Governor Wolf’s nomination of new State Police Commissioner

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.

White house will not appeal immigration ruling against President Obama

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.

NSA program

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.

Setback in Immigration for Obama administration

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.

Woman charged in death of her mother

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 buys property

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 buys Times Warner for $55 Billion

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’s nuclear weapons

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.

Fire leaves Pastor and family without a home

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.

Williamsport Mayor will run for another term

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.