VIDEO HERE: Students celebrate communication with the CSIU

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MONTANDON – Heavy rain did not stop the Cat in the Hat from coming to town at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit in Montandon. Wednesday was the annual Celebrate Communicate Day where students with a range of disabilities from seventeen area school districts gather to meet and have fun.  Joan Hauck is a speech pathologist for the CSIU.  “It is a day where the students know what to expect.  They have the vocabulary to use and they can experience it with other kids and adults that can communicate with them using all different devices.” Students get to participate in the day of activities, which are centered around a different theme every year says program supervisor…

Arias convicted of first-degree murder

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PHOENIX (AP) – Jodi Arias has been convicted of first-degree murder in the brutal stabbing and shooting death of her one-time boyfriend in Arizona.   Arias was charged in the June 2008 killing of Travis Alexander in his suburban Phoenix home. Authorities say she planned the attack in a jealous rage. Arias initially denied involvement, then blamed it on two masked intruders. Two years after her arrest, she said she killed Alexander in self-defense.   Testimony began in early January, with Arias eventually spending 18 days on the witness stand. Jurors got the case Friday.   The trial has been a made-for-the-tabloids drama, garnering daily coverage by the cable news networks, with tales of lurid…

Dow still slow and steady even after 15,000

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UNDATED – The Dow jumped to over 15,000 by the closing bell Tuesday, but does that mean it is a first glimpse at a broad economic recovery?  Rick Wible of REW Financial in Lewisburg says the milestone is positive, but it is still important to be cautious. “The Dow is 30 companies, so you can’t entirely go by that as an indicator for where the economy is going,” says Wible. “Fortunately, you have the S&P 500, which is also at an all-time high.  Things are looking up, but still be careful, because sectors change all the time; what may be the best one year, may be the worst the following year.  You have to be…

Theft from a motor vehicle near Sunbury

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SUNBURY — Police are investigating a theft from a motor vehicle in NorthumberlandCounty.  According to reports, someone entered the car between 9:00p.m. Tuesday and 7:00a.m. Wednesday and stole a laptop computer, purse and a leather notebook.   The vehicle was parked on Plum   Creek Road in RockefellerTownship.  Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police in Stonington.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Pedestrian hit by car in parking lot

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SHAMOKIN DAM — Police are looking for the suspect in a Wal-Mart parking lot hit and run on Tuesday.   According to State Police in Selinsgrove, a 36-year-old Middleburg man was walking through the parking lot in Shamokin Dam around 4:15p.m. when he was hit by a car.   The vehicle was attempting to back out of a parking spot as the man was walking by.  The rear of the vehicle struck him, causing minor injuries.  The suspected operator then waved the man to pass through, and drove away.   The investigation continues.  Anyone with information should contact State Police in Selinsgrove.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Northumberland County eliminates jury commissioner position

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SUNBURY – There will no longer be jury commissioners in Northumberland County. The commissioners voted to eliminate the elected position at yesterday’s public meeting. They say it will save the county about $200,000 annually and they have been pushing to eliminate the job for several years.   Governor Tom Corbett this week signed a new law, allowing counties in the state to eliminate the office. State lawmakers moved quickly on the bill after the state Supreme Court threw out a 2011 law under which 42 counties had gotten rid of the position. The law eliminated the need for voters to elect two jury commissioners of different parties, to develop procedures to create jury lists, manage…

Fire damages Shamokin Dam apartment building

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SHAMOKIN DAM — Lightning caused a fire in Shamokin Dam this morning.  According to Shamokin Dam Deputy Fire Chief John Gray, it happened around 10:30a.m. at an apartment complex at 28 Helen Street.   “Basically we were called here for a report of a lightning strike at a building,” he said.  “The chief arrived on the scene and saw smoke coming from the roof.  We basically had fire contained to a crawl space in the attic, with primary damage to one of the apartments.  Nobody was home, everyone was out of the building.  We had to force entry into the building through a few doors.”   Firefighters from Shamokin Dam, Selinsgrove, Hummels Wharf, Middleburg, Sunbury…

The latest news from WKOK.com

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1) Newsradio 1070 WKOK and WKOK.com are back on the air. An hour-long outage this morning was caused by a transmitter problem. WKOK.com, and our TuneIn app remained active as many listeners tuned in online today.   2) Northumberland County Communications says both the Reagan Street underpass and the Hamilton underpass, both in Sunbury, are both closed because of accumulated rain water. Stay tuned to WKOK.com for updates. Follow

The CSVT started advancing in Harrisburg

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Some key state senate lawmakers voted 13 to 1 Tuesday to move forward with one of Gov. Tom Corbett’s top priorities–a massive transportation plan. That plan includes funding for the CSVT. The plan may be considered by the full senate in June.   Tuesday, the state Senate Transportation Committee approved the $2.5 billion transportation bill. There is some hesitation; the Senate’s transportation funding bill is larger than what Corbett initially sought, and House Republican leaders are cool to the gas tax increase it includes.   The cap on the wholesale taxes will be lifted, so gas prices will rise by as much a quarter-per gallon according to some estimates. Vehicle…

Looking into cutting elected officials salaries

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SUNBURY – Two Northumberland County Commissioners have voted in favor of the idea of lowering salaries and cutting health benefits for elected officials in an effort to save county taxpayers millions of dollars. Commissioners Vinny Clausi and Stephen Bridy voted to study the idea, which would cut salaries by up to 71 percent in some cases.   Bridy made the motion and Vinny Clausi said he was happy to look into it. Commissioner Rick Shoch voted against the measure, saying he wasn’t made aware of the idea prior to the meeting and felt the motion was brought up last minute.   Currently, the county commissioners are paid $61,000 annually, plus benefits. If the cuts go…