Today's News - Monday, October 28, 2013

The Somerset County hazmat team was called out to Seven Springs’ water treatment plant Sunday morning to shut down a chlorine leak. 911 officials say a 100-gallon chlorine tank was leaking inside the Middlecreek Township treatment plant. One employee was taken to Somerset Hospital for treatment after complaining about being light-headed.

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In July a clerk at the Rockview State Prison was brutally attacked, raped and left for dead. Now inmate Omar Best is awaiting trial, and State Representative Kerry Benninghoff is continuing his push for answers. He tells the “Centre Daily Times” that he sat down last week with Department of Corrections officials, including Secretary John Wetzel, to talk about the prison’s internal investigation. Benninghoff says he confident this will be seen through, and it could be a catalyst for a larger-scale corrections system overview.

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Cambria County Transit Authority has announced that beginning on November 11th – Veteran’s Day – all veterans and active service members will be able to ride for free. The plan includes unlimited rides on the inclined plane and all of CamTran’s fixed routes which operate throughout Cambria County and portions of Somerset and Blair counties.

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State Police in Bedford say a 5 –year-old beagle may not survive after being shot in the leg Saturday evening. It happened along Fossilville Road in Londonderry Township. The weapon used was a small caliber gun.

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This Halloween week, local DUI Task Forces will crack down on drunk drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2007 through 2011, 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.

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Retractable seat belts could be coming to Pennsylvania school buses. State Representative W. Curtis Thomas says he is proposing a measure that would put seat belts on all public school transportation vehicles that transport children under the age of 13. Thomas says the legislation would add the belts in phases so that school districts could manage the financial burden.

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Wine lovers are celebrating a recently released report naming Pennsylvania the 5th largest wine producer in the country. The number of wineries in the state has doubled over the last 10 years, bringing the total to more than 170. Officials say Pennsylvania’s weather has been good for growing grapes and expect an especially flavorful vintage this year.

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Conrad Murray is no longer behind bars in a Los Angeles jail. He served only half of his four-year sentence for administering a deadly dose of propofol to pop superstar Michael Jackson. Authorities say Murray's early release is for good behavior.

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The government shutdown and the budget standoff in Congress could hurt the U.S. economy well into next year. A survey of economists by "USA Today" finds more than half – 56 percent – expect the economy to grow at just over two-percent in the fourth quarter of this year, and at only a little more than two-and-a-half percent in the first three months of 2014.

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A Spanish newspaper is reporting the National Security Agency spied on tens of millions of phone calls in Spain over the course of just one month. “El Mundo” is citing information provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Hawaii could become the 15th state to allow gay couples to marry. State lawmakers this week will meet in a special session to consider extending marriage rights to gay couples.

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A data center for the Healthcare.gov website continues to have problems. The data center run by Verizon’s Terremark went down Sunday, stopping online enrollment for all 50 states. Terremark is experiencing a connectivity issue.

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The governor of Michigan is slated to take the stand in Detroit's bankruptcy trial today. Governor Rick Snyder is expected to face some tough questions about whether the city negotiated in good faith with its creditors and is eligible for bankruptcy protection.

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Ellis Island is due to reopen today for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. The severe storm flooded boilers and electrical systems, leaving Ellis Island without power for months. The museum at Ellis Island tells the story of waves of immigrants who passed through the facility to make a new home in America.

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Singer-songwriter Lou Reed is dead at the age of 71. Reed is regarded as one of the most innovative and influential figures in rock 'n roll. His David Bowie-produced hit “Walk on the Wild Side” from 1972 remains a rock classic.

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Six-million Americans will be waking up to bilingual TV this morning. The top-rated morning TV programs in English and Spanish are simulcasting parts of their broadcasts today. ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Univision’s “Despierta America” are joining to launch a news, pop culture, and satire TV and digital network called Fusion.

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A group of high school cheerleaders in Texas will be back on the sidelines this week after being benched for putting condoms in football players’ goody bags. Houston's KHOU News reports the varsity cheer squad at Wharton High School thought it would be funny to place the contraceptives in “spirit bags” that were given to the players before their homecoming game.

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