Corbett plans to sue NCAA

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says he plans to sue the NCAA in federal court over sanctions imposed against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The Republican governor has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday in State College to announce the filing in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg. The sanctions were agreed to by the university in July. They included a $60 million fine that would be used nationally to finance child abuse prevention grants. State and federal lawmakers have raised objections to the money being spent outside Pennsylvania. A message seeking comment on the expected lawsuit was left with the NCAA on Tuesday. Sandusky…

Toomey not happy with Washington spending

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UNDATED — Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) voiced his opinion on the fiscal cliff agreement President Barack Obama has proposed.  He said it goes against everything he’s stood for. Toomey said, “My priority goal is to spare as many people as possible from the tax increase that exists in existing law which would raise taxes dramatically on virtually every American.” Toomey said due to the timing and the conditions in Washington, he voted for the proposed “fiscal cliff” agreement to pass, as it seemed better than the alternative. He said once this bill passes, he hopes we can focus on the real problem; too much spending. “This bill will reduce our deficits over the next 10…

Geisinger announces New Year’s Baby

DANVILLE — Geisinger Medical Center in Danville has announced their New Year’s Baby.  Marin Rose Snyder was born at 10:27a.m. on January 1st.  The New Year’s Baby weighed in at seven pounds, 14 ounces, and is 20 1/2 inches long.  She is the daughter of Beth and Kyle Snyder of Elysburg.  She will join her two brothers at home, Benjamin, 4, and Aiden, 1. (Codi Jade) Follow

Casey statement on Fiscal Cliff vote

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), released the following statement on the Senate vote on the fiscal cliff: “While this deal is far from perfect, the Senate took the appropriate steps to protect the middle class and keep in place common sense measures – like the earned income tax credit and unemployment insurance – that will help keep the economy on track. I am hopeful that the House will do the same. While we may have avoided some of the immediate catastrophic consequences of the fiscal cliff, there is much more work to be done. Moving forward, Republicans and Democrats need to come together to reduce…

Penn State ex-President gets ok for US travel

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A judge is allowing former Penn State President Graham Spanier to travel outside state lines but won’t permit any foreign trips.   Spanier lawyer Ed Spreha says he was notified of the order Monday. It requires Spanier to provide five days’ notice of any travel outside Pennsylvania.   Spanier is facing charges that include obstruction and perjury for allegedly covering up complaints in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.   Spanier was also ordered not to have any contact with current or past members of the Penn State Board of Trustees, or with any witnesses in the case against him.   Spanier wanted permission to travel to Europe for work and…

Pa. lawmakers to take oath on New Year’s Day

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Newly elected members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly are meeting in a rare New Year’s Day session to take their oath of office.   Tuesday’s gathering will mark the first time in 22 years that lawmakers will be sworn in on the holiday. The state constitution requires that the event take place on the first Tuesday in January every other year.   In addition to taking their oaths, lawmakers must approve operating rules for the House and Senate for the two-year session and members of each chamber are expected to re-elect their presiding officers.   Plenty of work awaits the Legislature, with transportation funding, pension reform and passage of the 2013-14…

Senator Toomey issues a statement on the Fiscal Cliff

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–  U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) this morning issued the following statement on the fiscal cliff:   “One of my top priorities since coming to Congress has been to pursue policies that maximize economic growth and job creation. Lower taxes do both. Consistent with this commitment, today, I voted to protect 99 percent of taxpayers from a large tax increase. In addition, we made this tax relief permanent, thereby establishing the predictability necessary to promote economic growth and job creation. Neither side got everything it wanted in this deal. I had to accept provisions I did not like – my preference would have been to avoid higher taxes for all Americans. But I believe…

Large crowd for Sunbury’s New Year’s Eve bash

SUNBURY — The band Seperate Ways performed live in front of the Edison Hotel last night as part of Sunbury Revitalization Incorporated’s first ever New Year’s Eve bash. Hundreds turned out for the event including Sunbury Mayor David Persing.   Persing said, “This is amazing. It’s great. We talked about this for about two years and put a piece here and put a piece there together and it’s turned out to be a big success. It gives us something to build up and make bigger and better for next year.”   Meghan Beck is the new president of SRI and talked about their kids event last evening in Cameron Park that featured a puppet show,…