Local News 8-15-14

Sandusky Emails

The Pennsylvania Office of Open Records has told the state Department of Education to release 644 pages of emails related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that were exchanged among Governor Corbett, his top aides, Penn State Trustee members and Ron Tomalis, the former Education Secretary. Former Trustee Candidate Ryan Bagwell requested the emails through a Right to Know request. The Corbett administration said yesterday that it had not yet decided whether or not to appeal the order. The state has 30 days to appeal the decision. 

Ex Counselor

A Howard woman who was a former counselor will serve 30 days to 18 months in prison and pay a fine of $2500 for falsely telling police that she was abducted and sexually assaulted. Cindy Brumbaugh was accused last September of lying to police to hide that she was having an affair with a client. Brumbaugh created the abduction story following a car accident involving the pair in August. 

Bellefonte Council Hearing

Though there is no guarantee there will be a resolution, a vacancy board hearing to decide on a new member to the Bellefonte Borough Council has been set for Monday. According to the Centre Daily Times, assistant borough manager Don Holderman said the hearing will be at 6:30. The four candidates for the position, Brian Walker, Claudia Wilson, Mike Scott and Shelia Stever, will have the chance to speak in front of the vacancy board at the hearing.  

Ag Progress

Yesterday was the final day of Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs. The annual 3 day event features interactive displays, guided tours and shows off the latest research in the field. Governor Tom Corbett and his opponent in November, democratic candidate Tom Wolf, visited Ag Progress Days on Wednesday.   

Corbett Transportation

Governor Corbett announced yesterday that the State Transportation Commission, building on the Act 89 transportation plan, has updated the state’s 12 year transportation program with a sizeable boost in much needed transportation improvements. The new plan is expected to make 63 point 2 billion dollars available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads. The previous plan from 2 years ago made 41 point 6 billion dollars available.

Cigarette Tax

There is already a proposed cigarette tax increase in Philadelphia to help the schools open on time, but one lawmaker would like to see the tax increased across the state. State Representative John Lawrence of Chester County is hoping to see an 80 cent per pack cigarette tax increase statewide. Lawrence believes the revenue can be used to lower local property taxes. 

Trustees 

Penn State’s Board of Trustees Committee on Governance and Long Range Planning will meet today at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. To accommodate a large public seating area, the location of the meeting has changed. It will now be held in room 206 of the Conference Center with room 205 set up as an overflow area. The meeting will be held at 8:30am and will be streamed online at wpsu dot org slash live.

Waterline Replacement

Final restoration in the College Avenue waterline replacement project for Pugh Street to Fraser Street is set to wrap up today. The Pugh Street, Allen Street and Fraser Street intersections will be closed one at a time during the construction work. The State College Borough Water Authority is asking that all motorists and pedestrians use caution when traveling through the work zone