Today's News - February 6

ONE PERSON IS DEAD FROM AN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING IN JOHNSTOWN.  THE SHOOTING HAPPENED AT ABOUT 1:00 THIS MORNING AT A HOME ALONG CYPRESS AVENUE IN THE MOXHAM SECTION OF JOHNSTOWN.  THE IDENTIFY OF THE VICTIM HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.  THE MOTIVE FOR THE SHOOTING IS NOT YET KNOWN. POLICE HAVE ONE PERSON IN CUSTODY.

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GOVERNOR CORBETT HAS UNVEILED HIS NEW SPENDING PLAN FOR PENNSYLVANIA. HIS 28-POINT-FOUR-BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET PROPOSAL INCLUDES REDUCTIONS IN TAXES ON BUSINESSES … AND WILL ALSO OFFER ADDITIONAL MONEY FOR STATE PRISONS.  UNDER THE PLAN 900 STATE WORKERS COULD LOSE THEIR JOBS.  THE BUDGET PROPOSAL ALSO CALLS FOR AN INCREASE IN FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION AND WE'LL PAY FOR IT AT THE PUMPS.  THE PLAN WOULD RAISE THE STATE GASOLINE TAX BY ABOUT FIVE CENTS A GALLON EVERY YEAR FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.  MOST OF THE MONEY WOULD FUND ROADS AND BRIDGES.  THE GOVERNOR'S PLAN CALLS ON COUNTIES TO INCREASE THEIR INVESTMENTS IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

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IN BERKS COUNTY … A MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT IS IN BIG TROUBLE FOR STABBING A CLASSMATE - AND FACEBOOK MIGHT BE TO BLAME.  WGAL-TV SAYS THE EIGHTH-GRADE STUDENT FROM WILSON SOUTHERN MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMITTED IN JUVENILE COURT TO STABBING HIS CLASSMATE WITH A POCKETKNIFE.  THE INCIDENT WAS STARTED AFTER A DISPUTE ERUPTED ON FACEBOOK.  THE STUDENT HAS SINCE BEEN EXPELLED.  THE VICTIM IS RECOVERING.   

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23 YEAR OLD DANIEL MARKEL OF ALTOONA IS IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY JAIL, CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A WOMAN HE KNOWS AT GUNPOINT IN CRESSON TOWNSHIP…THEN THREATENING TO KILL HER FAMILY IF SHE TOLD ANYONE.   MARKEL ALLEGEDLY TEXTED THE WOMAN FOR A RIDE ON MONDAY…THEN ASSAULTED HER AT THE ALLEGHENY PORTAGE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. HE THEN MADE HER DRIVE HIM BACK TO THE LOGAN VALLEY MALL. BAIL IS SET AT 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

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ANOTHER PERSON HAS COME FORWARD CLAIMING HE WAS ABUSED BY JERRY SANDUSKY.  SIX NEWS REPORTS THAT THE ALLEGED VICTIM IS NOT FROM CENTRE COUNTY…BUT THE ABUSE OCCURRED THERE…AND IT HAS NO TIES TO THE SECOND MILE FOUNDATION.   PENN STATE IS ALREADY NEGOTIATING WITH UP 25 VICTIMS AND TRYING TO SETTLE CIVIL SUITS.