Local News 8-28-14

Bowl Ban

Penn State could have the final year of their bowl ban lifted. The Sporting News is reporting that two NCAA sources have said the university has a “strong case” to have the ban lifted for 2015 if Penn State continues its progress toward implementing recommendations made in the consent decree. Athletic integrity monitor George Mitchell released his first detailing the athletic programs compliance with the sanctions just over a year ago and a second report is pending.

Turnpike Holiday Traffic

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials are asking motorists to pay attention to speed limit signs over the holiday. Nearly 2 point 2 million vehicles are expected to travel the highway during the four-day Labor Day weekend. To prepare for the higher traffic volume, PTC Roadway maintenance activities will be suspended from 3pm today to 6am on Wednesday.  

Assault

The State College Police Department is investigating an assault outside a fraternity house that seriously injured a man. According to State College.com, the incident happened around 1am on Wednesday outside Delta Sigma Phi in the 200 block of East Fairmount Street. Police say the victim was flown to UPMC Altoona with several fractures to the eye orbital and other facial injuries.

Grange Fair

The 140th Annual Centre County Grange Fair wraps up today with Senior Citizens Day. Anyone aged 62 or older will be admitted free to the fair today. The Grange Fair parade which features local high school marching bands including State College and Bald Eagle Area will begin at 1pm. The Outlaws will perform at 8pm.

Bridge

Work to replace a bridge in Mifflin County may be completed by the end of the week. PennDOT announced yesterday that weather permitting, work will continue to open the bridge on Route 1005 over Tea Creek in Reedsville. Once the one a and a half million dollar bridge is open, crews will remove the temporary roadway that has been in place since spring.

Pedestrian Cited

A pedestrian who was struck by a car on Tuesday morning has been cited by State College police for allegedly failing to obey a traffic signal. The person was reportedly pushing his bicycle across the street when he was hit by a car, who investigators say had a green light. The pedestrian was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center with minor injuries.     

Medicaid

An announcement could be coming soon about Governor Corbett’s plan to use billions of federal Medicaid expansion dollars under the 2010 health care law to subsidize private health insurance policies. According to the AP, a state Department of Public Welfare spokeswoman said negotiations with the federal government are in the final stages, but details remain under wraps.