NBC’s Thompson to speak
Anne Thompson, a 16-year veteran of NBC News, will speak at King’s College’s 64th annual commencement exercises at 2 p.m. May 19 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Approximately 500 students will receive degrees at the ceremony. In addition to addressing the graduates, Thompson will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree from King’s.
Thompson is NBC News’ chief environmental affairs correspondent. Before joining NBC News, Thompson was employed at television stations in South Bend, Ind., St. Louis and Detroit.
Streetscape phase to start
Mayor Tom M. Leighton and other city officials will mark the start of Phase V of the Streetscape Enhancement project at an 11 a.m. press conference Monday.
Phase V will include sidewalk improvements and other upgrades to Public Square from Rodano’s Restaurant past the F.M. Kirby Center as well as between the Geisinger Building and Mimmo’s Pizza. This phase also will remodel sections of West Market Street between Public Square and SouthWashington Street. It is funded by federal and state grants.
Hearings on PPL plan set
The state Public Utility Commission has scheduled two hearings to receive public comment on the Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project proposed by PPL Electric Utilities Corp. and the company’s application to use eminent domain as part of the project.
Administrative Law Judge David A. Salapa will conduct the hearings at the Thornhurst Volunteer Fire Co., 351 Old River Road, Thornhurst, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. May 2.
On Dec. 28, PPL filed applications and petitions seeking commission approval for the siting and construction of the Northeast-Pocono Reliability Project in portions of Luzerne, Lackawanna, Monroe and Wayne counties.
The public is may attend the hearings and provide comments. Customer testimony will become part of the record on which the PUC will issue its final decision.
Nurses’ licenses suspended
Two Luzerne County nurses have had their licenses suspended by the state board of nursing recently.
Kim Mulaski, of Swoyersville, and Judy A. Thomas, of Kingston, both had their licenses indefinitely suspended, according to the department of state. The reasons given were they are unable to practive “with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of mental or physical illness or condition, physiological or psychological dependence upon alcohol, hallucinogenic or narcotic drugs or other drugs which tend to impair judgment or coordination.”
State health spending lags
Pennsylvania ranks 43rd in public health spending, according to a new report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Thursday.
The report, titled “Investing in America’s Health: A State by State Look at Public Health Funding and Key Health Facts,” asserts the nation’s public health system has been chronically underfunded at the state and federal level for decades, which has hampered the ability of health departments to carry out importance core functions such as disease prevention and responsiveness to public health crises.
Pennsylvania, ranked 43rd, spent an average of $14 per person on public health spending. The median among states was $27. Pennsylvania also ranked 47th in federal health spending by the CDC.
“The role of the public health system is unique and vastly different from the private healthcare system,” Joe Donahue, Program Nurse Consultant from the Southwest District, said. “Public health requires more than `once and Done’ services like immunizations — we serve the health care needs of the entire community through health protection and surveillance, illness prevention and promoting overall health. This requires adequate staffing from the state.”