Today's News - Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Richland School Board Leaders are re-evaluating a student’s eligibility for homecoming court, “The Tribune-Democrat” reports.  Richland senior Kasey Caron was born a female but identifies as a male. He was voted to be listed on the homecoming court ballot for king but school officials switched him to the queen ballot for legal reasons since his driver’s license listed him as female. Caron’s license has since been changed. The school board said it will consider the full effect of the decision and will decide in time for the October 5th homecoming game.

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State Representative Dick Hess of Bedford County will be buried today in Saxton. He died Friday at a Pittsburgh hospital following complications from leg surgery. Friends will be received today from 10 until 2 at Akers Funeral Chapel in Saxton. The funeral service follows. Hess will be laid to rest at Grandview Cemetery. Officials are looking to find a replacement for his vacant House seat. They are expected to start speaking publicly about the process in a few days.

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Groundbreaking today at 3 p.m. on the final piece of the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Somerset County. Crews will be building a visitor’s center and a learning center and they should be completed by 2015.  A luminaria service is planned for sundown this evening and a remembrance ceremony will be held tomorrow at 9:45, the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Events are free and open to the public.

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State Representative Daryl Metcalfe wants an investigation into the state attorney general.  The Butler lawmaker says the State Ethics Commission should look into whether Kathleen Kane broke the ethics law when her sister was given a higher paying position in Kane's office.  Ellen Granahan was promoted to chief deputy attorney general to head up the Child Predator Unit.  “PennLive” reports a spokesperson for the attorney general says the promotion decision wasn't made by Kane and that the attorney general “is protecting children.”

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Penn State’s controversial health care plan will be discussed at today’s University Faculty Senate meeting at 1:30 in the Kern Building. Penn State says the plan will save the employees money and their personal health information will be kept confidential. Employees are upset because they have to have a biometric screening or pay a monthly fine. Tobacco users would also have to pay penalties.

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President Obama will make his case for military action against Syria in an address to the American people tonight.  The President is asking Congress for authorization for missile strikes against Syria in response to a recent, deadly chemical weapons attack. A new poll shows a majority of Americans are against any U.S. military action against Syria.  The latest “New York Times”/CBS News poll indicates over three quarters of Americans believe the Obama administration has not clearly outlined what the goals of the U.S. would be in Syria.

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America marks the 12th anniversary of 9-11 tomorrow.  President Obama will lead a moment of silence at the White House tomorrow morning before taking part in a 9-11 ceremony at the Pentagon.  Also, construction begins today on a visitor’s center and a learning center at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

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An argument between George and Shellie Zimmerman is being described as an emotional exchange triggered by her recent divorce filing. Shellie Zimmerman told a 911 operator that George punched her father in the nose then smashed her iPad.  Zimmerman was acquitted in July of the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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Senators will ponder changes in state marijuana laws today. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on conflicts between federal and state marijuana laws. The landscape has changed since the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington state. 

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U.S. employers are taking a positive view of the final quarter of this year.  A new Manpower Employment Outlook Survey shows 18-percent of the more than 18-thousand employers surveyed anticipate boosting staff levels.  That compares to eight-percent that expect to do less hiring.

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Apple will make a big iPhone announcement today.  The company is expected to take the wraps off the iPhone 5C which, if the rumors are true, will cost less than 300 dollars and come in a variety of brightly colored plastic cases, while the standard 5S is rumored to add a gold case. 

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Americans rank 17th among the world's happiest people.  The UN's second annual World Happiness Report released on Monday finds the happiest people are in northern Europe.  Denmark leads the way, followed by Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Sweden.

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Tim Tebow is being offered another chance to play quarterback.  The expansion L.A. KISS of the Arena Football League has extended a three-year contract to the former New England Patriot, who was released at the end of preseason.

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Mississippi's alligator record has been broken for the third time in just over a week.  The “Clarion-Ledger” reports a Dalco Turner of Gluckstadt bagged the longest male alligator in Mississippi's record books.  The monster gator reportedly measured 13-feet and six-point-five-inches.

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Meghan McCain does not approve of Dennis Rodman's basketball-diplomacy efforts in North Korea.  The daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain spoke out on the issue on Monday's “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”  She slammed Rodman for “hanging out with dictators” as “the only way to revive his career.”

 

 

 

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