Bloomsburg University Strike Over
Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) have reached tentative agreement on a new contract, ending a three-day strike by faculty that began Wednesday. The strike idled 5,000 professors and coaches... all part of the bargaining unit at 14 state run Universities... including Bloomsburg. Once final language is agreed to, the new contract, which would run through June 30, 2018, will go to the full APSCUF membership for a ratification vote. If ratified, the tentative agreement then would be brought to the State System’s Board of Governors for final approval. Among other things, the agreement would provide faculty with pay increases and would allow the State System to realize important healthcare cost savings.
Sullivan County Schools are closed today due to flooding. Heavy rains overnight... as well as rock slides... made one road impassible. Sullivan County schools are closed today.
A 33 – year old man is recovering from injuries received Thursday after he lost control of his ATV and then it crashed. State Police tell us Richard Slusser of Benton was critically injured when his ATV went off of Kearkuff Road in Sugarloaf Township. Slusser lost control and the machine rolled over. He was transported from the accident scene... to the Benton Airport and placed in a waiting Life Flight Helicopter for a trip to Geisinger in Danville. The investigation into the accident is continuing.
Mold Clean Up
Crews are beginning the process to remove mold from the Wyoming Valley West Middle School in Kingston... in Luzerne County. It looks as though students could be returning to full days there in the next couple of weeks. School officials hope to reopen the middle school by Thanksgiving. Wednesday night, the Wyoming Valley West School Board voted to hire a cleaning company from Dunmore.
Fire investigators want to know how a fire started in a home in Milton... in Northumberland County. The home was located along Mahoning Street... with the flames breaking out around 5 PM Thursday.
Although the home was heavily damaged by smoke and fire... no one was hurt.
At least one teenager has been caught with tossing rocks off a bridge underpass to the street below. The incident taking place on Reagan Street. Thanks to a few 911 calls, an officer found several teenagers throwing rocks from the railroad bridge. One of them was caught. Police tell us they know of at least three others who have thrown rocks at the underpass. They won’t release their names because they haven’t been charged yet. Police say the rock throwers, once charged, could face jail time in Sunbury.
Uber / Lyft
Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing services got the green light Wednesday from the state House to operate permanently in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 984 must go to the Pennsylvania Senate for final approval because of amendments the House made to the bill. Primary sponsor Sen. Camera Bartolotta, a Republican from Washington County, said she's confident her colleagues will pass the measure Monday and send it to Gov. Tom Wolf for final approval.
You've heard it time and time again... never give out your credit card number over the phone. That's common sense... and good practice. Now... there's a scam going around asking you to do just that... according to Kathy Lynn... the head of the Columbia – Montour Office of aging. If you do suspect a scamming operation... call the police.
The state Senate has sent the House a bill intended to encourage greater use of police body cameras in Pennsylvania. Supporters of the bill say it changes state law to clear the way for police in Pennsylvania to use body cameras without exposing themselves to criminal liability. But the ACLU is unhappy with the measure, saying it creates a process to request video from those cameras, making it “nearly impossible to obtain.” The bill now goes to the House where passage is uncertain if only due to the fact that voting days in the current two-year legislative session have dwindled to only a few.