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A family in Lycoming County is picking up the pieces after someone drives a car into their home. The house along Randall Circle near Williamsport has significant damage and the family has now found themselves suddenly homeless. Nobody was injured. State Police are still investigating that crash. The residents are being helped by the American Red Cross.

A civil trial, to determine whether Reading Anthracite Co. will be successful in its appeal of mineral right fees for 11 parcels in Northumberland County, is expected to be held in January. Officials say the county should be prepared for the trial in six months. However, not all the municipalities affected by the appeal are on board to help fund the legal representation and appraisal of the mineral rights. More than $150,000 in annual property tax revenue for eight local taxing bodies could be lost if Reading Anthracite is successful in its appeal. The 155-year-old Pottsville-based coal company claims it is paying too much for the mineral rights of properties in Coal Township and East Cameron Township.

State lawmakers are expected to return to the Capitol after the Fourth of July to complete bills spelling out how to generate more than $2 billion in revenue to cover the expenses in the 2018 spending plan. The plan splits the difference between a $32.3 billion plan released by Gov Wolf in February and a $31 billion plan passed by the state House in April. Wolf expects the Legislature will end up with a plan that involves borrowing between $1 billion and $1.5 billion to partially close a $2.2 billion shortfall. The governor says he expects the remainder of the money used to cover the shortfall will come from recurring revenue sources, though no one has publicly identified them.

A man is dead after a crash in Columbia County, on East and Sixth Streets in Bloomsburg. Dwayne Nofs of Berwick crashed his car into a pole. Nofs died later at the hospital.

A U.S. magistrate judge is recommending a lawsuit filed by a former U.S. Penitentiary at Lewisburg inmate, alleging dangerous conditions, be allowed to proceed as a class-action suit. The report and recommendation grants federal inmate, Sebastian Richardson the right to represent all current and future inmates held at the prison’s Special Management Unit.

A Union County judge orders a state constable to change out of uniform minutes before Thursday’s start of his trial for alleged election law violations. Roger Mills, of New Columbia, returned 90 minutes later and strode down the courtroom’s center aisle in a decidedly different outfit…black tuxedo with coattails and white satin gloves. Mills is accused of lying to an election official about a vision problem and allowing another man to cast a ballot in his place.

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A New Jersey truck driver dies in an accident along Interstate 80, at mile marker 206 in White Deer Township. Ruben Montalvo of Elizabeth, died from injuries suffered in a crash involving a dump truck and a tractor-trailer on I- 80 eastbound. Larry Kephart, of Madera, was driving one of the trucks. He was extricated from his vehicle at the scene and transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. He is listed in fair condition. State and local officials are handling the investigation.

The $36 million Midd-West School District budget for 2018 passed unanimously with no tax increase. The school board passed the spending plan with seven votes. Board members Shawn Sassaman and Ronald Wilson were absent. Business Manager Michael Miller said while developing the budget, he took into account the state budget proposals that could potentially result in a $121,294 loss in aid to the district. If the worst case scenario occurs, Miller said, the district would only incur a $20,000 deficit, a blow it could withstand. At issue is the state’s proposal to increase aid to education, but cut funding for busing. For several schools, including Midd-West, this would result a loss in revenue.

Danville school officials trimmed close to $1 million from the high school auditorium and stadium project, by eliminating some of the work, including building a new press box. Members decided during the special meeting to reduce auditorium seating from 996 to 900 seats…eliminate power to auditorium seats for laptop connections…delete all work associated with the field house…and make other changes to cosmetic work. Only board member Randy Keister voted against eliminating the press box from the plans.

For nearly four years now, a community in Lycoming County has been dealing with an infestation of flies. Neighbors say this year has been the worst summer yet. They believe the problem stems from a chicken farm in their neighborhood and now they are reaching out for help. After battling the farm for three to four years, some families in Limestone Township formed a group in hopes of swatting the flies for good. The owners of the farm admit they did have a fly problem…and they are trying to keep the fly count down.

Pennsylvania’s budget package appears unlikely to be finished by the start of the new fiscal year, as anti-tax Republican lawmakers sort through authorizing more borrowing, to backfill the state’s biggest cash shortfall since the recession. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said the only agreement during closed-door meetings with House GOP majority leaders and Gov. Wolf was on a spending figure, a number around $31.9 billion. The total of new authorized spending could come to about $600 million, including a retroactive increase to go on the current year’s books. Top Republican lawmakers have said little about how they will spend the money, and Corman said disagreements remained over individual program amounts, as the Senate looks to wipe out various funding cuts proposed by the House GOP or the governor.

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Gov. Wolf signs the Stolen Valor Act into law, making it a crime for a person who hasn’t served in the military to impersonate a service member or claim to be a veteran. John Getz, state adjutant of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Pennsylvania, says the legislation’s title is apt and is warranted to punish impersonators who try to benefit from pretending to be a veteran. Previously, lying about military service was not illegal in Pennsylvania. The legislation makes it a third-degree misdemeanor for a person to falsely claim to be a veteran in order to commit fraud, get a job or get elected to public office. It carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

A detour scheduled to begin Wednesday on a section of County Line Road, just west of Route 15 in Snyder County, will be delayed until July 5. Next week, the detour route will use Park Road, Grangers Road and Route 15. The detour is for construction work on the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway bypass project.

Cynthia Hutchinson is moving from Midd-West High School, where she served as principal for several years to helm Middleburg Elementary School. Hutchinson is looking for “a change of pace” after serving eight years as high school principal. Hutchinson started her career as an elementary teacher and looks forward to working with younger students again.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Karen Murphy is joining Geisinger Health System as its Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer and founding director of the Steele Institute for Healthcare Innovation. She will begin her new duties in September. Gov. Wolf announced last month Murphy was leaving state government to work in the private sector.

Luzerne County officials took a step to settle a nearly decade-long lawsuit against Lackawanna County, filed in 2010 over the sale of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Railriders to the New York Yankees for $14.6 million. Luzerne County cited a 1986 contract, which stipulated the county was owed half of the fair market value of the New York Yankees top minor league team if it was ever sold. Lackawanna County used those proceeds to match a grant to renovate the team’s stadium, PNC Field, and felt Luzerne County was not entitled to those funds.

Bloomsburg Town Hall is undergoing renovations, mainly to the first floor. The former police station is being turned into the town’s code enforcement office. The parking enforcement office will remain there. Another big change is the Bloomsburg Police Department moved into its new building. It’s the former Red Cross office on East 7th Street.

The pastor of a Wernersville church that rejects modern medicine is due in court on a charge that he failed to report suspected abuse when his 2-year-old granddaughter died of pneumonia. Rowland Foster is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing that will determine if there’s enough evidence to send the case to trial. A judge in April threw out the charge, but Berks County prosecutors are trying again with a different judge.

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A state police fire marshal investigates a blaze that heavily damaged a downtown Milton newsstand Monday evening. The fire started around the middle of the first floor of the two-story wooden structure. Firefighters from eight companies were dispatched in the two-alarm call. The business was closed at the time. After crews had the smoky fire under control, they searched inside to ensure it was out. Others climbed the nearly horizontal ladders on Milton and Lewisburg ladder trucks to work from the top of the building.

Pennsylvania lawmakers returned to the Capitol with five days left to pass an on-time budget and no firm agreements on how to address state government’s biggest cash shortfall since the recession. Few, if any, lawmakers expect this year’s budget plan to make any headway toward clearing up Pennsylvania’s long-term deficit.

CNN accepted the resignations of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund. The story’s author, Thomas Frank, was among those who resigned. An assistant managing editor in CNN’s Washington bureau, and Lex Haris, head of the investigations unit, also resigned. CNN, in initially taking down the story, said it didn’t meet its editorial standards. The episode is a damaging blow for a network that the President has frequently derided for fake news.

A crucial week for the Senate health care bill got off to a difficult start for skittish Republicans struggling to muster support…after the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis estimating that 22 million people would lose insurance. Republicans continued to lay out demands for more changes to the bill. A growing number of senators expressed deep apprehension with the bill Monday night, threatening GOP leadership’s ability to even bring the measure up for a debate. Right now, it appears up to seven gop lawmakers are not on board, scuttling any chances of passage. Some oppose it for cutting too deeply into Obamacare…other say it doesn’t cut enough.

President Trump on Monday tweeted that it is former President Barack Obama and not his associates who “colluded” with Russia or obstructed justice by not more forcefully speaking out against Moscow’s attempts to interfere in last year’s presidential campaign. The latest accusations follow a Washington Post report that detailed the Obama administration’s struggle to develop a response to Russia’s efforts. The White House ultimately decided not to retaliate against Moscow until after the election.

The Blue Mountain School Board voted to accept the resignation of Kenneth Rossi, supervisor of the special education/high school assistant principal. Superintendent David Helsel said Rossi obtained a job at another school. A vacancy announcement was posted on the district website. Rossi’s former position was split because of the workload: a coordinator of special education and high school assistant principal. The district approved the transfer of Christopher Stofko, who had been the lead school psychologist, to be the coordinator of special education.

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A billion dollar roofing firm will open a manufacturing plant this year in White Deer Township, creating more than 40 jobs. GAF announced it will retrofit an industrial building just off Interstate 80, along Old Route 15 north of New Columbia, with plans to open in the fourth quarter of 2017. The plant will manufacture commercial roofing membrane and injection molding components for residential roofing systems. It also will serve as a training facility for roofing contractors and industry professionals. GAF is taking over a building once home to CMC Joist and Deck, which employed about 200 at the time it closed in 2010.

The Midd-West School Board votes today on a proposed $36 million budget for 2018 that carries no tax increase. If approved, the spending plan will be the fourth adopted by the board without a tax hike. The teachers’ contract negotiated last year helped lower the district’s share of health care costs and keep the increase in spending to at about $600,000. The board will also vote on proposed salary increases for administrators, including a 2.5 percent increase for Superintendent Rick Musselman who would be paid $131,380 if it is approved.

Louis Alfred Tarone, WILK talk show host and former News Director at WYLN-TV passed away Sunday evening after a battle with cancer. LA Tarone was also a well-known television personality on WYLN-TV hosting numerous segments. He was a writer for the Standard Speaker newspaper in Hazleton and was the author of the book, ‘We Were Here Once’. Tarone was 58.

Lt. Col. Pamela Lawson, of Lewistown, has been deployed as commander of the 7218th Medical Support Unit at Fort Bliss in Texas. In her civilian occupation, Lawson is an academic success coach at Penn State College of Nursing. She was born in Dover, Delaware, in 1959, and now lives in Lewistown. Lawson commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army in 1993.

The recreation complex in Sunbury is officially dedicated and adorned with a plaque in honor of outgoing mayor, David Persing. The dedication coincided with the Softball Invitational Tournament that raises funds for the Amateur Softball Association in the city. The complex along North Fourth Street includes the ballfield, the skate park, the ice rink, the swimming pool and Fort Discovery playground.

The Mifflin County Commissioners opened three bids for a bridge maintenance project during a workshop meeting. The bridge is a one-lane structure on Barefoot Road that has been designated as “structurally deficient” by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Estimates to have the bridge replaced ran as high as $1.2 million and it was decided to meet with an engineer to see if it could be fixed rather than replaced. Nittany Engineering reported the bridge was fixable and the project will consist of covering up exposed fittings and patchwork that will get the bridge off the structurally deficient list.

No Blizzard help

The federal government has declined a second request for disaster funds for the blizzard that hit northeastern and central Pennsylvania in March. Governor Tom Wolf made the announcement in a tweet yesterday afternoon.

Weis Market Incident

Four people are lifeless in a incident at a supermarket in Wyoming County. State troopers responded to Weis Market in Easton Township just before one o’clock this morning. Three men and one woman passed away when authorities say 24-year-old Randy Stair of Dallas, opened fire on co-workers. The victims are identified as Terry Sterling of South Montrose, Victoria Brong of Factoryville and Brian Hayes of Springville. The market was not open at the time.

Cyber Charter Schools

State lawmakers are looking to make a change to the amount of tax dollars that go to cyber charter schools. The new legislation was introduced this week and would cap the amount cyber charters receive from their school districts per student so that the districts would pay the same as they spend for their own cyber programs. Lawmakers say the plan could save taxpayers close to 300-million dollars.

Blaze in Monroe County

It appears an AC unit is the blame for a fire yesterday afternoon. It left a business and apartments damaged.
It happened in one part of the Poconos, according to WNEP TV. Two people were at home when the fire broke out, but managed to get out safely. The building is owned by Weir Lake Development Company.
Some workers from the lower level suffererd smoke and water damage.

State Grant Money

State grant money is being put to work in Schuylkill County. The money was awarded to the county to tear down blighted properties. The former American Legion building on East Sunbury Street in Minersville was razed by cranes yesterday. The site will be used as a park honoring the sacrifices of the state’s military vets.