tech business and academics.Such networking resulted in Scottish cyberterrorist Adam Stuart Busby being indicted on charges of emailing bomb threats to the University of Pittsburgh in 2012.FBI Director James Comey acknowledges that tracking emails makes questions of civil liberties increasingly important but says those issues are as old as the agency.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2000 Sophie Masloff, 1st female Pittsburgh mayor, dies http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1999 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7404829271750667517.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh's first female mayor has died. Sophie Masloff was 96.Masloff's longtime friend and former top aide Joseph Mistick, says she died Sunday morning at an area nursing home.Masloff took office in May 1988 after the death of Richard S. Caliguiri. She served until January 1994.She was known for her sense of humor.When Bill Clinton was trying to stir up support in his 1992 presidential campaign, he telephoned Masloff to let her know he was coming to Pittsburgh. Not convinced the caller was Clinton, she replied: 'Right, and I'm the Queen of Sheba.'Her tenure was marked by reductions in the city wage tax to keep residents from fleeing to the suburbs and by a complete overhaul of a controversial disciplinary system for police officers.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1999 Western Pa. area utility workers approve contract http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1998 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2712418584574195064.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Utility workers in western Pennsylvania have approved a new contract.The Utility Workers Union of America Local 537 says in a Saturday release that the vote ends a two-month strike by about 150 union workers at four sites in the Pittsburgh area.The union had been protesting the labor practices of Pennsylvania-American Water and its New Jersey-based parent company, American Water. Local 537 says workers went without wage increases for four years in order to win a contract. The new contract provides significant 'catch-up' wage increases.Pennsylvania-American Water and Local 537 say they're both pleased the contract is resolved, and they look forward to working together.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1998 No injuries in Mercer County gas well fire, explosion http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1997 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4342373239140238349.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MERCER, Pa. (AP) - Emergency crews say a road was closed but there were no injuries after a Mercer County natural gas well caught fire and exploded.More than a dozen fire departments responded to the blaze in rural Jefferson Township at about 8 p.m. Friday.Area residents say black smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away, but no homes were evacuated. The state Department of Environmental Protection closed a local road to all nonemergency vehicles.The well site is reportedly owned by Hilcorp Energy Corp. Hilcorp could not immediately be reached for comment.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1997 More mosquito samples test positive for West Nile Virus in Lawrence County http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1996 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2223954913224893945.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- Pennsylvania's departments of Health and Environmental Protection report two more mosquito samples from Lawrence County tested positive for West Nile Virus this week- one from Pulaski and the other from Neshannock Township.The recent positive samples bring the total for Lawrence County up to four the the year, another from Pulaski and the fourth from North Beaver Township.DEP and Health Department officials stress the need to use insect repellent and to reduce your exposure to mosquito bites. 'As always, we encourage Pennsylvanians to take caution and reduce their risk for mosquito bites,' DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. 'Using a personal insect repellant or staying indoors during dawn and dusk will help prevent exposure to mosquitoes.'Samples from all counties are taken and analyzed by the DEP daily to track and identify risks for the illness and posts the information online (<a href='http://www.westnile.state.pa.us/'>click here</a>).In 2000, West Nile virus appeared for the first time in Pennsylvania in birds, mosquitoes and a horse. To combat the spread of West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, Pennsylvania has developed a comprehensive network. This network, which covers 40 counties, includes trapping mosquitoes, collecting dead birds and monitoring horses, people and some chickens. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1996 Lyft gets temporary OK to operate in Pittsburgh http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1995 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7889855546915317820.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ride-sharing company Lyft has satisfied insurance and other requirements to begin operating temporarily in the Pittsburgh-area.The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission last month gave conditional approval for Lyft and its competitor, Uber, to obtain temporary licenses to operate in the Pittsburgh area until their applications for permanent 'experimental' licenses can be heard. The services need 'experimental' approval because they operate differently than taxis and other transportation covered by PUC regulations.The ride-sharing companies use smartphone apps to dispatch drivers who use their own personal vehicles to give people rides. The drivers then share the fares they collect with the companies.On Thursday, the PUC said Lyft has complied with the conditions, including insurance coverage, and can operate. Uber is still trying to satisfy the conditions and cannot.Both companies still face permanent licensing hearings later this month.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1995 Corbett commits $7M to Pittsburgh trade center http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1994 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2267613436255894902.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett has announced $7 million in state funds to begin redeveloping an area dotted with former coal mines and a waste dump into an international trade center near Pittsburgh International Airport.The project would be built on 195-acres near the airport, though site preparation alone is expected to take three years.Eventually, the site would house office space, corporate jet hangars, a hotel and conference center, and research and development space.The federal government has already designated the land a Foreign Trade Zone.Although no private funds have been pledged, Republican and Democrat state lawmakers and county officials hope to attract $200 million in investments to the site.Officials say several companies have already expressed interest in locating at the site.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1994 Range Resources to close leaking frackwater pond http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1993 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5988418318905402818.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MARIANNA, Pa. (AP) - Range Resources will start closing a fracking wastewater impoundment in southwestern Pennsylvania next week, and the drilling firm and nearby residents will take soil samples to determine if any drilling byproducts have contaminated the soil under the pond's liner.The soil samples will be taken by Range employees and residents who have sued the company to disclose what kind of chemicals and other substances are in the drilling wastewater.Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella insists any fluids that leaked from the Yeager impoundment in Amwell Township, Washington County, have not affected the groundwater of nearby homes.The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection last week approved a plan for Range to close the impoundment. The company must check the liner for rips in addition to the soil testing.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1993 Pa. jobless rate edges higher to 5.7 percent http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1992 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4654857241566940118.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's jobless rate is up slightly but remains better than the national figure.The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday the seasonally adjusted rate last month was 5.7 percent, up one tenth of a percentage point from June. The U.S. rate is currently 6.2 percent.The civilian labor force fell by 32,000, and unemployment rose by 4,000, the first increase in nearly two years.The agency says private industry lost 3,400 jobs but hiring in the public sector rose for the sixth straight month.The biggest job gains are in construction.One year ago, the statewide unemployment rate was 7.5 percent.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1992 Pennsylvania police: You've got the wrong Ferguson http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1991 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4539596475597639458.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PINE GROVE MILLS, Pa. (AP) - A small Pennsylvania police force is being confused with another by the same name that's involved in violent clashes with protesters in Missouri.The Ferguson Township department in Centre County, Pennsylvania, uses the Twitter handle @FergusonTwpPD.The account has been the target of angry tweets from people upset with officers in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.The Missouri force has been blasted for its handling of demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of teenager Michael Brown Jr.Ferguson, Pennsylvania, Chief Diane Conrad tells reporters there's not much she can do about the mistaken identity.Her department has tweeted once to clarify the issue: 'Ferguson Township Police is in PA and not the agency involved in the shooting incident. @stlcountypd is who you want to contact.'Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1991 No citations in fatal western Pennsylvania gas well fire http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1990 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg703367572872128307.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Federal authorities have decided against issuing citations in a natural gas well fire in southwestern Pennsylvania that killed one worker earlier this year.The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said no exact cause was determined for the Feb. 11 fire at the Chevron well in Greene County's Dunkard Township. No citations for violation of federal safety standards will be issued.Twenty-seven-year-old worker Ian McKee was killed.The state Department of Environmental Protection said in a report last week that the fire 'may have been caused by human error' when a lock screw was ejected, allowing high-pressure methane gas to escape.The state report said sufficient oversight was not always provided and a contract worker with no oil field experience worked on the well contrary to company policy.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1990