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Health care law posts respectable sign-up season

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVARAssociated PressStill facing political jeopardy, President Barack Obama's health care law beat expectations by earning solid sign-ups this year, according to figures released Thursday by the administration.About 12.7 million people signed up for individual private ...

So many people to thank

The fourth annual Frozen Snot adventure race is now complete, and thanks goes to many members of our local community for their support, including The Express for front page coverage.This event does not happen without the blessing of Lock Haven's City Council and the City Authority. In 2003, the ...

We live in a dreamstate

By ROBERT J. GOULDI grew up in the first American Dream, where returning soldiers from World War II were greeted by new suburbs, with cute ranch-style homes on quiet cul-de-sacs, surrounded with green grass and white picket fences.That American Dream was filled with square deals: military ...

How to tell if Congress is working again

By LEE H. HAMILTONThere have been encouraging signs that the Republican leadership on Capitol Hill wants to make Congress function again.They've talked about using conference committees more, allowing a more open process for rank-and-file members, enacting separate appropriation bills rather ...

New gas pipeline projects increase Northeast natural gas takeaway capacity

By PENNENERGYwww.pennenergy.comA number of recently completed and upcoming natural gas pipeline projects are expected to increase the reach of natural gas produced in the Marcellus and Utica regions of the Northeastern U.S.A number of recently completed and upcoming natural gas infrastructure ...

The ration board burglars

In the past, during times of war, supplies were rationed to conserve resources. World War II was big for this; all sorts of things were rationed and doled out to the public in small doses.In 1945, toward the end of the war, a couple of burglars decided to take some of it back.The story hit The ...

What’s up, vegetable gardener?

A picture, a sound or a smell can suddenly trigger memories of days long gone. Maybe it's an age thing that the older we get, the more we reminisce and put ourselves back in time.Recently a seed catalog arrived with beautiful pictures of garden vegetables on the cover and inside were new ...

finding support

HEALTHr Alzheimer's and Caregivers Support Group - 7 p.m. Feb. 9 (second Tuesday of the month), Conference Room B of Susque-View Home. Information: Fran Decker at 748-4302.r Parkinson's Support Group - Open to everyone interested in learning about the disease, 3 p.m. Feb. 10 (second ...

Natural gas royalties from state forest land production drop sharply

(Editor's Note: A large amount of gas royalty money going to Pennsylvania government and into the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources agency budget is coming from the vast amount of leases allotted in the Sproul and Tiadaghton State Forests north of Lock Haven and ...

Q&A: Obama administration’s new rules for visa-free travel

By ALICIA A. CALDWELLAssociated PressThe Obama administration is tightening travel restrictions on Europeans and others who have visited Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in the last five years.At the same time, officials say the new rules might not apply to travelers in certain occupations whose ...

‘Paycheck protection’ on the move

By JASON GOTTESMANwww.PLSreporterSo-called "paycheck protection" legislation that passed the Senate in October began its way through the House Tuesday as the House State Government Committee sent Senate Bill 501 to the full House along a party-line vote.According to committee Majority Chairman ...

More workers need access to 401k accounts

With the old-fashioned company pension now an endangered species, what besides Social Security will support Americans in retirement?For many, the answer is a 401(k).The retirement accounts are offered by employers, but workers decide how much money they want to save.The amount is deducted ...

An odd situation for an even-numbered year

By JASON GOTTESMANwww.PLSreporter.comThere's generally one simple rule for governing in Pennsylvania: do the heavy lifting in odd numbered years.Even numbered years in Pennsylvania's state government are usually ones in which some of the more controversial-also known as attention getting-topics ...

The Supreme Court decision that could change the U.S. presidency

By DIANE DIMONDIt will be a monumental decision either way: One that has the potential to shape national politics and public policy for decades to come.And don't be fooled into thinking it's just about U.S. immigration policy. It is much bigger than that.The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to ...

The decline of ticket splitting

By G. TERRY MADONNAAnd MICHAEL YOUNGIn electoral politics, the things that most matter are too frequently obscured by the things that most entertain.This isn't new or novel in American political campaigns where the raw, sensational and gaudy often eclipse the sober, serious and consequential ...

Odds overwhelming that record heat due to climate change

By A'NDREA MESSERRecord-setting temperatures over the past century and a half are extremely unlikely to have occurred without human-caused climate change, but the odds of that happening are not quite as low as previously reported, according to an international team of meteorologists."The press ...

What to do about the on-field misconduct in the NFL

By BARRY WILNERAP Pro Football WriterMemories etched in the minds of NFL fans should be of spectacular catches, clean open-field tackles, perfect throws and precise kicks.Instead, the prevailing images over the last month, if not for the entire season, have been of the fiascos involving Odell ...

On the money: Is that credit card with an annual fee really worth it?

By KEN SWEETAP Business WriterThe biggest months for adding and dropping credit cards are December and January, so now's the time to make sure that $95 annual fee is really worth it.Chances are, it's not."Generally, for the average credit card holder, it is not likely they are going to use a ...

Super Bowl lessons for the next president

America's attention will soon be consumed by the 50th Super Bowl.Just before and after that event, the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries will consume the attention of the nation's political junkies.On super Sunday, most Americans will pick a team to root for as their champion for the ...

Bible digest

"I spoke to you in your prosperity; but you said, I will not hear. This has been your manner from your youth, that you obeyed not my voice." (Jeremiah 22:21 AKJV)Prosperity can get in between us and God. Think it over.