Monday July 21 2014

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monDAY, july 21, 2014

 

A 22 year old Somerset County man was killed when he was hit by a train early Sunday morning. AUTHORITIES SAY 22 year old Christopher Reed from the Windber Area was on walking along the tracks in Seward when a Norfolk Southern train heading east hit him. Reed died at the scene. An autopsy is schedULED TODAY.

 

A Penn State FRESHMAN HAS DIED FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT EARlier this month. According to a post by a family member on the WEBsite caringbridge.org, 18 YEAR OLD Eva O’Brian died Saturday AT A PHILADELPHIA HOSPITAL.

SHE was hit by a pickup truck while jogging at the intersection of Park Avenue and North Atherton Street.

 

26 year old nicole kelly of shirleysburg was life-flighted to upmc altoona saturday afternoon following a crash in shirley township, huntingdon county. state police say kelly’s car rear-ended a mini-van, then both vehicles struck embankments and rolled over. the other driver, 33 year old julie clippinger of three springs also suffered moderate injuries and was taken to jc blair memorial hospital. alcohol is considered to be a factor.

 

AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY FOLLOWING A HOUSE FIRE EARLY SATURDAY ALONG JONES STREET IN LILLY, Cambria County. No one LIVES THERE and the house is up for sale.

PHIL NGUYEN OF California IS IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON AFTER HE tried to purchase a 12-THOUSAND DOLLARS ROLEX watch with a fake ID. IT HAPPENED FRIDAY AT Kranich’s Jewelers IN STATE COLLEGE. Police saY Nguyen wanted to finance the purchase and presented false id. When he returned Sunday to complete the transaction, employees called THE COPS AND Nguyen was found to be in possession of a fake California driver’s license. He faces charges of identity theft, forgery, theft by deception, and access device fraud.

After nearly a year of work, the altoona government study commission meets today and expects to approve a final version of the home rule charter. voters will be faced with a referendum in the november election. altoona is trying to work its way out of the act 47, distressed municipalities program.

 

A NEW CARRIER HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR THE ALTOONA/BLAIR COUNTY AIRPORT. THE ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS THE US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, WHICH MANAGES THE ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE PROGRAM THAT SUBSIDIZES PASSENGER FLIGHT SERVICE, SELECTED SUN AIR EXPRESS OF FORT LAUDERDALE. STARTING OCTOBER 1ST, THE COMPANY WILL PROVIDE 26 ROUNDTRIP FLIGHTS EACH WEEK TO PITTSBURGH. THE GOVERNMENT ORDERED THE CURRENT CARRIER, SILVER AIRWAYS, TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FLIGHTS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH TO WASHINGTON-DULLES AIRPORT.

U-S House members from Pennsylvania and their staff accepted 41 privately paid trips so far this year, ranging from 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS in business-class airline tickets to Japan for RepRESENTATIVE Charlie Dent and his wife to 300-DOLLAR-a-night hotel rooms for congressional staff at a luxurious Las Vegas casino resort. Privately funded travel is not prohibited, But House members must get ethics committee approval before the trip and file detailed information – including costs – within 15 days of returning. The increase in privately funded travel by members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation, from 17 in 2008 to 47 in 2013, tracks a steady increase in the House as a whole, from 1-THOUSAND-12 in 2008 to 16-HUNDRED-85 last year. In the Senate, SenATOR Pat Toomey’s office had taken 14 trips in 2013 and 2014 worth roughly 12-THOUSAND DOLLARS while Bob Casey’s office had taken 2 at a cost of 11-HUNDRED DOLLARS.

Despite its large percentage of people over the age of 65, Pennsylvania is not a great state to grow old in. A recent report released by AARP ranked the state 42nd overall and 46th in relation to access and cost of long-term care.  Pennsylvania also came in near the bottom of several other categories, including quality of care and support for family caregivers.

 

ON WEDNESDAY, THE SPEED LIMIT ON 100 MILES OF THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE IS GOING UP TO 70 MILES PER HOUR. OFFICIALS SAY THE CHANGE IS from the Blue Mountain interchange near Shippensburg to the Morgantown interchange south of Reading. some other speed changes will be announced next week.