HEADLINES FOR BERKS AND LANCASTER COUNTIES 11/24


>>The Latest

(Undated) -- Here's the latest news: The Reading School District has a new superintendent. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is asking the state supreme court to reinstate school mask order. Most residents in Reading will likely see a hike in their garbage bills for the next five years.

>>Jennifer Murray Named New Superintendent of Reading School District

(Reading, PA) -- The Reading School District has a new school superintendent. Jennifer Murray was appointed to the position after the school board voted eight to one Tuesday night to approve the move. She will serve a five-year term for the state's fourth largest school district. In a separate vote, the board approved Murray's annual salary of 235-thousand dollars.

>>A.G. Shapiro Wants Mask Mandate Reinstated

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is asking the state supreme court to reinstate school mask order. A Commonwealth Court struck it down earlier this month, saying the state Department of Health doesn't have authority to require mask in schools, but Shapiro is challenging that decision saying the health of the state's children is at stake. Many Republican leaders want the mask issue to be decided by individual school districts.

>>Reading Residents Could See Hike in Trash, Recycling Bills

(Reading, PA) --  Reading residents will most likely see a hike in their garbage bills for the next five years. The City Council on Monday night tabled a nearly 10-million five-year garbage and recycling contract with Republic Services to have more time to review the contract. As proposed, the trash contract is for a little under seven million dollars and the recycling part is for just under three million. The proposed hike would likely mean about five extra dollars per month for each residential billing. The council will vote on the contract in three weeks.

>>Elderly Man Gets Prison For Stealing Rare Rifle From Museum In The 1970s

(Philadelphia, PA) --  A 78-year-old Pottstown man has been sentenced to a day in prison with three years' supervised release for selling a rare, antique rifle that he had stolen from the Valley Forge State Park Museum. The rifle dated back to the American Revolution. The United States Attorney in Philadelphia says, as part of his guilty plea deal, Thomas Gavin admitted that he had stolen the rifle in 1971 and then sold it in 2018, along with other items that he had taken from museums.  He also received three years of supervised release, with one of those confined to his home, and a 25-thousand dollar fine. Additionally, he was ordered to pay nearly 24-thousand dollars in restitution.

>>Flyers Shut Out By Lightning

(Tampa, FL) -- The Philadelphia have been blanked by the Tampa Bay Lightning, four to nothing to start their back-to-back set in Florida. It's their third straight loss overall and it marks the tenth time in the last 12 games that they've scored two goals or fewer. Derick Brassard left in the first period with a lower-body injury and didn't return. Martin Jones is likely to start tonight's contest against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise.


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