Fracking study years away from conclusions


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A health study cited by leading environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as pivotal in helping persuade Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hold off on plans for a limited fracking pilot program is likely years away from conclusions about whether the shale gas-drilling technology is safe. Andy Deubler, an executive vice president at Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, says the study is still in early planning stages with only a fraction of its necessary funding. He says it’s just one piece of a larger body of independent research just getting under way and seeking funding.   Follow

Milton wrestler state champ once again


HERSHEY — Milton Senior Ryan Solomon has one his second state championship in PIAA Class AA wrestling. Solomon won the 195 pound championship yesterday with a 7 to 0 win over Garrett Vulcano. Solomon finished his season at 40 and 0. Zain Retherford of Benton defeated Line Mountain Senior Seth Lansberry in the final at 138 pounds. Retherford won in a 5 to 0 decision. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Teen hurt in a crash outside Sunbury


SUNBURY — A Shamokin teen was injured in a crash Saturday morning on Captain Bloom Road in Rockefeller Township, Northumberland County. State police say a 17-year-old girl, who has not been identified due to her age, drove off the road and hit a tree around 11:35 a.m. The vehicle traveled down into a ditch and overturned. The girl was transported to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. She was wearing a seatbelt. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Fight leads police to drugs in Columbia County


  BLOOMSBURG — A Danville woman and Millville man are behind bars today after a fight led police to a large stash of drugs. State police responded to a home on Boyer Bottom Road in Greenwood Township, Columbia County on Saturday for a report of a fight in progress.   They found 24-year-old Michelle Kreski and 27-year-old Karl Greenburgh had been fighting and both sustained injuries. Both Kreski and Greenburgh fled the residence when troopers arrived, leading police on a foot pursuit. Greenburgh was found to be in possession of heroin, 14 Xanax pills and a Suboxone patch. Drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash was also found. Kreski was found with 36 heroin…

Legislature talking liquor on Monday in Harrisburg

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HARRISBURG — State representatives head to work on Monday in Harrisburg, ready to discuss whether or not to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor system. Governor Tom Corbett and some House Republicans are pushing forward with a plan to make it happen, but the proposal is facing opposition from both Democrats and Republicans.   The Governor’s plan would auction off 1,200 liquor licenses across the state and beer and wine would be available in pharmacies and grocery stores. Convenience stores would also be able to seel beer. Box stores and beer distributors will be able to sell both beer and wine and they can also apply for a license to sell liquor.   Opponents of the plan are…