Today's News - Monday, September 16, 2013

Two teenagers are facing charges after two arson fires in the city of Johnstown Saturday night. The first blaze happened on Hickory Street in the Hornerstown section of the city and the other inside a vacant house on Oak Street. No word on the extent of damage.

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The State House Labor And Industry Committee will hold a hearing at Johnstown’s City Hall today. The panel is continuing its study of Pennsylvania’s out-dated prevailing wage law and a proposed changed to it. Cambria County Commissioner Doug Lengenfelder and Johnstown City Manager Kristin Denne are among those who will testify.

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A documentary created by a Somerset native based on the story of United Flight 93 and its effect on the community is getting international attention. According to “The Daily American,” “We Were Quiet Once,” was named a finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival. The festival is scheduled for Sept. 26-29 in Mystic, Conn. 23-year-old Laura Beachy followed three County residents who were involved with the crash, including the reverend who opened the Flight 93 chapel, an eyewitness and a first responder.

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An Associated Press review of national bridges found that Pennsylvania is among the nation’s leaders in deteriorating spanc. PA’s bridges lack backyp protection in case of collapse and have been designated by highway officials in need of repair. Some of the worst offenders are also some of the state’s busiest bridges.

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Penn State says attendance is falling at football games. The total number for Saturday’s surprising loss to Central Florida was 92,855, about 800 fewer people when compared to the second home game of last year. Officials say average attendance at Beaver Stadium has been slipping since 2007 with maximum capacity at approximately 106,500.  Many think part of the problem is the “step” ticket program which started in 2011. It helps determine seat selection and location based on donations to the Nittany Lion Club.

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Penn State’s costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky scandal continue to climb. As of the end of June, the university spent $49.4 million on legal fees and consulting services. Updates are provided on Penn State’s Progress website. According to the “Centre Daily Times,” total expenses could be as high as $157 million.

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A major air rescue effort is planned for today in the flood-ravaged Boulder County foothills of Colorado.  Residents are being asked to use things like white sheets or flares to alert helicopter pilots on their location.  At least six people are now confirmed or presumed dead in Colorado due to the record flooding and more than 12-hundred others are unaccounted for. 

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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is expected to brief the Security Council this morning on what UN inspectors learned about Syria's use of chemical weapons.  It's believed Syrian government forces carried out a poison gas attack on civilians last month. 

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Senator John McCain says a White House deal with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons is a real “loser.”  The Arizona Republican appeared on NBC’s “Meet The Press” to denounce an agreement intended to pressure Syria into turning over its chemical weapons for destruction. 

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The White House is praising President Obama's efforts to strengthen the economy.  In a report released Sunday, the White House is highlighting steps President Obama has taken since being in office to handle the economic downturn and help America recover. 

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Millions of uninsured Americans can start enrolling in health plans under the new healthcare law on October 1st.  A new “USA Today”/Pew Research Center poll shows 53-percent of Americans disapprove of the law which takes effect in January, while 42-percent approve of the sweeping healthcare overhaul. 

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There's a shot at very big money this week for someone in the Pittsburgh area.  The estimated Powerball jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is 400-million dollars and even the lump sum cash option is nearly 224-million.  Pennsylvania lottery proceeds help programs that help older residents.  That includes Area Agencies on Aging, property tax and rent rebates and long term living services. 

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PETA is going after singer Katy Perry for using animals in her latest video for the song "Roar."  The premise of the video is that Katy is the sole survivor of a plane crash on a tropical island and befriends a monkey, an elephant, a crocodile and a tiger.

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Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, has been crowned Miss America.  Her win makes her the first Indian-American to wear the crown in the pageant's history.  

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