Local News 2-24-14


Penn State students continue to amaze. THON 2014 raised a record-setting $13.3 million for the Four Diamonds Fund. The 46-hour no-sleeping, no-sitting dance marathon concluded yesterday afternoon at the Bryce Jordan Center. The money benefits the fight against pediatric cancer. The student-run organization has now raised more than $114 million all-time.


Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is close to filling two vacated seats on Penn State’s Board of Trustees. Corbett announced the nominations Friday of Cliff Benson and football letterman Todd Rucci. With state senate approval, the two will replace Ira Lubert and Alvin Clemens. According to Statecollege.com, both men informed Corbett of their desire to step down. Benson currently serves as the chief development officer for the Buffalo Sabres. Rucci played eight seasons in the NFL before working with Susquehanna Bank, the Pennsylvania Lottery and now PAP Technologies.


The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is reviewing the cause of and response to a series of crashes halting traffic on the highway February 14th. The massive pileup occurred just before 8 am seven miles east of the Willow Grove Interchange in Lower Southampton Township. CEO Mark Compton says the investigation began early last week. A third-party team is compiling critical facts, including weather conditions, communications, response times to form a timeline of events.


State College police say they plan to install additional surveillance cameras downtown this spring. According to Statecollege.com, police will add cameras at most major intersections and near popular bars. The surveillance is used to prevent crime and aid in investigations. Currently, cameras are positioned at the intersection of Beaver Avenue and Garner Street, along Beaver Avenue near Canyon Pizza and on Calder Way