Top Stories for May 13, 2022

>>Corman Withdraws From Governor's Race

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The face of Pennsylvania's governor's race is changing as one frontrunner has decided to withdraw. Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman announced Thursday that he's stepping down from being a candidate and is throwing his support behind Lou Barletta. Corman said he stepped aside so that Republicans can rally behind a candidate who can unite the party in November. The primary election is May 17th.

>>Pennsylvania Second In Country In Number Of Books Banned

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Commonwealth is one of the states that has the most book-banning activity in the country. According to a report released last month by PEN America, Pennsylvania was second only to Texas in book bans in schools. The vast majority of the book banning happened in the Central York School District, where students drew national attention for a successful push reversing the restrictions on books about race, sexuality and social justice.

>>Environmental Assessment For I-83 Bridge Project Now Available 

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Environmental Assessment for the I-83 South Bridge Project is now available for public review. The assessment can be viewed online now through June 9th. Two more public hearings have been set to receive public testimony on the assessment as well. They've been scheduled for May 25th in Camp Hill and May 26th at Hilton Garden Inn in Harrisburg.

>>Community Teams Up With City To Clean Up Homeless In Harrisburg

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The city's Public Works Department is getting help from the public in cleaning up an area where homeless people camp. Program leaders say on a weekly basis, the city teams up with civic organizations to clean up trash underneath the Mulberry Street Bridge. They're additionally providing boxes of food. The groups also want to build a relationship with people living there so that they can help them access available services.   

>>In-Person Graduation Ceremony Returns To Harrisburg University   

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has held its first in-person commencement ceremony in three years. Class of 2022 graduates convened at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center Thursday evening. The classes of 2020 and 2021, whose commencement ceremonies took place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, also were invited to participate in what was Harrisburg University's 15th commencement ceremony. Nicholas Bertram, president of The Giant Company, gave the commencement speech.

>>Flyers Won't Raise Ticket Prices For Most Of Wells Fargo Center Seats Next Season

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The Philadelphia Flyers have informed season ticket holders that prices will not increase next season for all non-premium seats at the Wells Fargo Center. Flyers Governor Dave Scott said in a statement that the team has taken a large financial hit from the impact of COVID but adds that the fans are more important to the franchise in honoring the legacy of the organization. Before COVID hit, the Flyers ranked third in attendance, with over 20,000 fans per game for the 2018-19 season.

>>Public Election Officials Tracking Outstanding Ballots

(Reading, PA) -- Berks County election officials say they're aware of tracking concerns over some mail-in ballots. They say they're working to locate about four-thousand outstanding ones that haven't been delivered back to county offices. The ballots are for the primary election on May 17th. In a news release, officials say more than 15,000 of the roughly 19,000 mail-in ballots that were shipped have been successfully delivered.

>>PennDot Seeks Public Opinion Over Widening US 222 in Berks County

(Reading, PA) -- PennDot wants to hear from you regarding upcoming roadwork in Berks County. An open house will take place next Wednesday so the public can see a display about plans to widen US 222 in Maidencreek and Richmond Townships. Proposed improvements consist of widening the roadway from Schaeffer Road to the Kutztown Bypass. The plans will be on display May 18th in the Old Main Building, located on the Kutztown University campus from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

>>BARTA Approved For Another 50 Years

(Reading, PA) -- Berks County Commissioners have approved the operating license for BARTA for another 50 years. They voted Thursday to amend the articles of incorporation for the Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority. State law mandates that all authorities formed by city governments can only operate 50 years before they need to be renewed. 

>> Number of COVID Cases Up In State, County

(Allentown, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health published its weekly update of data on the COVID-19 pandemic and has reported an average of a little over three-thousand cases per day. They say that calculates to a 46% increase in a week, and more than triple the average of 862 daily cases recorded a month ago. 

>>Sixers Sent Packing

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Playoff basketball is over for the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers lost last night to the Miami Heat 99-to-90 which eliminated the team from the playoffs. Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey led Philly with 20-points each, but the real storyline was James Harden finishing with only 11-points as he was shutout in the second-half. Head coach Doc Rivers said after the game that he's not worried about his job security after being eliminated in the second-round in back-to-back seasons. Philly has not been past the second-round since 2001.

>>Eagles Release 2022 Schedule

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Eagles fans are ready for some football after the 2022 schedule was released last night. The Eagles will kickoff the season against the Detroit Lions on the road ahead of their home opener week-two against the Minnesota Vikings. That's one of five primetime games for Philly with most of them at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly will cap off the season against the New York Giants at the Linc.

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