There’s been an increase in the number of people applying for U.S. jobless benefits. The number went up by 17,000 last week, to a seasonally adjusted 283,000. The number had fallen to a 14 year low the previous week.
Williamsport Fire investigators are still trying to determine exactly what caused a fire which did about $70,000 dollars in damage to a Newberry home. The fire on Howard Street broke out on Tuesday afternoon on the front porch and made its way up the front of the house and inside the living room area. Investigators believe the fire started in a trash can on the front porch. The Red Cross is assisting the family.
A successful Christian school in England has been warned it is to be downgraded by inspectors and could even face closure after failing to invite a Muslim imam to lead their assemblies. The small independent school in the Home Counties was told it is in breach of new rules intended to promote “British values” such as individual liberty and tolerance in the wake of the Trojan Horse scandal, involving infiltration by hard-line Muslim groups in Birmingham. Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute, said evidence is already emerging “of how the new regulations are requiring inspection teams to behave in ways which do not respect the religious character of faith schools.” The new requirements are infringing the rights of children, parents, teachers, and schools to hold and practice their religious beliefs.
Authorities are looking into the cause of a fire that broke out on the front porch of a home Tuesday afternoon. A friend of the family, who stays at the home, smelled something that seemed like an electrical odor coming from the front enclosed porch. That person went to check it out and saw a fire in the corner of the porch. The Sun Gazette says fire officials had most of the fire out in about 15 minutes, but the whole front porch was reportedly engulfed in flames when crews got to the scene. The displaced family of three has been getting help from the Red Cross, after the fire did about $60,000 in damage to the home.
The deadline to get an absentee ballot into Lycoming County is Tuesday October 28th by 5pm. Ballots can be printed from the office of voter services website at www.lyco.org or they can be picked up in person at the office of voter services, in Executive Plaza in Williamsport .
An Ohio woman is finally on her way home after extensive reconstructive surgery and 3 months of rehabilitation. Sharon Budd has beat all the odds after she was struck in the face by a large rock which smashed through the windshield of her family car on Interstate 80 back in July. Yesterday she walked out of Geisinger Health South’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville. Four teens face charges in that rock throwing incident.
A Texas based company which constructed two natural gas pipelines in Tioga and Lycoming Counties has been fined more than $306,000. The company was held responsible for several significant violations related to erosion and sedimentation stemming from the pipeline installation.
Although President Barack Obama previously said the definition of marriage should be decided locally, he now believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to same same-sex marriage in all states. The Christian Post says, He also suggested that the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to not rule on same-sex marriage is the hallmark of his tenure. Obama said, In some ways, the decision that was just handed down to not do anything about what states are doing on same-sex marriage may end up being as consequential — from my perspective, a positive sense — as anything that’s been done.
Police in Williamsport continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a teenager. The 16-year old victim lived in the Newberry section of Williamsport. According to Northcentralpa.com city police have ruled the shooting a homicide. The victim’s body was found in the 2300 block of Dove Court around 12:30 Tuesday morning.
Two ordained Christian pastors in Idaho have filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for temporarily restraining Coeur d’Alene city officials from forcing them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or face prosecution for violating “non-discrimination” laws.
Donald Knapp and his wife, Evelyn, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel have been required by city officials to perform gay ceremonies or face months in jail and/or thousands of dollars in fines.
The city says its non-discrimination ordinance requires them to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies because the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The lawsuit states, The city is “unconstitutionally coercing” the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies “in violation of their religious beliefs, their ordination vows, and their consciences.