A Kutztown High School senior is dead after a weekend car accident. Police say Kaci Kunkel died at the scene after her car hit a telephone pole along Route 143 and rolled over early Saturday morning in Lynn Township. Investigators say she was headed to work at a local dairy farm.
Lehigh University is partnering with the Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council on several new research projects about the cannibis plant. State officials last week approved the projects, including one to study whether hemp can remove toxins from soil. Researchers hope industrial hemp, which is different from marijuana, can become a lucrative industry in Pennsylvania.
An elderly Berks County man reported missing Friday was found dead just after 2:30 Sunday afternoon. State police say 84-year-old Dallas Angstadt, of Rockland Township was found on a private lane near the intersection of Fredericksville Road and Shady Creek Lane in the township. Angstadt's body was found near his car. Police say it appears he died from exposure.
With state budget hearings over, lawmakers are now looking at a June 30th deadline to pass a budget and Democrat St. Sen. Andy Dinniman says with a tight education budget, the commonwealth must focus its money on where it will do the most good. "It doesn't make sense to me to put all this money into testing when the very students we're testing, in many of their classrooms do not have the resources to do well on those tests because we don't have the resources that would properly educate these students," Dinniman says. The senator says instead of spending on testing, more money needs to be funneled directly into the classroom.
A state senator is pushing to raise the cost of resident fishing licenses in Pennsylvania. Democrat Jim Brewster has submitted a measure that would increase the cost of a license by more than $6, from $21 to $27.30. If passed, the new fee would take effect next year and it would be the first time in a dozen years that the fee would go up. The state's Fish and Boat Commission's executive director hopes raising the fee would lead to increased services to people who fish as the commission is faced with either raising revenue or cutting services.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is getting rid of the "traffic lights" that show drivers whether their E-Z Pass has been read. The devices are now prohibited by federal guidelines so more modern toll equipment is being installed. Turnpike officials say that installation should be complete across the state by the end of 2017.
A popular Cinco de Mayo celebration is being canceled in Philadelphia. Organizers of El Carnaval de Puebla say it's being nixed because of fear over possible targeting by federal immigration agents.
Former New Jersey firefighter William Brennan is pledging to press on with his case against Gov. Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal despite his latest setback. For the third time, a New Jersey judge has decided not to appoint a special prosectuor to oversee the criminal complaint against Christie. Brennan had asked the judge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Christie's alleged role in the 2013 scandal.