Governor changing marijuana stance

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HARRISBURG, PA. — Gov. Tom Corbett is changing his position on medical marijuana and is backing the legalization of a marijuana extract to treat severe seizures in children. Corbett’s office confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday that the Republican governor is meeting with several parents to tell them about his decision. Corbett had been under pressure from parents who believe the oil extract, called cannabidiol, can save the lives of their seizure-wracked children. Democrats running to challenge Corbett in the fall election also favor the legalization of medical marijuana. Corbett spokesman Jay Pagni says the governor’s plan will need approval from the Legislature. He says cannabidiol would be dispensed by research-based hospitals with medical…

March and April OTM

Wednesday 04-30-14 Mark Lawrence and Than Mitchell host with Professor Matt Rousu, Susquehanna University Economics Professor. Tuesday 04-29-14 Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan with Selinsgrove Superintendent Chad Cohrs. Monday 04-28-14 Mark Lawrence and Ben Reichley host. Friday 04-25-14 Mark Lawrence and Ben Reichley on the last word on drug testing welfare recipients, banning pot for any purpose and allowing gas drilling at the Shikellamy Marina and Overlook. Thursday 04-24-14 Mark Lawrence and Joe McGranaghan host with Bob Zimmerman, Linda Everitt of the Zion Lutheran Church’s Zion Student Center plus open phones. Wednesday 04-23-14 Mark Lawrence and Than Mitchell host with Harry Campbell, PA Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation plus open phones. Tuesday 04-22-14 Mark Lawrence and…

Clausi: The county is being punished

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SUNBURY — HUD wants their money, and they are going after Northumberland County. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is asking Northumberland County to pay up. According to Commissioner Vinny Clausi, HUD is telling the county they owe a total of $177,873.00, following an audit report.   That amount is outlined in HUD’s final audit report on Northumberland Counties Homelessness Re-Housing Program Grant. The report lists that the majority of the amount to be repaid is due to unsupported documentation.   Clausi said, “The county is now being punished for doing right by the people who were victims of flooding. We tried to help them out as much as we could and now…

UPDATE: Shik Super says JROTC is…in

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UPDATE: Shikellamy schools superintendent Patrick Kelley says the JROTC program is in next year’s proposed budget, and that he wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t look at all options. Tonight a work session will include words about the JROTC program but Kelley said there is no specific elimination proposal, just ongoing due diligence, look at all programs. SUNBURY — The Shikellamy School District is looking at cutting the JROTC program to save money–and that isn’t sitting well with a lot of community members. As soon as word emerged that the district might kill the highly visible program, the community began gearing up to express their views. Some veterans and active community members say they’ll…

Chamber welcomes new leader

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SHAMOKIN DAM — “It feels like coming home,” that was the words of the new President and CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. Bob Garrett was officially welcomed to the GSVCC staff Thursday morning.   During a press conference, Garrett said he plans to focus on 3 priorities, “Rebuilding our partnerships with our partners, SIDCO, Leadership Susquehanna Valley and Focus Central Pennsylvania. Bringing our membership up to its historic numbers and looking for membership growth.   I’m also going to focus on building the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway.”   Garrett brings with him experience as an educator at the SUN Area Vocational Technical School. He is the former mayor of New Berlin and…

Cong. Carney: I’m not running right now

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SUNBURY – Former US Congressman Chris Carney is not running again this year, but he says it is a possibility in the future. Chris Carney served the 10th Congressional District as a democrat from 2007 to 2011, when he was unseated by Republican Tom Marino (R-10th, Cogan Station).   Carney said, “I’m not running for Congress right now, no.  For most of my adult life, I’ve been serving this country in one fashion or another, so, I’m not ruling anything out.” In 2011, he landed a top job in Washington as a defense contractor’s director of homeland security and policy strategy.  He is now on the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission in Washington, but…

BVRA to rehab tennis courts, pool and park

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LEWISBURG – It will be a busy spring for the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority as they get started on a number of projects to improve the tennis courts, pool and Lewisburg Area Recreation Park.  A capital campaign began in 2013 to raise funds for resurfacing the tennis courts, fence painting and more. That project will cost about $34,000.   Also, the BVRA Children’s Play Garden will be added to the Lewisburg Community Pool site.  Funds for this project were provided from a portion of BVRA’s 2013 Bucknell Million Penny Project award.  Cleanup will also get underway this spring on the Lewisburg Railroad Bridge, which is part of the Rail Trail.  Lewisburg Penitentiary Inmates will assist…

Mifflinburg will host Girls on the Run 5K

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  MIFFLINBURG – For the first time in the race’s history, the Girls on the Run 5K race will take place in Mifflinburg.  The race is this Saturday at Mifflinburg Community Park.  Meredith McLean is race coordinator for Girls on the Run.   She said, “We are anticipating over 600 runners.  It’s going to be held at 10 a.m. The starting line is in Mifflinburg Community Park.  If you haven’t registered, you can register starting at 8 a.m.  It’s going to go through the town of Mifflinburg and come back on the Rail Trail for a great finish.”   McLean says the race is unique. “You are going to be able to spray paint your…

Man charged with sexual assault in Kulpmont

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KULPMONT — State police have charged a man with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Kulpmont. 30-year-old Jeremy Henninger has been charged with aggravated indecent assault. Troopers say Henninger sexually assaulted the girl on Tuesday at a family member’s home on Chestnut Street in Kulpmont. State police say other victims have come forward reporting similar incidents. The investigation continues. (Ali Stevens) Follow

SU Prof: Minimum wage should not be raised

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UNDATED – The federal minimum wage will stay the same for now following a vote Wednesday by Senate Republicans.  They blocked a bill that would gradually increase the current $7.25 hourly wage to $10.10 an hour over 30 months. Republicans argued raising the minimum wage would raise employer costs and reduce jobs.  Susquehanna University economics professor Matt Rousu agrees, “I agree with the logic for raising the minimum wage if everybody would get a job magically.  However, people are not getting jobs magically.  A lot of people become unemployed when the minimum wage increases.” Democrats say passage of the bill would have helped millions of low-income families.  They say they will force additionally votes on…