PA breaks record for longest time without a state budget

Tomor­row breaks the record for the longest Penn­syl­va­nia has ever gone with­out a state bud­get. Today is the 101st day, tying the record set in 2009. The lat­est bud­get pro­posal was voted on a straight party line yes­ter­day, with only 73 Democ­rats vot­ing for it. While the gov­er­nor says that’s progress, he’s encour­ag­ing more com­pro­mise. The cur­rent pro­posal calls for a sev­er­ance tax on cer­tain oil drillers and, namely, a spike in per­sonal income tax. Repucli­cans says that’s not gonna fly because the tax will hurt the mid­dle class the most.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy bows out of race for Speaker

John Boehner says he will stay on as GOP House Speaker until a new speaker is elected. His state­ment came after House Major­ity Leader Kevin McCarthy stunned the polit­i­cal world and announced he’s out of the race for Speaker. The heavily-favored Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can with­drew his name in a closed meet­ing of House Repub­li­cans. Boehner is retir­ing at month’s end.

Drug criminals get early release from prison

Drug crim­i­nals once described by pros­e­cu­tors as unre­pen­tant repeat offend­ers are among those poised to ben­e­fit from new sen­tenc­ing guide­lines that are shrink­ing pun­ish­ments for thou­sands of fed­eral pris­on­ers, accord­ing to an Asso­ci­ated Press review of court records. Many defen­dants cleared for early release start­ing this fall fit a more sym­pa­thetic pro­file: small-time deal­ers tar­geted by a dra­con­ian approach to drug enforcement.

Dangerous caterpillar invades Pennsylvania

A dan­ger­ous type of cater­pil­lar has made its way from Canada to our area. They’re white and fluffy and entic­ing for kids to pick up. How­ever, they’re poi­so­nous. When touched or held the per­son will break out in a rash just min­utes later and it pro­gres­sively gets worse and painful. Doc­tors say the black spines in this cater­pil­lar are packed with venom it’s appar­ently the caterpillar’s defense mech­a­nism against larger preda­tors. There have been many reported cases, but none fatal. Doc­tors say if you come across one of these cater­pil­lars, don’t panic. The rash is tem­po­rary and in most cases can be treated from home.

PA Education Budget

The state’s House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives will vote Wednes­day on a pack­age of rev­enue sources with the intent to restore cuts to edu­ca­tion fund­ing imposed in 2011. The exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Edu­ca­tion Law Cen­ter cited the fact that Penn­syl­va­nia now has the widest gap between rich and poor dis­tricts than any other state in the union. If the rev­enue bill passes, there is no guar­an­tee that funds for edu­ca­tion will increase with­out the pas­sage of a bud­get bill but with­out new rev­enue resources, the state faces a bud­get deficit of more than 2 bil­lion dol­lars, next year.

Investigation into hospital bombing in Afghanistan

Defense Sec­re­tary Ash Carter promises a full inves­ti­ga­tion into whether U.S. forces bombed a Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders hos­pi­tal in Afghanistan. Speak­ing from Madrid, Carter said the probe will be trans­par­ent but cau­tioned it would take time to get all the facts. The sus­pected U.S airstrike Sat­ur­day killed at least 22 peo­ple in Kun­duz. The aid group says dozens more were injured.

VP Joe Biden

Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden is close to decid­ing whether or not he will run for pres­i­dent and the announce­ment could come this week. Accord­ing to Mul­ti­ple sources, the VP is lean­ing toward run­ning for the White House. Even if Biden decides to jump into the race, its expected that he will sit out of the first Demo­c­ra­tic pri­mary debate on Octo­ber 13th.

New charges filed against AG Kathleen Kane

The state’s attor­ney gen­eral finds her­self in even more trou­ble with the law. A sec­ond set of charges were filed yes­ter­day in Mont­gomery County against Attor­ney Gen­eral Kath­leen Kane includ­ing another count of per­jury. The new charges say that Kane signed paper­work that proves she lied last year to the spe­cial grand jury which inves­ti­gated her. The charges stem from a raid at her office last month. Kane con­tin­ues to say the facts will come out and she will be exonerated.

Another School Shooting

Tragedy has struck today in Dou­glas County Ore­gon.
Ore­gon State Police report ten peo­ple are dead and at least twenty injured after a shoot­ing at the Umpqua Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Rose­burg which is in south­west Ore­gon. Police report that the shooter is in cus­tody and the school is on lockdown.

New parking meters in Williamsport

Williamsport park­ing author­ity has recently installed new park­ing meters in the lots along Mar­ket Street adja­cent to the James V. Brown library. The meters allow cus­tomers to pay at a cen­tral­ized machine to park in the lots. The Park­ing author­ity says they will hold a demon­stra­tion of the new meters between the hours of 11am and 1pm both tomor­row and on Mon­day of next week. The plans are to replace indi­vid­ual meters in other lots in the city as well.