CamTran announced there will be no bus service Thursday due to the Independence Day holiday.
Regular scheduled bus service will resume Friday.
Heavy rainfall causes flooding around state
PHILADELPHIA – Heavy rainfall caused irritation, spurred flooding across the state and was blamed for a landslide west of Pittsburgh.
The landslide, in Moon Township, forced a lane closure on University Boulevard, a major thoroughfare, but no one was hurt and no cars were damaged, PennDOT spokesman Steve Cowan said.
Flood watches were in effect Monday evening in the Philadelphia area, northeastern Pennsylvania and much of central Pennsylvania. Heavy rains and thunderstorms were predicted across much of the state Monday and today.
Justice Dept.: Shelter denied blind man bed
PITTSBURGH – A western Pennsylvania homeless shelter wrongly refused a bed to a blind man because officials there didn’t want to accommodate his service dog, the U.S. Justice Department claims in a lawsuit alleging housing and disability discrimination.
The federal lawsuit contends the blind man, Kenneth DeFiore, 54, became so despondent that he laid down in a busy intersection and tried to commit suicide, but was instead rescued by police and taken to a hospital for a psychiatric exam.
DeFiore contends he contacted City Rescue Mission of New Castle on Dec. 5, 2011, about a month after he was evicted from his apartment. He has been blind since 2006 due to glaucoma and other health problems.
After being told the shelter didn’t have facilities to accommodate his guide dog, DeFiore contacted a caseworker with a Lawrence County social service agency to plead his case.
Officials at the shelter told the caseworker that DeFiore could stay there provided he arranged for his guide dog to stay elsewhere.
As a result of the shelter’s refusal to take in the dog, DeFiore remained homeless until he found other housing a few weeks later, but not before attempting suicide, the lawsuit said.
Judge ties knot, learns he’s newest justice
HARRISBURG – There are good days and there are great days, and then there’s the day Corry Stevens just had.
Stevens had just gotten married and kissed his new bride Sunday when he got the call notifying him that the state Senate had unanimously confirmed him as the seventh member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Stevens said he and fiancee, Louise Baran, picked June 30 as their wedding date back in February, long before his name surfaced as a possible successor to Joan Orie Melvin, who resigned in May after being convicted of using state employees to help with her political campaigns.
Stevens, 66, is currently president judge of state Superior Court, an intermediate appeals court, and he has some administrative duties to finish up before being sworn in as a justice, a ceremony he expects to happen later this month.
Former senator joins turnpike commission
HARRISBURG – Former state Sen. Sean Logan of Monroeville, Allegheny County, was confirmed unanimously by the state Senate to serve on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
Gov. Tom Corbett nominated Logan on June 13 to fill the vacated seat of former state Sen. J. William Lincoln of Fayette County. Lincoln’s district included parts of Somerset County.
House GOP moves to kill Medicaid provision
HARRISBURG – House Republicans followed through Monday on their threat to kill a provision written by the state Senate to require Gov. Tom Corbett to seek federal approval for an expansion of Medicaid eligibility to provide taxpayer-paid health care to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.
A key House committee stripped the provision from a wider budget-related bill, and the GOP-controlled chamber sent the bill to the Senate late Monday on a vote of 108-94. A spokesman for House Republican leaders said they disagree with the legislation because it undercuts the Corbett administration’s ability to extract concessions from the federal government on how a Medicaid expansion would work.
Leaders of the Senate’s Republican majority have not said yet how they will respond when senators return to Harrisburg today or Wednesday.