Crews excavated ground from around a sinkhole that opened up on College Avenue near the Nittany Mall.
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Drivers on part of East College Avenue outside of State College are being forced to take a detour thanks to a sinkhole that opened up over the weekend.

A sinkhole about one and a half feet wide was discovered Saturday afternoon on East College Avenue near the Nittany Mall. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation immediately closed the stretch between Benner Pike and Shiloh Road for repairs. For now, drivers are taking a short detour.

The map of Pennsylvania Congressional districts, released February 19, 2018 by the PA Supreme Court.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Democratic majority threw out the Republican-drawn map of congressional districts as an unconstitutional gerrymander, Republicans raised talk of impeaching Democratic justices.

Calls for impeachment even came from senior Republican Party officials.

That talk receded, but Republicans have brought forward another plan that could limit the lifespan of the court's Democratic majority: changing the state's constitution to elect appellate court judges in districts, rather than in statewide elections.

An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on June 16, 2018 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from The Persuasions, The Black Keys, Levon Helm, The Four Blazes, R.L. Burnside, Charles Williams, Doc Watson, Dixon Brothers, Canned Heat, Leadbelly, and more.

In the second hour, hear James Cotton with Billy Branch and Charles Musselwhite, Clifton Chenier, Guy Clark, Rory Block, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Eric Bibb, J.J. Cale, W.C. Spencer, The Chambers Brothers, Leon Redbone, Otis Spann, and more.

Cory Geishauser and Joanne Peacock Loebig both worked on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
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From the first time Fred Rogers, known to his fans across generations as Mister Rogers, walked through that famous door and into our living rooms on February 19, 1968, his warmth, his kindness, and ability to talk to children on their level was television magic.

By changing from his dress shoes into sneakers and donning one of his many cardigan sweaters–each knitted by his mother–welcoming us as he fed the fish, Mister Rogers made us feel that he was talking directly to us when we were children. 

WPSU Jazz Archive - June 15, 2018

Jun 15, 2018

An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on June 15, 2018 and hosted by Greg Halpin. 

The first hour of the program features all new jazz releases from Paul Grabowsky, Eddie Henderson, Tom Tallitsch, Sullivan Fortner, Chano Dominguez & Javier Colina, Matt Penman, Melody Gardot, Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco and more.

An aerial photo shows damage to a Barnes & Noble Booksellers after Wednesday's severe weather system passed through Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa.
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The National Weather Service confirmed on Thursday that a tornado touched down in Wilkes-Barre Township on Wednesday night, damaging local businesses.

The National Weather Service sent a storm survey team from its Binghamton, New York office to assess the damage.

The team determined a tornado touched down near the Wyoming Valley Mall near Interstate 81 at around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. It traveled about half a mile before dissipating about an hour later.

Ambulance providers in Pennsylvania are enthusiastic about a bill advancing in the state legislature that would require insurance companies to reimburse EMS for calls that don’t end in a hospital trip.

Ambulance providers in Pennsylvania are enthusiastic about a bill advancing in the state legislature that would require insurance companies to reimburse EMS for calls that don’t end in a hospital trip.

Currently, insurance companies aren’t required to pick up that cost.

“Even if we’re paid by the insurance companies, the insurance companies do not usually pay in full,” said Scott Rawson,  executive director of Centre LifeLink, an EMS provider in Centre County. “And their fee structure — it doesn’t cover our cost to provide the service.”

Ryan Burke, one of the former fraternity members charged in relation to the hazing death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza, entered a guilty plea on Wednesday.
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One of the former fraternity members charged in relation to the hazing death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza formally entered a guilty plea on Wednesday. It’s the first guilty plea in the case.

Appearing in the Centre County courthouse for the first time in this case, Ryan Burke pleaded guilty to all nine charges against him.

Essayist Jackie Esposito reviews "Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes.

Dear Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra,

The study showed a stark divide in employment recovery after the 2008 recession in different parts of the state.
"Pennsylvania Employment on the Move: 2001-17" study 

National unemployment levels are as low as they have been in years, but that rising tide isn’t necessarily lifting all boats. Penn State researchers say recent economic development in different parts of Pennsylvania varies dramatically.


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