WPSU Jazz Archive - November 10, 2017

Nov 10, 2017
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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on November 10, 2017 and hosted by Dan Balton featuring a musical tribute ro the Big Apple, New York City.  

In the first hour, hear tracks from John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Matt Ray, Bobbi Humphrey, Nina Simone, Grover Washington, Count Basie, and more.

In this May 1966 file photo, a U.S. Air Force C-123 flies low along a South Vietnamese highway spraying defoliants on dense jungle growth beside the road to eliminate ambush sites for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
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Fifty years after the Vietnam War, some veterans are still dealing with health effects caused by Agent Orange. A law clinic at Penn State is working to get veterans the help they need.

John Gority, from Duncansville, remembers getting up close and personal with the herbicide “Agent Orange” when he was in Vietnam.

“All the vegetation was kind of like wilted and slimy and I’m touching it and smelling it and I’m like, what is this stuff?” Gority said. “I didn’t know anything about Agent Orange or spraying to kill vegetation or anything like that.”

This I Believe: I Believe In Lists

Nov 9, 2017

Every Saturday morning, my mom makes her grocery list. As the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and chocolate chip muffins envelops us, my mom neatly pens what we need for the week. She spreads out flyers from ACME and Giant on our kitchen table. Bold words of “sale” and “buy one get one half off” are intermingled with vibrant pictures of ripe oranges and delicious processed sugars. Next to all of this chaos is my mom’s simple handwritten list: strawberries, sliced ham, bread, milk, and butter.

My mom is a list-maker. And I am too.

This year's Rockefeller Christmas tree
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This year's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is getting ready to leave its root in State College and is headed to New York City. On Thursday morning, Rockefeller Center's gardeners and staff cut the 75-foot-tall Norway Spruce from its home on Pikeview Road. The 12-ton giant was carefully lifted and placed on a truck, waiting to begin its journey.

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Williamsport residents voted to form a government study commission for the city on Tuesday. The commission will help the city decide if they will adopt a home rule charter.

Fifty-eight percent of the city's voters said “yes” to forming the commission and electing seven commissioners. The commission will look at the current form of government in Williamsport and recommend whether or not to adopt a home rule charter.

In Pennsylvania, home rule municipalities can govern themselves except where specifically limited by state laws. 

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(Harrisburg) -- Along with electing a number of judges Tuesday night, Pennsylvania voters agreed to a ballot measure that will amend the constitution to let municipalities stop charging property taxes.

It's a step forward in an ongoing fight to lower the commonwealth's controversial, high property tax rates.

But it's not likely to have a practical impact anytime soon.

Under previous constitutional language, local governments could only exempt up to 50 percent of their median home value from property taxes.

Now, they can technically exempt all homeowners.

A group of Dauphin County Democrats gathered in Harrisburg to watch election returns come in.
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(Harrisburg) -- Tuesday night saw some big wins for Democrats around the country--but Pennsylvania's elections were mostly lower-profile, and ended with more of a political mixed bag.

Onlookers in the commonwealth say they're already ahead looking to 2018.

The commonwealth's top-of-the-ticket race was for a term on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, between Republican interim justice Sallie Mundy and Democratic family court judge Dwayne Woodruff, who's also a former Pittsburgh Steeler.

Mundy, who outstripped Woodruff in fundraising and endorsements, won the seat.

In unofficial election results, Democratic candidate Don Hahn has won the State College mayor’s race with 54 percent of the vote. Michael Black ran on the Republican ticket, but he’s actually a Democrat as well. He got 33 percent of the vote. Ron Madrid, running as an Independent got 13 percent of the vote.

For judge of the court of common pleas in Centre County, Democrat Brian Marshall won with 54 percent of the vote over Republican Ron McGlaughlin.

Also on that court, Judge Pamela Ruest received a “yes” vote for retention with 80 percent “yes” votes.

First Transgender Candidate Wins in Pa.

Nov 8, 2017
photo: Tyler James Titus / Tyler Titus for Erie School Board Facebook

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania school board has a new, openly transgender member.

The Erie Times-News reports Tyler Titus won one of four open seats on the Erie School Board on Tuesday.

The Victory Fund, a political action committee dedicated to electing openly LGBT people, says 33-year-old Titus is the first openly transgender person ever elected in the state of Pennsylvania.

Beta Theta Pi fraternity building
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Penn State has announced disciplinary measures for 32 students in relation to the death of Beta Theta Pi pledge Timothy Piazza.

Nineteen of the students withdrew from the university before the disciplinary process finished, Penn State stated in a press release Tuesday. Their transcripts will be marked with a “conduct withdrawal” notation.

Seven students received disciplinary actions ranging from probation to expulsion.

Six students were not charged with violations.

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