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News & Info -- News Headline 6-27-2014

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Real estate taxes in Mifflin County are going up eight percent. The Mifflin County School Board voted to adopt the 70-point-5 million dollar budget. The tax hike will mean another 92 dollars to the average homeowner. 

Mifflin County Emergency Services reports a train hit a car at Anderson Crossing in Granville Township this morning. There was one occupant in the car. Life flight is standing by. We’ll have more details on the accident when they become available. 

The Marklesburg Volunteer Fire Department has some help when it responds to rescue calls at Raystown Lake. The fire department has acquired a rescue boat. A hundred thousand dollars was raised last year to outfit the boat with a robotic underwater camera. The Fish and Boat Commission will also be able to use the boat. It will help them respond to incidents on the Lake. 

Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health System signed a letter of intent to form a new health enterprise. The collaborative effort will be governed by a new board with equal representation from both entities. The CEO of Hershey Medical Center will be the new CEO of the joint operation. Both will operate independently until the deal is finalized and state approvals are granted. 
PinnacleHealth recently affiliated with J.C. Blair Hospital in Huntingdon.

The state Senate will vote today on giving voters the chance to downsize the Legislature. The House has already passed a bill that cuts its size from 203 members down to 153 and another that eliminate five seats in the 50-member Senate. 
Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati hinted that another amendment may be offered to the Senate downsizing bill. 
The last time voters had an opportunity to vote on changing the size of the House and Senate was 1874.