Loretta Lynch confirmation

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.

Road construction

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.

PA Public assistance bill

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.

Vacation airfare savings

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.

Escapee back in custody

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.

Red flag warning

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.

Operation orange squeeze

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.

Lay offs at Frito Lay

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 Wolf visits area

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.

Credit card survey

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.