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HARRISBURG,Pa.(AP) – Union faculty atPennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities have given their leadership the authority to call a strike.  The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties announced results of a vote Friday. Members had cast ballots at 14 campuses across the state earlier this week.  The vote empowers union chapter presidents at each school to call a strike. Ten of the 14 must approve a walkout. Faculty and coaches have been working without a contract since June 2011. Talks have stalled over issues including compensation for temporary instructors, health care benefits and online education.  There has never been a faculty strike in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.  Another negotiating session is set…

PSU approves president search, plus McQueary’s whistleblower case


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State trustees have approved the process to find a new president and an athletics code of conduct required by the NCAA as part of the penalties for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The university also received encouraging news Friday after the Middle States Commission on Higher Education lifted its accreditation warning and reaffirmed the school was in compliance with the agency’s governance, finance and integrity standards.  The presidential search begins immediately, with the goal to find Rodney Erickson’s replacement by next November. Erickson plans to step down in 2014. The school’s legal counsel said the code of conduct simply re-affirms current university guidelines, even if mandated by…

Serial drunk driver facing state prison time

MIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg man is facing state prison charges after seven drunken driving offenses.  55-year-old Kermit Kratzer entered a guilty plea Friday for driving under the influence October 1, 2011 along Salem Road in PennTownship, Snyder County.  Kratzer lost control of his vehicle and hit a guardrail and a home.  He is facing charges of DUI, reckless endangerment and hit and run. The incident is prompting Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch to take a hard look at the states DUI laws.  He says this was Kratzer’s seventh DUI, however, the other six incidents occurred more than 10 years ago.  Under law, repeat DUI offenders receive enhanced penalties, but only convictions in the past…

Stuff the Truck in Selinsgrove today


SELINSGROVE — You can help stuff the truck in Selinsgrove today and help victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Selinsgrove Projects, Inc is sponsoring the event today starting at 9:00a.m. in the Selinsgrove Commons. Needed donations include coats, blankets, hats, gloves, baby supplies, cleaning supplies, water and toiletries.  Once stuffed, the truck will make its way to New Jersey and the donations will be distributed.  More information at (Sara Bartlett)   Follow