Local News 3-4-14

PS4RS ENDORSEMENTS

Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship narrowed down a list of candidates for endorsement to Penn State’s Board of Trustees. According to Statecollege.com, PS4RS leadership will host and record a private town hall meeting with the six candidates. Then, an online video will be available for members to vote for its three endorsed candidates. Three slots on the board are open in the alumni elections. PS4RS has narrowed its field to Rudy Glocker, Bub Jubelirer, Gavin Keirans, Albert Lord, Alice Pope and Vincent Tedesco III.

CRIME NUMBERS DOWN FOR EVENT

State College Police Chief Tom King says overall arrests from State Patty’s Day weekend dropped nearly 47% from 2013. King credits numerous initiatives battling the party atmosphere of the weekend. He adds that a community-wide effort contributed to fewer visitors and less commotion during the student-created holiday. 

FORMER PSU PRESIDENT DIES 

Former Penn State President Joab Thomas died yesterday at the age of 81. According to Penn State, Thomas led the university from 1990 to 1995, leading a boom in on-campus construction and in undergraduate education expansion. Thomas also served as president at the University of Alabama. He is survived by his wife, Marly, and their children and grandchildren.

WINE PRICES AT PA WINERIES

Limited Winery locations in Pennsylvania are now be permitted to sell wine at the winery for less than state store prices. According to a state release, the move ensures consumers have access to the best Pennsylvania wines. Currently the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board sells more than 100 Pennsylvania wines in its listed and luxury product divisions. Greater than 150 wineries across the state add more than $2 billion into the economy.

SEATBELT ENFORCEMENT

State College police are working to increase teen seat-belt use in the local community. The department is participating in enforcement activities over the next few weeks at State College Area High School. Police also hope to raise awareness of the state’s primary law requiring all passengers under 18 years old to wear a seat belt. The program lasts through March 21st in State College and across the state.