Faculty at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities are on the picket line for a second day today. talks broke down Tuesday night and professors and coaches went on strike Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock. More than 100,000 students, some of whom joined the picket line Wednesday, are affected. Governor Tom Wolf is disappointed the two sides could not reach an agreement and called the strike "detrimental to the system." He warns that it's likely to have far-reaching effects for years to come.
Zionsville's John Cramsey, Whitehall Township's Dean Smith and Lehighton's Kimberly Arendt have all now been indicted by a New Jersey grand jury for trying to transport guns into New York City via the Hudson Tunnel. Police say Cramsey, Smith and Arendt were arrested in June while driving into New York City with loaded guns, which is illegal in New Jersey. Cramsey says he was going into New York to rescue a Wilkes-Barre teen who was on a heroin binge and needed help. The three remain free on bail, but face 63 charges and will be arraigned October 31st.
Two people are dead after a motorcycle crash in Monroe County. The accident happened in the 600 block of Toll Road in Chestnuthill Township Wednesday. Daniel Weir was pronounced dead at the scene while an unidentified woman passenger died at the hospital. Investigators say Weir tried to stop before hitting a vehicle stopped for a school bus. Police say speeding appears to have been a factor.
Lehigh Carbon Community College students and staff can ride LANTA for half price. The deal will benefit about 7000 people. L-Tri-C will be able to buy passes at 25-percent off and offer the passes to students and staff at another 25-percent off. a 31-day pass will now cost L-Tri-C students and staff $30 and allows unlimited rides.
Local hospitals are being graded on mortality and readmission rates. The report from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council shows St. Luke's and Easton hospitals had higher readmission rates for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease last year and Sacred Heart had higher mortality rates for COPD. The report shows a decrease in mortality rates across the state from 2010 to 2015. There were 16 conditions reviewed for mortality rates and 13 conditions reviewed for readmission rates.
If you were planning on riding the Amtrak Express through the Lehigh Valley next weekend and don't already have tickets...you're out of luck. The 1300 seats for the first passenger train ride to roll through the Lehigh Valley since 1984 have been sold out. The train departs New York City at 8am on both October 29 and 30 and stops in Newark to take more passengers and then heads through Phillipsburg, into Easton and then through Freemansburg, Bethlehem, Allentown, Emmaus before ending up in Harrisburg, where the train turns around and returns to New York City by 6:30 each night. Each seat on the train costs $149.
PA lawmakers are considering a bill that would protect the identities of police officers who use deadly force. State Rep. Martina White. "We want to make sure officers' lives are protected and their family's lives are protected. We want to make sure they're not experiencing threats that are merely because they're doing their job," White says. The ACLU says it's a bad idea. The ACLU's Andy Hoover believes the public has a right to know what happened when a life is taken.
The House and Senate are in agreement about making ride-sharing services permanent in Pennsylvania. Uber and its competitors are currently under temporary licenses, which expire early next year. A new measure, which has been passed this week, will create a permanent licensing process for the companies.
The defense in the Bridgegate trial argues high-level members of the Chris Christie administration did not question the 2013 politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. As the scandal unfolded and public pressure escalated, former Port Authority executive Bill Baroni told jurors he was left alone to explain what he thought was a legitimate traffic study. Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly, a former deputy chief of staff to Governor Christie, are charged with nine counts of conspiracy and fraud.