Local News 1-29-13

State College Teachers Receive New Deal

Teachers in the State College Area School District are finally working with a new contract in place. The district’s School Board approved the contract last night unanimously. The contract is retroactive to July 1, 2011 and lasts until June 30, 2015. It gives the district’s teachers a 2 percent raise, but calls for higher health care costs. According to the Centre Daily Times, the contract applies to all of the district’s teachers, regardless if they are union members.

Hit and Run under Investigation

State College Police are investigating a hit and run crash that occurred early Monday morning in the 100 block of High Street. Police say a small white car collided with a street sign and retaining wall then fled the scene. Police suspect the car has front-end damage. The accident occurred around 1:50 a.m. and anyone with information should contact police at 814-234-7150.

Lawmakers Submit Letter to NCAA

Two Pennsylvania lawmakers are asking NCAA President Mark Emmert to restore the 40 scholarships taken away from Penn State’s football program in sanctions levied against the school. State Congressmen Glenn Thompson and Charlie Dent co-signed a letter to Emmert yesterday, saying the scholarship reduction potentially denies future student-athletes to higher education. Thompson represents the State College area and Dent is from the eastern portion of the state.