May 28, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Butler County: Former PA senator Rick Santorum announces bid for presidency

Santorum ran in 2012 and he’s back to attempt again, joining the current pool of six GOP candidates. Santorum made the announcement Wednesday in Butler, and is scheduled to kick off a tour in Iowa today.

State College: Kappa Delta Rho disbanded for three years

Penn State tripled the initial punishment for the fraternity after discovering other misconduct during an investigation into its Facebook page that contained photos of nude, unconscious women.

Pittsburgh: The inequality of the Pittsburgh Promise

Black male high schoolers are half as likely as other major student groups to receive the $40,000 Pittsburgh Promise scholarship. The Promise is offered to students in the city’s public schools with strong academic and attendance records to use toward post-secondary education.

Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh’s top earners

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher doesn’t appear on the university’s public list of highest-paid employees because he hasn’t yet worked for a full year, but we know he was  paid less than head basketball coach Jamie Dixon (at $3 million) and former head football coach Paul Chryst (at $1.65 million).

Allentown: Police officers suspended

Three South Whitehall Township police officers were suspended, one also demoted, for violating township police policy. Allegations include neglect, intemperance and disobedience of orders.

NATIONAL

FIFA gets a red card from the U.S. Attorney General

As of Wednesday, indictments abound in the case of alleged U.S.-based corruption by FIFA soccer officials. FIFA officials are accused of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering through the U.S. banking system and to have accepted bribes on U.S. soil.

IRS reports breach of information on 100,000 tax returns

Hackers accessed the Internal Revenue Service’s “Get Transcript” service using stolen personal data from February through mid-May, but the IRS didn’t notice any suspicious activity until last week.

Court of Appeals continues blocking Obama’s immigration laws

President Obama’s executive action to reform immigration laws by blocking deportation and offering work permits to undocumented immigrants will be put on hold. On Wednesday, Justice Department officials announced they would not appeal to the Supreme Court, and would wait to make a stronger argument.

Ford recalls vehicles for power steering failure

About 423,000 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models are being recalled for sudden electrical malfunction that causes the power steering to switch to manual.

‘Forest Mondays’ revolutionized one kindergarten class

Ottauquechee School in Vermont started a program where a class spends the entire day outside in the woods, regardless of rain, shine or snow. It doesn’t yield quantifiable data, but its benefits show in other ways, like the health and happiness of the students.

IN OTHER NEWS

‘Minecraft’ video game funds stem cell research

A 24-hour “Minecraft” marathon, to be held June 6, will benefit the National Stem Cell Foundation. Top “Minecraft” players will log a total of 10,000 hours for charity.

The daily report was compiled by Stephanie Roman, a PublicSource intern. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at sroman@publicsource.org.