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PA Republicans Petition Wolf To Distribute Education Tax Credits

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- Days after negotiations to balance Pennsylvania's late budget collapsed completely, lawmakers, the governor, and their staffers are still trading barbs over social media--and in more formal ways, too.   Nearly 80 House Republicans have signed a petition demanding Wolf issue approval letters to businesses for tax credits that go toward scholarships. The money is past-due under state law. Both the Republicans and Democratic Wolf administration blame the problem on budget discord.  The Educational Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit go to businesses, which in turn give up to $750,000 to scholarship and education programs in their areas.  The language that governs the credits was most recently updated in 2016, after Wolf delayed the payments during the previous year's nine-month budget standoff. It says the administration should send letters approving the funds by August 15.

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Support Fades In New York For Constitutional Convention

ALBANY (WSKG) - A new poll finds waning support for a constitutional convention in New York. The issue is on the ballot in November. The Siena College poll finds that enthusiasm for a constitutional convention has dropped since the summer, with more people now saying they would vote against it, although a plurality still backs the idea. Spokesman Steve Greenberg said 44 percent of registered voters said they’d vote yes, down one percentage point from 45 percent in early September. Thirty-nine percent said they’d vote no, up six points from the 33 percent who were against the proposal a month ago.

What I’m Watching – October 9, 2017 to October 22, 2017

As the TV Program Manager for WSKG, I watch a lot of videos.  Here on wskg.org, I'll share a glimpse at some of my favorite programs that WSKG will broadcast and video clips I think you should check out online. I hope you enjoy! And let me know what you think - tell us in the comments. -- Stacey

Weeks of October 9, 2017 to October 22, 2017
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2017 Rod Serling Film Festival Winners

BEST ABSTRACT/EXPERIMENTAL | Algo |Isabella Mesko

BEST DOCUMENTARY | Choices | Shyann Stroud

BEST FICTION/STORY | It’s Not What It Looks Like | Jad Jacob

BEST SCI FI/ FANTASY | 8 to 8 | Alec Simmons

BEST SOCIAL COMMENTARY | Dream Deferred| Nadia Nugent

BEST K-5 | Monster Girl | Colleen McGuinness

BEST 9-12 | Why God? | Evan Pritchard

HONORABLE MENTION 9-12 | Doodle | Tyler Barhydt

SPIRIT OF SERLING AWARD | Left to Write | Erick Amaya, Griffin Bluemer, Thomas Friebolin, David Mosden, Noah Morris

BEST IN SHOW | 8 to 8 | Alec Simmons

Double Honor for Film ‘8 to 8’ in Serling Fest

The film '8 to 8' is by Alec Simmons, student at Ithaca's Lehman Alternative Community School in Ithaca, NY. '8 to 8' is the recipient of the 'Best SciFi/Fantasy' award and the honor of 'Best in Show' for 2017.  Here is some feedback from the filmmaker. What is your film about? A college student keeps noticing a mysterious tower on the outskirts of campus.

Listen Now: Free-Range Folk, October 7

Free-Range Folk

October 7, 2017

Eliza Gilyson - "Death in Arkansas"
Roses at the End of Time (2011, Red House Records)

Dave Carter & Tracy Grammar - "Better Way"
Little Blue Egg (2012, Red House Records)

Abbie Gardner - "Hope"
Hope (2011, Independent)

Mary Gauthier - "Evangeline"
Drag Queens in Limousines (1999, Independent)

Pat Wictor - "The Scorpion Departs"
This Is Absolutely Real (2017, RiskyDisc Records)

Scott Ainslie - "The Feral Crow"
The Feral Crow (2004, Cattail Music)

The Black Lilies - "Two Hearts Down"
100 Miles of Wreckage (2011, North Knox Records)

John Gorka - "Really Spring"
Bright Side of Down (2014, Red House Records)

Neko Case - "I Wish I Was The Moon"
Blacklisted (2002, Anti-)

Punch Brothers - "Julep"
The Phosphorescent Blues (2008, Nonesuch)

Elephant Revival - "Sing To The Mountain"
Elephant Revival (Ruff Shod Records)

Tish Hinojosa - "Los Deportados"
After The Fair (2013, Varese Sarabande)

Paper Bird - "Just Sing"
Rooms (2013, Independent)

Horse Feathers - "A Heart Arcane"
Cynic's New Year (2012, Kill Rock Stars)

Matthew and the Atlas - "I Will Remain"
To The North (2010, Communion Records)

Anais Mitchell, Greg Brown - "Why We Build The Wall"
Hadestown (2006, Righteous Babe Records)

Noam Pikelny - "Hen of the Woods"
Universal Favorite (2017, Rounder Records)

Dolly Parton - "Little Sparrow"
Little Sparrow (2001, Sugar Hill Records)

Lydia Sylvia - "Dark Holler Blues"
Chasing The Ghost (2014, Independent)

Daisycutter - "West of Eden"
Waiting For The Stars (2016,

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell - "Sun's Gonna Shine"
Love Has Come For You (2013, Universal)

Jess Morgan - "A Hundred Years Old"
Edison Gloriette (2016, Drabant Music)

Molly Parden - "Kentucky, I"
With Me In The Summer (2016, Independent)

Caroline Herring - "Camilla"
Camilla (2012, Signature Sounds)

Patty Griffin - "Shine a Different Way"
Servant of Love (2015, Thirty Tigers)

Rosanne Cash - "Motherless Children"
The List (2009, Manhattan Records)

Laurie Lewis & the The Right Hands - "Pretty Bird" featuring Linda Ronstandt
The Hazel and Alice Sessions (2016, Spruce and Maple Music)

‘Monster Girl’ Wins Elementary Category Honor in Serling Film Fest

Colleen McGuinness | Artist Bio
I am 9 years old and in 4th grade in Union-Endicott.  I have been in 5 shows at the Endicott Performing Arts Center and got to go to New York City this year to see Broadway shows.  I play the piano in the movie. I also like playing old rock-n-roll on my recorder and this year I’m learning to play the stand-up bass. What is your film about? Can you summarize in a few sentences? It’s about a girl that scares her parents and then marries a boy named Joe.

Ti-Ahwaga Community Players Present ‘The Glass Menagerie’

'The Glass Menagerie' was the play that started Tennessee Williams' career as a playwright. Director James Osborne and assistant director Kylee Thetga join us to talk about Ti-Ahwaga Community Players production of it, featuring Jane Nichols reprising the role of Amanda after 20 years. http://wskg.org/audio/menagerie.mp3

 

Photo credit: Ti-Ahwaga Community Players

‘Choices’ Wins Best Documentary in Serling Film Fest

Congratulations to Shyann Stroud, student at Greater Southern Tier BOCES, for the 'Best Documentary' honor in the 2017 Rod Serling Film Festival. What is your film about? My film "Choices" is the story of my life, and how I dealt with certain tragedies in a positive light. How did you come up with the idea for your film? As a class we were tasked with writing a paper on Rod Serling.