News for 6/14/13

Power

 Thousands of State College residents were without power early yesterday due to a powerful thunderstorm that moved across the region. Parts of Ferguson Township and Patton Township were hit the hardest during the storm.The strong storm also caused Allegheny Power Customers in College Heights, Park Forest and Boalsburg to temporarily lose power.

Transportation Bill

The House Transportation Committee began a series of hearings on Senate Bill One yesterday, the bill the Transportation Bill that was passed by the senate.

The two and a half million dollar increase in transportation funding proposal includes a provision for new revenue for the Fish and Boat Commission which could be beneficial to Colyer Lake, the local damn and spillway that was deemed highly hazardous by the commission.

 The bill would also improve highways and bridges in the commonwealth, but it could also increase fees for vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses’ gas prices, and traffic violations.Another hearing on the issue is scheduled for Monday.

Cabinet Secretary Out

Governor Corbett asked for and received the resignation of a cabinet secretary yesterday. Corbett asked for the resignation of Richard Allen as secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.A spokesman for the governor could not discuss the reason for the change which will take effect immediately.

Supreme Court Vacancy

 The Associated Press is reporting that Governor Corbett plans to nominate state appeals court Judge Correale F. Stevens to temporarily fill the vacancy on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The opening was created by the resignation of Joan Orie Melvin, who was convicted in February of using public employees to help her political campaigns. Melvin also had her law license suspended temporarily by the state Supreme Court yesterday. Stevens still requires two-thirds approval by the State Senate.

Bellefonte Cruise

 More than 10,000 people are expected in Bellefonte this weekend for the annual Bellefonte Cruise. The Cruise begins tonight and 6pm and will conclude on Sunday with a 5k run/walk benefitting the Centre County YMCA.The annual Last Cruise and Car Show in State College will be on July 28.

Jobs Bill

Senator Bob Casey will push for passage of his new, bipartisan small business jobs bill at a press conference in Lancaster today.According to a press release, Casey will be joined by business leaders from around the state and will highlight the role that his legislation can play in helping small businesses grow and create jobs. Casey says the bill will also provide tax relief to the businesses.

Commencement

Penns Valley Commencement will be held tonight for the class of 2013.The ceremony will be broadcast live on the internet on ustream. The event can also be accessed on ustream’s site after the event is over. Seniors at Bald Eagle Area turned their tassels last night as they were honored in the BEA gymnasium.    

Drug Seize

 Synthetic drugs were seized at a Philipsburg home and state police say charges are pending against several individuals.According to the Centre Daily Times, police partially indentify two suspects as a 37 year old man and a 47 year old woman, both of Philipsburg.

 According to a news release, between April 4 and June 10, members of the state police Troop G Vice Unit conducted an investigation into alleged distribution of synthetic marijuana from the residence at 327 N. 2nd St.The CDT reports that after obtaining a search warrant on Tuesday, troopers seized synthetic marijuana, chemicals used to manufacture synthetic marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash.