BLOG: Fighting Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic is a Key Piece of the 2016-17 Budget

first_imgBLOG: Fighting Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic is a Key Piece of the 2016-17 Budget Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 20, 2016center_img Budget News,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Governor Wolf has spent much of his past three months at roundtables across Pennsylvania discussing local and statewide efforts to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania.The Wolf Administration has been focusing on this issue since day one, and it has never been clearer that we must take further action now. We cannot afford to wait.Governor Wolf has stressed the important role that the 2016-17 budget plays in addressing this crisis. Governor Wolf proposed $34 million to fight the opioid crisis in the final budget. This funding would allow the state to draw down approximately $18 million in matching federal funds, for the Department of Human Services to implement 50 Centers of Excellence that will treat more than 11,000 people that currently are not able to access treatment.We have heard about the need for more treatment from dozens of legislators, health professionals, law enforcement, emergency personnel, and community leaders, as they have joined Governor Wolf, DDAP Secretary Gary Tennis, DOH Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, DOC Secretary John Wetzel, DHS Secretary Ted Dallas, and Director of Homeland Security Marcus Brown at more than two dozen stops to discuss the importance of battling the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania. Take a look at the map of their many stops here.Through these roundtables, Governor Wolf has learned that every single community throughout the commonwealth is struggling to wrap their arms around the depth of this epidemic, and that treatment services are scarce and often difficult to navigate. Therefore the Wolf Administration sees enormous value in expanding access to all levels of treatment, including long-term residential, outpatient, and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for the Wolf Administration. In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. Heroin and opioid overdose are now the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents.Pennsylvania must address this crisis like the public health epidemic that it is. It is vital that we combine efforts on the federal, state, and local levels to fight back against drug abuse and prevent the deaths of thousands of more Pennsylvanians. Governor Wolf’s proposed funding for the 2016-17 budget is the next crucial step in this collaborative effort. By: Jeff Sheridan, Press Secretarylast_img read more

No changes in IMCA procedures, points, regional boundaries for 2015

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – You’ll have to look pretty hard to find differences between 2014 and 2015 IMCA proce­dures. Aside from some wording in the engine claim pro­cess, there isn’t any.Both the point system and how bonus points are awarded will be the same this season as last. IMCA Presi­dent Brett Root also noted there won’t be any change in re­gional boundaries for Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks. “We announced in December there was a possibility of realigning those borders and creating regions for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods,” he said. “After much discussion, we determined that changing the borders for Stock Car and Hobby Stocks was feasible but at this time, not necessary.”“There definitely will be regions, likely east and west, for the Northern SportMods in 2016,” Root added. “They are now our second largest division in terms of mem­bers and regions would make perfect sense.” The areas of the country represented in top national Modified standings last season dispelled any notions to make bonus point changes.“Everyone has an idea on how to handle the bonus point system but nothing indicated that system had flaws that needed to be addressed,” said Root. “With the num­ber of drivers and tracks we have, this is a pretty good sys­tem.”More local track and special series schedules are being final­ized. The weekly point season began in early January and runs through Sept. 27, with the IMCA Speedway Motors Su­per Nationals fueled by Casey’s Sept. 7-12.“Super Nationals is always the first full week of Septem­ber and unfortunately that will squeeze out a week­end of specials usually held during the point sea­son,” Root said.last_img read more

Jeanette Moreland, 85, Cedar Grove

first_imgJeanette Moreland, age 85, of Cedar Grove, Indiana died Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born January 18, 1934 in Northridge, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Charlie & Wanda (Green) Maxwell.  On December 28, 1966 she was united in marriage to Melvin Keith Moreland, and he preceded her in death on August 23, 2004.She was a homemaker, and in her leisure time she enjoyed yard sales, and playing cards at the Franklin County Senior Citizens Center.  She was a former member of the Franklin County Public Transportation Board.Survivors include two children, Tracy Roberts of Cedar Grove, Indiana and Anita Roberts of Northridge, Ohio; two sisters, Becky Sechrist of Troy, Ohio and Helen Layman of Littleton, Colorado; three brothers, Bill (Sue) Maxwell of Troy, Ohio, Earl Maxwell of Jacksonville, Florida and John Maxwell of Troy, Ohio; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville.  Burial will follow in Holy Guardian Angels Cemetery in Cedar Grove, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Moreland family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit .last_img read more

Rea reigns in Spain with World Superbike title success

first_img Rea had only needed a top nine finish to ensure he became his nation’s first motorcycling world champion since 1968. The County Antrim 28-year-old finished behind England’s Tom Sykes, Welshman Chaz Davies and Michael van der Mark of Holland. Northern Ireland’s Jonathan Rea has won the World Superbike title after finishing fourth in the opening race in Jerez on Sunday. Ironically the race that sealed Rea’s title win also marked the first time he had finished off the podium in 21 races. Rae went on to also finish fourth in the second race of the afternoon, which was won by Davies. Rae told BBC Sport: “I cannot quite believe it – I have been waiting for this moment for such a long time. “It was a difficult race and on every lap I was thinking about the championship and I was really happy in the end.” Northern ireland great Joey Dunlop won the Formula One TT title in 1968, with Brian Reid winning the Formula Two title in the same year. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ex-Felons’ Voting Rights on Hold As Court Accepts DeSantis’ Appeal

first_imgFormer felons in Florida who still owe fines and fees related to their imprisonment may not get to vote this year after all.A federal court on Wednesday delayed a May 26 ruling by Judge Robert Hinkle that would have been one of the biggest expansions of voting rights in the state’s history, affecting up to 775,000 ex-felons.The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta issued the stay after a majority of its judges accepted Gov. Ron DeSantis’s request for a full court review of Hinkle’s decision.A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit upheld Hinkle’s first ruling last October.Back then, the case affected just the 17 plaintiffs in the lawsuit by the ACLU, Campaign Legal Center and other voting rights groups.The court at that time also denied a request by DeSantis for the full court review.The court has set a hearing date of Aug, 11, putting the affected felons past the the July 20 registration deadline for the Aug. 18 primary.Meanwhile, the registration deadline for the November election is Oct. 5.“Today’s decision is a setback,” said Paul Smith, vice president of the Campaign Legal Center.Breaking: The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Florida’s felon voting case en banc (meaning the whole court). It also stayed the district court’s ruling, so Florida’s law requiring felons to serve their full sentences before voting remains in effect.— Honest Elections Project (@honestelections) July 1, 2020 He went on to say, “The district court’s decision to block Florida’s pay-to-vote system followed clear Supreme Court precedent. We are hopeful that the court of appeals will follow suit and confirm once and for all that wealth cannot determine a person’s eligibility to vote.”Nearly 65 percent of Florida voters approved Amendment 4 in 2018, restoring voting rights to the state’s 1.4 million ex-felons.Advocates for the amendment claimed it was self-implementing.However, a law signed by DeSantis last year outlined requirements to pay back fines, fees and restitution as part of a felon’s sentence.Hinkle’s ruling came from a lawsuit brought by voting rights groups that claimed the fines and fees requirement in the law were racially discriminatory, and that they are the equivalent of a “poll tax” banned by the U.S. Constitution.Hinkle ultimately ruled the provision was unconstitutional because “the State of Florida has adopted a system under which nearly a million otherwise-eligible citizens can vote only if they pay an amount of money. … Many do not know, and some may not be able to find out, how much they must pay.”The judge also called the law a “pay-to-vote system,” and ordered the state to allow those who are unable to pay to be able to register.last_img read more

Golfer Vani tied 22nd in Finland

first_imgLahti, June 8: Indian golfer Vani Kapoor finished the first round tied at 22nd position with a score of three-over par 75 in the 40,000 euros Viaplay Ladies Finnish Open, part of the Ladies European Tour (LET) Access Series.Vani on Thursday carded a birdie on the sixth hole against four bogeys on the first, seventh, 11th and 17th holes at the Messila Golf Club. She shared the 22nd spot with 12 others.Laura Fuenfstuek of Germany was on top with a four-under 68 — one stroke ahead of Sweden’s Emma Nilsson.Laura’s round included an eagle (on the par-five ninth hole), six birdies against four bogeys.Emma fired six birdies against three bogeys.Finnish amateur Krista Junkkari was third with a 70. IANSlast_img read more

England pick teenager Hameed, Batty for Bangladesh tour

first_imgBy Steve TongueLONDON, England (Reuters) – Teenaged opening batsman Haseeb Hameed was one of the three uncapped players named yesterday for England’s forthcoming tour to Bangladesh.Surrey all-rounder Zafar Ansari and Northamptonshire batsman Ben Duckett are the others, while Ansari’s 38-year-old team mate Gareth Batty returns as one of the four spinners, 11 years after he was last selected for a Test.Opener Alex Hales and one-day captain Eoin Morgan had decided not to tour Bangladesh over security concerns.Most interest will now focus on whether Lancashire’s Hameed can succeed where Hales largely failed in solving the longstanding problem of an opening partner for captain Alastair Cook.The 19-year-old has been prolific in county cricket this season, scoring more than 1 000 runs at an average of 52.He would become one of the youngest players to appear for England since the second world war.“For someone so young, he has had an impressive season,” national selector James Whitaker told the England and Wales Cricket Board website (“His four centuries, against some of the best bowling attacks in the country are testament to his outstanding temperament and attitude.“Ben Duckett merits his call-up to both squads after showing his qualities as an attacking batsman.“His 220 not out for the England Lions in a 50-over game against Sri Lanka A earlier this summer was very special.”Selecting four spinners for the Test matches will offer “plenty of options”, Whitaker added.“Alongside Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, we are excited about the qualities that Zafar Ansari and Gareth Batty bring to the squad.“Zafar has great potential both with bat and ball and Gareth’s experience as one of the country’s best slow bowlers and his ability to be effective in subcontinent conditions will be beneficial.”Ansari was selected for the Test squad to tour Pakistan last year but had to withdraw with a thumb injury.England play two Tests against Bangladesh next month, after three one-day internationals that begin on October 7.After Morgan’s decision to stay at home, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will be the one-day captain.Batsman Joe Root has been rested from the one-day squad.England Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.One-Day International squad: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Ben Duckett, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.last_img read more

Manchester United will not make move for Victor Lindelof during transfer window

first_imgManchester United will not make a move for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof during the January transfer window.United manager Jose Mourinho was reported to be interested in the 22-year-old Sweden centre-back.However, BBC Sport understands the form of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo in central defence has persuaded manager Jose Mourinho he does not need to buy.The Portuguese also has cover at centre-back in Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Daley Blind.Reports from Portugal had claimed Lindelof would become the club’s most expensive all-time defender, costing between £38M and £42M, and that he had been assigned a squad number at Old Trafford,Since Jones and Rojo were paired together for the first time in the 3-1 win against Swansea on November 6. United are unbeaten for 11 games, one short of equalling their best run since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.Jones and Rojo have been in central defence together for nine of those matches, when they conceded seven goals.last_img read more

Kent State, Ball State meet in MAC quarters

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 6 seed Kent State (20-12, 10-9) vs. No. 3 seed Ball State (18-13, 11-7)Mid-American Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, Cleveland; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the MAC semifinals is on the line as Kent State is set to take on Ball State. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Feb. 4, when Kent State made only one 3-pointer on 20 attempts while the Cardinals went 10 for 27 behind the arc en route to a 62-54 victory. Kent State, Ball State meet in MAC quarters Associated Press SUPER SENIORS: Kent State has relied heavily on its seniors. Antonio Williams, Danny Pippen, Troy Simons and Philip Whittington have collectively accounted for 65 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 80 percent of all Golden Flashes points over the team’s last five games.ACCURATE ANTONIO: Williams has connected on 31.1 percent of the 61 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 17 over his last five games. He’s also made 65.5 percent of his foul shots this season.YET TO WIN: The Golden Flashes are 0-5 when they score 63 points or fewer and 20-7 when they exceed 63 points. The Cardinals are 0-8 when allowing 70 or more points and 18-5 when holding opponents below 70.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Kent State is a perfect 11-0 when the team records eight or more steals. The Golden Flashes are 9-12 when they steal the ball fewer than eight times.DID YOU KNOW: Ball State has made 9.1 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among MAC teams.___center_img March 11, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Busta Champions of Champions, Ivan Madray finals pushed back due to rain

first_imgHEAVY rainfall has forced the postponement of two mouth-watering finals this weekend, as Rose Hall Town (RHT) NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour and long-time adversaries Albion, will have to wait to settle their score.Both teams have been playing out of their skins, doing well to reach the finals in both the Ivan Madray and Busta Champion of Champions 1st division tournaments.Following a few days of heavy rainfall throughout Guyana, the Ancient County was no different as inclement weather forced the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) to put an indefinite time frame on the two respective finals.Yesterday the two teams were expected to do battle in the Ivan Madray T20 final at the No. 69 Viking Ground while tomorrow’s encounter was for the coveted Busta 40-Overs title.With a new date for the finals yet to be announced, both teams will now have additional time in order to get themselves fully prepared for the double-header.Albion, with the likes of Kandasammy Surujnarine, Adrian Sukhwa, Sharaz Ramcharran, Rajiv Ivan, Anthony Bramble, Jonathan Foo, Veerasammy Permaul, and Devendra Bishoo, have been among the top performers to date in both competitions.Meanwhile, RHT Thunderbolt led by all-rounder Eon Hooper with the talents of Junior Sinclair, Kevin Sinclair, Jason Sinclair, Delbert Hicks, Jonathan Rampersaud, Sylus Tyndall and others will be keen on maintaining their phenomenal run as they prepare to oppose familiar foes.last_img read more