California University Lays Off Staff
California University of Pennsylvania has announced plans to lay-off workers. University officials say sixteen employees will actually lose their jobs while fourteen positions will be eliminated through attrition. University spokesperson Chris Kindl tells WJPA News that enrollment this fall has declined over three-percent, compared with last year, and personnel costs have risen dramatically, so the reduction in staff is an attempt to align the workforce with the school's budget.
Motion To Suppress Evidence
Attorneys in the case involving former Common Pleas Judge Paul Pozonsky have submitted arguments over how evidence was obtained. Defense attorneys Robert Del Greco and Mark Fiorilli ague that documents seized from Pozonsky's office were taken illegally and without a search warrant. The Attorney General's office maintains the evidence was obtained properly using an administrative order signed by President Judge Debbie O'Dell Seneca. Briefs were filed on Monday and attorneys have another ten days to file rebuttals. Bedford County Judge Daniel Howsare will then issue his ruling. Pozonsky is accused of conflict of interest, theft, obstruction of justice and drug possession.
Study Says Don't Blame Fracking
WASHINGTON (AP) - A new study says that the drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted water, blaming contamination on leaky natural gas wells instead.
The study finds that eight hydraulically fractured wells in Pennsylvania and Texas leaked gas because the piping and cement seals in the wells themselves weren't working properly.
The process of pumping highly pressurized chemicals and water underground to get valuable natural gas trapped in shale has become highly charged as contamination complaints initially surged.
Ohio State University geochemist Thomas Darrah and colleagues used certain elements to trace where the leaks came from. He said finding them in the wells rather than the fracking process, means contamination is more preventable and fixable.
The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences.
Military Leaders Discuss Terrorist Threat
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top military leader says strikes against Islamic extremists in Syria will be persistent and sustainable as President Barack Obama expands the military campaign to combat the terrorist threat. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel today that the Islamic State militant group is not organized. He said the strikes will degrade the group. Joining Dempsey was Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who defended Obama's strategy. Hagel said the fight will not be easy or brief.
Stun Gun Use Under Review In Missouri
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - The FBI is investigating after a police officer in suburban Kansas City, Missouri, used a stun gun to subdue a 17-year-old during a traffic stop, leaving him hospitalized in critical condition. Police say an officer used a stun gun on Bryce Masters of Independence yesterday afternoon. They say Masters was uncooperative and that he physically resisted after he was stopped because the car he was driving had a warrant attached to it. The FBI's Kansas City office will investigate whether the officer used excessive force.
President Obama Brings Ebola Survivor To White House
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has met at the White House today with Dr. Kent Brantly, an American physician who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia. He recovered after treatment with an experimental drug. Obama later today is visiting the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. He'll be announcing a stepped-up response to West Africa's Ebola crisis. It'll include sending 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region to supply medical and logistical support to health care systems.
Congress Debates Help For Moderate Rebels
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House and Senate are on a tight schedule as they race to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels.
The Obama administration says the training operation is needed to establish credible, local grounded forces to accompany U.S. air strikes against the militant group Islamic State.
Republicans are expected to hold internal talks today.
Severance Package At United Airlines
CHICAGO (AP) - United Airlines is offering flight attendants up to $100,000 in severance if they leave the company. United and the Association of Flight Attendants announced a deal under which some of United's 23,000 flight attendants will be offered the lump-sum payments in order of seniority. United says the early-outs will help it match staffing to its flight schedule.
LeBron James Won't Get "Named" Roller Coaster
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park won't be renaming a roller coaster after LeBron James after all. Instead, it's forming a partnership with the LeBron James Family Foundation. The Sandusky park had promised to rename a coaster "King James" if the NBA star left Miami and returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, which he did. But park officials say they and James have decided that partnering with the nonprofit will have a greater impact than renaming a ride. The park will hold a first-ride benefit auction next spring and host children involved with the foundation's programs next summer.