Local News 3-18-14

PATERNO LAWSUIT

Both the NCAA and Penn State want a court to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Paterno family. According to StateCollege.com, the university and NCAA filed documents Monday in Centre County court. Penn State attorneys claim the Paternos are not a recognized legal entity and cannot maintain a suit. The family and supporters are asking for damages related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal aftermath and to free Penn State from NCAA sanctions.

STATE COLLEGE ROADWORK 

South Garner Street between Easterly Parkway and Nimitz Avenue in State College will be closed again today between 7:30 am and 5 pm. Public works crews are repairing a sewer line in the 1200 block. Work is weather permitting.

ARBORETUM EVENT PLANNED

Penn State will provide a sneak peak at the nearly-completed Arboretum Children’s Garden early next month. Residents are invited to attend a lecture on the extinct passenger pigeon and take part in a guided tour on Thursday April 3rd at 4 pm. The lecture is scheduled for 112 Forest Resources Building with the subsequent tour taking place across Park Avenue at the Arboretum. Those interested in attending the tour, must register with Nancy Stoner at nas26@psu.edu.

PATERNO PETITION QUESTIONED

A rival for Jay Paterno’s bid to capture the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor is questioning the authenticity of more than 200 signatures on Paterno’s petition for candidacy. According to the Centre Daily Times, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski filed paperwork in the Common Court Monday to remove Paterno’s name from the ballot. Koplinski claims 208 signatures on Paterno’s petition are invalid. If Koplinski’s claims are true, Paterno will fall short of the required signatures for nomination.

LIBRARY SET TO CLOSE

State College’s Schlow Library will launch a new website today. Additionally, a new parking system is in place downtown. However, according to StateCollege.com, decreased funding will force the library to close for one week in May. From May 12 to May 18th, the library will close and all employees will go without pay due to state budget cuts. According to the report, since 2007 the library has lost more than 900-thousand dollars due to a decline in aid.