LATEST HEADLINES

THE STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL BOARD VOTED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PROPOSED $180 MILLION BUDGET FOR 2022-23.  THE NEW TAX RATE WOULD MEAN A $113 ANNUAL INCREASE FOR THE AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNER AND THE AVERAGE ANNUAL TAX BILL WOULD BE $3,323. A PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD BEFORE THE SCHOOL BOARD’S MAY 16TH MEETING, WITH FINAL APPROVAL SLATED FOR JUNE 6.

AN OWNERSHIP GROUP PAID $950,000 TO BUY THE FORMER NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY IN BELLEFONTE.  PLANS FOR THE 7.5-ACRE PROPERTY INCLUDE A BREWERY, TASTING ROOM, DISTILLERY, RESTAURANT AND BAR.  CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN THIS SUMMER

One hundred forty-two Penn State student-athletes are scheduled to graduate this weekend (May 6-8) during Commencement ceremonies. The 142 student-athletes on the intent to graduate list adds to the 17 student-athletes from the fall graduation and brings Penn State total graduates to 159 for the 2021-22 academic year.

The battle for Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant is creating a dire situation for civilians as the fierce combat continues. Many people are in urgent need of medical help and food, according to a UN spokesperson. Rescue operations are planned for today with the help of aid organizations, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. However, a Ukrainian commander inside the plant claimed Russians had broken their pledge to allow civilians to leave through the evacuation corridors. The Kremlin, on the other hand, denies that its troops are preventing civilians from leaving. The UN said it’s unclear how many people remain in the plant, while Ukrainian authorities put the number in the hundreds.

FDA limits use of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine over blood clot risks, 

HE MIFFLIN COUNTY CORONER HAS IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM OF A LATE WEDNESDAY EVENING HOUSE FIRE IN UNION TOWNSHIP. LINDA J. MILLER, WHO WAS 66, PERISHED IN THE FIRE THAT HAPPENED IN A HOME NEAR NORTH 16TH AND MAPLE STREETS IN BELLEVILLE.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL BEING INVESTIGATED.

A date is now set for when the Senate will try to make abortion legal across the nation. 

Former President George W. Bush is thanking Ukraine’s leader for his “commitment to liberty.” 

It seems many are against a COVID border policy ending this month. 

NASA scientists have a new plan to connect with aliens.

THE FDA IS ISSUING A VOLUNTARY RECALL FOR OVER 161-THOUSAND POUNDS OF SKIPPY PEANUT BUTTER.  HORMEL FOODS ANNOUNCED THE RECALL OVER THE POSSIBILITY OF STAINLESS STEEL FRAGMENTS FROM A PIECE OF MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT HAVING CONTAMINATED “A LIMITED NUMBER OF JARS.”  PRODUCTS INCLUDE REDUCED FAT CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER, REDUCED FAT CHUNKY PEANUT BUTTER, AND CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER BLENDED WITH PLANT PROTEIN. 

Sports

The Penn State track and field teams conclude the regular season and compete in their final tune-up before next week’s Big Ten Championships Friday when the Nittany Lions host the Jim Thorpe Invitational.

The Penn State softball team (29-20, 11-9 Big Ten) finishes the regular-season with weekend trip to Illinois (33-17, 14-5 Big Ten) to battle with the Fighting Illini. The first game of the series is set for Friday night a 6 p.m. EST and will be streamed on B1G+.

MLB – The Mets edged the Phillies, 8-7.

NHL Playoffs – The Rangers even the series at a game a piece a 5-2 win over the Penguins

NBA Playoffs – The Miami Heat take on the Philadelphia 76ers first, hoping to pull of a third win.