PPL: 1,700 still out Monday morning

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UNDATED — More than 1,700 PPL customers are still without electricity Monday morning now, more than 12-hours after a power outage began. PPL is telling area county officials, for some of their customers, it may not be until Monday afternoon when power is restored. The outages occurred when a fast moving storm brought extremely high winds, numerous trees were knocked down and lightning reportedly hit a PPL substation–causing extensive damage. At the Penn Valley Airport in Selinsgrove, wind gusts were clocked 40-miles-per-hour at around 5pm. Winds were thought to be much higher elsewhere. Here is PPL’s outage map: https://www.pplelectric.com/my-account/outage-center/outage-map.aspx County 9-1-1 centers ask area residents–to not call 9-1-1 unless it is an emergency. Do call 1-800-DIAL-PPL to report an…

Trees down, power out, steeple down

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SELINSGROVE —  Plenty of damage is reported after gusty thunderstorms ripped through the area Sunday  afternoon. PPL says they are working to restore power to more than 1,700 customers in Snyder, Union, Montour and Northumberland County. Last night, the number was much higher, Union County had the most outages with 2,500. Snyder County had over 2,000. Many of those were reported in the Lewis Township, Mifflinburg areas of Union County. Many trees are down, including a large tree that was blocking a portion of App Road near Park Road outside Selinsgrove.  There is also was large tree blocking the bridge to the Isle of Que in Selinsgrove.  Those wanting onto–or off of–the Isle of Que had to…

What is next in LGBT rights?

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LEWISBURG – The Supreme Court’s recent vote to shoot down DOMA has far-reaching implications. So says Bill McCoy, director of the office of LGBT awareness at Bucknell University. He says the vote touches the immigration issue.   “There has been a lot of debate in Congress about whether or not to include LGBT couples in immigration reform. With shooting down DOMA, it really makes it a moot point because if a couple gets married in a state that allows gay marriage, the federal immigration statutes allowing partners to apply for green cards comes into play.”   McCoy says how the vote impacts the military will also be a conversation. “That is going to have a…

Local professor has new book

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UNDATED — An emeritus professor of anthropology at Bloomsburg University has a new book. Dr. David Minderhout book is entitled “Native Americans in the Susquehanna River Valley, Past and Present.”   “The idea was to write a book that brought together a variety of perspectives on Native American prehistory and history from the earliest time that the native american are found in the Susquehanna RiverValley right up into the present, people of native descent today.”   The book is a collection of essays, some of which were written by people of native decent living in Pennsylvania. “I was fortunate to bring into the project people who do claim descent from Lenape and Susquehannock’s and other Native Americans…

President of Pocono Raceway on SJS

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LONGPOND– Pocono Raceway leaders are thanking fans for helping them to bring the open wheel racers back to Pennsylvania. Brandon Igdalski, president of Pocono International Raceway was on the Steve Jones Show Friday talking about today’s Pocono IndyCar race. As for why IndyCar went away after 1989′s race, he said after USAC and CART split, interest in the open wheel racing at Pocono declined.   Igdalski said, “For the next few years it continually got worse and worse. The track wasn’t exactly in the greatest condition back then. But, at the same time, my grandfather really didn’t care about fixing it for these guys because he was so mad at them anyways. As soon as…

Associated Press: latest state news

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LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a 2-year-old boy critically injured in a central Pennsylvania house fire has died, bringing the toll from the blaze to seven. Spokesman Grant Gegwich of Crozer Chester Medical Center says 2-year-old Kordell Kuhns was pronounced dead at about 4 p.m. Saturday at the hospital. Two other victims, 41-year-old Crystal Kuhns and her 4-year-old daughter, Mickey, died earlier after being taken to the same hospital. The fire also killed 51-year-old David Kuhns, 8-year-old Skylar Kuhns, and 6-year-old Shawn Kuhns, along with 65-year-old homeowner Jimmie Moore. Fire officials said the blaze started in the kitchen of a three-story duplex in Lancaster at about 3 a.m. Thursday after frozen potatoes were left…