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8/26/2016
IUP WELCOME WEEKEND ARRIVES
IUP Welcome Weekend has arrived, and activities are ramping up today, even before the bulk of the student body returns to campus.   University President Michael Driscoll opens the academic year this morning at 9 o’clock at Fisher Auditorium, and the event will be followed by a picnic in the Oak Grove from 11 to 1.  Today’s schedule also includes an Alumni Open House from9 AM to 4 PM at the Breezedale Alumni Center. Activities are scheduled all weekend long to welcome students back to campus, including Freshman Convocation on Sunday at 5 PM at the Kovalchick Complex followed by a cookout in the Oak Grove.   As always, motorists are asked to be patient and cautious when driving around the IUP campus, as newcomers familiarize themselves with Indiana.
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8/26/2016
POLICE: BUNDLES OF HEROIN FOUND IN BLAIRSVILLE MAN'S SHORTS
A Blairsville man was ordered held at the Indiana County Jail yesterday after a Wednesday night traffic stop turned into a drug bust in Burrell Township.  State police say 50-year-old James Vernon Holley was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over shortly after 7 PM.  They don’t say on which roadway the stop occurred.  State Trooper Zachary Del Sordo says that “multiple indicators of criminal activity” led to a search of the vehicle, and when Holley stepped out, 29 bundles of heroin and four individual stamp bags fell out of his shorts.   Police do not say how much heroin there was in total or what its street value is.  Nor do they say who was driving or how many other people may have been involved.    Holley was arraigned yesterday morning before District Judge Susanne Steffee, who set bond at $100,000.  The charges include two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and a single misdemeanor possession offense.  A preliminary hearing will be held on September 19th.
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8/26/2016
CRIME REPORTS: 17 CHAIN SAWS STOLEN, IDENTITY THEFT
WHITE TOWNSHIP State police say seventeen chain saws worth more than $12,000 were stolen from a location along Geesey Road in White Township this week.  The saws were in a number of trucks that were broken into between 5:30 Wednesday afternoon and 7 o’clock yesterday morning. Asplundh Tree Service is the owner.  There were five different Husqvarna chain saw models stolen (372xp, 435, 543xp,550xp,562xp).  Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to call state police at 357-1960.   CLYMER BOROUGH Police say someone opened up an Amazon credit card account in the named of a Clymer woman.  The incident happened sometime on September 9th.  The victim is not identified, and police don’t say if any money was lost.
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8/26/2016
ANOTHER SESSION SLATED TODAY IN STATE SYSTEM CONTRACT TALKS
With its legislative assembly members voting unanimously yesterday to authorize a full vote for a strike, the faculty union at the State System of Higher Education schools sat down with negotiators from the State System for the first of two days of contract talks. Neither side is commenting on the bargaining until after today’s session.   After the strike vote, APSCUF President Kenneth Mash accused the State System of not negotiating fairly, claiming “they are more interested in playing games than negotiating seriously.”  He said the union doesn’t know what the State System gains by “continually creating distractions”, but he did not say what those distractions were.   The vote yesterday was the second of a number of steps which must be taken before a strike could actually occur, which means classes at IUP and the other state-owned universities will start on time on Monday.   Meanwhile, APSCUF also represents coaches at the State System schools and like the faculty, they too are working under the terms of a contract that expired on June 30th last year.  After the union’s Executive Council approved a request from the coaches’ leadership, coaches will hold a strike authorization vote September 14th ...
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8/25/2016
UPDATE: APSCUF DELEGATES AUTHORIZE STRIKE VOTE
VOTE TO TAKE PLACE FOR FACULTY, COACHES IN SEPTEMBER
A strike vote was authorized this morning during an emergency conference call with delegates from APSCUF, the union representing faculty and coaches at the 14 state-owned universities, including IUP.   Delegates taking part in that conference call this morning have unanimously agreed to put the decision to strike in the hands of the membership.  The faculty will hold their strike authorization vote from September 7th through the 9th, while the coaches’ vote will be held September 14th and 15th.  In a news release, APSCUF President Kenneth Mash said he felt the State System has not negotiated fairly with the union, and –quote—“they are more interested in playing games and negotiating seriously.” –end quote—He also said it was unfair to the students to continue to drag out the process.     This marks the fifth time that APSCUF has authorized a strike vote to be held among its membership.  On the previous four occasions, in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2012, a strike was not called for.    The conference call took place before both sides started a two-day negotiation session today.  Both the faculty and coaches’ have separate negotiation teams, so each decision is independent from one ...
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