GANT RELOAD: Week of Dec. 30

The GantDaily.com weekly reload gives readers a look back upon the most noteworthy stories of their work week.  It contains the big headlines, as well as a few stories you might have missed. It might even include a story or two of the lighter side.

The GantDaily.com reload will be posted each weekend for your perusal. For most part, the reload will be filled with local headlines, but every now and again, a state, world or national story will make the list.

Bill O’Brien Named Head Coach of Houston Texans

Larry Johnson named interim head coach; national search begins immediately for Penn State’s 16th head coach

UNIVERSITY PARK – Bill O’Brien has informed Penn State that he is leaving Penn State to become the head coach of the National Football League’s Houston Texans.

A national search will begin immediately to select Penn State’s 16th head football coach, according to Dave Joyner, director of athletics. Joyner said long-time defensive line coach Larry Johnson will serve as interim head coach while the search is under way.

PennDOT Outlines Winter Storm Strategies Ahead of Possible Storms

HARRISBURG – With possible winter storms forecast in the days and weeks ahead, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch today explained that while crews will work around the clock as needed, roads will not be free of ice and snow while precipitation is falling.

NWS Issues Winter Weather, Wind Chill Advisories

STATE COLLEGE – The National Weather Service in State College has advised that a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until midnight. Additionally, the NWS has advised that a Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. tonight until 12 p.m. Friday in the northwest mountains.

The NWS anticipates hazardous types of snow and dangerous wind chills.  Snow accumulations, the NWS stated, will be an additional three to four inches today and another one to two inches early tonight with storm totals being six to nine inches.

NBC Sports: Bill O’Brien Grew Frustrated with Penn State Politics

The Texans knew they’d be in the job market around a month ago, when they fired Gary Kubiak.

But Kubiak’s official departure came two days after his replacement confided to a reporter that he wasn’t long for Penn State.

In a comprehensive look at Bill O’Brien’s departure from the college ranks for the Texans job — which O’Brien accepted last night — David Jones of PennLive.com detailed a Dec. 4 conversation with a frustrated O’Brien.

PA Consumer Alert: Information to Prepare for Changes in Healthcare Coverage

HARRISBURG – Several key pieces of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, and may include changes to your healthcare coverage. Pennsylvania wants to ensure that individuals who have applied, or are planning to apply, for healthcare know their status and where to go for assistance.

Charges Held for Court in Aggravated Assault Case

HOUTZDALE – A 48-year-old Lanse man accused of assaulting a state constable had all charges held for court after a preliminary hearing during a special session of Centralized Court on Monday afternoon.  Rusty Alan Maines, 48, of Lanse has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief.

Top News Stories of 2013

GantDaily.com has compiled this listing of the most read news stories of 2013. It consists of the No. 1 story for each month.

Judge Extends Lifeline to Brain-dead Girl

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Oakland, CA, United States (4E) – A judge extended Monday an order preventing a hospital from removing a brain-dead girl from a respirator machine to give her family time to transfer her to another medical facility.

WJAC-TV: Corbett Ending Bid to Privatize PA Lottery

By WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett announced Monday that he was ending his efforts to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Corbett said in a release that the commonwealth will not continue to pursue the Lottery Private Management Agreement with Camelot Global LLC, a British firm. The initial deal to privatize the lottery through Camelot was first reached in April of 2012.

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