Millard / Anti – Discrimination
Bloomsburg Town Council's decision not to take action on an anti – discrimination ordinance still is the topic around the water cooler. Instead... council decided to send the issue to the state legislature... but in the past... House Bill 300 failed to gain traction. State representative David Millard says the anti – discrimination legislation was introduced by Brian Sims of Philadelphia... a Bloomsburg University graduate. Two months ago... Sims applauded the house judiciary committee vote sending an hate crime bill to the full house. No action was taken there. Sims said it was the first step in restoring protections for LGBT people.
State Police from Milton still looking for an armed bandit who got cash from a Washingtonville store Thursday afternoon. Police say the man strolled into Burkholder's Farm Market at Routes 54 and 254... grabbed some cash from the register and ran off. The bandit was last seen westbound on Route 254.
Wolf / Budget
Some Dire Warnings from the man about to become Pennsylvania's Governor. Governor-Elect Tom Wolf has been in Philadelphia and northeast PA this week, sounding the alarm about the upcoming budget process. Wolf has until early March to finish his first budget proposal, which he will then try to push through a Republican-controlled legislature. Estimates are that there will be a $2 billion budget gap to fill when lawmakers and the governor get down to business crafting a spending plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated... the folks trying to lure business to Main Street in Bloomsburg... is at a cross roads. That... as it was announced that current manager Adrienne Mael will become the CEO / President of the United Way of Columbia County early next year. DBI Board President Oren Helbok says the organization must decide if they promote special events... or do they promote economic development. Ms. Mael has been DBI manager for the past two years... and a search for her replacement won't begin until the board figures out what direction they want to take.
Reducing underage drinking in college town is the goal of a pilot program conducted by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. PLCB officials recently met with law enforcement and other officials in and around Alvernia College, Kutztown and West Chester Universities, as well as Indiana University of Pennsylvania, to get a sense of the issues they're facing. Additional meetings will take place over the next three months, with a strategic plan for each community, along with a final plan of action, to be completed by May of next year.
New York State Fracking
A decision on fracking in New York State signals good news for Pennsylvania. New York state had put a moratorium on fracking while the state decided if it should join the Marcellus Shale boom. After 6 years, officials there have decided to ban fracking altogether. Industry groups say that's great news for Pennsylvania jobs and production. Environmental groups meanwhile applaud the New York action, saying it reaffirms their concerns about the impact hydraulic fracturing has on the environment and overall health. New York officials, in making the decision, did say more research is needed...
Hazleton police are investigating a case of shots fired Thursday afternoon. The initial report shows the incident took place at East Third and Carson Streets. Police say several shots were fired from an unknown vehicle. No word if anyone was hit.
Assisted Living Facility
Authorities in Jenkins Township... near Pittston in Luzerne County... say a Thursday morning fire at an assisted care facility was the work of an arsonist. Police taking a tenant in his 60's into custody for a mental health evaluation. The fire forced the evacuation of dozens of guests. Authorities believe he started a fire early Thursday morning in a day room at the River View Personal Care Center... rousing several dozen people from a sound sleep.
Wilkes-Barre police have a man in custody... they say.... allegedly shot a woman near a flood control dike a week ago. 25 – year old Michael Foschini of Nanticoke faces assault and reckless endangerment charges. The victim was shot just above the eye after she argued with Foschini about money. The unidentified woman remains in the hospital.
PennDOT Holiday Schedule
PennDOT says all drivers license and photo centers across the state will be closed for the Christmas holiday next Thursday. A spokesperson tells us customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website,
Chalk up another post season honor for Bloomsburg University's senior linebacker Justin Shirk who has been named a Daktronics second team All American. The Daktronics All American team was voted on by the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will face challenging games when they take on IUP Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field House. The men face an IUP team that has a 9 and 2 record, and the women will put a 7 game winning streak on the line against an unbeaten IUP team. That doubleheader starts with the women's game at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:40.
Boys HS Basketball
In boys high school basketball Thursday night, Central Columbia was at home against Hughesville. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Blue Jays defeated Hughesville 82 – 64. In another boys basketball game Thursday night.. Bloomsburg defeating Muncy 63 – 41.
Men's College BB
In men's college basketball Thursday night...Second ranked Duke downed Connecticut 66 – 56.
NFL / Thursday
In the NFL Thursday night... the Jacksonville Jaguars out-scored the Tennessee Titans 21 – 13.