News for 4-4-14

Health Care Protest

Concerned about rising costs, Penn State graduate students protested proposed changes to their health care plans for 4 hours in front of Old Main yesterday. Proposed changes would provide less coverage for graduate students include a 30% increase in insurance premiums raising the plans by $1500 to $3000. The university is looking to increase the student’s stipends by 3% and created a task force to find other solutions for the rising health care costs.

Home Invasion Suspect

State College police have identified a suspect linked to an armed robbery that occurred in the borough in the summer of 2012. According to, police say Julius “Javon” Wright was identified through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System and is one of several men responsible for an armed home invasion that happened at an apartment in the 300 block of West College Avenue. Police said six males entered the apartment and stole money just before 10pm on July 8 and held the residents at gunpoint. Wright is currently incarcerated in Dannemora, NY.    

PUC Regulation

Customers complained and the Public Utility Commission listened. After a winter that saw spiking variable electric rates, the PUC adopted new regulations yesterday that will require power suppliers to disclose more information about their rates and give customers the chance to change companies faster. Under the new rules, customers would be clear on the price per kilowatt hour and change companies within three days if they don’t agree to the terms provided by the supplier. The new regulations must be approved by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission.

Track Dedication

The State College Area School District will hold a dedication ceremony for the new pole vault Soft Box that was donated to the Track and Field program by the Kevin Dare Foundation. The ceremony for the Soft Box and the Foundation will be held at 3pm on Tuesday at the high school track and field pole vault pit. The event, which will be held prior to the 3:45 State College track meet against Chambersburg, is open to the public. 

Corbett Projects

Governor Corbett outlined more than 250 projects yesterday that will start this year due to the state’s new transportation plan. The governor says approximately 900 highway and bridge projects will begins this year and 300 of the projects were made possible because of the plan. Corbett believes the transportation plan will add 18,000 new jobs.

Jack Sherry

A prominent member of the 1954 Penn State Nittany Lion’s men’s basketball team has passed away. Multi-sport athlete Jack Sherry died in a Philadelphia area hospital on Monday. Sherry was a captain on the 1954 team that reached the final four and played offensive end and defensive back on the Nittany Lion football team. Jack Sherry was 81.