BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 24, 2021

10-YEAR CONTRACT FOR PSU FOOTBALL COACH

Penn State football coach James Franklin agreed to a new 10-year contract Tuesday that will guarantee him at least $75 million through 2031. Franklin and Penn State’s Board of Trustees agreed to the terms, which include a yearly base salary of $7 million, retention bonuses of $500,000 each year and a $1 million annual loan for life insurance. Franklin is 67-32 at Penn State with seven bowl appearances in his eight seasons. The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten championship in 2016. A Pennsylvania native who called the Penn State gig his “dream job” when he was hired away from Vanderbilt in 2014 will coach his 100th game at Penn State when the Nittany Lions visit No. 12 Michigan State on Saturday. Franklin previously signed a six-year deal in 2019. The terms of that contract would’ve had him earn $5.75 million next season with a $250,000 raise each remaining year.

PENNSYLVANIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell for the eighth month in a row in October, according to new state figures, as payrolls grew but the labor force shrank amid an ongoing struggle for employers struggle to find workers. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 6% from September’s rate, according to state Department of Labor and Industry figures released Friday. The national rate was 4.6% in October, and Pennsylvania lags most other states, tied at 40th among 50.

UPDATED COVID-19 CASES FOR OUR AREA

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday reported new COVID-19 cases Clinton County reported 20 new cases. In Centre County 61 new cases. Lycoming County added 45 new cases. There were 41 in Northumberland County, 21 in Snyder, 20 in Union, 12 in Montour. Tioga County had 19 new covid-19 cases reported yesterday.

RACE CONCEDED FOR PA COMMONWEALTH COURT

The Republican candidate trailing in a statewide recount for an open seat on Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court conceded the race on Tuesday to Democrat Lori Dumas. On Twitter, Drew Crompton congratulated Dumas and the other winners in the judicial races that were on the statewide ballot in Pennsylvania’s Nov. 2 election. Republicans won three of four statewide judicial races on the Nov. 2 ballot. A statewide recount in the Commonwealth Court race was mandated after Dumas’ finished within a half-percentage point ahead of Crompton, according to unofficial returns posted online by the state Department of State.

COURT DENIES EMPLOYEES REQUEST TO AVOID COVID-19 TESTING BY EMPLOYEER

Over 100 Geisinger employees were denied their request to keep Geisinger Medical Center from conducting twice-weekly testing for COVID-19 by a federal judge on Tuesday. Although those employees had previously received religious exemptions from the COVID-19 mandate at Geisinger, they were still required to participate in the periodic testing or face possible termination. Chief U.S. District Judge Matthew Brawn released a 30-page order which explained that the employees’ complaints lacked the merit necessary to obtain his ruling. According to Geisinger Medical Center, “Employees have until 11:59 p.m. (Tuesday night) to submit their test results. Employees who do not accept the accommodation to meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirement with regular testing will voluntarily resign on Wednesday, Nov. 24,” as reported by the Daily Item. A Nov. 1 deadline passed with 24,000 employees who complied and 150 fired at that time for not adhering to the mandate.

STOLEN VEHICLE LEADS TO PURSUIT AND CRASH

A driver in a stolen vehicle attempted to elude state police in Sunbury. The pursuit ended in a crash in the area of Purdy Street, according to the Daily Item.  Troopers reported one individual fled the scene on foot, while the other was taken into custody. State police report the investigation is still ongoing.

ROVING DUI PATROLS AND SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

Police are monitoring highways with both roving DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints through Sunday night. According to an online media source, the regional Highway Safety Network is set to target several roads in the valley. Some of these are in Northumberland County and they include Route 61, 147, 225, 901, 125, 54 and 487.

GEISINGER RECEIVES DESIGNATIONS DUE TO MILITARY CARE/EMPLOYEES

Geisinger has been recognized for its continued support of military veterans and active service members and has received  two recent designations. The Pennsylvania-based health organization was recognized by Military Times on its 2021 Best for Vets: Employers rankings and earned the 2022 Military Friendly® Employer designation by VIQTORY. Both honors recognize Geisinger’s commitment and efforts to building programs and opportunities for military veterans. Geisinger employs more than 700 active-duty service members and veterans throughout the system.

UPMC FINANCIALS OVER FIRST 9 MONTHS OF 2021

UPMC’s continuously strong financial results for the first nine months of 2021 underpin its robust investment in caring for its 92,000 employees as well as the growing number of patients throughout all the communities UPMC serves during the still-evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to the same period a year ago, UPMC outpatient revenue increased 17%, while physician services revenue grew 12%; admissions and observations increased by 5%. UPMC’s earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (operating EBIDA)—a key measure of financial performance and the ability to generate the necessary resources for reinvestment—were $1.3 billion.

INDECENT ASSAULT TO 6 YEAR OLD CHILD

A Montgomery man indecently assaulted a child as young as 6 years old.  Charles Adams, 38, of Montgomery, is said to have touched the girl inappropriately when she was six and 10 years old. Prosecutors charged Adams with 336 counts related to sexual abuse of children according to SUN Gazette. District Judge John Kemp pondered the charges and opted to hold over some charges which he saw could be accounted for, before reserving a decision on the rest of the counts until another time. Then, on June 2nd, District Judge Jerry Lepley arraigned Adams, who is out on $75,000 bail.

HANDGUN CHARGES TO TAYLOR PLACE MAN

A man with a handgun was chasing a woman through the 1600 block of Taylor Place Tuesday afternoon. Neighbors reported the screaming could be heard throughout the neighborhood. According to Sun Gazette, Keven Geter was apprehended at gunpoint. He was subsequently searched and  a stolen handgun in his pants pocket. There was no information as to the name or condition of the woman. Geter was arraigned in front of District Judge Christian Frey on multiple charges including felony charges of carrying a firearm without a license. He was committed, in lieu of $125,000 bail, to the Lycoming County Prison.

MEETING TO DETERMINE USES OF AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDING

Potential projects for the Williamsport city’s portion of the $25.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding include the Brandon Park baseball fields, a flood-control project for Grafius Run, levee recertification required repairs and the replacement of multiple fire engines for the Williamsport Bureau of Fire.  Williamsport City Council met during a third work session on Monday to discuss and debate the proper uses for the American Rescue Plan funds. As their meetings stack up, the City Council will hold budget meetings Nov. 29th and Dec. 1 at 7pm. A council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2.

 

OLD CITY STREET RECONSTRUCTION

Rebuilding East Fourth Street, from Basin to Mulberry Streets and Campbell Street, from West Third to West Fourth Streets is known as Old City Street reconstruction and a price tag to the city of Williamsport of $906,475 in a Multi-Modal Transportation Grant obtained because of the dedicated work of the commonwealth finance authority.

REAL ESTATE HIKE IN LOCK HAVEN CITY

$200,000 in real estate tax income is needed to secure the balanced budget for Lock Haven City Council in 2022. The hike needs to be approved by city council at the Dec 6th meeting. It sits to be the first real estate levy in the last 6 years.

 

THANKSGIVING TRAVEL

With the busy holiday travel period just around the corner, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) came together outside of PTC’s headquarters in Harrisburg to remind drivers of the importance of safe driving and consistent seat belt use. The Pennsylvania Turnpike expects Thanksgiving to be the busiest travel holiday of the year with 3.15 million motorists traveling during the six-day period starting today and ending on Sunday. The periods of heaviest traffic will be 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 23 and Wednesday, November 24. Thanksgiving Day is when traffic will be at its lightest. Overall, holiday traffic is up 39 percent over the same travel period last year; however, traffic is still down 9 percent from 2019 holiday traffic volumes prior to the pandemic.

OPERATION SAFE HOLIDAY

Operation Safe Holiday kicked off on November 15 with the “Click It or Ticket” Thanksgiving enforcement mobilization which runs through November 28. During the effort, PSP will offer no-cost child passenger safety seat fitting clinics at several locations statewide, with the goal of keeping Pennsylvania’s youngest travelers safe on the road.

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