Tri-State briefs

November 12, 2007

Depot gets $6.5 million in preliminary budget

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Letterkenny Army Depot was preliminarily awarded $6.5 million to develop technology to demilitarize munitions in an environmentally friendly manner, Pennsylvania senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey announced last week.

The federal money comes from defense appropriations in Congress' 2008 budget. The funding won't be finalized until the year's Defense Appropriations Conference Report is approved by the president.

"I am pleased that my colleagues have recognized the valuable contribution these projects will make to our nation's defense. Pennsylvania is a top competitor for defense projects that create jobs and strengthen our economy and these funds will go far in supporting the brave men and women who serve our country," Specter said in a news release.

Letterkenny would use the funding to demilitarize rocket systems, said Specter, R-Pa.

The only method available now involves open burning or open detonation, he said.

Also, JLG of McConnellsburg, Pa., would be awarded $2.4 million for the All-Terrain Lifter Army System II, which will serve as the Army's next generation material handlers.


- Jennifer Fitch

Yoder to run for circuit judge position

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - State Sen. John Yoder, R-Jefferson/Berkeley, has announced that he will run next year for the 23rd Judicial Circuit judge seat currently held by Thomas W. Steptoe Jr., who is retiring.

Yoder, 56, said he has decided to run for the judge position rather than seek re-election to his Senate seat.

The Jefferson County lawyer served as a judge from 1976 to 1980, when he was a district court judge in Kansas.

"As a former legislator, I recognize that it is the role of the legislature, and not the judges, to enact legislation and social policy," Yoder said in a news release. "I will strictly construe and interpret the law, but if legislative actions violate the Constitution, I will uphold the Constitution."

Businesses to take part in Smoke Out

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Four area employers and one local restaurant are participating in the Great American Smoke Out on Thursday.

Staying Tobacco Free, coordinated by Summit Health, urged area employers and restaurants to become "smoke-free" for the day, in hopes that they will implement a smoke-free policy every day of the year.

Participants are encouraging their employees to not smoke on Thursday.

Landis Threading in Waynesboro, Pa.; Olympic Steel in Chambersburg; World Kitchen in Greencastle, Pa.; and Summit Health will be providing their employees who smoke with survival kits. The Niche Restaurant in Shippensburg, Pa., will protect the health of its employees and the residents of Franklin County with a smoke-free atmosphere.

For more information on implementing a smoke-free policy or for a free survival kit, call 717-262-4691.

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