LATEST HEADLINES

A wintry mix of precipitation was expected to cause hazardous travel conditions and the potential for localized power outages in Centre County. The National Weather Service at State College issued a winter weather advisory for the county through 10am this morning. For the latest weather related updates, go to the Severe Weather Center at ForeverStateCollege.com

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is taking its case against Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. to the state Supreme Court. PennDOT is seeking to ban Hawbaker from bidding on projects for three years after the State College based contractor pleaded no contest to wage theft charges in August.

With decreasing COVID cases, Centre County municipalities revisit masking rules.

Local volunteer firefighting companies can receive up to $12.5k in state funding aimed at assisting rural companies with fighting brush and forest fires.

A Pennsylvania Republican candidate for governor is asking a local prosecutor to investigate rival Doug Mastriano’s campaign finances.

It’s day two of war in Ukraine and Russian troops appear to be closing in on the capital. Tanks and armored vehicles have been seen heading toward the city as explosions go off. More air raid sirens are also being heard today as people are now asked to make Molotov cocktails.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is likely to lead to higher gas prices.  GasBuddy says to brace for a five-to-15 cent jump over the next few weeks, with the national average topping four-bucks by Memorial Day.  President Biden has vowed to do everything possible to “limit the pain.”

The CDC is expected to drop mask recommendations for most people today.  The agency is changing how it looks at the COVID risk to a community.  That means most of the nation will no longer be in an area considered high transmission for the virus.

Longtime Trump ally Roger Stone is suing to stop AT&T from releasing his phone records to the congressional committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot.  The panel has subpoenaed Stone’s phone records from November 2020 through January 2021.  Stone says the subpoena is unlawful, broad and a violation of his First and Fourth Amendment rights.

The Texas Supreme Court is deciding whether the state attorney general, or state medical licensing boards, should be able to enforce a new fetal heartbeat abortion rule.  Thursday’s hearing was just one step in the ongoing federal lawsuit.  The Supreme Court is allowing it to stay in effect until they rule.

Sports

The Penn State women’s basketball team fell 78-55 at No. 17 Ohio State last night.

The Penn State men’s basketball team hosts Northwestern to open up the final homestand of the regular season tonight on Senior Night. Tipoff from the Bryce Jordan Center is set for 7 p.m. with a pre-game Senior Night ceremony set to start at 6:40 p.m. 

NHL – The Penguins lost at home to the NJ Devils, 6-1.