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Amid budget woes, gas drilling tax turns GOP heads

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A proposal to slap Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry with a new tax is turning the heads of Republican lawmakers amid an increasingly grim budget picture.

Some Republicans in the Capitol are predicting that a tax on natural gas extraction could end up in whatever final budget legislation emerges for the fiscal year beginning July 1. They say it would be preferable to cutting spending in an election year.

Still, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett opposes a tax on the industry. Another key question is whether Democrats and Republicans can agree on a tax structure and destination for the money, even if Corbett changes his position.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman says an extraction tax will become a more serious discussion if it becomes clearer there's a big budget hole.


Girl rescued after chase ends with car in Pa. pond

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a 16-year-old passenger needed medical treatment after being rescued from a vehicle that landed upside-down in a pond after a police chase.

The Indiana Gazette reported Saturday that 21-year-old Kevin Vasbinder, of Mentcle, was charged with aggravated assault and other offences after the Friday night chase that began when police were called to a store for a retail theft report.

The online court docket didn't list Vasbinder's case Saturday, and it wasn't clear if he was represented by a lawyer.

State police tell the paper Vasbinder allegedly lost control of a Buick, which went up an embankment, flipped and landed on its roof in the 5-foot-deep pond.

A fire official says the teen passenger was rescued by state troopers who jumped into the pond.


Bicyclist seriously injured in crash with tractor

AKRON, Pa. (AP) - A bicyclist is being treated for significant injuries after crashing head-on into a tractor during a race on a country road in south-central Pennsylvania.

The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported that the unnamed cyclist was rounding a curve shortly before noon Saturday and came into the tractor's path.

Police say the tractor driver isn't considered to be at fault.

A second bicyclist also crashed during the incident but he didn't require hospital treatment.


Classes canceled after Danville teachers strike

DANVILLE, Pa. (AP) - Parents, students and others say they're hoping for a resolution of the teacher strike that began this week in the Danville Area School District.

The Daily Item of Sunbury reported Saturday ( ) that some 200 teachers walked off the job Thursday, and classes have been canceled for next week.

The paper says teachers plan to resume picketing at all four schools starting Tuesday, when classes would normally start back up after spring break.

Members of the Danville Education Association have been working without a contract for nearly two years.

The school board president says the graduation date of June 6 could be changed, depending on how long the strike lasts.

No bargaining sessions are currently scheduled.


Mayor's menu filled up: 1 day, 24 restaurants

JENKINTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The mayor of a small town in the Philadelphia suburbs can offer a guarantee to his constituents: He won't be going to bed hungry.

Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley is eating at every one of the town's 24 restaurants Saturday to draw attention to its burgeoning restaurant scene. He said before his 16th stop of the day that he's had to battle "mom guilt" from restaurant staff as he's been eating his way around the borough.

The second-term Democrat says he's not counting calories, but he did weigh himself before starting with a single pancake from IHOP at 6 a.m.

The marketing manager for a Philadelphia insurance company is using the meal marathon to promote Jenkintown's first restaurant week, which starts Tuesday.


Yorkers ask city to legalize raising chickens

YORK, Pa. (AP) - A group of York City residents is asking the local government to make it legal for them to raise chickens.

The York Dispatch reported Saturday that several people asked city council last week to consider the change, permitting up to six hens but not roosters.

Supporters say chickens aren't noisier, smellier or messier than domestic dogs and cats, and they don't present a special health risk.

York resident Brent Inners tells the paper chickens can help control bugs.

Some city council members say they're worried legalizing chickens might increase demands on police and property inspectors.

The Legalize Chickens in York City group on Facebook has more than 120 members.


Pa. philanthropist helps waitress become nurse

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A chance encounter with a customer who's a major Harrisburg philanthropist is paying for the education of a waitress who now works as nurse in a hospital facility that bears the man's name.

WHTM-TV reported Friday that Benjamin Olewine III became impressed by Melissa Manier's personality and determination when she waited on him at a suburban restaurant a few years ago.

She took him up on the offer to help with her school costs, and Olewine paid off her debt, along with tuition and book costs.

Manier has earned a degree through a local community college and now happens to be working at a wing named in October for Olewine at PinnacleHealth's General Osteopathic Hospital.

Olewine is chairman emeritus of Sysco Food Services of central Pennsylvania.


Exhibit recreates Warhol's 1964 World's Fair mural

NEW YORK (AP) - Even for a 1964 New York World's Fair that celebrated "The World of Tomorrow," Andy Warhol may have been ahead of his time.

His monumental piece commissioned specifically for the fair was deemed too edgy for the family friendly event. The mural, depicting mug shots of the New York Police Department's most-wanted criminals, was painted over just before opening day.

Now, 50 years later, the work is the focus of a museum exhibition on the very fairgrounds where the pop-art provocateur was infamously censored.

"13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World's Fair" runs April 27 to Sept. 7 at the Queens Museum. It includes never-before-shown archival materials, including the NYPD mug shot booklet.

The show goes on view Sept. 27 at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

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