LATEST HEADLINES

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reduced speed limits on two interstates through Centre County as wintry weather conditions move through the area on Thursday night. Speed limits have been reduced to 45 miles per hour on Interstate 80 from Clarion to the west through Clinton County to the east and on Interstate 99 in Centre County. PennDOT urges motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.

Patton Township supervisors plan to consider a new temporary COVID-19 ordinance requiring masks to be worn in places open to the public, though board members largely questioned whether such a measure could be effectively enforced.

Mount Nittany Medical Center announced in mid-December that it needed to suspend select surgeries and procedures through Jan. 5 — but, a day after that deadline, the hospital has so far declined to publicly confirm or address whether such procedures are actually set to resume.

Centre County Administrator Margaret Gray will retire in May after more than five years in the county government’s top administrative role.

President Biden says he won’t allow anyone to “place a dagger at the throat” of democracy. He gave a speech to yesterday to mark the one year anniversary of the Capitol attack. The day of remembrance ended last night with Congress holding a vigil on the Capitol steps.

Another Capitol Police officer is going after former President Trump.  Briana Kirkland filed a lawsuit yesterday on the one-year anniversary of the Capitol attack.  She details what happened that day and blames Trump for inciting the violence and causing her injuries.

The Supreme Court is taking up President Biden’s COVID vaccine mandates today.  Justices will hear arguments in two challenges affecting nearly 100-million workers. 

A school shooting suspect in Michigan is due in court this morning.  Ethan Crumbley is accused of killing four classmates and injuring seven others last November.  His parents were  also arrested for not locking up the gun he allegedly used.  They’ll try to get their bail reduced today.

Tennessee officials say a fire that destroyed a Planned Parenthood clinic in Knoxville was set on purpose.  Planned Parenthood says the building was nearing the end of a two-million-dollar renovation when it was burned down on New Year’s Eve.  They plan to rebuild.

Sports

The No. 5 Penn State men’s volleyball team began its 2022 season with a sweep of No. 6 BYU, 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-19) at Rec Hall Thursday evening.

Penn State Lady Lions women’s basketball team fell 106-78 at No. 10 Maryland on Thursday at the Xfinity Center. 

NHL- The Penguins won their 10th in a row, as they skated past the Flyers, 6-2.