The Walmart store on 63 Perkins Road in Clarion County’s Monroe Township was closed last night by authorities after a bomb threat was called in to State Police. At around 8:15 in the evening an unknown individual contacted the Clarion State Police to report that a bomb was placed inside the store. State Troopers are said to be clearing the store and no customers are allowed inside; they are also investigating the origin of the threats. At the time of this reporting this is a developing story and more information is not readily available.
While the national spotlight is on the Presidential State of the Union scheduled for tonight, no less important for Pennsylvanians is Governor Tom Wolf’s annual budget address before the General Assembly at 11:30 this morning. Governor Wolf will reveal his preliminary budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year and is expected to touch on the 2018-2019 budget’s $290 million surplus. Of particular note this year once again is education; many advocates are calling for much of the budget surplus to be spent on special and technical education programs
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania has retained the services of a national search agency named Witt/Kieffer to begin the search for a new University President. The new president will replace Michael Hannan, who has served as interim president since early April 2018. Hannan will return to his position as provost and vice president for academic and student affairs once a successor is named.
Pennsylvania State Game Commission is weighing the benefits of potentially moving the start date of rifle deer hunting season forward to the first Saturday after thanksgiving. The commission will be making a determination by voting on whether or not to make the change on April 9th.
A New Jersey Sheriff’s Deputy is being charged with sexual abuse of a Pennsylvania Teenager in the Lehigh Valley. 33 year old Joshua Padilla was arrested in New Jersey with the intentions of being extradited to Pennsylvania after its alleged he had unlawful sexual contact with a 17 year old girl while in the state and posted video of his encounter online. It’s also alleged Padilla solicited an undercover agent posing as a 14 year old girl for sex.