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Friday, June 19, 2015

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Rapp, House Education Committee to Consider
New Basic Education Funding Formula

HARRISBURG — Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) announced today that the House Education Committee will convene next week to examine the Basic Education Funding Commission’s newly released report which recommends that the Pennsylvania General Assembly adopt a new formula for distributing state funding for basic education to Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts.
“According to an email I received from Pennsylvania House Education Committee Majority Chairman Stan Saylor, myself and other members of the committee were instructed to be prepared next week to vote on the Basic Education Funding Commission’s full report and recommendations,” said Rapp. “Of course, the highest priority recommendation contained in the commission’s report is for the state Legislature to develop a viable funding formula that would be a significant improvement over the current system for how Pennsylvania distributes state dollars toward basic education.” In order to compile to this report and recommendations, the 15-member Basic Education Funding Commission, which was created through Act 51 of 2014, held 15 hearings over 11 months and heard from more than 110 individuals including superintendents, school board presidents, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and parents. It also engaged the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) to develop and record the results of a survey sent to a representative sample of school districts across Pennsylvania to determine their costs for various factors to be used as a guide in developing a new funding formula that allows for greater accountability, transparency and predictability. “While the Basic Education Funding Commission came to the unanimous conclusion that the new formula needs to provide a fair distribution of state education dollars, the recommendations of the commission cannot go into effect without legislation approved by the General Assembly and signed by the governor,” said Rapp. “This is precisely the process that will begin to move forward with the House Education Committee next week.”

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Demo Day for Shults Toyota


In case you weren't on East Main Street in Foster Brook yesterday or this morning, demolition started yesterday at yet another building on the Shults Toyota property, making room for yet more improvements. They'll be bringing us some exciting news next month ... and we'll be bringing it to you in a live broadcast. Stay tuned!

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WESB Morning News for 6/19/15

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

18 Picked Up on Drug Charges;
Four More on the Loose

18 people, including two from Ridgway, were arrested today after an investigating into illegal drug distribution in the Ridgway, DuBois, Brockway, Brookville, Clarion and Punxsutawney areas. Police are still actively looking for four more people.

Those in custody are Noelle Swearer and Douglas Schulze of Ridgway; Belinda Bullers and David Becker of Brookville; Robert Buckley of Brockway, Adam Howard of Big Run; Timothy Kramer, James Tartal and Allisha Moomau, in the Jefferson County Jail; Dennis Steiner of Sykesville; Brandon Rowles of Reynoldsville; and Tashe Mitchell, Gregory Geisler, Thomas Heilbrun, Mark Farnsworth, Amanda White, Alyssa White and Breana Adams, all of Punxsutawney.

Those who have not been taken into custody yet are Drew Stevenson of Reynoldsville, Patrick Meanor of Coolspring, Ryan Myers of Clarion and William Molina of Punxsutawney.

During the investigation undercover state troopers bought controlled substances from the 22 suspects.

The warrants were served today by state police and officers with the Jefferson County Drug Task Force.

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Today's LiveLine with Author Chris Bohjalian

I don't think it would be possible for me to like "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands" more than I do.

A reactor at a nuclear power plant in Vermont has exploded, killing Bill and Mira Shepherd, leaving their teenage daughter Emily an orphan. What's worse is that the townspeople -- and eventually everyone else -- are blaming Bill for the catastrophe. It doesn't take long for Emily to decide she can't let people know who she is because she would be a pariah-by-association. She becomes a street kid, with everything you would imagine that entails.

At one point she meets a 9-year-old homeless boy and becomes somewhat of a surrogate mother to him.

The rest of the story deals with how Emily decides to get on with her life, and I don't want to give any of that away.

I should also add that this book is so compelling that I read it in one day.

You can listen to my talk with Chris Bohjalian here.

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WESB Early Afternoon News for 6/17/15

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City of Bradford Police Log for 6/16/15

City police are investigating a theft from Forman Street and criminal mischief on Main Street. They also got calls about disturbances on Bushnell, Rochester, Congress and State streets, as well as Calvin Court.

Officers were called to a domestic disturbance on Congress Street, and reports of harassment on South Center and disorderly conduct on Congress Street.

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WESB Morning News & Sports for 6/17/15

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Today's LiveLine with Author Grant Blackwood

Tom Clancy
Under Fire
A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel


Remember when Russia was "The Bad Guy" and we could all feel secure in the fact that we just had to worry about them and that was about it? Grant Blackwood takes us back to those days of Russia being the bad guy in "Under Fire."

Or are they the bad guys?

You'll have a fun time trying to figure out the good guys from the bad guys in this latest installment of the Jack Ryan Jr. series. Even Jack isn't sure if he should trust one of his oldest and dearest friends.

One of the most interesting parts of the book deals with how social media plays an important role in political uprisings.

Simply fascinating.

You can hear my chat with Grant Blackwood here.

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