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  • Penn State's Silas Redd transfers to USC

    Written by The Associated Press

    Penn State's Silas Redd transfers to USC

    (State College) -- Penn State's starting tailback is headed to Southern California.

    Silas Redd, the 1,200-yard rusher, has opted to leave a Nittany Lions program facing stiff sanctions handed down by the NCAA in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

    Among the penalties was a four-year postseason ban.

    The NCAA gave Penn State players the option to transfer immediately and play for another school this year. Redd visited USC over the weekend and heard coach Lane Kiffin's pitch to be a key cog for a Trojans team expected to be highly ranked and contend for the Pac-12 title.

    Redd is the second player to leave Penn State since the sanctions were announced July 23.

    Pat Haden says "we welcome Silas Redd to the Trojan family. He is an outstanding student and athlete."

    Published in News

    Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 22:16

  • Gary Schultz seeks Freeh investigation files

    Written by The Associated Press

    Gary Schultz seeks Freeh investigation files

    (Harrisburg) -- A former Penn State official facing a perjury charge in the Jerry Sandusky scandal is asking a judge to let his defense see files from a school investigation.

    Lawyers for retired university vice president Gary Schultz filed the petition late Monday. It requests items from the Washington, D.C., law firm led by Louis Freeh. The former FBI director was hired by Penn State to look into the child sex abuse scandal.

    Schultz also is charged with failure to properly report suspected child abuse. The court filing says the documents would help him prepare a defense and in jury selection.

    Among the records he's seeking are notes of interviews with former Penn State president Graham Spanier and with former general counsel Cynthia Baldwin.

    A spokesman for the law firm declined to comment.

    Published in News

    Tagged under Jerry Sandusky, Penn State

    Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 16:15

  • Unemployment worsens in midstate

    Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter

    Unemployment worsens in midstate

    (Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose to 7.5 percent in June -- an increase of a tenth of a percentage point.  Analysts at the state Department of Labor and Industry point to job losses in the government and education sectors as driving factors in the unemployment increase across the region, as well.

    The biggest spike came in the so-called "York-Hanover Metropolitain Statistical Area," where joblessness rose six-tenths of a percent to 7.8 percent.  Chambersburg and Gettysburg saw jumps of a half percent to 6.7 and 6.6 percent, respectively.

    Schuylkill County has the highest unemployment rate in the midstate at 9.3 percent, a four tenths increase over last month.  Unemployment in the "Harrisburg-Carlisle MSA" worsened to 7.2 percent from 6.8 percent.

    The Lancaster, Lebanon, Sunbury and Juniata County areas all saw unemployment increases of three-tenths of a percent.

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    Tagged under Economy, Jobs, Radio

    Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 15:43

  • Lancaster-based Armstrong World Industries cuts outlook for year

    Written by The Associated Press

    Lancaster-based Armstrong World Industries cuts outlook for year

    (Lancaster) -- Armstrong World Industries' second-quarter net income rose 10 percent on cost cuts, but the company cut its outlook for the year, citing weakening growth in the U.S. and the worsening economy in Europe.

    The company, which makes floors and ceilings, said it expects less opportunity for residential and commercial remodelings.

    Armstrong is aiming to cut costs as revenue declines and boosted long-term plan to cut costs by $15 million to $200 million. For this year, it now expects to save $50 million rather than $35 million.

    A slowing economy may hurt demand in the construction and real estate industries. Armstrong's annual revenue has not recovered from its 2007 level, before the worst of the Great Recession hit.

    In the three months ended June 30, Armstrong earned $41.8 million, or 70 cents per share, from $37.9 million, or 64 cents per share, a year ago. The Lancaster company credited lower manufacturing costs, selling and general expenses and higher prices for helping profit despite volume declines in all its businesses and regions.

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    Tagged under Economy, Jobs, Lancaster, Radio

    Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 14:03

  • Big-ticket jackpots spur PA Lottery to record year

    Written by The Associated Press

    Big-ticket jackpots spur PA Lottery to record year

    (Middletown) -- The Pennsylvania Lottery has posted a record year, spurred on by scratch-offs and record jackpots in big-ticket drawings like Powerball and Mega Millions.  Lottery officials say ticket sales rose $273 million in the 2011-12 fiscal year to $3.48 billion, an 8.5 percent increase over the previous year. 

    Revenue to the fund used to benefit senior citizen programs was $1.06 billion, more than 10 percent better than last year and 8.7 percent more than the previous record set in 2005-06.  Officials said yesterday Powerball and Mega Millions combined for $88.5 million more in sales over the previous year, while scratch-offs rose 11 percent to $212.5 million.

    Published in News

    Tagged under Economy, PA Politics, Radio, Reform

    Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 13:46

  • Lebanon County teen finds WWII training mortar

    Written by The Associated Press

    Lebanon County teen finds WWII training mortar

    Fort Indiantown Gap -- A World War II-era mortar round found on a property adjacent to a Lebanon County military base was found to be inert after a police bomb squad cordoned off the area for more than an hour.

    A teen working in the family's Lebanon County yard discovered the mortar Monday. His parents called police, who used X-rays to determine it was just a training round.

    A spokesman for Fort Indiantown Gap says it's certainly possible to stumble upon old munitions in the area around the base from its days as an active duty training facility.

    Staff Sergeant Matt Jones says anyone who stumbles upon such an artifact shouldn't touch it — it could still be live.

    Published in News

    Tagged under Armed Forces, Radio

    Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 10:57

  • Portman rallies GOP supporters in Lancaster

    Written by The Associated Press

    Portman rallies GOP supporters in Lancaster

    Lancaster -- Ohio Senator Rob Portman, a possible running mate for prospective Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, says the pundits have it wrong: Pennsylvania is in play for the GOP standard-bearer.

    Portman told supporters in central Pennsylvania yesterday that he believed the commonwealth will be "in the red column" in November.

    Portman spoke to about 200 Republican officials and voters at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center.

    Portman was introduced at the gathering as potentially the next vice president, but dismissed that notion with reporters -- saying he was there to help Romney, not talk about himself.

    Published in News

    Tagged under Lancaster, PA Politics, Radio

    Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 10:17

  • Midstate police department takes to social media to help combat bullying

    Written by Megan Lello

    Midstate police department takes to social media to help combat bullying

    (Lancaster) -- Information about preventing bullying among some central Pennsylvania students is now just a "like" or "share" away on Facebook. The Lancaster City Police Department has begun posting articles and other materials on its page identifying signs of bullying and outlining what parents and teachers can do to cut down on the dangerous behavior.

    Sergeant Timothy Frey says the new online campaign is one of the first of its kind among midstate police departments. He says it makes sense to take to social media in order to communicate with students who may see bullying in their own schools. "The goal there is to get our school resource officers engaging the kids in a forum that they're comfortable with. We've found that Facebook is a great way to get information out there, and to get people talking and commenting on issues," he says. "Once kids learn about the page, they'll tell their friends, and it'll take off."

    Frey says many Lancaster community members have already commented on information he's shared on the page. He says it's especially important for parents and neighbors to recognize early signs of bullying so they can help stop it before it becomes a problem. Frey adds he's looking to post more information on the topic online as the summer winds to a close and the next school year begins.

    Published in News

    Tagged under Lancaster, Radio

    Monday, 30 Jul 2012 23:35

  • Tim Buckley is first Penn State player to transfer after NCAA sanctions

    Written by The Associated Press

    Tim Buckley is first Penn State player to transfer after NCAA sanctions

    (University Park) — Penn State backup safety Tim Buckley is the first Nittany Lion to transfer in the wake of the NCAA sanctions against the university.

    North Carolina State released a statement today announcing Buckley, a North Carolina native, would join the Wolfpack for the team's first practice tomorrow. The former walk-on redshirted last season at Penn State, so he'll have four years of eligibility left.

    The NCAA allowed Penn State players to seek immediate transfers after the sanctions against the school for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Most of coach Bill O'Brien's players appear to be sticking with Penn State, though a handful of other players are, at least, considering a transfer.

    The most notable name is star tailback Silas Redd, who visited Southern California this weekend. Redd, who ran for 1,241 yards last season, has been supportive of former coach Joe Paterno throughout the scandal, even as late as two weeks ago, just after the Freeh report was released.

    "It has nothing to do with us," Redd said then about the findings.

    Redd also said his opinion of Paterno, the coach that recruited him to Penn State, hadn't changed. He said Paterno, in his view, remained "the best college football coach of all time."

    That said, Redd could be a fit in a USC offense that has big plans this season. The Trojans will be highly ranked and one of the favorites to win the Pac-12 Conference.

    Published in News

    Tagged under Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, Radio, Sports

    Monday, 30 Jul 2012 22:02

  • Scranton unions, mayor reach deal on back pay

    Written by The Associated Press

    Scranton unions, mayor reach deal on back pay

    SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Unions representing hundreds of workers have reached a settlement for back wages owed from earlier this month when the cash-strapped city of Scranton temporarily slashed pay to the federal minimum wage.

    Under the deal reached Saturday the city will repay the missing wages with 6 percent interest by August 17. The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports that deadline can be pushed back if the city doesn't get aid offered by the state before Aug. 16.

    Mayor Chris Doherty cut the pay of nearly 400 workers to $7.25 per hour for their July 6 paychecks. Doherty said at the time the city didn't have enough cash on hand to meet its full payroll obligation.

    Doherty and city council are trying to resolve a stalemate over how to fix the city's finances.

    Published in News

    Tagged under Economy, Jobs

    Monday, 30 Jul 2012 20:26

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