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    House speaker links liquor overhaul to new taxes

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Republican speaker of the Pennsylvania House says his members won’t vote for any sort of tax increase without privatization of the state liquor system, and that lawmakers may eventually override the Democratic governor’s vetoes. Speaker Mike Turzai said a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon Monday that recent budget talks have amounted to “constructive dialogue” but negotiations have been around the edges rather than at the heart of their disputes. Pennsylvania is about four weeks into the new fiscal year with talks at a stalemate. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed the budget, liquor privatization and pension cuts that were passed by Republicans without a single Democratic lawmaker’s vote. Wolf wants billions to close…

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    Falling plaster injures one at Penn State

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State officials say a section of plaster fell in an auditorium during a program for prospective engineering students, injuring at least one person. Officials say about 500 people were in Schwab Auditorium at the central Pennsylvania University when the 2-foot-by-8-foot section fell from an overhanging balcony shortly before 11:30 a.m. Monday. The university says about half the debris fell into a center aisle and some fell on several seats. The Centre Daily Times reported that one person was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment of a minor cut on the head. Officials say another person was evaluated at the scene by emergency medical technicians. The program was…

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    Upgrades coming to busy Northumberland roadways

    NORTHUMBERLAND — PennDOT is planning upgrades for some busy roads in Northumberland. Duke and Kings Streets as well as Water and South Front Streets are scheduled for improvements and repair beginning in 2017. The intersections of Route 11 at Duke and Water will also be upgraded as part of the two-season project.   Dave Thompson from PennDOT says a public meeting is scheduled for August 5 to answer questions and provide information on the project. The meeting will be from 6-8pm at the Northumberland borough office at 175 Orange Street. (Jennifer Wakeman)

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    Lewisburg Sprint Triathlon coming Aug. 8th

    Ten years for Lewisburg’s Sprint Triathlon LEWISBURG –  Swimming, running and biking enthusiasts will take to the streets of Lewisburg in August for the 10th annual Lewisburg Sprint Triathlon. The Triathlon for Kids is Friday August 7 and the adult triathlon is Saturday August 8.  Organizer Tara Michaels tells us there are still spots open for both events and they are a big draw for the Lewisburg community.   Michaels said, “The adult tri has been around for 10 years and the kids tri has been around for nine.  It’s been around our town for a long time and brings in a lot of people from, really, all over the country.  We’ve had people from…

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    Double dose of duckling rescues in Union County

    LEWISBURG — Police and firefighters in Lewisburg had their hands full at an animal rescue Sunday night. Buffalo Valley Regional police officers and personnel from William Cameron Engine Company rescued nine ducklings that fell through a grate over a storm drain on Fairground Road…twice. J.R. Erdley of the William Cameron Engine Company tells WKOK that the ducklings were reunited with their mother after their first rescue. She promptly led her brood across yet another grate and the smaller babies fell through and had to be rescued again. At last report, the ducklings and their mother were seen heading toward the pond near the East Buffalo Township Municipal Building.  (Jennifer Wakeman)

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VIDEO: Brandon Kramm Memorial Golf Tournament brings NFL QB to town

LEWISBURG — One of the New York Jets NFL team members was in our Valley for a fundraiser Friday. Ryan Fitzpatrick, a quarterback for the Jets played in a fundraiser for the Green Dragon Foundation. Held at the Bucknell Golf Club Friday, the 2nd Annual Brandon Kramm Memorial Golf Tournament raised funds for a scholarship fund as well as an endowment established in Kramm’s name. Brandon Kramm was a Lewisburg High School graduate who died in 2013 from a rare liver disease.  Fitzpatrick was Brandon Kramm’s roommate at Harvard, and he told WKOK, it’s important to take time out to remember his best friend, “This is a really important day for his family, and I…

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VIDEO HERE: Camp Cadet wraps up at SU

SELINSGROVE – Susquehanna University is once again hosting a popular summer camp. Camp Cadet, the brainchild of retired state trooper Matthew Burrows gives kids ages 12-15 an inside look at law enforcement. State Trooper Rick Blair says Camp Cadet teaches important life skills, “The camp’s primary focus is teaching the kids self-esteem, discipline, and teamwork.” Campers stay in the dorms at Susquehanna University and their days are filled with drills, self-defense, guest speakers and other events. The camp structure is similar to a week at the police academy, “For those kids who are interested in law enforcement or the military, it gives them a little taste of that.” Camp Cadet, in its 10th year is…

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Evangelical Hospital names new CEO

LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital will soon be under new leadership. The board of directors announced Tuesday that Kendra Aucker will take over as President and CEO in July. Roger Haddon Jr. is the Chair of the Board of  Directors at the hospital, “When choosing who will guide Evangelical into the future, Kendra stands out as someone who has a passion for the hospital and who, through the breadth of her experience , will be able to position the hospital in innovative ways that ensure its success in the ever-changing healthcare landscape.” Aucker has been part of the Evan team since 1990 serving most recently as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. She replaces Michael O’Keefe…