LATEST HEADLINES

Mount Nittany Medical Center reports record COVID-19 patient numbers, postpones some procedures.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Centre County reached a record level this week even as the overall case total fell. The average number of COVID patients at Mount Nittany Medical Center this week was the highest it’s been during the pandemic, officials said on Dec. 17.

2 new medical marijuana dispensaries set to soon open in Centre County.

Could towing rates within State College Borough increase significantly? Council to consider changes.

The top expert on coronavirus warns the omicron variant is going to take over this winter. Dr. Anthony Fauci says this Christmas doesn’t have to be a repeat of last year.  He’s urging even those with a booster shot to get tested before attending an indoor celebration and advises against gatherings if not all the guests are vaccinated.  All but five states have reported omicron cases.  President Biden will detail his action plan for the nation tomorrow.

The White House isn’t giving up on President Biden’s social spending bill. 

The House panel investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection is looking into whether former President Donald Trump committed a crime with his involvement in the deadly riot.

Texas is moving forward on building its own border wall. 

The governor of Colorado is being asked to save a trucker sentenced to 110 years for a crash that killed four people. 

It looks like holiday shoppers are paying the price for labor shortages this year.

Sports

NFL – The Steelers defeated the Titans. The Eagles host Washington tomorrow night.

NBA – The 76ers game was PPD.

NHL – The Penguins won their 7th straight with a 3-2 win as the Devils skid hits 6.

Penn State swimmer senior Carlos Vasquez broke multiple Honduras national records during the 15th FINA World Swimming Championships.

Penn State women’s basketball’s home game against Towson scheduled for Wednesday, December 22 has been canceled due to positive COVID-19 results within the Tiger basketball program. The game will not be rescheduled.

The dramatic rise in pro athletes testing positive for COVID-19 has the NBA, NHL, and NFL scrambling.  The NFL is giving all players test kits they can use at home to detect infections before they enter team facilities.  The NBA and NHL announced a slate of postponements on Sunday.  The NBA will postpone five more games and the NHL said it will postpone 21 games from now through Thursday.  Those games match Canadian and U.S.-based teams and the league is worried about cross-border travel and uncertainty about travel restrictions from Washington and Ottawa.