A hearing has finally been set to discuss Governor Wolf’s nomination of former Maryland State police superintendent Marcus Brown as the PA State police commissioner. Brown has been serving as the acting commissioner since being nominated to the post earlier this year, but the State Senate Law and Justice Committee has not taken up a hearing to give him the job permanently. He has come under fire from some retired troopers and others because he did not attend the State police academy or come up through the department’s ranks. Others question his views on law enforcement.
The White House will not be appealing the injunction on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Tuesday that the orders regarding undocumented immigrants must be delayed until a lawsuit filed by 26 states is resolved. Yesterday, the Obama Administration said it will not ask the Justice Department to go to the Supreme Court and seek a stay on the injunction. The executive actions would allow five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country.
The White House is warning that “critically important national security tools” will be gone if key parts of the USA Patriot Act are allowed to expire Sunday. Lawmakers are taking an extended Memorial Day recess this week. Before leaving town, the House passed a bipartisan measure which essentially ends the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data. President Obama supports the House bill but Senate Republican leaders want to extend the NSA program, as it is.
A federal appeals court upheld an injunction against President Obama’s new deportation in a ruling Tuesday that marks the second major legal setback for the administration. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of Texas, which had sued to stop the amnesty, on all key points, finding that Mr. Obama’s amnesty likely broke the law governing how big policies are to be written. The ruling comes in a lawsuit by 26 states against President Obama. Mr. Obama had acted in November to try to grant tentative legal status and work permits to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants, saying he was tired of waiting for Congress to act.
A Shamokin woman is in Snyder County Prison in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail after being charged with involuntary manslaughter and other counts in the February death of her mother. Police say Mary Ellen Collins was in a Shamokin home with a non-operating furnace, frozen plumbing and no heating oil when she allowed her 66 year old mother Ellen Jackson to lie next to a door for 7 hours without blankets on February 15th, a day in which the high temperature reached 12 degrees. It’s also believed the woman ignored pleas to get medical help for her mother who was found with a 90.9 degree body temperature.
Northumberland County Commissioners has said yes to buying a previously leased property for the county’s human services complex in Sunbury. Officials say they will buy the property on North Second Street from MLC Properties and Penn Homes. The property was purchased for a little less than $9.9 million dollars will eventually save the county $240,000 dollars in taxes, maintenance fees and rent and could also generate approximately $105,000 dollars in rental income, with county officials expecting to save a grand total of $3.12 million dollars over 13 years.
Charter Communications announced today that it’s buying Time Warner Cable for $55 Billion. The deal between Charter and Time Warner comes following an earlier deal in which Time Warner chose a $45 Billion offer from Comcast, but Comcast then walked away from the table after red flags from regulators, who feared the two companies together would undermine online video competition, leading to limited choices and higher rates.
North Korea says it has the ability to make nuclear weapons small enough to fit on a missile, and claims they can guarantee the accuracy of long-range rocket launches. The State Department said assessment of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities has not changed, and they they don’t believe North Korea has that capacity.
A Fire has left a pastor and his family without a home. It’s believed a fire which struck in the city of Williamsport yesterday started on the stove in the kitchen. The fire broke out around 10am at the home at Memorial Avenue owned by the Freedom House Community Worship Center and occupied by Reverend Joseph Walker and his family. Two people inside the home escaped without injury. The fire caused $50,000 dollars in damage to the home.
In the city of Williamsport, Mayor Gabriel Campana will run for another term in November easily defeating City Council president Bill Hall in the Republican primary with 69% of the vote to Hall’s 30%. Republicans and sitting councilpersons Jonathon Williamson, Bonnie Katz and Don Noviello, as well as Joel Henderson out bested a field of six. They will run against three Democrats in the fall for four open seats.