Wednesday, 20 February 2013

PA officials remind employers of child labor laws

The state is reminding potential employers about Pennsylvania’s child labor laws as summer school vacations begin. State and federal laws limit when those under 18 can work. Whichever law is more stringent is the one that applies in a given situation. Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry spokesman Troy Thompson notes summer employment can yield gains for both employers and young employees – as long as the rules are followed.

Thompson says children under 14 can be newspaper carriers or caddies, they can do neighborhood chores and they can do some farm work, but that’s about it. He says young high-schoolers can work more hours, while older teens face fewer restrictions."Youth ages 16 and 17 can work a maximum of 8 hours a day – there are no limits between the times they can work – or 44 hours a week during summer vacation with no night work limit. They can be issued a transferable work permit to be used if they change jobs," 

Thompson says. Occupations classified as dangerous are off-limits. These include electrical, explosive and excavating work and activities like welding, roofing and mining. More information is available at the department website, keyword "labor laws."

Friday, 3 August 2012

Public broadcasting

Public broadcasting includes radio, television and other electronic media outlets whose primary mission is public service. Public broadcasters receive funding from diverse sources including license fees, individual contributions, public financing and commercial financing.

Public broadcasting may be nationally or locally operated, depending on the country and the station. In some countries, public broadcasting is run by a single organization. Other countries have multiple public broadcasting organizations operating regionally or in different languages.

Historically, in many countries (with the notable exception of the US), public broadcasting was once the only form or the dominant form of broadcasting. Commercial broadcasting now also exists in most of these countries; the number of countries with only public broadcasting declined substantially during the latter part of the 20th century.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Governor Corbett Issues Flag Order to Honor Fallen Firefighters on Oct. 16

Governor Corbett Issues Flag Order to Honor Fallen Firefighters on Oct. 16

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today ordered all U.S. and Pennsylvania flags
at the Capitol Complex and at commonwealth facilities statewide to fly at half-staff
on Sunday, Oct. 16 in honor of National Firefighters Memorial Day.
All Pennsylvanians are invited to join in this tribute.

Also today, Gov. Corbett announced that the Oct. 13 flag order he issued to honor
fallen Lower Burrell Police Patrolman Derek Kotecki will conclude at sunset on
Monday, Oct. 17, the date of Kotecki’s funeral.
Media contact: Kevin Harley, 717-783-1116

Monday, 12 September 2011

Governor Corbett Views Affected Flood Areas in the Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster and York Areas; Says the Worst of the Flooding is Over

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today said that the worst of the flooding in central and eastern Pennsylvania is over and that authorities are entering the recovery phase of this disaster.
“The people of this state owe a big debt of gratitude to the state police, to local fire, police and ambulance services. I also want to note the exceptional work done by the men and women of our national guard,” said Corbett.
Currently there are 12 unconfirmed deaths in the commonwealth associated with this disaster.
“A combination of planning, quick response and the bravery of our emergency crews has prevented that number from being far higher,” said Corbett.
The Governor reminded residents returning to their properties that many serious safety issues exist when re-entering their home. The following advice should be followed during the clean-up effort.
 Do not return to your home until your evacuation order has been lifted.
 Take great care while cleaning up
 Make sure utilities including gas and electric are disconnected before entering your basement
 Call your insurance agent to see what is covered
 Don’t do business with unlicensed contractors, call the Home Improvement Registration Hotline 1-888-520-6680
 Throw out food that has gone through the flood
 Check with local authorities before drinking your tap water
“We are counting on President Obama to recognize this as a major disaster and to issue a declaration saying so. This opens the doors to federal
assistance to public agencies and individuals, mostly through the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” said Corbett.
All residents with flood insurance should call their agents now, take photographs of everything inside and out, save all receipts and above all thoroughly check out all contractors you sign on to do work on your property.
At this point, the commonwealth will remain at a level two state emergency.
Media contacts:
Cory Angell or Ruth A. Miller, PEMA; 717-651-2009
Kelli Roberts, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

State Police Enforcement Effort Removes Trucks, Drivers from Service

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania State Police placed 163 trucks and 39 drivers out
of service during a recent one-day enforcement effort that focused on inspecting
commercial vehicles that transport hazardous materials.
“Every day in the United States, trucks transport more than 800,000 shipments of
hazardous materials. As many of these shipments pass through Pennsylvania, it’s
our goal to make sure they are transported safely,” State Police Commissioner
Frank E. Noonan said today.
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safe Transportation of Placarded Substances detail,
or S.T.O.P.S, was conducted Aug. 31 by members of the motor carrier enforcement
A total of 1,356 commercial vehicles were inspected during the effort, and 53
percent of the trucks inspected had at least one safety violation, Noonan reported.
Officers handed out 823 traffic citations and 1,268 written warnings for vehicle and
driver violations.
Find more information about State Police online at
Media contacts: Maria A. Finn or Sgt. Anthony Manetta, 717-783-5556
Editor’s Note: Following is a breakdown, by troop area, of the number of vehicles
inspected; number placed out of service; and citations issued by State Police during
the one-day program:
· Troop A (Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties), 87
inspections; 12 vehicles out of service; one driver out of service; 23
citations; 106 warnings.
· Troop B (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties), 104
inspections; 10 vehicles out of service; no drivers out of service; 51
citations; 88 warnings.
· Troop C (Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 171
inspections; 14 vehicles out of service; four drivers out of service; 72
citations; 185 warnings.
· Troop D (Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties), 144
inspections; seven vehicles out of service; three drivers out of service; 48
citations; 84 warnings.
· Troop E (Crawford, Erie, Venango and Warren counties), 72 inspections; 16
vehicles out of service; no drivers out of service; 47 citations; 83 warnings.
· Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter,
Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 103 inspections; 14 vehicles out of
service; six drivers out of service; 96 citations; 91 warnings.
· Troop G (Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin
counties), 102 inspections; seven vehicles out of service; two drivers out of
service; 26 citations; 90 warnings.
· Troop H (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York counties),
33 inspections; five vehicles out of service; one driver out of service; 10
citations; 35 warnings.
· Troop J (Chester and Lancaster counties), 60 inspections; 15 vehicles out of
service; three drivers out of service; 50 citations; 92 warnings.
· Troop K (Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties), 71 inspections;
three vehicles out of service; one driver out of service; 47 citations; 48
· Troop L (Berks, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties), 68 inspections; seven
vehicles out of service; one driver out of service; 32 citations; 50 warnings.
· Troop M (Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties), 33 inspections; two
vehicles out of service; one driver out of service; 18 citations; 31 warnings.
· Troop N (Carbon, Columbia, Monroe and part of Luzerne counties), 42
inspections; 14 vehicles out of service; four drivers out of service; 72
citations; 15 warnings.
· Troop P (Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and part of Luzerne counties), 54
inspections; 10 vehicles out of service; two drivers out of service; 33
citations; 36 warnings.
· Troop R (Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties), 76
inspections; 12 vehicles out of service; two drivers out of service; 50
citations; 82 warnings.
· Troop T (Pennsylvania Turnpike), 136 inspections; 15 vehicles out of service;
eight drivers out of service; 148 citations; 152 warnings.


Thursday, 25 August 2011

UPDATE - Health Officials Announce Measles Exposure in Lancaster and Philadelphia Counties

Aug. 24, 2011
UPDATE - Health Officials Announce Measles Exposure in Lancaster and
Philadelphia Counties
Harrisburg–The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Philadelphia
Department of Public Health are advising the public of exposure to a case of
measles in Lancaster and Philadelphia counties.
An international traveler visiting Pennsylvania has been diagnosed as having
measles. He may have exposed other people to the disease while contagious at the
following dates, times and locations:
Philadelphia County
· Aug. 14, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Greyhound Bus Lines station, 1001 Filbert
· Aug. 14, 5 p.m. to Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m., Philadelphia-Historic District Holiday
Inn, 400 Arch St.
· Aug. 15, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Ride the Ducks Duck Boat Tour (Zone 1),
beginning at 6th and Chestnut Sts.
· Aug. 16, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., 30th St. Station, 2955 Market St.
o The individual departed on the Amtrak Keystone Line Train #643 to
Lancaster, Pa.
· Aug. 17, 1:30– 5 p.m., 30th St. Station, 2955 Market St.
o The individual departed on the Amtrak Northeast Regional Train #171
to Manassas, Va.
Lancaster County
· Aug. 16, 12:06 – 3:30 p.m. and 5:40-9:10 p.m., Lancaster Amtrak stop, 53
McGovern Ave., Lancaster, Pa.
o The individual arrived via the Amtrak Keystone Line Train #643 from
Philadelphia, Pa., which then went on to Harrisburg, Pa.; he left on a
6:10 p.m. train, Keystone Service # 656, to Philadelphia, Pa. which
then went on to New York City. Persons riding between Lancaster and
Harrisburg or between Philadelphia and New York City might also have
been exposed to the measles virus that could remain in the air inside
the train.
· Aug. 16, 2:30 – 7 p.m. at the following locations:
o Amish Experience at Plain and Fancy Farm, 3121 Old Philadelphia Pike,
Bird-in-Hand, Pa.
o Glick’s Roadside Stand, 248A Monterey Road, Bird-in-Hand, Pa.
o Riehl’s Farm/Quilt Shop, 247 E. Eby Road, Leola, Pa.
Based on the dates of exposure in Pennsylvania, it is possible that symptoms could
develop as late as Sept. 7 if individuals were infected during the timeframes
mentioned above.
Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus. Symptoms begin one to two weeks
after exposure and include a runny nose, watery eyes, cough and a high fever.
After four days, a raised, red rash starts to spread on the face, down the body and
out to the arms and legs. The rash usually lasts four to seven days.
An individual with measles can spread the virus to others for four days before and
four days after the rash begins. It is spread during sneezing or coughing, by
touching contaminated objects and by direct contact with infected nasal or throat
secretions. Infected droplets and secretions can remain contagious on surfaces for
up to two hours.
Complications from measles can include ear infection, diarrhea and pneumonia,
encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain) and even death. Measles can also cause
miscarriages or premature delivery in pregnant women.
Most people in the United States are immune to measles, either because they
received the Measles Mumps Rubella (known as the MMR) vaccine in childhood, or
because they were exposed to measles in the pre-vaccine era.
The MMR vaccine is given to toddlers when they are 12 to 15 months of age, and a
second dose is required for all Pennsylvania school children. However, individuals
who have received only one dose of the vaccine, instead of the recommended two
doses, may still be at risk of infection with this virus.
The following groups of individuals are at risk of becoming infected with measles:
· Infants less than one year of age, because they are too young to receive the
MMR vaccine;
· Persons who were vaccinated with an inactivated vaccine, which was used
from 1963 through 1967, and have never been revaccinated;
· Persons born after 1957 who have only received one dose of MMR vaccine;
· Those who refused vaccination; and
· Those from parts of the world where there is low vaccination coverage or low
circulating measles.
If you or your children are at risk for measles and become ill with symptoms one to
two weeks after possible exposure, you should contact your health care provider
immediately and tell them that you’ve been exposed to measles so that precautions
can be taken to avoid exposing anyone else and the cause of illness can be
Health care providers who treat patients with a suspected case of measles should
immediately call their local health department and/or the Pennsylvania Department
of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (877-724-3258) for consultation and to arrange
For more information about measles, visit Anyone who is not
immune to measles and is interested in receiving MMR should ask their health care
provider or contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
Media contacts:
Christine Cronkright or Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Pa. Department of Health; 717-
Jeff Moran, Philadelphia Department of Public Health; 215-686-5244
Editor’s Note: This version amends previously reported information about the
traveler’s return trip to Philadelphia from Lancaster. It now includes an additional
trip via Amtrak.

Monday, 22 August 2011

State Department of Education Meets Requirements of IDEA

News for Immediate Release
Aug. 19, 2011
State Department of Education Meets Requirements of IDEA
Harrisburg – Pennsylvania has earned the highest level possible under the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Department of Education
has determined.
This year marks the fourth time in the past five years the state has received this
determination. Among the seven-largest states ranked by the number of students
with disabilities, this year, Pennsylvania is the only large state to achieve the
“meets requirements” status, as well as being one of 14 states to receive this
determination. The U.S. Department of Education began evaluating states in 2007.
Amended in 2004, IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early
intervention, special education and related services to children with disabilities from
birth to age 18 or 21. Specifically, Pennsylvania’s Department of Education meets
the requirements of IDEA’s Part B.
Under law, the U.S. Secretary of Education must make an annual determination
whether each state is adhering to the requirements of IDEA. The four required
categories include: does the state meet the requirements and purposes of IDEA;
does the state need assistance in implementing those requirements; does the state
need intervention in implementing those requirements; and does the state need
substantial intervention in implementing the requirements.
Each category provides various actions that the U.S. Department of Education must
impose on states, ranging from positive recognition for meeting the requirements to
enforcement measures that could result in the loss of federal funds.
In making the determination, the U.S. Department of Education considers each
state’s annual performance report, performance plan, information obtained through
federal monitoring visits, as well as other public information.
Media Contact: Tim Eller, 717-783-9802
Editor’s note: PDE’s Federal Fiscal Year 2009 Annual Performance Report can be
found at the Bureau of Special Education’s website. The direct link is:

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