April is ‘Victim Protection Month’ in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.  House leaders say this month they will focus efforts on better protections for victims of crime and abuse.  Several packages of bills have been introduced to better protect the lives and welfare of children, as well as legislation to better protect crime victims from abuse and violence by helping those who are victimized to testify against and confront their abusers.  Yesterday, the House passed legislation sponsored by Representative John Hershey (R-Franklin/Juniata/Mifflin) that would give crime victims guaranteed access to court proceedings.  House Bill 502 would ensure victims have the right to attend proceedings unless a judge determines the victim’s testimony in proceedings could be affected by what he or she hears.  House Bill 502 now goes to the Senate for consideration.


Valley Rural Electric Cooperative members re-elected three incumbent directors to the co-op board at last week’s annual meeting, held at Huntingdon Area High School.  The voting members in attendance cast ballots to fill three seats on the nine-person board of directors that represents the utility’s more than 23,000 consumers. Those elected to three-year terms on the board were Greg Henry of Hustontown, Linda McMath of Shade Gap, and Cindy Bigelow of Williamsburg. All three were unopposed on the ballot.  Friday’s meeting drew a crowd of more than 800 members and guests.


Installation of Cable Median Barrier in the area is set to begin today .  Work will begin in Centre County on I-99 southbound between Bellefonte and Port Matilda. PennDOT says traffic patterns for temporary lane and shoulder closures will be in place and controlled by flaggers in the roadway during construction operations. Travel delays should be expected.  Other routes included in the contract are Route 322 in Mifflin County between the Mifflin-Centre County line and Reedsville; Route 22 in Mifflin County between Lewistown and McVeytown; and Route 22 in Juniata County between Thompsontown and Millerstown.


Conagra Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of Hunt’s Tomato Paste No Salt Added six ounce cans.  After the canning process, the final product could have been damaged, creating the potential for mold.  The products covered by the recall were distributed for retail sale in the U.S. Consumers are advised not to use it, and to either throw it away or return it to the store where originally purchased.



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