Area/State News In Brief…

Fire Police meeting

Warren County Fire Police will meet at North Warren Fire Hall at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 7.

All Fire Police please report behind the Warren Police Station on Hickory Street by 9 a.m. July 4 to work the parade. Any questions call Nancy or Mary.

Checkpoints,

DUI patrols planned

Pennsylvania State Police troopers from the Warren and Corry stations will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving DUI patrols on Friday through Sunday, June 28-30, within the Corry station’s patrol area.

The enforcement effort will focus on roadways that have shown a high incidence of DUI arrests, DUI-related crashes and other alcohol-related situations.

Closed for holiday

PennDOT announced that all driver license and photo centers will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.state.pa.us.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can log on to www.511pa.com or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.

House OKs charity

tax amendment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The state House of Representatives has approved an effort to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to clarify that lawmakers, not judges, may decide what kinds of institutions qualify as charities and can escape paying certain taxes.

Wednesday’s 118-82 vote in the Republican-controlled House put aside objections by Democrats that cash-strapped cities will be hurt. The Senate approved it in March.

If approved in the next two-year session of the Legislature, the proposal could be sent out to a statewide referendum in 2015.

The amendment would let lawmakers decide which institutions qualify as “purely public charities” that are exempt from local taxes, including hospitals, universities and churches.

Democrats oppose reverting to a state law that they say allows many institutions to escape paying taxes under questionable circumstances and prevents municipalities from challenging that status.

Man imprisoned

for infant’s death

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A suburban Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in the death of his infant son two years ago.

Twenty-four-year-old Jameel East of Lansdale had pleaded guilty in January in Montgomery County Court to third-degree murder and lying to authorities in the June 2011 death of three-month-old Enzo East.

Authorities said the defendant was frustrated after the child threw up on him, and he banged the infant’s head on a sink counter in the bathroom..

Speaker: Pension

issue may wait

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania House Speaker Sam Smith says there’s time for lawmakers to finish work on major bills before they break for the summer, but pension reforms may have to wait.

In an impromptu news briefing after Wednesday’s House session, Smith said the four days left in the fiscal year are enough time to pass a state budget and to reach agreement on some high-profile issues Gov. Tom Corbett has highlighted.

The Jefferson County Republican says transportation funding talks have been fluid, causing postponements of more than one meeting of the Transportation Committee, but he’s hopeful a scheduled Thursday session will be productive. He says any final plan will require votes from the Democratic minority.