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January 3, 2013

In Brief | CSA moves ahead with hydroelectric project

— Cambria Somerset Authority members plan to meet with a Maine-based consultant tasked with developing designs for a $5.2 million project to put hydroelectric generating stations at three of the authority’s dams.

Kleinschmidt Energy & Water Resource Consultants, which steered the project through feasibility studies, was chosen late last year to move the plan through the initial federal permitting and design phase. The initial steps are expected to get under way this year, the board said Thursday.  

The phase will take several years to complete but will move the project to the point of being construction-ready, Chairman Jim Greco has said.

The latest study shows hydroelectric facilities at Peggy’s Run, Hinkston Run and Quemahoning Reservoir could generate up to $534,000 in annual revenue for the authority. The authority is pursuing grants to help pay for some of the design phase.

New Year’s crashes kill 1, hurt 86

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania State Police said car accidents killed one person and injured 86 others over the short New Year’s holiday period. State police investigated 377 crashes on Monday and Tuesday. Of those, 55 were alcohol-related. Troopers made 184 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 1,884 speeding citations.

Woman settles mug shot suit against WTAE

PITTSBURGH – A federal lawsuit has been settled by a woman who said her mug shot was wrongly aired by a Pittsburgh TV news program after her daughter – who has the same first and last name – was charged with kidnapping.

Federal court records show Hearst Stations Inc., which owns WTAE-TV, and Kathy Bass, 49, of New Salem, have settled the lawsuit, though terms aren’t disclosed in court documents filed Wednesday.

Hearst lawyers had blamed police for giving them the mug shot of Bass when her 24-year-old daughter was arrested in August 2010. The younger Bass was sentenced to one to two years in prison after pleading to lesser charges in the case.

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