• York community group to unveil plans for redesigning Continental Square

    Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer

    (York) -- The Continental Square in downtown York dates back to the Colonial Era during the 1700s. But it could soon be revamped as part of a redesign project spearheaded by the York County Community Foundation. york-continental-square.jpg

    The organization is holding a meeting this evening to present some of its plans for updating the square, which could include new trees and more seating, among other things.

    Jane Conover, the group's vice president for community investment, says it's important for the plans to call attention to the area's historic tradition.

    "We want to also make sure that whatever we do in the design integrates history," she says. "Continental Square is called 'Continental Square' because it is where one of the Continental Congresses was held, and so we want to make sure visitors to the square understand the history and can appreciate the history of that location."

    Conover says one of the goals of the initiative is to encourage people to stay and visit the square, rather than simply pass through it.  

    She says the group wants to hear from residents what they think about the plans presented at tonight's meeting.

    The meeting will be held at 7pm tonight at the York City Council Chambers at 101 South George Street in York.

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    Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 04:00

  • MoneyWorks: Project SHARE

    Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter

    ProjectSHARE1.jpg(Carlisle) -- Since 1985, "Project SHARE" in Carlisle, Cumberland County, has helped feed about one-thousand households each month. This year, the food pantry has expanded its operations to donated space at a farm stand and a small parcel of farmland. As part of our MoneyWorks project, witf's Craig Layne speaks with "Project SHARE" founder Elaine Livas about the role of the stand at Buttonwood Farm.



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    Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 04:00

  • Lancaster County lawmaker's son dies of apparent drug overdose

    Written by The Associated Press

    (Lancaster) — The 21-year-old son of a Pennsylvania state senator is dead of what officials are describing as an accidental drug overdose.mike-brubaker.jpg

    Police said Tuesday that Ryan Brubaker's body was discovered shortly after 8 a.m. by a family member at their home in Lancaster County. Brubaker is the son of state Sen. Michael Brubaker.

    Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni told the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era that the young man's death appears to be an accident, and a toxicology report is forthcoming.

    The younger Brubaker had several drug-related charges and driving-under-the-influence charges pending against him in court.

    In one case, he was charged earlier this year after police say he exchanged prescription drugs with another young man, who later died of a drug overdose.

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    Tagged under PA Politics

    Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 17:37

  • Harrisburg Patriot-News announces days it will publish newspaper

    Written by The Associated Press

    (Harrisburg) — Harrisburg's daily newspaper, The Patriot-News, says it will publish on Tuesdays, Thursday and Sundays starting Jan. 2.

    Tuesday's announcement was a follow-up to last month's disclosure that the Patriot-News and the Post-Standard of Syracuse, N.Y., are switching to a three-per-week publication schwoman reads newspaperedule as their corporate owner shifts away from daily printed papers.

    Both papers are owned by Advance Publications Inc.

    The Patriot-News won a Pulitzer Prize earlier this year, and the publisher says there will be an expansion of around-the-clock news coverage online.

    Newspapers will continue to be home delivered and will also be available on newsstands.

    The Patriot-News and are merging into a new company, PA Media Group, which plans to offer larger newspapers on the three days it publishes.

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    Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 17:14

  • Former Lancaster County CEO gets 15 years for loan scheme

    Written by The Associated Press

    (Philadelphia) — The former chief executive officer of a centMoney dollarsral Pennsylvania financing company has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in a $53 million loan fraud scheme that precipitated the sale of the company and hundreds of layoffs.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer says 46-year-old Joseph Braas of Lititz was sentenced Tuesday in federal court on conspiracy and mail fraud counts.

    He and seven others were indicted in November 2010 in the scheme that toppled Equipment Finance Inc. of Lititz and its parent companies.

    Defense attorney Cory Miller said Braas started out trying to help and things got out of control.

    But Assistant U.S. Attorney Judy Smith called the case "narcissism run amok." And U.S. District Court Judge Paul Diamond said he believed Braas was only sorry he was caught.

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    Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 16:56

  • Legislative redistricting to be taken up at hearing this week

    Written by The Associated Press

    (Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's highest court is taking another look at the state's legislative redistricting.Vote buttons

    The state Supreme Court has scheduled a Thursday hearing in Philadelphia on the latest plan for realigning the boundaries of the 50 Senate districts and 203 House districts to conform to the 2010 census.

    The court rejected the first plan in January by a 4-3 vote, forcing this year's elections to be based on decade-old maps.

    Republicans who control the state redistricting panel say they've tried to address the justices' concerns. But some challengers say the new plan does not go far enough to minimize the number of communities split into multiple districts.

    Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says the court must decide whether those calls should be made by the panel or delegated to a computer.

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    Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 16:37

  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lauds Flight 93 passengers and crew

    Written by Tim Lambert, Multimedia News Director

    flight-93-memorial.jpg(Shanksville) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania "is the final resting place of American patriots."

    Panetta visited the memorial today for the first time, paying his respects to the 40 passengers and crew members who died during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

    He walked down to the wooded area where the plane crashed in Stonycreek Township and met with relatives of those who were on the plane.

    United Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was hijacked by four terrorists. The 9/11 Commission said the terrorists likely wanted to crash the plane into the White House or the U.S. Capitol, but the jet went down in a field near Shanksville, Pa., after passengers fought back. 

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    Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 07:39

  • Midstate health assessment reveals several issues

    Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter

    health-insurance.jpg(Undated) -- Three organizations are cooperating on a study looking at issues driving health care in the midstate.  Holy Spirit Health System, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System have collaborated on the community health needs assessment. The survey includes interviews and data analysis from people and groups in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry and northern York counties.

    Holy Spirit Senior Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer Rick LaVanture says one of the key findings is the need for more primary care -- like family practices, dentists and mental health providers.  "They're looking to shift health care to less expensive care at the earlier, primary and outpatient level, rather than the more expensive care found at hospitals," he says.

    Penn State Hershey spokesman Sean Young says it also reveals a need for more preventative care -- since heart disease and cancer are among the leading causes of death in central Pennsylvania.  "A routine of regular physical activity, combined with better diet and nutrition could reduce many of the underlying risks of disease and illness that were identified in the needs assessment," Young says.

    Other key data show Harrisburg has one of the highest rates of uninsured individuals in the state at 27 percent, while Perry County comes in 66th out of 67 counties in terms of education.

    Young says more health education could also help cut down on disease. "Patients have to have a greater hand in their individual health care, both in terms of prevention and wellness and in terms of understanding what their risk factors are," he says.

    PinnacleHealth Vice President of Mission Effectiveness and Chief Diversity Officer Barbara Terry says the assessment also highlights issues like childhood obesity - an area where her health system is already at work to counter the problem.  "We have programs providing nutrition education in the (Harrisburg) schools and really bridging the gap so children understand how to make healthy choices," she says.

    The assessment found more than 17 percent of elementary school children in Lebanon and Perry counties are obese.  It also revealed about 650 people are homeless every day in Dauphin County.

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    Monday, 10 Sep 2012 12:34

  • Report: PA House leaders strip guards of guns

    Written by The Associated Press

    (Harrisburg) -- Leaders of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives have quietly decided to strip the chamber's uniformed guards of their firearms, reversing a policy instituted in 2006.

    The decision was made after the discovery that one of the 16 guards had been carrying a gun for years despite a criminal history. House records and interviews reveal he was fired in May and three people who supervised him resigned. Top House officials declined to comment.

    Security guards for the state Senate don't carry weapons. The Capitol complex is protected by the Capitol police force.

    The former director of security for the legislative officers, Phil Frederick, was one of those who resigned and says he has no regrets about the policy.

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    Tagged under PA Politics, Radio

    Monday, 10 Sep 2012 11:38

  • Number of visitors to PA Flight 93 memorial grows

    Written by The Associated Press

    (Pittsburgh) -- Authorities say more and more people are visiting the Flight 93 National Memorial in rural western Pennsylvania, and new construction is scheduled to begin next year.

    The vice president of the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign, King Laughlin, says that at the current pace more than 1,000 bus groups will visit the park this year, almost double the number in 2011. More than 200,000 people are expected to visit this year.

    United Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was hijacked by four terrorists. The 9/11 Commission says the terrorists likely wanted to crash the plane into the White House or the U.S. Capitol, but the jet went down in a field near Shanksville, Pa., after passengers fought back.

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    Tagged under 9/11, Flight 93, Radio, Terrorism

    Monday, 10 Sep 2012 11:31

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