>>Three People Dead After Lebanon County Crash
(Lebanon County, PA) -- Three people are dead after a crash on I-81 yesterday. State police say a tractor-trailer hit the back of a pickup truck causing its gas tank to explode. The accident was first reported as a vehicle fire. Another injured passenger was taken to the hospital but their condition is unknown.
>>Operation Troop Support Sending Holiday Packages to Troops
(Cumberland County, PA) -- Soldiers with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard will be receiving holiday care packages this year. A Hampden Township veterans program is organizing Operation Troop Support which plans to send gifts and packages to troops with the 28th Expeditionary Combat Aviation Brigade. The brigade currently has over 700 members serving in the Middle East. The Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee will be accepting donations next Saturday morning.
>>Susquehanna University Switching to Remote-Learning
(Selinsgrove, PA) -- Students at Susquehanna University will be staying home for the rest of the semester. The university announced the switch after the school saw over 20 new positive COVID cases yesterday. Officials say the decision was made for the health and safety of the students and staff.
>>Cage the Elephant Concert Rescheduled for Harrisburg University
(Harrisburg, PA) -- Cage the Elephant will be performing at Riverfront Park next year. The band was originally scheduled for a summer concert this year but it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harrisburg University announced that the group has been rescheduled for next fall. Previously sold tickets will still be honored for this concert.
>>PA Sets Another Single Day COVID-19 Case High
(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania is setting another one-day high in reported COVID-19 cases. The state Department of Health announced Wednesday 4,711 new coronavirus cases across the commonwealth. That brings the total number of confirmed or probable cases to 243,368 since the start of the pandemic.
>>Several Carlisle Area School District Schools Turn To Virtual Learning
(Carlisle, PA) -- Several Carlisle Area School District schools will have students learning remotely for the rest of the week what is calls a spike in COVID-19 cases. As of now, Lamberton Middle School remains open, while Carlisle High School, Moreland and North Dickinson Elementary schools, and Wilson Middle School will turn to virtual learning. The number of cases has risen over the past week and a half.
>>Northern Middle School To Learn Remotely Through Week’s End
(Dillsburg, PA) -- Students at Northern Middle School in Dillsburg are going to be learning remotely through the end of the week. District officials report several cases of COVID-19 at the middle school, adding the move is in the best interest of students, teachers, and administrators to limit the spread of the virus. The district will reevaluate the situation on Monday and determine if it is safe to reopen.
>>Susquenita School District Moves To Online Learning
(Duncannon, PA) -- Officials with Susquenita School District say their schools are going to online learning starting today. The move comes after one staff member and two students tested positive for COVID-19. They are planning to remain in virtual learning mode through the end of the month.
>>Harrisburg’s Mayor Says Body Cam Video Justifies Police Action At Doctor’s Home
(Harrisburg, PA) -- The mayor of Harrisburg says body camera video is justifying the actions taken by police at the home of Doctor Kemika Campbell over the weekend. Eric Papenfuse says the officers were responding to a noise complaint. The video, the Mayor says, showed the officer politely and professionally do his job while Campbell escalated the situation by becoming agitated and by using abusive language. Eventually police used pepper spray after others attempted to interfere with an arrest.
>>Milton Hershey Mansion Opening For Tours
(Derry Twp., PA) -- The Hershey Trust is going to allow for guided tours of the Milton Hershey mansion. The former High Point mansion has 22 rooms, with a library, and octagon-shaped breakfast room. Milton and his wife, Catherine, lived there starting in 1908 and there have never been tours of the building. It had been used as the home of the Hershey Country Club up until 1970, which would have been the last time the public would have been allowed inside.
>>Spike of COVID-19 Cases in Berks County
(Berks County, PA) -- Berks County is seeing high numbers of COVID-19 cases. Officials announced the county had about 170 new positive cases yesterday, which is the most cases seen since mid-April. There is also one more COVID-related death being recorded. Berks County has over 400 total deaths caused by the coronavirus.
>>Fast-Result COVID Tests Becoming More Available in Berks County
(Berks County, PA) -- COVID-19 testing is going to be a faster process in Berks County. The director of infectious disease at Reading Hospital said yesterday that there are more COVID testing options being made available. Reading Hospital staff is training to use a device that can provide results in about 15-minutes. The director says she is planning to use the rapid-result tests in nursing homes and urgent care clinics.
>>Kutztown University Canceling All Fall and Winter Sports
(Berks County, PA) -- Kutztown University will not be competing in fall or winter sports this season. The university announced yesterday they were opting out because of a decision made by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference to cancel its fall sports season. The P-S-A-C voted to cancel fall sports yesterday and will be voting on the future of the winter sports season next week.
>>Elizabethtown Area Schools Moving to Two-Day Remote-Learning
(Lancaster County, PA) -- Elizabethtown middle and high school students are going to be moving to remote-learning starting today. The school announced the students will be going to virtual instruction after one student tested positive for COVID-19. They say in-person classes may begin again on Monday. The district has also cancelled all extracurricular activities that were scheduled for this weekend.
>>Berks County Veteran Receives Prestigious Medal
(Berks County, PA) -- A Berks County veteran is being recognized for his service in the Korean War. Army veteran Curtis Bixler received the Korean Ambassador for Peace medal yesterday. Bixler served with the 388th Engineers Pipeline Company during the Korean War and currently resides in Shillington.
>>Largest Teachers' Union In Pennsylvania Calls For Remote Learning
(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania's largest teachers' union is urging all school districts to switch to virtual learning when COVID-19 infection rates reach critical levels. Pennsylvania State Education Association President Rich Askey says state guidelines recommends schools in critical transmission rate counties go fully remote to slow the spread of the virus and keep staff, families and students safe. About 38 of the state's 67 counties are experiencing a substantial level of community spread, including Lehigh and Northampton County. Several Lehigh Valley school districts have issued temporary closures due to COVID-19 cases, but no district has gone fully remote in response to the current surge in cases yet.
>>Northampton County Chairwoman Challenging Provisional Ballots
(Allentown, PA) -- Republican Northampton County Chairwoman Lee Snover is challenging at least four-hundred provisional ballots that still need to be counted. Snover is involved in legal filings for the Trump Campaign, which has echoed President Trump's claims over voter fraud in the election despite there being no evidence. Attorney for the Northampton County Democrats, Gary Asteak, says the move is an attempt to manipulate the system and suppress the vote, which will not benefit Republicans. There are around 27-hundred provisional ballots, and even with the challenges, Asteak says the outcome of the election will not change as President-elect Joe Biden is ahead by 12-hundred votes in the county.