Minimum Wage Hearings: AP PA Headlines, Features, Scores & Skeds

AP PA Headlines 2/12/19

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school board is discussing later starting times for middle school and high school students.  The East Penn School Board is set to discuss the matter Monday in Emmaus, and the board’s agenda contains an item directing district administrators to create a report on later school starts for older students. The Morning Call reports Emmaus High School students currently begin classes at 7:23 a.m. on weekdays.

However, the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended adolescents start school at 8:30 a.m. or later, saying students getting less than eight hours of sleep could see a negative impact on their grades.

School board member Ziad Munson says he’s been thinking about the issue for at least two years since it came up during a public comment period.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hearings on Gov. Tom Wolf’s $34.1 billion budget plan kicked off Monday with a volley of Republican attacks on the prospect of raising the minimum wage, signaling a tough road ahead for a new proposal the Democrat is backing.  The first House Appropriations Committee budget hearing featured members of the Republican majority repeatedly criticizing the broader impact of a minimum wage increase, including whether it would choke off the supply of entry-level jobs, squeeze small businesses or drive up inflation.

 

Rep. Martina White, R-Philadelphia, questioned whether higher minimum wage earners would still earn too little to live without public benefits, but then find themselves no longer eligible for the help.  The first testifier, Matthew Knittel, director of the Legislature’s Independent Fiscal Office, said his agency is working on an analysis of the latest minimum wage proposal that Wolf supports.  Since 2009, Pennsylvania has remained at the $7.25 federal minimum wage level, one of 21 states to do so, and the Republican-controlled Legislature has batted away Wolf’s proposals to raise it since he took office in 2015.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The union representing state troopers says a contract dispute between western Pennsylvania health giants UPMC and Highmark could have a negative impact on troopers and their families.

The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association said Monday that its contract expires next year, while UPMC could stop accepting Highmark insurance at in-network rates at the start of July.

 

The union is concerned that troopers and their families could have to pre-pay for treatment at UPMC facilities for six months or longer.  State Attorney General Josh Shapiro sued UPMC last week, seeking to prevent it from ending a business relationship with Highmark Health.  UPMC has said state law doesn’t give Shapiro’s office authority to force private parties into contracts.  A UPMC referred to its previous statements on the dispute.

 

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Garth Brooks has come out of baseball retirement.  The country music legend will spend just over a week participating in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates, reporting Monday with the pitchers and catchers.  The 57-year-old has previously been in the camps of the San Diego Padres (1999), New York Mets (2000) and Kansas City Royals (2004). His workouts start Thursday.

 

“As a celebrity, they haven’t cut me yet, so we’ll see,” Brooks said with a laugh after taking ground balls at third base and fly balls in the outfield. “You’ve got to use your advantages, you know. Before you could crowd the plate all you want because nobody wanted to hit you. You haven’t got speed. You haven’t got fielding. You haven’t got hitting. So, use the other thing you’ve got.”  Brooks is briefly returning to the sport to mark the 20th anniversary of the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, which has raised more than $100 million for children’s charities. The foundation pairs children with professional athletes.

 

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Actor Harrison Ford offered an emphatic plea on Tuesday for protecting the world’s oceans, calling out President Donald Trump and others who “deny or denigrate science.”

The 76-year-old actor, best known for his roles in “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” stressed the importance of acknowledging the effects of climate change on the world in a speech on the closing day of the World Government Summit in Dubai.  Though never saying Trump’s name, he clearly targeted the American president within the opening moments of his remarks.

 

“Around the world, elements of leadership — including in my own country — to preserve their state and the status quo, deny or denigrate science,” Ford said. “They are on the wrong side of history.”  There was no immediate reaction overnight from the White House.  Trump repeatedly has criticized the idea of climate change, despite it being supported by the vast majority of peer-reviewed studies, science organizations and scientists. Just Monday, Trump tweeted that Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, announced her presidential run “talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures.”

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar “unequivocally” apologized Monday for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, which drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  The Minnesota Democrat said she had no intention offending anyone, including Jewish Americans.  “We  have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me about my identity,” Omar tweeted. “This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

 

The statement was the latest reckoning among Democrats of intense differences in their ranks over the U.S.-Israeli relationship, highlighted by criticism from Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. They are the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. Pelosi and other Democrats, including leaders and chairmen, laid down a marker making clear that Omar had overstepped.  In a pair of tweets over the weekend, Omar criticized the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” she wrote, invoking slang about $100 bills.

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The film academy has finally revealed the Oscar categories that will be presented during the commercial breaks of this year’s broadcast in an attempt to shorten the show to three hours.

The Oscars for cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling and live-action short will be presented off-air at this year’s ceremony, an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spokesperson said Monday.

 

The winning speeches will air later in the broadcast and will also be live-streamed on Oscar.com and the film academy’s social accounts.  Film academy president John Bailey said in a note to members that the executive committees of six branches opted-in to this “slightly edited timeframe” and the board of governors chose four for this year.  “We are committed to presenting a show which we all will be proud of,” Bailey said.

 

In future years, four to six rotating categories could be cut from the broadcast.  The plan to hand out certain awards during commercials to achieve a three-hour runtime on Feb. 24 was announced in August as one of a few changes to combat declining ratings. But unlike the popular Oscar category, which was walked back for further consideration after impassioned backlash, this one stuck.

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Maine man who is accused of being married to three different women in three different states is behind bars in Ohio.    A warrant was issued when 43-year-old Michael Middleton missed a court appearance Thursday in New Hampshire. A day later, he was arrested in Ohio. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department tweeted that the “Cupid of Chaos” was awaiting extradition.

 

Charges were brought in New Hampshire because Middleton married a woman there while also being married to women in Alabama and Georgia.  The New Hampshire wife said Middleton made her feel like he cared about her but eventually scammed her out of $20,000. Investigators say there could be more wives.  Middleton was held Monday evening in the Franklin County Corrections Center. It was not known if he had attorney.

 

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Murray made 50 saves and Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night. Jake Guentzel and Nick Bjugstad also scored and Kris Letang had an empty-netter for the Penguins, who snapped a four-game losing streak while winning for just the fourth time in the last 12.

 

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Kimbal Mackenzie had 27 points as Bucknell got past Lehigh 87-75. Nate Sestina had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Bucknell (17-8, 11-2 Patriot League), which earned its fifth straight victory. This game was on Eagle 107.

 

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

Central Columbia 60, Shenandoah Valley 47

 

Danville 84, Athens 35

 

Montoursville 66, Hughesville 39

 

Southern Columbia 61, Shikellamy 53 This game was on WKOK and WKOK.com.

 

Sullivan County 48, Wyalusing 40

 

Wellsboro 64, Towanda 36

 

Penns Valley vs. Juniata Valley, cancelled

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

 

Hughesville 46, Columbia-Montour 10

 

Lewisburg 46, Milton 34

 

Midd-West 57, Montgomery 32

 

Sullivan County 58, Wyalusing 29

 

Here are the scores from yesterday’s national sports events:

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final    Detroit 121      Washington     112

Final    Cleveland        107      N-Y Knicks     104

Final    Indiana            99        Charlotte         90

Final    Toronto           127      Brooklyn         125

Final    Oklahoma City            120      Portland          111

Final    Milwaukee      112      Chicago           99

Final    Minnesota       130      L.A. Clippers  120

Final    Houston          120      Dallas  104

Final    Denver            103      Miami  87

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final    Washington     6          L.A. Kings      4

Final    Pittsburgh        4          Philadelphia    1

Final    San Jose          7          Vancouver       2

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final    (4) Virginia      69        (8) North Carolina       61

Final OT          (14) Kansas     82        TCU    77

TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

L.A. Lakers     at         Atlanta            7:30 p.m.

Boston at         Philadelphia    8:00 p.m.

San Antonio    at         Memphis         8:00 p.m.

Orlando           at         New Orleans   8:00 p.m.

Utah    at         Golden State   10:30 p.m.

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Washington     at         Columbus        7:00 p.m.

N-Y Islanders at         Buffalo            7:00 p.m.

Dallas  at         Florida 7:00 p.m.

Chicago           at         Boston 7:00 p.m.

Calgary            at         Tampa Bay      7:30 p.m.

Carolina           at         Ottawa            7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia    at         Minnesota       8:00 p.m.

N-Y Rangers   at         Winnipeg         8:00 p.m.

New Jersey      at         St. Louis          8:00 p.m.

Detroit at         Nashville         8:00 p.m.

Toronto           at         Colorado         9:00 p.m.

Arizona           at         Vegas  10:00 p.m.

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

(2) Duke          at         (16) Louisville 9:00 p.m.

(19) LSU         at         (5) Kentucky   7:00 p.m.

(6) Michigan    at         Penn St.           8:30 p.m.

(10) Marquette            at         DePaul            8:00 p.m.

(11) Michigan St.        at         (20) Wisconsin            7:00 p.m.

(12) Purdue     at         (24) Maryland 6:30 p.m.

(18) Kansas St.            at         Texas   9:00 p.m.

(25) Buffalo    at         Akron  7:00 p.m.

 

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