Loretta Lynch is headed to the Justice Department. The Senate confirmed her nomination yesterday. Lynch is a veteran federal prosecutor from New York and will be the first African-American woman to head the Justice Department.
The weather this past week did not cooperate for workers looking to repair Route 11 in the borough of Northumberland. The work will now begin next Monday April 27th. A maintenance crews will repair the roadway from the White Bridge spanning the Susquehanna River to the railroad underpass and traffic will be restricted from 8:30am to 2pm each day during the two day project. Motorists on that busy roadway should expect delays or seek alternate routes.
A bill is currently being considered by a state house committee which would make it illegal for person receiving cash assistance from the state to purchase tobacco products. The house bill would prohibit those on public assistance and who use the EBT Access card from buying any tobacco products. They would also not be able to use the card for cash withdraws and casinos and bars. State lawmakers in favor of the bill say the legislation would make it fairer for taxpayers who foot the bill for public assistance. As it stands now, the card holders can use it for cash withdrawals for whatever they want.
After years of steadily-rising airfare, travelers this summer can expect a tiny bit of relief — $2.01 in savings to be exact. The average roundtrip domestic ticket this summer, including taxes, now stands at $454, down less than a percent from last summer. Vacationers to Europe will fare better with the average ticket down 3 percent to $1,619, about $50 less than last summer.
Police in Northumberland County say that they have taken back into custody, a man they originally arrested on burglary charges over the weekend. 21 year old Michael Fickinger of Ashland kicked out the back window of a police car and escaped on foot. Police say they were able to take the man back into custody a short time later. He is jailed and also now faces charges of escape.
Firefighters across the area were on high alert over the weekend as the National Weather service issued a red flag warning calling for dangerous conditions for brush and wildfires. There were several reported around the region over the weekend. Today’s rain will help to alleviate conditions a bit, but you are reminded to continue to keep a close eye on your outdoor burning and if possible, do not burn in windy conditions.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved an unprecedented work zone safety campaign that includes hefty fines.
State troopers will stake out with radar guns from inside construction vehicles to enforce speed limits in work zones. The effort is being dubbed “Operation Orange Squeeze.” Anyone cited traveling more than 11 miles per hour over the speed limit in a work zone could face a fine of $200 and a 15-day suspension of their license.
Officials with Frito-Lay in Williamsport have announced due to productivity efforts that the company will be eliminating 7% of the workforce. The actual number of those affected has not been released, and plant officials say they have been notified. The company is offering transition assistance. The company is currently undertaking a series of initiatives to enhance its cost effectiveness, improve operations and provide a source of funding for brand-building and innovation initiatives.
Governor Tom Wolf stopped by the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Energy Technology Education Center in Allenwood yesterday. Wolf got a look at the facility which provides entry-level education for anyone interested in working in the gas industry. He says he wants to make sure that the state is promoting and creating the skills that the industry needs to thrive and survive.
A new survey shows more than a third of millennials have never had a credit card. According to Credit Cards.com, 36 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 are only using debit or pre-paid cards. Some of the possible reasons are a law that limits offers of credit to college students and the recession. The study suggests that millennials may just be becoming more responsible.