Health Alert! West Nile Virus Returns

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For my mid-state readers, this just in! 

The number of mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus is increasing in Dauphin, Lebanon, York and Cumberland Counties.  Carriers were trapped in Harrisburg City and Derry Township! 

Be careful out there! 

New Jersey Poised To Become National Leader In “Green” Wind Turbine Power

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Governor Christie is at it again.  Creating green power, creating jobs, and getting national recognition for New Jersey!  Did you know New Jersey is second behind California for solar power!  

Hey Fast Eddie..this is the kinda stuff you should be doing instead of raising taxes and laying off state workers.  

P.S.  We need a new bridge over Keim Street!! 

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20100820_Christie_signs_law_encouraging_offshore_wind_turbines.html 

Harrisburg Authority Defaults On Incinerator Bond Payment!

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This is very bad news!  The City of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Authority have defaulted on a $35 million dollar bond payment for the incinerator.  Dauphin County is now on the hook for $35 million dollars by December 1st.

The payment was to come from two accounts.  One account had .49 cents in it and the second account contained .84 cents.  I have more change in my pocket!

I reported earlier that the city controller had come up with a plan for debt repayment on the incinerator, however, I would think this is NOT part of the plan to repay the debt.  Unless defaulting on the loan is the only way to transfer the responsibility to the county, which was part of the plan, I believe.

The Economy Is Still Bad

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The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania had 592,000 people unemployed in the month of July.  7000, mostly “census jobs”, were lost which contributed to the decline.  The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 9.3% for July 2010, which is a full point higher than July 2009.  Yes, things are just getting better all the time.  The national unemployement rate is 9.5%.