Local News 3-13-14

SANDUSKY INTERVIEW

Jerry Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, maintains her husband’s innocence. In an interview airing yesterday on NBC’s Today Show, Sandusky spoke about the former assistant Penn State football coach’s crimes for the first time. She claims that stories of child sexual in the family’s basement are not true. She also says victims were either manipulated by lawyers or lying for financial gain. The entire interview is available online.

STATE COLLEGE ROADWORK

Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions on North Atherton Street between West College Avenue and Railroad Avenue in State College today. Roadwork is weather permitting. Public Works Crews are repairing a sanitary sewer line in the area.


SNOW DAY FLEXIBILITY BILL PASSES

Legislation allowing schools flexibility in making up missed school days due to the snowy winter is on its way to the Senate. The Senate Education Committee unanimously approved the bill yesterday. It provides schools options for calculating the time spent in classrooms this academic year. Schools will be permitted to use an hourly total and hold class one Saturday per month, if needed. According to a release, the bill mirrors previous weather emergency legislation passed by the General Assembly as a result of 1996 flooding in northwestern P-A.

PENN STATE WORLD NEWS RANKINGS

U.S. News and World Report once again places Penn State’s Graduate School as among the nation’s best. Fourteen disciplines at the university rank among the top 10 in the country in the “Best Graduate Schools” ranking. According to Penn State, the 2015 edition updates the rankings for the largest professional graduate school disciplines. Geology and technical/vocation education programs at Penn State finished atop the polls.

PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION AT PSU

Installation of the new 12-inch, high pressure natural gas pipeline connecting eastern a Columbia Gas line to the West Campus steam plant continues. According to the Centre Daily Times, work on the controversial line began in October and will run through August. Construction in the middle of Penn State’s campus will be delayed until the conclusion of the spring semester. The pipeline could be activated by November.