PA summary: PSU lags in women

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – A report by a Penn State commission says that women have lagged behind in representation over the last decade in positions such as administrator and professor. The Commission for Women released its “Status of Women at Penn State, 2001-11″ report this month. Among notable findings was a decline in the representation of women in teaching positions as academic rank increased, from instructor to full professor. The report also says there were still low numbers of female administrators, and that concentrations of women in undergraduate and graduate studies were below national trends. In 2012, about 46 percent of the 84,500 students system-wide were women. A commission co-chair says that while results were disappointing, the report would help generate meaningful discussion about building more diversity.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service says recent changes to the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees are a “credit positive.” In a credit outlook report released late Thursday, Moody’s says “significant changes” were recently made to Penn State’s governance structure and oversight practices, and those should strengthen oversight and management. Moody’s says that will likely allow risks “to be more appropriately assessed and not overlooked.” Last October Moody’s downgraded Penn State University’s long-term credit rating because of the expected financial costs from pending lawsuits related to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The “credit positive” isn’t an official upgrade, but a suggestion of the potential impact of the recent actions.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined slightly last month, but remains above the national rate. The state Department of Labor & Industry said Friday the April rate of 7.6 percent compared to 7.9 percent in March. The national jobless rate for April was 7.5 percent. A survey of households showed the number of Pennsylvanians working or looking for work declined by about 3,600 over the month but remained just above 6.5 million. The department says total employment increased by 13,000 and total unemployment declined by 17,000. Payrolls increased by nearly 7,000 in April to almost 5.8 million.


GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) – The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a special stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. A ceremony to unveil the stamp will be held at Gettysburg National Military Park on Thursday, the same day that the Postal Service says the stamp will go on sale nationwide. The stamp depicts a painted image of a chaotic battlefield, with smoke rising from fired rifles. The three-day battle in July 1863 was the largest of the Civil War. It is considered the war’s pivotal moment after Northern forces turned away a Confederate advance. The Postal Service has been commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a series of stamps. A stamp commemorating the Battle of Vicksburg will also be unveiled next week in Mississippi.


STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – State police are looking for whoever stole 13 snakes from a central Pennsylvania family’s home. The incident happened sometime Wednesday night when somebody parked at a nearby gas station, hopped a fence and got into the State College home through a window. Dawn Robinson says he family has about 70 snakes and that the thieves took the most expensive pythons they own, eight pregnant females and five males worth about $30,000 total. The family is offering a $1,500 reward. Police and the Robinsons’ believe the thief or thieves knows something about snakes and may have even visited the couple’s mobile home before.


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