Famed movie critic Roger Ebert dies

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CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that its film critic Roger Ebert has died. He was 70. The paper says on its website the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic died Thursday.  Ebert was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down TV reviews that influenced moviegoers across the nation. On Wednesday, he had announced on his blog that he was undergoing radiation treatment after a recurrence of cancer. Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002 and later had surgery for cancer of the salivary gland. He lost his chin and his ability to speak. But he later resumed writing full-time and eventually even returned to television.  Ebert started as a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times…

Professor: North Korea is a threat

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SUNBURY — A local professor believes Americans should be nervous about threats from North Korea.  Stephen Stamos, emeritus professor of International Relations at Bucknell University, said North Korea is an exception to the usual nuclear deterrent theories.   He said, “The thing, I think, that makes it particularly unsettling, is that you have a country here with a young leader, and a powerful military.   It’s a country that is repressive, authoritarian, has labor camps, and has allowed mass starvation.  So, when you go back to nuclear deterrents, you are generally granting that the two parties are rational actors.  In this case we may not have a rational actor.”   Stamos said most countries would not unleash…

Budget cuts may effect conservation districts

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SUNBURY — Will state budget cuts hurt conservation efforts? That was one of the many questions during a meeting of the Northumberland County Conservation District Thursday. Recent grants and funds will help to enhance the service provided by Northumberland County Conservation District, but there are still worries that possible budget cuts could lead to loss of services for constituents as well as potential loss of personnel. State Senator John Gordner (R-27, Berwick), Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108, Sunbury), and Representative Kurt Masser (R-107, Elysburg) assured the conservation districts that although tough budget cuts need to be made, the district has friends in Harrisburg. Executive Director of Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Robert Maiden urged the…

Corbett to take another trip with local businessman

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WATSONTOWN — Governor Tom Corbett is planning to take another trip with his friend John Moran Jr.  The two made headlines in 2011 when Moran invited Corbett and his wife to join him on his yacht in Rhode Island, all expense paid — out of Moran’s pocket. The yacht trip reportedly cost Moran nearly $1,500.  Corbett has been criticized for accepting such gifts, which include several other free trips from Moran, as well as monetary donations from lobbyists and others. Now Corbett has asked Moran to join him on his upcoming trade mission to Brazil and Chile.  Government watchdogs will be keeping a close eye on the men, to see who foots the bill. Moran is…

Piece of Milton history discovered in old library

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MILTON — A piece of local history was discovered in an old building in Northumberland County and it will soon be unveiled to the public. While cleaning out the former Milton Public Library building, volunteers stumbled on an important document from 1790. John Meckley of the Milton Historical Society explained.   Meckley said, “In an old vault, they found a box with what looked like very old papers. It turned out to be some very interesting old engravings, a very old family bible and an unfolded piece of paper that looked very much like a deed. Sure enough, it turned out to be the deed that was originally written to Andrew Straub, who is credited…

Blaze destroys the Barnyard Restaurant building

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MILLMONT — Fire all but destroyed the building housing The Barnyard Restaurant, in Millmont, last night.  The western Union County fire was reported around 9:00p.m. in an exhaust fan in the kitchen.   About two dozen people work at the facility, and four were inside the restaurant when it closed at 8:00p.m.  Employees did attempt to stop the blaze with a fire extinguisher, but were unsuccessful.  The fire spread quickly to the front and east sides of the building.  The rear of building did partially collapse.   No injuries were reported in blaze.  The Route 45 eatery was once the Rock Oak Country Kitchen, and is now owned Troy Harvey.  A dozen volunteer fire companies…

Selinsgrove eliminates 13th year option for students

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SELINSGROVE–  The Selinsgrove Area School District met Wedneday and unanimously voted out the option for students to attend vo-tech school for a year and defer graduation. Superintendent Chad Cohrs explained that it was a good decision for taxpayers and fair for students. “It does result in an additional year of expense for those students to the district and in turn, the taxpayers. And for students that elect to go on to college, the district doesn’t pay for a year of college for those students and so it really is treating students a little bit differently, which we probably should not do.” The school board also addressed the upcoming PSSA testing and the progress students have…

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK and WKOK.com

Today on WKOK.com:   WKOK’s On The Mark 8:30am: CSVT task force chair and Shamokin Dam mayor Joe McGranaghan and state senator John Gordner. Then at 9am: WKOK helps launch the Merrill Linn Conservancy’s Caring for Communities Earth Month events. Open phones at 9:30am.   Dan Patrick 10am: Dan is feeling a little andy: Florida Gulf Coast former head men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield is the new head basketball coach of USC, Andy Staples, Sports Illustrated writer.   Coming Monday on WKOK at noon to 3pm: The Geraldo Rivera Show. America’s correspondent takes to the airwaves with his unique, flamboyant, edgy style of questioning everyone on all sides of all issues.   WKOK’s Steve Jones…

Latest Pennsylvania news, business, and entertainment

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett is suggesting that he’s interested in a concept that combines an expansion of Medicaid eligibility for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Pennsylvanians by using federal dollars to buy private insurance plans. Corbett said Wednesday he’s seeking information about the idea, a day after meeting with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. It was first broached by Arkansas’ Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe as a way to get his Republican-controlled Legislature on board with a Medicaid expansion under the 2010 Affordable Care Act. A number of other governors are studying it. However, a Congressional Budget Office report suggests that it is more expensive than traditional Medicaid coverage. Corbett,…

AccuWeather: Looks like a gorgeous weekend

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Today: sunshine mixing with some clouds, a milder afternoon. High 52. Overcast tonight. Low 33 Clouds giving way to some sun tomorrow. High 54. Saturday: sun and some clouds, pleasant. High 57. Sunday: clouds and sun with a passing shower. High 60. Monday: clouds and and some sun, quite mild. High 64.