Bradford: Fracking chemicals discovered in drinking water
A study published Monday by a team of Pennsylvania State University geoscientists found traces of 2-Butoxyethanol (2BE) in the water of three homes. They suspect the leak comes from a lack of integrity in the wells, rather than the actual fracking process.
Pittsburgh: Records requested concerning Elizabeth Forward board president
The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office has asked for Phil Martell’s expense reimbursement records from his former employers. West Mifflin police indicates Martell may have misappropriated funds while in the employ of West Mifflin School District and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.
Harrisburg: 311 call system implemented
Yesterday, Harrisburg introduced the region’s first non-emergency phone line. Live people operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and complaints can be made 24 hours a day on the city’s website.
Allentown: Heroin bust
Eleven Pennsylvanians were charged by the state Attorney General’s office and the Carbon County District Attorney’s office for trafficking $1.5 million worth of heroin over a period of four months.
Harrisburg: State senator proposes $15 minimum wage
Last week, Sen. Daylin Leach put his “One Fair Wage” bill into state Legislature, with the plan to raise minimum wage to a livable wage, eliminate the tip minimum wage and equate minimum wage to inflation.
First 2016 electoral map
The map puts Pennsylvania as “Leans Democratic,” and as things stand now the Democrats have the advantage in the electoral college.
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Huckabee contends for president
Mike Huckabee, former pastor and governor of Arkansas, announced his candidacy for the Republican party on Tuesday.
Obama nominates next chairman, vice-chairman of Joint Chiefs
The nominations of Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and Gen. Paul J. Selva were announced yesterday.
ISIS takes responsibility for Texas shooting
Over a Syrian radio station managed by the Islamic State, the group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Dallas cartoon contest. U.S. officials still doubt the claim, believing the suspected gunmen were inspired by ISIS propaganda but were not members.
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