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LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014

  CLASSES ARE RESUMING TODAY AT A PITTSBURGH-AREA SCHOOL ONE WEEK AFTER A STUDENT STABBED 21 OTHER STUDENTS AND A SECURITY GUARD.  AT A COMMUNITY RALLY TUESDAY NIGHT, FRANKLIN REGIONAL SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT GENNARO PIRAINO ADDRESSED THE STUDENTS.  "WE CARE ABOUT YOU AND LOVE YOU DEEPLY AND DEARLY AND YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED OUR STAFF IS TO HAVE YOU BACK," PIRAINO TOLD THE STUDENTS.  TEACHERS PARTICIPATED IN AN IN-SERVICE DAY FOLLOWING A GRIEF COUNSELING SESSION MONDAY, AND THE SCHOOL HOSTED AN OPEN HOUSE OF SORTS TUESDAY SO STUDENTS AND PARENTS COULD TOUR THE FACILITY AND SPEAK WITH TEACHERS AND COUNSELORS IF THEY WISHED.  16-YEAR-OLD ALEX HRIBAL IS CHARGED AS AN ADULT FOR THE ATTACK, WHICH HAS LEFT FOUR STUDENTS STILL HOSPITALIZED.


  THE MACK TRUCKS PLANT IN LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP HAD TO BE EVACUATED TUESDAY NIGHT AFTER A TRUCK CAUGHT FIRE.  MACK'S SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE TRUCK WAS DESTROYED BUT DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING WAS NOT SERIOUS, WITH SOME WATER DAMAGE AND MINOR DAMAGE TO THE ROOF DIRECTLY ABOVE THE BURNING TRUCK.  NOBODY WAS INJURED.


  AT TONIGHT'S MEETING, ALLENTOWN CITY COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER RAISING THE RATES AT THE CITY'S FOUR SWIMMING POOLS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2005.  IF CITY COUNCIL APPROVES, ADULTS WOULD BE CHARGED $6 TO SWIM AT THE CEDAR BEACH, MACK AND JORDAN POOLS, WHICH WOULD BE AN INCREASE OF 50 CENTS.  IRVING POOL WOULD DOUBLE ITS ENTRANCE FEE FROM $1 TO $2.  THE HIGHER RATES WOULD BRING IN AN ADDITIONAL $46,000 EACH YEAR.


  A LOWER SAUCON TOWNSHIP COUPLE FACE DRUG AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHAGES AFTER THEY WERE ARRESTED TUESDAY MORNING FOR GROWING MARIJUANA IN THEIR 2-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER'S CLOSET.  TOWNSHIP AND STATE POLICE RAIDED THE EASTON ROAD HOME OF JERMAINE JARVIS AND MICHELLE CRAIG EARLY TUEDAY MORNING.  THEIR DAUGHTER HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO FAMILY MEMBERS.


  A PENNSYLVANIA STATE JUDGE HAS RULED THAT A REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE CAN STAY ON THE MAY 20 PRIMARY BALLOT AS THE LONE CHALLENGER TO GOV. TOM CORBETT.  COMMONWEALTH COURT JUDGE MARY HANNAH LEAVITT RULED TUESDAY FOR CONSERVATIVE ACTIVIST BOB GUZZARDI, AN ARDMORE BUSINESSMAN.  HANNAH PRESIDED OVER A TWO-DAY HEARING ON A PETITION CHALLENGE BACKED BY THE STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY.  SHE CONCLUDED THAT CHALLENGERS TO GUZZARDI'S CANDIDACY DIDN'T PRODUCE THE EVIDENCE NEEDED TO KEEP HIM OFF THE PRIMARY BALLOT.  GUZZARDI IS AN OUTSPOKEN CORBETT CRITIC WHO'S SAID HE'S RUNNING TO GIVE PARTY CONSERVATIVES AN ALTERNATIVE.  HIS LAWYER SAYS THE CASE COULD BE APPEALED TO THE STATE SUPREME COURT.  CORBETT CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN MIKE BARLEY SAYS THE GOVERNOR IS FOCUSED ON RUNNING HIS OWN CAMPAIGN.
 

  THE IRS' JENNY JENKINS SAYS SCAMMERS HAVE BEEN TARGETING PEOPLE SINCE LAST FALL.  "PEOPLE ARE GETTING PHONE CALLS FROM FOLKS WHO ARE IMPERSONATING I.R.S. EMPLOYEES AND THE CALLER ID APPEARS TO BE AN I.R.S. NUMBER SO IT LOOKS LIKE IT MIGHT BE FROM AN I.R.S. EMPLOYEE," JENKINS SAYS.  JENKINS SAYS THE IRS WILL ALWAYS SEND TAXPAYERS A WRITTEN NOTIFICATION VIA U.S. MAIL OF ANY TAX OWED AND WILL NEVER CALL WITH THAT NOTIFICATION AND TO COLLECT TAX OBLIGATIONS VIA CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS OVER THE PHONE.  IF YOU GET ONE OF THESE BOGUS CALLS, JENKINS SAYS YOU SHOULD CALL 1-800-366-4484 AND REPORT THE CALL AT WWW.FTC.GOV.


  ANOTHER REPUBLICAN STATE LAWMAKER IN THE REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE IS LINING UP BEHIND A PROPOSAL TO IMPOSE A NEW TAX ON PENNSYLVANIA'S BOOMING NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY.  MONROE COUNTY REP. MARIO SCAVELLO IS ASKING FELLOW LAWMAKERS TO SUPPORT HIS FORTHCOMING BILL TO IMPOSE A 5 PERCENT TAX ON THE HIGHEST PRODUCING SHALE GAS WELLS.  HE SAYS THAT WOULD GENERATE ABOUT $600 MILLION A YEAR, BASED ON 2013 PRODUCTION FIGURES.  SCAVELLO IS RUNNING FOR A NEWLY CREATED STATE SENATE SEAT IN NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA.  A GOP CANDIDATE FOR AN OPEN SENATE SEAT IN SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA, TOM MCGARRIGLE, IS BACKING A 4 PERCENT TAX WHILE TWO SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE REPUBLICANS, TOM MURT AND EUGENE DIGIROLAMO, ARE BACKING A 4.9 PERCENT TAX.  GOV. TOM CORBETT OPPOSES AN EXTRACTION TAX.


  PHILADELPHIA FLYERS GOALTENDER STEVE MASON PRACTICED FOR 15 MINUTES BEFORE LEAVING THE ICE TUESDAY, THREE DAYS AFTER HE SUSTAINED AN UPPER-BODY INJURY DURING A COLLISION AGAINST PITTSBURGH.  COACH CRAIG BERUBE WAS UNCERTAIN WHETHER MASON WILL PLAY AGAINST THE NEW YORK RANGERS ON THURSDAY NIGHT IN GAME 1 OF THEIR PLAYOFF SERIES.  GENERAL MANAGER PAUL HOLMGREN REFUSED TO DISCUSS SPECIFICS ABOUT MASON'S INJURY.  HE ALSO DECLINED TO RULE OUT WHETHER IT WAS A CONCUSSION.