Entries by Brad Christman

House Finally Passes Transportation Funding Plan

After years of describing the situation as a crisis, lawmakers in the state House finally approved a comprehensive funding plan for roads, bridges and mass transit in Pennsylvania late Tuesday. The favorable vote came just one day after the House rejected the same proposal. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch says he believes some lawmakers reconsidered the […]

Heavy Rains Hit Central PA

It’s been raining steadily in much of south-central Pennsylvania for more than 24 hours and rainfall totals in some areas have topped a half a foot. The heavy rains have caused road closures and some schools are closing early and canceling Friday night football games. The rain was part of a slow moving system approaching the […]

Tropical Storm Karen Threatens Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Karen is poised to be the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season to reach the U.S. mainland. The storm is currently churning in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall this weekend along the Gulf Coast. The storm will shift into a tropical depression over land and is forecasted […]

Bumpy Start for the Healthcare Marketplace

The highly anticipated “marketplace” went live online this morning and if you tried to immediately shop for healthcare coverage, odds are you didn’t get very far. The website www.healthcare.gov experienced frequent crashes after going online at about 8:00am and those who were able to load the home page were sent to a virtual waiting room. Healthcare […]

Pennsylvanians Relive the “March on Washington”

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Washington D.C. over the weekend to kick off a week of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, which included the iconic “I have a dream” speech by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many in D.C. Saturday were there for the original event […]

Gettysburg Events Draw Huge Crowds

The official 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg ran from June 28th through July 7th. Organizers were planning for 200,000 visitors over that 10 day period. They got 235,000. That’s the number released by the groups who planned the massive event. The number was based on input from a variety of sources, including […]

State Lawmakers to Return Monday

The 2013 summer break hasn’t been what state lawmakers usually hope for when they head back to their districts. State House members have already returned to the Capitol once, and now they’ll be back for another summer encore on Monday. The issue bringing lawmakers back to the hill deals with the state Fiscal Code. The […]