NEWS - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2013

FIRE BEING INVESTIGATED –

NO INJURIES ARE REPORTED IN AN EARLY-MORNING HOUSE FIRE IN ROARING SPRING. THE RESIDENTS OF THE HOME MANAGED TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE UNHARMED. THE FIRE STARTED AT ABOUT 2 A.M.. THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION, BUT OFFICIALS SAY IT LIKELY STARTED IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HOME NEAR A WOOD-BURNING STOVE.

FIRST ENERGY PLANNING LOCKOUT –

THE UTILITY WORKERS UNION OF AMERICA LOCAL 180 “OVERWHELMINGLY” REJECTED FIRST ENERGY CORPORATION’S LATEST OFFER OF A NEW CONTRACT..AND A REPORT IN TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS THAT FIRST ENERGY PLANS TO LOCKOUT THE UNION MEMBERS AT 7 A.M. TODAY. UNIONISTS SAY THEY PLAN TO SHOW UP TODAY AND RESPECTFULLY ASK TO WORK. THE OFFER WAS REPORTEDLY FIRST ENERGY’S “LAST, BEST AND FINAL OFFER” AND THE LOCKOUT WILL APPLY TO 142 LINEMEN, METER READERS AND CLERKS IN ALTOONA, EBENSBURG, BEDFORD, HUNTINGDON, LEWISTOWN AND SHIPPPENSBURG. UNION MEMBERS SAY THEY ARE UNHAPPY BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE THE COMPANY IS ATTEMPTING TO TAKE AWAY BENEFITS..MAINLY RETIREE HEALTHCARE….BY THE END OF 2014. A FIRST ENERGY SPOKESMEN SAYS THEY ARE NOT ASKING LOCAL 180 TO ACCEPT ANY CHANGES THAT HAVEN’T BEEN ASKED OF 15,000 OTHER FIRST ENERGY EMPLOYEES.

WEEKEND SNOW RESULTS IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS -

77-YEAR-OLD BEVERLY GRANTNER OF WELLSVILLE, NEW YORK DIED SUNDAY MORNING AS A RESULT OF A MULTI-VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON INTERSTATE-81 NEAR GREENCASTLE. POLICE SAY THAT SNOWY CONDITIONS CAUSED A TRACTOR-TRAILER TO JACK-KNIFE, BLOCKING BOTH NORTHBOUND LANES AND CAUSING OTHER VEHICLES TO CRASH. A TOTAL OF NINE VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED. 79-YEAR-OLD GORDON GRANTNER WAS CRITICALLY INJURED IN THE CRASH.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD NEW JERSEY WOMAN WAS TAKEN TO MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER IN STATE COLLEGE AFTER A 2-CAR CRASH SATURDAY NIGHT ON INTERSTATE 80. POLICE SAY THE WOMAN’S CAR SPUN AROUND DUE TO ICY CONDITIONS AND WAS HIT HEAD-ON BY ANOTHER CAR BEFORE COMING TO REST AGAINST A TRACTOR-TRAILER THAT WAS ALREADY IN A DITCH. DRIVERS ATTEMPTING TO TRAVEL WEST ON I-80 AFTER SATURDAY’S PENN STATE FOOTBALL GAME WERE ENCOURAGE TO TAKE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.

OFFICIALS LOOK AT PENNSYLVANIA SPEED CHANGES -

PENNDOT IS GEARING UP FOR A STUDY THAT WILL ANALYZE THE SAFETY IMPACT OF RAISING SPEED LIMITS ON PENNSYLVANIA HIGHWAYS. THE NEW TRANSPORTATION BILL OPENS THE DOOR TO RAISING SPEED LIMITS TO 70 MILES-AN-HOUR ON CERTAIN ROADS. PENNSYLVANIA HAS UP TO 700 SPEED-LIMIT SIGNS THAT WOULD NEED TO BE REPLACED IF THE STUDY SHOWS AN INCREASE TO BE A SAFE OPTION.

HOLLIDAYSBURG PARADE POSTPONED -

WORRIES ABOUT COLD TEMPERATURES AND ROAD CONDITIONS FORCED ORGANIZERS TO POSTPONE SUNDAY’S “WINTERFEST PARADE” IN HOLLIDAYSBURG. THE “WINTERFEST PARADE” HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8TH AT 2 P.M.