Local News 11-3-3

Pennsylvania Sues NCAA

The commonwealth of Pennsylvania, led by Governor Tom Corbett, is suing the NCAA over stiff sanctions imposed against Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sansusky child sexual abuse scandal. Corbett says the effects of the sanctions are felt far beyond the football program, burdening innocent parties and damaging the economic structure of the region and state. Corbett contends the NCAA’s involvement is overreaching and wants all sanctions repealed. However, many are questioning the timing and motives of the lawsuit. Officials would not discuss the state’s estimated expenses for legal involvement. 

NCAA Reacts to Corbett

In a strongly worded statement, the NCAA expressed its displeasure with the lawsuit filed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. The NCAA responded by saying: "We are disappointed by the Governor's action today. Not only does this forthcoming lawsuit appear to be without merit, it is an affront to all of the victims in this tragedy - lives that were destroyed by the criminal actions of Jerry Sandusky. While the innocence that was stolen can never be restored, Penn State has accepted the consequences for its role and the role of its employees and is moving forward. Today's announcement by the Governor is a setback to the University's efforts."

Corbett concerns Local Representative

Local Representative Scott Conklin sees the lawsuit filed by Governor Tom Corbett as politically motivated. Conklin says the governor’s change in position, from accepting the NCAA sanctions as a member of the Penn State Board of Trustees to opposing the sanctions in the lawsuit is bewildering. Conklin adds that the timing of the move, two weeks prior to new Attorney General Kathleen Kane takes office, is also troubling.

Turnpike Tolls to Rise

Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase on Sunday by 10 percent for cash customers and 2 percent for E-Z Pass customers. With the increase, E-Z Pass customers will save about 25 percent on average compared to cash customers. According to a release, the new rates will take effect at 12:01 a.m. this Sunday and are expected to generate roughly $25 million dollars in new revenue in 2013.