News for 5/3/13

Crash

 Two people injured in a crash on North Atherton Street yesterday are facing numerous drug charges.

 Stacy Henry of Philadelphia and Alicia Gardner of Bellefonte were allegedly trafficking large amounts of heroin from a motel on the Benner Pike and were being chased by police when they crashed a Hyundai Elantra near the parking lot of the Penn State Federal Credit Union on North Atherton Street near Colonnade Boulevard.Gardner was ejected from the vehicle during the crash. 

Trustees

 The Board of Trustees will have their regularly scheduled meeting at the Penn Stater. At today’s meeting, the results of the general election for three alumni seats will be announced today. 37 candidates are vying for the 3 seats on the board. 

 The trustees are also expected to continue to discuss how the university is governed which could potentially lead to making the state governor and university president non voting members.The board is also expected to discuss splitting Penn State’s two law campuses into separate entities. 

Columbia Gas

 The Borough of State College has received a request from Columbia Gas to review their denial of a permit that would have allowed the installation of a natural gas pipeline through residential neighborhoods in State College.

 In a letter from Gregg Rosen, an attorney for Columbia Gas to Borough Manager Tom Fountaine, a two step process is suggested to State College. Citing the effort to avoid a waste of resources, Columbia Gas is asking for the withdrawal of the original permit application and the Borough’s adoption of a resolution at or before the next council meeting that would rescind its denial of Columbia’s application.The borough council unanimously approved a resolution last month that directed Fountaine to deny any permits allowing construction of the proposed pipeline.

Penn State Network

 Penn State is planning to spend 8 and a half million dollars to improve their wireless network.According to the Centre Daily Times, Ford Stryker, the associate vice president for the Office of Physical Plant, says the plan will extend the universities wireless service to the campus’s residence halls and other areas where coverage is spotty.

 David Gray, the university’s senior president for finance and business said the number of devices accessing the Penn State Wi-Fi has doubled in the past 15 years. 

Gaming

 Slot machine revenue was down again last month in Pennsylvania. Revenue from slot’s play at the state’s 11 casinos was down 4% last month. Though eight of the state’s eleven casinos saw declines last month, one bright spot was the Valley Forge Resort Casino which saw a nearly 34% increase.

Medicaid

 Though he questions its sustainability, Governor Corbett says he is keeping an open mind on the Medicaid expansion issue.Speaking on Radio Pa’s “Ask the Governor” program, Corbett said if the Commonwealth expands Medicated to cover adults with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty line, one in four residents will be enrolled in the program.

 The governor emphasized that he did not want to bury future generations in debt by expanding Medicaid today. Corbett said he is still communicating with the federal government on the issue and potential seeing if Pennsylvania can reform and expand Medicaid at the same time.