Penn State Punishment, Gas Prices Fall, Dominion Warns of Scam

Fines in excess of $60 million will be levied against Pennsylvania State University, but the school's football program will not receive the "death penalty," which would have suspended the program for at least one year. Speaking from Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Penn State will be punished with severe penalties, including scholarship losses and postseason sanctions. The sanctions include: A $60 million fine on the university with the funds going to the establishment of an endowment that will serve the victims of child sexual abuse across the country. The amount is the equivalent to one year of gross earnings for the football team. A ban from post-season play and bowl participation for four years. The program will be on probation for five years. Scholarships will be reduced from 25 to 15 per year for four years. The NCAA is vacating all wins from 1998 to 2011. The NCAA reserves the right to initiate a formal investigation on individuals after the conclusion of any criminal proceedings. The punishment comes in the wake of the child abuse sex scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted last month on 45 criminal charges for abusing 10 young boys.

Average retail gasoline prices in Cleveland have fallen 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.43/g Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.49/g, according to gasoline price website ClevelandGasPrices.com. Including the change in gas prices in Cleveland during the past week, prices Sunday were 23.0 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 0.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 2.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 20.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Dominion East Ohio cautioned customers not to divulge personal information such as a Social Security number or banking information to anyone offering to help them pay their utility bills through a federal program. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), there is no federal program to pay household bills, and providing personal information could lead to identity theft and credit issues. According to the BBB, victims in states across the country have been contacted by phone, text message, social media and in person. They were asked to "register" their Social Security number and banking information and to make payments using what turns out to be a fake account number. Dominion encourages anyone who is contacted about a government program proposing to pay utility bills to contact the BBB and local law enforcement officials. Dominion also cautions customers to ask to see an official Dominion ID from anyone who comes to their residence and claims to be from the company.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager