Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/ en-us Copyright 2014 Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:56:27 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/ Pennsylvania child welfare sees slight improvement http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1915 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3702377684827271218.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new report ranks Pennsylvania 16th overall among 50 states in child health and well-being, up from 17th a year ago, as nationally more kids attended preschool but the percentage of children in single-parent households grew and more children grew up in poor communities.The 25th Kids Count survey released Tuesday by The Annie E. Casey Foundation says Pennsylvania resumed improving after dropping three spots last year.Education indicators in Pennsylvania are improving, with higher percentages of children attending preschool, fourth-graders proficient in reading and eighth-graders proficient in math.Poverty indicators were mixed, with 20 percent of children living in poverty, up from 17 percent in 2005. Higher percentages of children living in single-parent households and high-poverty areas. Teen births are dropping, as are child and teen deaths.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1915 Mosquito sample test positive for West Nile Virus in Lawrence County http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1914 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7535626590379277810.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's West Nile Virus Program (WNVP) reports a positive mosquito sample in Lawrence County.The positive sample of the virus was taken on Tuesday, July 22 in the Pulaski Township area.  <a href='http://www.westnile.state.pa.us/'><strong>Daily updates are posted on the WNVP website.</strong></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, in past years, sentinel chickens.Residents are encouraged to use insect repellent to reduce contact with mosquitos that can carry West Nile. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1914 Reports reveal fracking polluted Pa. water supplies http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1913 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5393606047766545657.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Newly released records show that gas and oil extraction has damaged Pennsylvania water supplies more than 200 times since 2007.The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported (<a href='http://bit.ly/1ub6Vb6'>http://bit.ly/1ub6Vb6</a>) the information Tuesday, based on a Department of Environmental Protection spreadsheet that it obtained through a Right-to-Know Law request.The spreadsheet lists 209 water supplies by county, municipality and the date that DEP regulators determined that activities related to gas or oil extraction contaminated or diminished the flow to a water source.It doesn't identify the companies or the nature of the harm to the waterIt was released on the same day that state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released an audit alleging that the DEP has failed to adequately monitor well safety or provide clear and timely information to citizens about natural-gas drilling.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1913 Hit the gas: 97 miles of Pa. Turnpike go to 70 mph http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1912 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6195248350206954869.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's first 70 mph speed limit is now in place on a 97-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in central and eastern Pennsylvania.The speed limit on Interstate 76 from the Blue Mountain exit 201 through Morgantown exit 298 rose Tuesday from the standard 65 mph.The Blue Mountain interchange is near Shippensburg while the Morgantown interchange is south of Reading. Some areas in the 97-mile stretch will be posted at lower speed limits because of curves. The standard for the rest of the 552-mile turnpike system is 65 mph, except for places like curves and tunnels.The higher speeds were authorized by last year's transportation funding law. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is planning to announce Wednesday that is changing some of its speed limits.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1912 Pennsylvania jail to offer video visits for a fee http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1911 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg620991908297470337.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania county jail plans to start offering online video visits with inmates next month as a way to raise money for the county.Westmoreland County officials have hired Renovo Software of Edina, Minnesota, to install web cameras at several locations in the county jail.Inmates are already allowed three weekly in-person visits with up to three people at once. Those visits last 30 minutes.Under the new policy, inmates could also arrange up to two 25-minute video visits each week. The county will charge $15 per visit, with about $12.75 of that money going into the county's general fund.Warden John Walton says that once video visits are occurring, inmates will be allowed just one in-person visit per week.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1911 Western Pa. man beat 2 cats with golf club for scratching him http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1910 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5743936535993765203.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A northwestern Pennsylvania man fatally beat his two cats with a golf club because he felt 'betrayed' after they scratched him.Reports say 32-year-old Bisbee pleaded guilty Monday to a second-degree misdemeanor of cruelty to animals and faces up to two years in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 7.The Erie man applied for a first-offenders program that would have placed him on probation without a guilty plea, but was rejected.Defense attorney Stephen Sebald says Bisbee has 'proactively sought mental health counseling' and a report from that doctor will be forwarded to the court before he's sentenced.A Humane Society officer acting on a tip found the cat carcasses in Bisbee's garbage in June 2013. Several people at Bisbee's residence implicated him before police say he confessed.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1910 Pa. auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1909 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7972472348168082367.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's elected fiscal watchdog is releasing a performance audit sharply critical of the state Department of Environmental Protection's regulation of the natural gas industry.In a report made public Tuesday, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hits the DEP for failing to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens.In a cover letter to Gov. Tom Corbett, DePasquale says the DEP is underfunded, understaffed and lacks the infrastructure to meet the demands it faces amid the fast-growing industry.In a written response included in the report, DEP Secretary Christopher Abruzzo notes that the audit covers a four-year period ending in 2012. He says many of DePasquale's recommended reforms have been implemented or are currently under consideration.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1909 Ethics agency probes lawmakers named in cash sting http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1908 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2158892861713870409.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission tells a citizen activist that it is investigating allegations that four state lawmakers were caught in a cash-for-favors sting.Gene Stilp on Monday distributed copies of an ethics commission letter he received last week. In it, it says it's investigating the complaints Stilp filed in March, two days after The Philadelphia Inquirer first revealed the sting's existence.Rob Caruso, the ethics commission's executive director, says the agency otherwise doesn't discuss its investigations.The ethics commission cannot impose criminal penalties, but it can fine public officials for violating state ethics laws and refer cases to law enforcement agencies for potential criminal prosecution.Attorney General Kathleen Kane declined to press charges, saying the investigation was too flawed, but Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says he's investigating.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1908 Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1907 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4165026700586499565.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - New York-based credit ratings agency Moody's Investors Service is slapping a lower rating on Pennsylvania's debt for the second time in two years, as state government grapples annually with built-in budget deficits.Monday's downgrade of $11.1 billion general obligation bonds from Aa2 to Aa3 means Pennsylvania is ranked among the six worst states in Moody's ratings for the 47 states with general obligation debt.Moody's cited Pennsylvania's growing structural deficit and weak reserves. It also says the state's modest economic growth is unlikely to keep up with its growing pension liabilities.Fitch Ratings downgraded Pennsylvania last year, and Standard & Poor's has warned it could downgrade Pennsylvania if it didn't see significant strides to address deficits and pension liabilities.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1907 Victims ID'd in fatal Ellwood City shooting http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1906 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1425446549859234687.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) - Authorities have identified three people shot at a public housing complex in Lawrence County, including one who died.State police say the gunfire broke out at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Walnut Ridge Apartments in Elwood City. That's about 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.Police say 43-year-old Thomas Lee Everett Paris, of New Castle, was shot then driven to a nearby restaurant, where he was later found dead in a parked vehicle.Police say 34-year-old Rashund Smith and 29-year-old Jessica Lynn Jackson, both of New Castle, were flown to a Pittsburgh hospital, though their wounds weren't considered life-threatening.Police say the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute involving Smith and another unnamed woman.There was no immediate word of any charges or arrests.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1906 Police union: Video shows woman attacked officer http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1905 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6062022069501849979.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - An attorney for Pittsburgh's police union says more pictures and video have surfaced showing what happened before a city officer punched a woman at the city's gay pride parade and festival last month.Fraternal Order of Police attorney Bryan Campbell says the other images show 19-year-old Ariel Lawther pushing a preacher who was protesting the event before she grabbed and pushed at the officer she accuses of wrongfully striking her.The officer, Souroth Chatterji, remains on restricted duty during an internal investigation.A 14-second video posted on Facebook showed the officer grabbing Lawther by the hair and punching her in the side. Campbell says that was necessary to subdue Lawther.Her criminal defense attorney didn't immediately return a call for comment Monday. She faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 11.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1905 Woman's injuries show cars' vulnerability to rocks http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1904 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1134345694345504648.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A rock-throwing attack that left an Ohio woman with serious injuries is a reminder of how vulnerable motorists are when someone decides to target random victims from a highway bridge or overpass.Middle school language arts teacher Sharon Budd was a passenger in a vehicle traveling through central Pennsylvania last week when a rock dropped through the windshield.A PennDOT spokesman says such attacks are rare, but the highway agency has begun evaluating the incident with state police to see if there's some sort of action they can take in response.Pennsylvania State Police don't collect data specifically on rock-throwing incidents. But they say the number of those incidents is falling over the past few years.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1904 Stretch of Pa. Turnpike goes to 70 mph http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1903 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6004254806679825357.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - About 100 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the state's south-central region will soon get the state's first 70 mph speed limit.The turnpike announced Friday that the zone will run on Interstate 76 from the Blue Mountain interchange near Shippensburg to the Morgantown interchange south of Reading.The higher speeds, authorized by last year's transportation funding law, will begin Wednesday.Officials say they'll announce next week other speed limit changes that are coming for the system.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1903 Corbett seeks to change view of education record http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1902 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2882014517978361458.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - For three years, Pennsylvania Democrats have pointed to budget-balancing cuts in education aid that Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed.And it shows. Franklin and Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna says education is the single-most important issue to Pennsylvania voters for the first time in modern history.Corbett may finally have found an effective strategy to counter that attack.He's pounding the Republican-controlled Legislature for not reining in a $50 billion pension debt that, he charges, is driving up property taxes, hurting families and squeezing out money for classrooms.But Corbett's doing it with less than four months until the Nov. 4 election as he tries to turn around poor polling numbers in his race against Democrat Tom Wolf.Still, Madonna says, at this point, he has no other choice.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1902 Investigators: Mercer Co. boy was starved and beaten http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1901 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5396307624499637753.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Police say a Mercer County boy was nearly starved to death, beaten regularly and resorted to catching insects to eat during brief times he was allowed outside his home.Child welfare workers, responding to a complaint, found the child looking like a human skeleton in a home in Greenville last month.The mother, 28-year-old Mary C. Rader, and the grandparents who lived with them, Dennis C. Beighley, 58, and Deana Beighley, 47, were charged with assault, unlawful restraint of a minor, false imprisonment, endangering a child's welfare and conspiracy.Online court records did not list attorneys for them. A home phone number could not be located.The boy weighed 25 pounds when taken to a hospital last month and has since gained 20 pounds, authorities said.'The most important medicine used to treat him at the hospital was food. He was within a month of having a major cardiac event that he probably would not have recovered from,' said Dr. Jennifer Wolford of UPMC Children's Hospital Child Advocacy Center.'It is impossible to me that this severe neglect and active abuse was not visible. He was being starved in his own home around others of normal weight,' she stated.The boy's two sisters, ages 4 and 11, appeared healthy, while a 9-year-old brother was underweight but not as severely as the 7-year-old.According to police, Rader decided to homeschool the 7-year-old last year, and he was not allowed outside the house except to the back porch, where he would sometimes eat the bugs he caught. He was fed small amounts of tuna and eggs and suffered beatings with a belt - particularly when he sneaked food, usually peanut butter and bread, police said.He was forced to take ice-cold showers as punishment - the only showers he was allowed - and had two abscessed teeth that had to be removed, police said.Wolford described it as the worst case of medical neglect that the hospital's doctors have encountered.Rader and the Beighleys were released on bond, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 30.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1901 Lawrence Co. DA investigating Shenango Township's missing half-million dollars http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1899 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2214201684056920604.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SHENANGO TOWNSHIP, Pa. - State police and the Lawrence County District Attorney are investigating the possible theft of nearly a half-million dollars from Shenango Township. The investigation involves two  employees-- the township's secretary and the auditor.<br /><br />During a crowded meeting of the township supervisors on Thursday, residents learned about an audit that discovered the missing money.  They also were told that the investigation involved more than 200 checks paid to the two employees totally more than $450,000 during a three year period.Township supervisors say they are upset.  They took action at the meeting and fired both men.  However, neither has been charged with any crime.<br />  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1899 Pennsylvania's labor force shows big drop in June http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1898 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1719996934827466090.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania is reporting its second-largest monthly decline on record in the size of the labor force.The state Department of Labor and Industry reported Friday that June's labor force dropped by 28,000 to 6.4 million. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics' online records go back to 1976.June's unemployment rate remained at 5.6 percent, a nearly six-year low, as the ranks of employed Pennsylvanians declined by 22,000 and the number of unemployed shrank by 6,000.The labor force is the number of people working or looking for jobs, and the figure has been declining steadily since December 2012.A separate survey of employers shows total non-farm jobs crept up by 1,800, but that was after May's initial payrolls were revised downward by 7,000. Payrolls stand at 5.79 million.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1898 Gov. Corbett agrees to hold off on state park drilling leases until court ruling http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1897 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3035457770446007587.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Corbett administration and an environmental group are striking a deal to prevent a loss of funding for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources while the group's lawsuit challenging gas drilling in state park and forest land goes forward.The Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation and Gov. Tom Corbett announced Friday that the foundation would back off its request for an injunction to stop new leases and the administration agreed to not sign new leases.The deal is designed to keep in place some $120 million in drilling-generated funding for the state parks agency while litigation continues in Commonwealth Court. New leases were being counted on to generate another $95 million, but the state won't enter into them until the case is resolved.The agreement mean park operations will continue.<br /> <br />Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.<br />  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1897 Sandusky son says victim's story sounded familiar http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1896 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2038383445507433602.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Jerry Sandusky's adopted son says hearing the first victim on the witness stand in the former Penn State coach's trial helped push him to come forward with his own allegations of abuse.Matthew Sandusky said in a Thursday broadcast of 'Oprah Prime' that he recognized elements of his own abuse when he sat through testimony by a young man described in court as Victim 4.He says he wonders if it wouldn't have been easier to simply keep quiet.Matthew Sandusky now claims oral sex was part of the abuse, which contradicts what he told police investigators in 2012.He says Jerry Sandusky would tickle him, blow on his belly and wrestle on the floor, and the encounters gradually became more sexual.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1896 Mennonite gathering slated for Pa. in 2015 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1895 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8378088227299032332.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Mennonites and other Anabaptists from around the globe will gather in Pennsylvania a year from now for the first Mennonite World Conference Assembly ever to be held in the commonwealth.The gathering held every six years will be held in Harrisburg in July 2015. The last time it was held in the United States was in Kansas in 1978. The 2009 assembly was held in Paraguay.The conference includes the Mennonite Church, the Mennonite Brethren Church, and the Brethren in Christ Church.Conference general secretary Cesar Garcia said he hopes 8,000 or more people from 50 to 70 countries will attend the gathering at the farm show complex.He said it will offer 'a very good window into the Anabaptist world.'Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1895 The next step for the entrance of McGill Library (VIDEO & Slideshow) http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1893 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7014423119525895012.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- The installation of new steps in front of McGill Library is moving forward.  Crews are laying the massive stone steps into place.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/14677128922' title='Library Steps Project by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img src='https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2932/14677128922_0d10a3516a_n.jpg' width='320' height='213' alt='Library Steps Project'></a>While the construction is underway and the front door of the library is closed, McGill is open.<iframe src='//player.vimeo.com/video/101008524' width='500' height='281' frameborder='0' webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <a href='http://vimeo.com/101008524'>McGill Library Step Rennovations</a> from <a href='http://vimeo.com/morewcn247'>WCN 24/7 on VIMEO</a> on <a href='https://vimeo.com'>Vimeo</a>.Library officials want you know you can enter the building from Market Street during regular library hours: Monday-Friday 9- 4.SLIDESHOW OF PROJECT<div style='width:555px;height:500px;text-align:center;margin:auto;' ><object width='555' height='500' classid='clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000'  codebase='http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0'> <param name='flashvars' value='offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157645330559928%2Fshow&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157645330559928%2F&amp;set_id=72157645330559928' /> <param name='allowFullScreen' value='true' /> <param name='src' value='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' /> <embed width='555' height='500' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' src='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' flashvars='offsite=true&amp;lang=en-us&amp;page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157645330559928%2Fshow&amp;page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157645330559928%2F&amp;set_id=72157645330559928' allowFullScreen='true' /> </object><br /><small>Created with <a href='http://www.flickrslideshow.com'>flickr slideshow</a>.</small></div>McGill Library, built in the Collegiate Gothic style, opened on campus in 1938. It is named after Ralph Gibson McGill (1902). McGill was a missionary to Egypt. He drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to rescue children.McGill Library was rededicated in 2008 after a $6.2 million renovation project. That project included: installation of compact shelving for books and periodicals on the ground floor; relocation of the main entrance and construction of a handicapped-accessible lift; creation of the Williamson and the Drinko Rooms; repair and renovation of the Ferguson Room, including refinishing of vintage 1930s solid oak chairs and library tables; and relocation and renovation of the computer lab. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1893 Pa. court further limits gas drilling law's reach http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1894 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2140789257593556156.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania court says a state agency cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry, but it's leaving intact other parts of a 2012 law that modernized drilling regulations.Commonwealth Court on Thursday threw out the Public Utility Commission's power to withhold drilling fee revenue from municipalities whose zoning it deems to illegally restrict drilling activity.The decision follows December's state Supreme Court ruling that said the law couldn't strip local zoning authority over drilling activity.The new decision upholds limits on what doctors can reveal about the proprietary contents of hydraulic fracturing solutions. It also refuses to require the state to notify private water users of potential drilling contamination and rejects the argument that the law authorized illegal private eminent domain for natural gas pipelines and storage.<br /> <br />Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.<br />  Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1894 2014 PAC Football Media Day announced http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1892 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8474634658026314180.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. (pacathletics.org) - The 2014 <a href='http://www.pacathletics.org/'><strong>Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC)</strong></a> Football Media Day will once again be hosted by Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. on Wednesday, August 6. The annual media day event serves as the PAC's kickoff to the football season, with each of the league's 11 football coaches and student-athlete representatives addressing the media and previewing the upcoming season for each of their respective programs.<br /><br />The 2014 season marks the 60th season of PAC football.<br /><br />Beginning with a brief welcome and 2013 conference recap by PAC commissioner Joe Onderko, the league's football coaches and student-athlete representatives will answer questions about the upcoming year. One-on-one interview sessions for media members will be available following the Q&A session with each head coach and player (approx. 2:30 p.m.).<br /><br />Also participating in PAC Football Media Day will be representatives from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), who were accepted as PAC affiliate members in the sport of football on December 14, 2011. The Tartan and Spartan football programs will begin PAC play in 2014. Both CMU and CWRU will remain full members of the University Athletic Association (UAA) in all other sports.<br /><br />Beginning in 2014, the PAC will play an unbalanced football schedule with eight conference and two non-conference dates.<br /><br />Media members in attendance, along with each institution's head coach and sports information director, will participate in a preseason poll for the projected conference finish of the 2014 season. Full poll results will be released at the conclusion of the event and will be made available at www.pacathletics.org.<br />  Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1892 Jerry Sandusky's son talks of his bedtime 'ritual' http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1891 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3348897091489284725.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky says the former Penn State assistant football coach had a bedtime 'ritual' at the family's central Pennsylvania home.The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday <strong><a href='http://www.oprah.com/own-oprahprime/Matthew-Sandusky-on-Jerry-Sanduskys-Overnight-Ritual-Video'>released a clip </a></strong>of Winfrey's interview with Matt Sandusky, who says he was sexually abused by his father.Sandusky tells Winfrey he enjoyed spending time with the family, except when it came time for bed. The full interview airs Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern.The network says Sandusky also describes grooming, methodical control and manipulation by his father.Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of molesting 10 other boys. He's imprisoned but maintains his innocence.Matt Sandusky is one of six children adopted by Jerry Sandusky and his wife. He also described abuse in a documentary called 'Happy Valley.'Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1891 Louisiana governor headlines Corbett fundraiser http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1890 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3248026651597776761.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Pennsylvania to headline a fundraiser for his fellow Republican governor, Tom Corbett.Corbett campaign officials said they expected the Wednesday evening event in suburban Allentown to raise more than $250,000.Spokesman Chris Pack says that would be Corbett's biggest fundraising haul ever in the Lehigh Valley.The fundraiser is at the home of David Jaindl, the third-generation owner of his family's turkey breeding and processing business.Corbett's re-election bid is being challenged by Democrat Tom Wolf, who chairs a building-products distributor begun by his family in 1843 and served briefly as revenue secretary under former Gov. Ed Rendell.The two candidates have reported spending $26 million on the race since last year began, and could spend another $20 million before the Nov. 4 election.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1890 Pittsburgh hospital finds Legionella again http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1889 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3049587353406008602.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - UPMC's flagship hospital in Pittsburgh has moved 11 patients after infection control workers found the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's disease in sinks in three patient rooms earlier this week.UPMC officials said Wednesday that no patients have tested positive for Legionnaires' disease, a potentially lethal strain of pneumonia.Hospital officials say the patients in a 10th-floor pulmonary medicine unit where the bacteria was found were moved to other parts of UPMC Presbyterian and are being monitored.The bacteria was discovered in hospital ice machines in May, and officials say the bug contributed to one patient's death and sickened two late last year.UPMC says it overhauled and sterilized ice machines throughout its 20 hospitals and is aggressively searching for the bacteria.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1889 Swimming & Diving: Brooks and Marlow Named Scholar All-Americans http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1888 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1296814363969164277.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ESSEX FELLS, N.J. - Two Westminster College swimmers have been recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as 2014 CSCAA Individual Scholar All-Americans, supported by Nike Swim.Westminster junior Steven Brooks (Boardman, Ohio / Boardman) was tabbed a first team Scholar All-America, while Titan senior Amanda Marlow (Twinsburg, Ohio / Twinsburg) was named honorable mention.The CSCAA Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a cumulative or term grade-point average of 3.5 or higher for the academic term coinciding with their respective national swimming and diving championships and have qualified for and competed at the championship.The CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, or cumulative average, and have achieved a 'B' time standard but did not qualify or compete in their respective national championship. Divers qualify by competing at their respective championship qualifying meets, zones or NCAA preliminary rounds. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1888 Pa: no quick answer to gas drilling complaints http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1887 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6834621824231401813.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Health says its experts are responding to health complaints related to natural gas drilling, but there is no quick and easy way to answer questions about the issue.Health Secretary Michael Wolf tells The Associated Press that the department is working to do research with other public and private partners, such as hospitals.Wolf's predecessor said last week that the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of drilling.Wolf says he hasn't spoken directly to Gov. Tom Corbett about studying health impacts from one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms, but he has spoken to Corbett's staff.The industry says drilling is safe and that natural gas has helped reduce overall air pollution.<br /> <br />Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.<br />  Wed, 16 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1887 Pa. Fish & Boat agency seeks gas drilling funds http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1886 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3416215166588458052.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission says its officers are struggling to monitor possible violations at Marcellus Shale gas drilling sites.Executive director John Arway says Tuesday they would like an additional $1 million to hire seven more officers for that task. The commission previously asked the legislature for the funding and didn't get it.The chief of the agency's law enforcement bureau says they are already short 16 waterways conservation officers, and that many drilling violations don't get investigated.Officers who stock fish and perform boating safety patrols only investigate pollution incidents reported to that commission. The Department of Environmental Protection monitors many other aspects of oil and gas production.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1886 Capitol portraits now mention criminal convictions of ex-leaders http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1885 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6472224539214664193.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Three former Pennsylvania state House speakers and one former Senate president pro tempore each have new information on the plaques beneath their official portraits hanging in the Capitol's corridors: details about their criminal convictions.The new plaques were hung Tuesday.Aides to House Speaker Sam Smith and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati say they ordered the new plaques to respond to criticism from lawmakers that the portraits of convicted former House and Senate leaders should not be displayed.The lawmakers are former House speakers John Perzel, Bill DeWeese and Herbert Fineman, and former Senate president pro tempore Robert Mellow. Mellow and Perzel last served in 2010, DeWeese in 2012 and Fineman in 1977.All four went to prison on corruption-related charges.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1885 Students can now study social media at Westminster College http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1884 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5600939933100088751.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College recently approved the establishment of a social media minor, which will be available to students in the fall semester.The program will be offered through Westminster's Department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Art and will include courses in the principles of technological and social communication; social media and web planning; applied social media; design principles and practices; and an internship with a social media emphasis.  Westminster's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will contribute a course in web design.As part of the minor, students will complete a social media certification from Hootsuite, an industry leader in measuring and managing social networks.Dr. Keith Corso, assistant professor of communication studies, authored the proposal.'We all know today's students use social media as a primary means of communicating,' Corso said.  'As communication scholars and practitioners we have a duty to address the pervasiveness of this way of communicating.  Our students will learn how to use social media to manage reputations, how promote positively in the job market, and communicate a focused message to select audiences.'The new program is welcomed by Dr. Jane Wood, Westminster's vice president for academic affairs and Dean of the College: 'The social media minor will be a complementary addition to many of the major degree programs.  Social media increasingly connects society, learners, and community from art exhibits to marketing new products.  This minor will allow students to demonstrate and hone their social media skills and apply them in their degree program and beyond.' Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1884 College to Host Annual Mission Conference July 19-25 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1883 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6106924792109859583.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- The 109th <a href='http://www.nwmcmission.org/'><strong>New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC)</strong></a> will be held at Westminster College July 19-25.The week-long conference focuses on the mission of strengthen Christians in their commitment to mission work. More than 25 missionaries and leaders from the global church will share their mission experiences and challenge participants to join in the mission calling.NWMC began as a Presbyterian mission conference for young people in 1906.  It has retained its Presbyterian roots and connections while promoting the broader Christian witness in the world.  <br /><br />The conference will open Saturday, July 19, at 7:45 p.m. in Anderson Amphitheater with Kevin Brown, executive director of Trinity Christian Community in New Orleans.NWMC will celebrate 54 years of sending out a summer service team of young adults someplace in the world for six weeks.  This year's group of eight college students and their leaders are serving in the Middle East.  They will share their experiences Monday and Friday evenings. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1883 Budget bills signed by Corbett get legal scrutiny http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1882 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5797722129137058144.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Budget legislation signed last week by Gov. Tom Corbett is the subject of intense legal scrutiny.Parts of the budget package are now an exhibit in a two-year-old lawsuit seeking to stop Pennsylvania state government from allowing more natural gas drilling on publicly owned lands and diverting the drilling proceeds away from a land conservation fund. A Tuesday afternoon status conference was scheduled in the case.The package establishes the state's authority to enact a new round of leasing publicly owned lands for natural gas drilling and authorizes the diversion of another $220 million from the fund into the state government's operating budget.In addition, lawmakers are reviewing it because they say $7 million in line-item vetoes by Corbett of earmarks picked by lawmakers were unprecedented and possibly unconstitutional.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1882 Podcast: One last interview with Coach &quot;Scooter&quot; Renninger http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1881 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6213318497713127711.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College coach Scott 'Scooter' Renninger has retired after 36 years serving as a coach, teacher, or an administrator at Westminster.  Renninger has even served as an announcer for WCN during Titan football games.WCN 24/7 presents one last interview with 'Scooter' about everything from his messy desk at the Field House to all the people who will miss him.  You can click to listen to Kellen Gersky's interview with Coach Renninger by clicking on the link below.<br /><a href='http://www.hipcast.com/playweb?audioid=Pfbe4307b15076170d735e9cfe48c313cZVl%2FS3ZuY2N2Uw&buffer=5&fc=FFFFFF&pc=CCFF33&kc=FFCC33&bc=FFFFFF&autoplay=1&brand=1&player=ap21'><img border='0' height='67' src='http://www.hipcast.com/client/player/poweredby.gif' target='_blank' width='275' /></a><br /> Renninger finished his 15th year as head coach of the men's tennis team and his ninth as head coach of the women's squad. He owned an 80-145 (.356) record as the men's coach and a 120-43 (.736) mark as the women's coach.<div style='width:533px;height:500px;text-align:center;margin:auto;'><object classid='clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000' codebase='http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0' height='500' width='533'><param name='flashvars' value='offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157644596838100%2Fshow&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157644596838100%2F&set_id=72157644596838100' /><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true' /><param name='src' value='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' /><embed allowfullscreen='true' flashvars='offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157644596838100%2Fshow&page_show_back_url=%2Fphotos%2Fwcn247%2Fsets%2F72157644596838100%2F&set_id=72157644596838100' height='500' src='https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' width='533'></embed></object><br /><small>Created with <a href='http://www.flickrslideshow.com'>flickr slideshow</a>.</small></div>'The contributions made and the lives touched by Scott Renninger over the past 36 years here at Westminster are countless,' Director of Athletics Jim Dafler said. 'He leaves a legacy in athletics and physical education as an exceptional coach and teacher and also one as a mentor and an inspirational leader for every student he came in contact over the years.  He will no doubt be missed and we wish him and his wife, Phyllis, all the best.'Renninger, the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Tennis Coach of the Year for three straight years from 2006-08, led the Titan women to their first PAC Championship in school history in the 2012-13 season and their first trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament this past season after winning their second-straight PAC Championship. Over the past five years, the women have won 90% (82-9) of their overall matches and 93% (41-3) of their conference matches.As the Titan men's coach, Renninger led the team to an improvement in wins in each of his first three seasons including the 2002 team that went 10-6, a win total that was duplicated by the 2004 team that went 10-9. Two of Renninger's men's teams (2004, 2006) placed second in the PAC.Renninger has served on the Titan coaching staff since arriving in New Wilmington in 1978. He served as an assistant coach for the Titan football team from that time until 2004. In 1999, he served as interim co-head football coach. Renninger also served as head baseball coach for 21 seasons from 1979-99, compiling a career record of 253-284-3 (.471).Renninger, who was also a professor of physical education at Westminster, has been granted faculty emeritus status.Westminster Assistant Women's Basketball Coach Jayme Thiem has been named as the head coach of the Titan women's tennis team. An announcement will be forthcoming concerning the new head men's tennis coach. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1881 Corbett plunges into public fight for pension bill http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1880 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8269152280989371102.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GLENSHAW, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett is plunging into a public fight for legislation that pares back public employee retirement benefits to curb rising pension costs.His re-election campaign issued robocalls over the weekend, while Corbett told a small crowd Monday near his suburban Pittsburgh home that pension reform isn't an easy issue, but 'we have to get this under control.'In the robocall, the Republican governor criticizes the Republican-controlled Legislature for sending him a budget 'loaded with perks and earmarks,' and then warns of property tax increases without passage of pension legislation.Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are criticizing Corbett for blocking money for part of the Legislature's operating budget.It's not unusual for governors and lawmakers to gripe about each other, but the intra-GOP battle is erupting just four months before the election.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1880 Swimming & Diving: Titans Hire New Diving Coach All-American Heath Calhoun http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1879 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2554269334139929503.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College swimming & diving team announced its hire of new diving coach Heath Calhoun. Calhoun was a sixth-time All-American as a diver at Division II Clarion University.<br /><br />Calhoun won the NCAA Division II national championship on the 3-meter springboard at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Calhoun broke the NCAA record by scoring 615.95 points (34.30 points better than the previous record and 54.15 points better than the second-place finisher). Calhoun was .50 points from winning the 1-meter competition. A team co-captain his senior year, Calhoun was named the CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) Division II 'Male Diver of the Year'.<br /><br />'We are extremely excited to welcome Heath to our coaching staff,' Titan Head Swimming & Diving Coach Rob Klamut said. 'His diving experience and credentials are truly outstanding. I know that he will help build a successful diving program here at Westminster College that will help us sustain and improve the high level of competiveness of our program.' Klamut is also a Clarion graduate.<br /><br />Heath, a graduate of Butler High School, earned a degree in Rehab Science at Clarion in 2014 where he was also a Scholar Athlete and an Academic All-American.      Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1879 Lawrence Co. teen drowns while swimming in Slippery Rock Creek http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1878 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6263198104630096474.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SLIPPERY ROCK TOWNSHIP, Pa.-State police have identified a teenager who drowned Sunday afternoon in the Slippery Rock Creek in Lawrence County's Slippery Rock Township.Troopers say John Wayne Durnell of Ellwood City drowned while swimming with a friend near the Lawrence-Butler county line.  When first responders were unable to find the teen, dive teams arrived on the scene late in the afternoon. They recovered Durnell's body later in the evening. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1878 Police: Man kills stepfather, self in Lawrence County http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1876 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4479732600173198530.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - Police in Lawrence County believe a man killed his stepfather before fatally shooting himself in front of his mother.Police say 29-year-old Justin Burnett entered his stepfather's bedroom and shot him four times after returning home Friday night in New Castle.Authorities say he then threatened to kill his mother before turning the gun on himself.The stepfather is identified as 60-year-old Douglas Weingartner. Police say both men were pronounced dead at the family home.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1876 Expert: Pa. didn't address fracking health impacts http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1875 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5702154255543078967.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pennsylvania's former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation's biggest natural gas drilling booms.Dr. Eli Avila says the current strategy is a disservice to residents and to the industry because health officials need to be proactive in protecting the public.Avila is now the public health commissioner for Orange County, New York. He left the Pennsylvania job in 2012 after two years.Health Department spokeswoman Aimee Tysarczyk says the agency has responded to all 51 Marcellus Shale health-related complaints it's received and has shared information with those individuals and their physicians.The gas drilling industry says fracking is safe and there's no evidence of serious health problems from it.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1875 Tesla gets OK to open dealerships in Pennsylvania http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1874 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-292541020574022483.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett has signed legislation allowing Tesla to open five dealerships in Pennsylvania.Tesla pushed for the bill, signed last week by Corbett, because its business model had run up against a state law prohibiting manufacturers from also acting as a vehicle dealer.The bill won swift approval after the sponsor, Sen. John Rafferty of Montgomery County, introduced it in June.The law applies any electric vehicle maker and carries certain conditions, including that it deals exclusively in its own brand and it doesn't hold a controlling interest in another make.Rafferty says a similar exemption for Saturn was allowed in 2000. Tesla had already opened a dealership in King of Prussia in suburban Philadelphia, although Rafferty and state officials couldn't explain how it had qualified for a license.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1874 Attack ads hit TV screens in governor's race http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1873 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3624356707075912408.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The first post-primary TV attack ads in the Pennsylvania governor's race are flying.Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's campaign began airing an ad attacking Democrat Tom Wolf on Friday, the same day a group backed by billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer began attacking Corbett.The Corbett campaign ad focuses on Wolf's service as revenue secretary while then-Gov. Ed Rendell was seeking higher taxes on trash hauling, electricity use, sales and oil company profits.Steyer's ad criticizes Corbett for opposing higher taxes on the booming natural gas industry and fighting requests for information about new plans to allow drilling underneath state parks and forests.Both ads are running statewide.Corbett's campaign calls Steyer's ad 'light on facts and heavy on empty rhetoric.' Wolf's campaign says Corbett is trying to distract attention from his own poor record.The election is Nov. 4.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1873 Pennsylvania looks to curb painkiller abuse http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1872 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5298406957190183114.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - In an effort to curb a spike in prescription painkiller abuse, Gov. Tom Corbett's administration is endorsing a set of voluntary practices for doctors.The Pennsylvania Medical Society also endorsed the new guidelines out this month, which it helped write.Corbett's secretary for drug and alcohol programs, Garry Tennis, says there's been a dramatic increase in prescribing opioids for chronic pain over the last 15 years. He says it's been accompanied by skyrocketing prescription drug abuse and overdoses that have led to Pennsylvania's current heroin epidemic.He says he hopes the guidelines will significantly reduce the chances of addiction to prescription opioids.The guidelines ask doctors to discuss risks and benefits with patients, thoroughly research a patient's medical history and consider an initial treatment with opiods to be a therapeutic trial.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1872 Crews remove Victory Bell from WC's Old Main Tower http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1877 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4366751629365934990.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- The Victory Bell in Old Main's Tower is now undergoing restoration.  Crews removed the bell on Friday with the help of a crane. <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/14671877653' title='Victory Bell Removal by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='Victory Bell Removal' height='500' src='https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2925/14671877653_cb75351198.jpg' width='411' /></a>At one time, the bell was a feature in Westminster's football tradition as the Titans would ring it after every victory.   Once the bell's restoration is completed, the campus will ressurect that tradition.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/14671877823' title='10360399_1506006282967798_3769047109975394802_n by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='10360399_1506006282967798_3769047109975394802_n' height='281' src='https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3838/14671877823_44a811babb.jpg' width='500' /></a><br /><br />The original Victory Bell will return to campus at Memorial Field.   This project was conceived and funded  by the family of Paul Musser in memory of Becky Musser '73. <br /><br />Check out our podcast interview between WCN's Dan Swank and Ahtletic Director Jim Daffler and learn the details of what's in store for a silent Westminster icon.<br /><a href='http://www.hipcast.com/playweb?audioid=Pd1cc8b73f7fed9826536c482f51df44aZVl%2FS3ZuY2N3Vw&buffer=5&fc=FFFFFF&pc=CCFF33&kc=FFCC33&bc=FFFFFF&autoplay=1&brand=1&player=ap21'>  <img border='0' height='72' src='http://www.hipcast.com/client/player/poweredby.gif' target='_blank' width='293' /></a><br /><br /> <br /> <br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1877 14,000 Draft Notices Sent To Pa. Men Born In 1800s http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1871 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2333716452211941240.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians.It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation's military draft and warning that failure to do so is 'punishable by a fine and imprisonment.'The agency realized the error when it began receiving calls from bewildered relatives last week.Chuck Huey, 73, of Kingston, said he got a notice addressed to his late grandfather Bert Huey, a World War I veteran who was born in 1894 and died in 1995 at age 100.'I said, ‘Geez, what the hell is this about?' It said he was subject to heavy fines and imprisonment if he didn't sign up for the draft board,' he said. 'We were just totally dumbfounded.'Huey said he tried calling the Selective Service but couldn't get a live person on the line. That frustrated him even more because he wanted to make sure the agency knew there had been a mistake.'You just never know. You don't want to mess around with the federal government,' he said.The glitch, it turns out, originated with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation during a transfer of nearly 400,000 records to the Selective Service. A clerk working with the state's database failed to select the century, producing records for males born between 1993 and 1997 - and for those born a century earlier, PennDOT spokeswoman Jan McKnight said Thursday.'We made a mistake, a quite serious selection error,' McNight said.The Selective Service didn't initially catch it because the state used a two-digit code to indicate year of birth, spokesman Pat Schuback said. The federal agency identified 27,218 records of men born in the 1800s, began mailing notices to them on June 30, and began receiving calls from family members on July 3. By that time, it had sent 14,250 notices in error.'It's never happened before,' Schuback said.The men are almost certainly all dead, given that the youngest would be turning 117 this year. Families of those men who received the notices can simply ignore them, he said. Their files will be deactivated and they shouldn't receive additional communications from the Selective Service. The agency also posted a notice and an apology on its website Thursday.The state Transportation Department, meanwhile, said it had taken steps to ensure its mistake won't be repeated.'We're really sorry,' McNight said. 'We apologize.'Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1871 Pgh man sentenced on Craiglist tix scam http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1870 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5782850691529885106.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for scamming about 200 people out of $53,000 by selling concert tickets he didn't actually own.Thirty-year-old Daniel Isabella Jr. was sentenced Wednesday on four counts of wire fraud. His brother, 23-year-old David Isabella, pleaded guilty to similar charges in March and is awaiting sentencing.The brothers advertised nonexistent tickets on Craigslist and instructed people to send or wire them money.The scam ran from January through September of 2012. The FBI investigated the case.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1870 Russia-born college student studying in Pa. pleads guilty to making bombs http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1869 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg5393670981056986856.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Russian-born college student has pleaded guilty to charges that he built bombs without a license in his central Pennsylvania apartment.Federal prosecutors in Johnstown last month filed the charge against 18-year-old Vladislav Miftakhov after months of negotiations with his federal public defender, who did not immediately return messages for comment Thursday.Miftakhov is from San Carlos, California, and was attending Penn State-Altoona when he was arrested in January. He's been jailed since local police acting on a landlord's tip that he was growing marijuana in his off-campus apartment found bomb-making materials. Federal authorities later took over the case.Miftakhov's attorney has said his client didn't intend to harm anyone with the bombs.Miftakhov will return for sentencing Dec. 11 before U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson in Johnstown.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1869 Corbett signs budget, vetoes legislative funding http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1868 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6211227990605724921.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Corbett is vetoing millions of dollars from the Legislature's budget and urging lawmakers to make a new effort to address public-sector pensions.The Republican governor announced Thursday that he had signed state budget documents more than a week after the state's new fiscal year began without a spending plan in place.Corbett says he's cut $65 million from lawmakers' budget and $7.2 million from projects designated by the Legislature.The pension systems represent a growing financial strain on state government and local school districts, but so far Corbett has not been able to get a deal to his desk.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1868 Casino dealer faces criminal charges for tipping off customers http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1867 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5021352369739861594.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - An Ohio man who was a dealer at a western Pennsylvania casino has been charged with giving gamblers tips on how to win at the roulette table.State police filed charges against 56-year-old Robert M. Valle of Wintersville, accusing him of telling a confidential informant to place wagers on certain numbers at the Meadows Casino to increase the odds of winning.Valle allegedly told the informant he helped other patrons win money at the casino. He's charged with misdemeanor counts of violating gaming acts by tricking or defrauding the table and conspiracy.Valle was sent a summons. No attorney was listed on court papers, and he couldn't be located for comment.A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 15.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1867 Pennsylvania man's draft notice was 102 years late http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1866 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg313582672437831766.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> KENNERDELL, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman says her late father has received notice to register for the nation's military draft - some 102 years too late.Martha Weaver, now in her 80s tells reporters the Selective Service System notice arrived Saturday in Rockland Township, Venango County.Her father's name was Fred Minnick, though the notice misspelled the last name 'Minick' and warns that failure to register is 'punishable by a fine and imprisonment.'Her father was born on June 12, 1894, which means he would have turned 18 in 1912.Weaver suspects the confusion was spawned by the incorrect birth date on the form, which lists the birth year as 1994.Minnick had died by then, on April 20, 1992.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1866 Parents sue state prisons over son's suicide http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=1865 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4717629508621806571.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The parents of an inmate who hanged himself in a Pennsylvania prison have sued the Department of Corrections for misusing solitary confinement to deal with mentally ill inmates.The State Correctional Institution-Cresson where 23-year-old Brandon Palakovic killed himself in July 2012 was closed last year.Before that happened, the U.S. Department of Justice found that the prison allowed prisoners with serious mental illnesses 'to simply languish, decompensate and harm themselves in solitary confinement for months or years on end.'Renee and Darian Palakovic filed their federal lawsuit late Tuesday naming corrections Secretary John Wetzel, the prison's superintendent, and several others, including six unnamed guards.A corrections spokeswoman says the department doesn't comment on litigation, but referred to a news release that says state prison officials have enacted reforms in the wake of the Justice Department findings.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. 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