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Attorney General William Barr has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to Congress and the public. Read a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's final report. Justice Department The special counsel spent nearly two years investigating attacks on the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians behind it. » Read the roughly 400-page report. Mueller also was...

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In this file photo, Luke Visser, arrives for his preliminary hearing on charges related to the hazing death of Tim Piazza at Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity, at the Centre County Courthouse on June 12, 2017.
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A judge has sentenced three former Penn State fraternity members to jail in the 2017 death of a pledge, the first defendants ordered to serve time behind bars in a case that rewrote Pennsylvania's anti-hazing law.

Centre County Judge Brian Marshall sentenced former Beta Theta Pi members Tuesday for hazing surrounding the death of sophomore engineering major Tim Piazza, 19, of Lebanon, New Jersey.

John Gardner at podium
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State College police released new details about the homicides on Jan. 24 that left three victims and the gunman dead, including that the shooter had a blood alcohol level of 0.223 percent. That's nearly three times the standard legal limit for driving in the United States.

Police said their investigation into the incident that started at P.J. Harrigan's Bar & Grill at the Ramada Conference Center on South Atherton Street is now closed. 

Bellwether Pa. Senate Election Won By Democrat

Apr 3, 2019
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MT. LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — Democrats claimed victory Tuesday after a two-month campaign for a vacant state Senate seat in politically divided suburban Pittsburgh where the sides tested some national themes ahead of 2020's presidential election in a critical battleground state narrowly won by President Donald Trump.
The seat had been largely controlled by Republicans the past half-century, but the district is viewed as increasingly friendly to Democrats in territory that party strategists now view as something of a bellwether.

Apple Trees Are Dying, And Researchers Don't Know Why

Apr 2, 2019
An apple tree affected by Rapid Apple Decline.
Kari Peter

A Cornell study published this month found the causes to dying apple trees across the country are still unknown.

“It’s a lot more complicated than picking one pathogen or one climactic condition. I think it’s a multitude of factors," Penn State tree fruit pathologist Kari Peter said. "It’s very, very challenging.”

Peter has been searching for answers since she first noticed dying trees in her research plot in 2013. It’s called Rapid Apple Decline, or in more severe cases, Sudden Apple Decline.

Fred Keller speaking
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Fred Keller, the Republican nominee to fill the open U.S. House 12th district seat spoke to Penn State College Republicans Monday night, talking about topics ranging from jobs and economic growth to the 2nd Amendment.

“I’ll go back to the things that I said when I was in state government: fiscal discipline, limited government and free enterprise," he said to the college Republicans and a few residents.


From Brexit to Hungary to the U.S. border wall, many of today's political conflicts rest on the idea of immigration. Moving people from one place to another is easier said than done, and as we've seen around world, there are inherent tensions between people who want to enter a country and the people who are already there. On top of that, climate change will continue to create situations where people are displaced from their homes.

Several hundred people showed up for the funeral of Osaze Osagie at State College Alliance Church.
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Speakers at the funeral of Osaze Osagie talked about his smile, his hugs and his deep faith in God. Several hundred people attended the funeral on Saturday of the 29-year-old black man shot by State College police on March 20. 

Attendees were given a white rose as they entered State College Alliance Church. 

The crowd filled the 500-seat worship space and more than 100 people watched the service through a video feed in the lobby of the church. A band sang worship hymns. 

Srdja Popovic is an activist and author of the book “Blueprint for Revolution: how to use rice pudding, Lego men, and other non-violent techniques to galvanise communities, overthrow dictators, or simply change the world.” Popovic was a founder of the student movement “Otpor!” or “Resistance!” The movement helped oust the Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic, who was later charged with war crimes. Popovic served in the Serbian parliament and in 2003 founded Canvas, a nonprofit focused on teaching the use of nonviolence to promote human rights and democracy.

This I Believe: I Believe In A Good Cup Of Coffee

Mar 29, 2019

This essay originally aired on Oct. 25, 2018.

I believe in a good cup of coffee.

I was about five years old when I brewed my first pot of coffee. I remember reaching for the red plastic container labeled Folgers, lifting the lid and appreciating its rich aroma.

I carefully counted the spoonfuls of Folgers, while my brother, who’s just a year older, measured the water. The counter the coffee pot sat on was barely reachable, but we made it work.

WPSU Jazz Archive - March 29, 2019

Mar 29, 2019
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An archive stream of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on March 29, 2019 and hosted by Greg Halpin. 

The first hour of the program features all new jazz releases from Native Soul, Steve Davis, the Alvin Queen Trio, the Chromatic Trio, Typical Sisters, Tobias Meinhart, Seamus Blake, and the Amaury Faye Trio. 

The second hour of the program features jazz class and recent recordings from Clifford Brown, Cedar Walton, the Horace Silver Quintet, Matt Penman, John Coltrane, Jessica Williams, Beegie Adair, and Ahmad Jamal. 


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