Washington DC- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today released the following statement on the Senate passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA):
“I am pleased the Senate came together today in a bipartisan manner to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA has proven to be extremely effective in protecting Pennsylvania women and supporting victims of abuse and assault, and I call on the House to quickly pass this legislation so that these critical protections are not lost. I am particularly encouraged by the inclusion of my provisions to combat sexual violence on college campuses so that college campuses are safe and secure places to learn and work.”
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Mary Elizabeth (Tootie) Smith, 97, formerly of 1454 South Avenue, Lewis Run, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at the residence of her daughter.
Born March 19, 1917, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Norman and Madeline (Kearney) Foster.
On August 22, 1940 in Olean, NY, she married Galen A. Smith, who passed away May 24, 2010.
Mrs. Smith had worked as a recepitionist and secretary for various doctor's offices in the late 30's and 40's. She had been employed by the United States Bureau of Census, doing monthly labor surveys. She had also worked at WESB as a hostess for the program entitled "What's Cooking" from 1961-1966. From 1967 to 1971, she was a travel agent for Emery Travel Service and Trailway's Bus Line.
Mrs. Smith attended Evans Memorial United Methodist Church in Lewis Run all of her life. She held a variety of positions to serve her church and the local district of Methodist Churches. Serving in her life's passi…
At just aftern 5 o'clock this afternoon New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into a law a new package of gun regulations to fortify the state's existing assault weapons ban, limit the number of bullets in magazines and strengthen rules that keep the mentally ill from owning firearms.
The measure is the nation's first gun-control bill since last month's school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
State Senator Cathy Young voted against the measure saying it goes too far in penalizing law-abiding gun owners who are not part of the problem, and doesn't go far enough to address the root causes of violent crimes.
She says untreated mental illness of those who are dangerous is not adepquately addressed. Young says while she's glad parts of Kendra's Law were passed, too many people will still fall through the cracks and there will be more victims as a result.
Kendra’s Law allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for mentally ill people who won’t…