Radio News for March 14, 2017

Pennsylvania Sues IBM

Commonwealth seeks to recoup some of the $170 million lost on failed upgrade

Harrisburg, PA –

Pennsylvania is suing IBM for fraud after the company’s failure to successfully upgrade the computer system used by the Unemployment Compensation Office. According to the office of Governor Tom Wolf The Commonwealth made a deal with IBM to have the upgrade complete by 2010, in 2013 the contract was cancelled at 45 months and $60 million over its original projections. International Business Machines was paid what was supposed to be a flat $109 million fee to upgrade the outdated computer system used by the Unemployment Office. The State is seeking damages for the cost of the failed upgrade as well as restitution of the costs involved in maintaining the older system it was supposed to replace.

 

Rep. Mike Kelly Backpedals on “Shadow Government” Comments

The Republican from Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District claims he was frustrated

Washington, D.C. –

Congressman Mike Kelly is trying to distance himself from comments he made about a “Shadow Government” run by former president Barack Obama. During a Lincoln Day dinner last weekend Kelly spoke about President Barack Obama’s decision to remain in the nation’s capitol until his younger daughter graduates from high school, “President Obama himself said he was going to stay in Washington until his daughter graduated. I think we ought to pitch in to let him go someplace else, because he is only there for one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to run a shadow government that is going to totally upset the new agenda”

A spokesperson for Kelly, whose district encompasses most of our listening area, says that he was sharing frustration with others over unofficial leaks coming from the White House and insisted the remarks were meant to be private, “Rep. Kelly delivered his remarks at a private meeting to an audience of fellow Republicans. He was sharing the frustration of everyone in the room over how they believe certain Obama administration holdovers within the federal bureaucracy are attempting to upset President Trump’s agenda.”

Representative Kelly himself said he fully supports the Obama’s staying in Washington for his sister’s school.

 

Woman Falls Victim to New Internet Scam

She became victimized while shopping for cars on Craigslist

Rouseville, PA –

A Rouseville woman fell victim to a Craigslist scam involving the sale of a car. The victim became interested in a car for sale on the website and contacted the purported owner about buying it and was told that it would be sold through EBay Motors. She was then directed to pay for the vehicle with EBay and MoneyPack gift cards and to e-mail them the numbers. After Sending the information to the ‘seller’ she never heard back from him and later discovered he was using a false name. Fraud experts and law enforcement officials advise that scammers like to use gift cards because they are guaranteed money and that you should never attempt to pay for any goods or services by calling out or sending the numbers for a gift card online. It is also advised not to send money to someone you don’t know using Western Union or a similar service.

 

High School Sporting Events Across PA Postponed

District 9 and 10 schedule available on ANTS

High School basketball games across the state of Pennsylvania are being postponed until Thursday because of Winter Storm Stella. The Allegheny News Talk Sports Network has an updated schedule of events for District 10 basketball on their website.