NEWS - MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

 STATEMENTS ISSUED AFTER STATUE REMOVAL -

 BOTH PENN STATE PRESIDENT RODNEY ERCKSON AND THE PATERNO FAMILY ISSUED STATEMENTS YESTERDAY REGARDING THE REMOVAL OF THE JOE PATERNO STATUE AT BEAVER STADIUM. ERICKSON RELEASED A STATEMENT ABOUT AN HOUR AFTER WORKERS BEGAN PREPARING TO TAKE DOWN THE STATUE, SAYING THE STATUE HAD BECOME “A LIGHTING ROD OF CONTROVERSY AND NATIONAL DEBATE, INCLUDING THE ROLE OF BIG TIME SPORTS IN UNIVERISITIES LIFE”. HE ADDED THAT THE STATUE BECAME “ A SOURCE OF DIVISION AND AN OBSTACLE TO HEALING IN THE UNIVERSITY AND BEYOND”.THE PATERNO FAMILY’S RESPONSE SAID THAT “TEARING DOWN THE STATUE OF JOE PATERNO DOES NOT SERVE THE VICITMS OF JERRY SANDUSKY’S HORRIBLE CRIMES OR HELP HEAL THE PENN STATE COMMUNITY”. THE FAMILY BELIEVES THE ONLY WAY TO HELP THE VICTIMS IS TO “UNCOVER THE FULL TRUTH”. THE PATERNO FAMILY ALSO COMPARED THE FREEH REPORT TO THE “EQUIVALENT OF AN INDICTMENT” AND EMPHASIZED THAT THE UNIVERSITY SHOULD HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT IMPORTANT LEGAL CASES ARE STILL PENDING AND THAT THE RECORD OF JOE PATERNO, THE BOARD AND OTHER KEY PLAYERS IS “FAR FROM COMPLETE”.

 SANCTIONS WILL BE ISSUED THIS MORNING -

 Multiple reports say that Penn State will be hit with harsh and significant penalties today by the NCAA though the school's football program will not receive the death penalty. An unnamed source told CNN yesterday that the school will be assessed 30-million dollars in fines as part of the punishment to be announced AT 9 THIS MORNING during a press conference at NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.  The school's football program will also receive a bowl ban and loss of a significant number of scholarships.  The source added that current Penn State players will be given some, quote, "leeway" by the NCAA, perhaps allowing them to transfer to other schools without losing a year of playing time.  The penalties will punish the university for a lack of leadership as well as systemic failures that aided convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, who was found guilty of 45 charges connected to ten underage victims last month.

 PATERNO NAME TO REMAIN ON LIBRARY -

 DESPITE THE REMOVAL OF THE JOE PATERNO STATUE, UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON SAID THAT PATERNO’S NAME WILL REMAIN ON THE LIBRARY. ERICKSON SAID THE LIBRARY “SYMBOLIZES THE SUBSTANTIAL AND LASTING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ACADEMIC LIFE AND EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE THAT THE PATERNO FAMILY HAS MADE TO PENN STATE UNIVERSITY” ERICKSON ADDED THAT “THE LIBRARY REMAINS A TRIBUTE TO JOE AND SUE PATERNO’S COMITTMENT TO THE UNIVERSITY’S STUDENT BODY AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND IT HIGHLIGHTS THE POSITIVE IMPACTS THAT COACH PATERNO HAD ON THE UNIVERSITY.”

SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY -

 STATE POLICE FROM HUNTINGDON, LEWISTOWN AND McCONNELLSBURG CONDUCTED A SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT ON ROUTE 22 IN HENDERSON TOWNSHIP, HUNTINGDON COUNTY FROM 11 SATURDAY NIGHT UNTIL 3 ON SUNDAY MORNING. THEY STOPPED 159 VEHICLES AND ISSUED 8 CITATIONS AND 31 WARNINGS. THE CHECKPOINT ALSO RESULTED IN 2 D-U-I ARRESTS, 1 DRUG ARREST AND 1 WARRANT SERVICE. POLICE SAY MORE SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS WILL BE CONDUCTED.

 TURNPIKE FEES GOING UP -

 Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be going up 10% next year. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved the increase for cash-paying customers, and 2% for those who pay with E-ZPass.  The last time tolls were increased was in January 2011.

 SMALL BUSINESSES CAN COMPETE FOR CONTRACTS -

 PENNSYLVANIA WILL SOON BE RESERVING CONTRACTOR WORK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. THE “SMALL BUSINESS PROCUREMENT INITIATIVE” WILL IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESSES WITH 100 OR FEWER EMPLOYEES TO DIRECTLY COMPETE FOR CONTRACTS. SMALL BUSINESSES INTERESTED IN COMPETING FOR GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS CAN REGISTER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES.

 GAS PRICES ON THE RISE ..AGAIN -

AFTER A STEADY DECLINE, GAS PRICES HAVE RISEN 11-CENTS SINCE THE START OF THE MONTH, FOLLOWING A RISE IN OIL PRICES. ACCORDING TO AAA, OIL PRICES HAVE SURGED 17% SINCE FALLING TO $78.20 PER BARREL ON JUNE 21ST. AVERAGE PRICE FOR GAS IN THIS AREA IS $3.49 A GALLON.