It’s Radon Action Month in Pennsylvania. Bob Lewis is with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Lewis says Pennsylvania is prone to radon. He advises homeowners to buy a test kit at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
“Put the test kit in the basement for two to four days. This an ideal time to do the testing, because the house is closed up. After two to four days it’s sent back to a laboratory and in a week or two they will get the results. They can get in touch with us up here in Harrisburg to some interpretation for the results and see if they need to do anything further.”
Lewis, a guest on the AM Edition this morning, says radon is a natural radioactive gas that is in the soil and rocks, and can cause lung cancer.
Prosecutors asked for a long prison term for 50 year old, Colleen LaRose, also know as Jihad Jane. But on Monday, a Federal Judge sentenced the Pennsburgh, Montgomery County woman to a 10 year prison term for providing material support to terrorists. LaRose admitted to an online plot to assassinate a Swedish cartoonist. The plot was never carried out. LaRose plead guilty in 2009. she has already served four years.
The Bucks County Commissioners are expected to soon vote on plans for the extensive renovation of the courthouse in Doylestown. Commissioner Chair, Rob Loughery says when the courts move to the new justice center, due to open later this year, the County wants to bring offices located around Bucks back into the Courthouse.
“We’ve got to do some renovations to that building and some upgrades. The building is 50 years old. It will help us improve on energy efficiencies.”
Most of the work on the current courthouse will wait until the Justice Center opens its door.
The Chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners says 2014 will be a busy year. Josh Shapiro told WNPV that investments in roads and parks are needed. He also says the county will expand social services opportunities.
“The Human Services Program, commonly referred to as the Navigate Program, where we’ve gotten our human services employees out in the community and poor communities around Montgomery County, the will expanding and growing.”
Shapiro says the county plans to roll out a program to address veteran homelessness and a new economic development approach.