Convict Brett Feese sues Corbett and AG

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A former high-ranking state House Republican now serving prison time for public corruption is suing Gov. Tom Corbett and prosecutors who he says illegally hid evidence and denied him a fair trial. The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Friday that Brett Feese’s lawsuit, now in federal court, raises the same argument that he’s pursuing in a state appellate court. Feese’s lawyer Joshua Lock says prosecutors violated Feese’s constitutional rights by destroying notes from interviews investigators conducted with prosecution witnesses. Feese was convicted in 2011 as part of a wider investigation into state lawmakers’ illegal use of taxpayer dollars and state employees for political campaign work. The investigation began in 2007 under Corbett…

Corbett: Shale-gas boom eyed by foreign business

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett says foreign business leaders are increasingly eyeing Pennsylvania as a place to invest because of its access to Marcellus Shale natural gas. Corbett was in Philadelphia on Friday to deliver remarks to an industry-supported energy summit at the Franklin Institute. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/14BCKem ) he told attendees that Pennsylvania’s shale-gas boom was a subject frequently raised on his trade missions to South America and Europe. Corbett credits exploration of the nation’s largest known reservoir of natural gas with boosting hiring, rescuing troubled Philadelphia-area refineries and lowering home heating and electric bills. Protesters picketed the event, but were turned away at the door.  Corbett referred briefly to them,…

Volunteers help at Lewisburg park

LEWISBURG – Thanks to the good work of volunteers, a new pavilion is open for rental in Lewisburg.  A number of volunteers worked last month to construct a roof covering a small pavilion between the tennis courts and the playground at the Lewisburg Area Recreation Park. Bill Pursel led the team of volunteers to help with construction.  It is not the first time he has helped with recreation.  Pursel, of Lewisburg, was also instrumental in the building of the original ice skating rink and warming building in 1972.  The pavilion is available for rentals and for more information call the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority at 524-4774. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

Both units in service at Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant

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BERWICK — Unit 1 at the Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant in Berwick has been reconnected.  It was restarted Friday following turbine modifications.  The improvements addressed turbine issues at the plant that have been going on for several years. A PPL spokesman says they continue to monitor both turbines to make sure they continue to work properly.  Unit 2 was returned to service earlier this month after completing a refueling and maintenance outage. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Penn State, McCord, Corman, NCAA hearing Wednesday

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Two elected officials suing the NCAA over the use of its $60 million fine from Penn State over how it handled the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal are seeking court-ordered mediation. State Sen. Jake Corman, a Republican who represents State College, and Democratic state Treasurer Rob McCord made the request to Commonwealth Court on Thursday. They’re trying to keep the fine money in Pennsylvania. McCord issued a statement saying he was hoping for a “reasonable settlement” that will more quickly help Pennsylvanians who have been victims of child abuse. Penn State agreed to the penalties a year ago, along with a temporary loss of football scholarships and a four-year ban on…