Leif Greiss is the Bristol, Tennessee beat reporter and data reporter for the Bristol Herald Courier. He's previously written for the Reading Eagle, WhoWhatWhy.org, TribLIVE.com, The Daily Collegian and other media. His focuses are on investigative journalism, data analysis, data visualization, and web programming. He graduated from Penn State in '17 with a major in digital and print journalism and minor in information science and technology.
BRISTOL, Tenn. - When he's gone on medical relief trips to South America, Dr. Grat Correll said he's seen kids die almost every day, many of them from vaccine-preventable diseases like diphtheria or polio. Correll, a physician of 25 years, said parents often asked him to vaccinate their children, but he couldn't - they didn't have the means to safely store vaccines or administer them.
City property by the numbers: " Parcels owned by the city: 298 MOST VALUABLE ASSESSED PROPERTIES: " Steele Creek Park, the main parcel: $1.38 million " Bristol Tennessee Fire Department Station No. 5 near The Pinnacle: $888,600 " Pinnacle Park: $699,000 " Bristol Products property: $372,500 " Whitetop Creek Park: $360,800 " Largest Property: Steele Creek Park, the main parcel - 2,148 acres or 3.3 square miles " Street with the most city-owned properties: Shelby Street, at 31 properties.
When it comes to overall money raised in Virginia's 9th District congressional race, U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith leads Democratic challenger Anthony Flaccavento by almost $200,000, but Flaccavento comes out on top when it comes to individual donors. Overall, nearly 97 percent of money raised by Flaccavento came from individual donors.
GLADE SPRING, Va. - When Taulby Edmonson played football at Patrick Henry High School, the fight song "Dixie" was played by the band every time the team scored a touchdown. For him, the song inspired positive feelings and represented school spirit.
Step into the long, linear jail cell so overcrowded there is scant room to sit or sleep, save for a few unoccupied patches of concrete floor. Inmates wearing faded jumpsuits with black-and-white stripes and bright orange Crocs stare back blankly as the large door of gray metal bars slams shut.
BRISTOL, Tenn. - Parsley, chocolate mint, garlic, lettuce, tomatoes and petunias are just some of the goodies planted by Haynesfield Elementary students in the Haynesfield Community Garden. The newly updated garden at the school on Bluff City Highway in Bristol, Tennessee, was debuted Thursday during a celebration that brought students, teachers, parents, community members and school officials together.
Democrats performed well in state and local elections in 2017 and held a large lead in generic polls heading into this year. But voters expecting a Democratic wave that wins them the House in 2018 may be in for a surprise. Winning the majority of votes in a state, or in the country as a whole, doesn't guarantee victory.
As volunteer fire companies across the country struggle to retain new members, the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Company is taking a proactive approach to keep more young blood in its ranks. The fire company will be offering a tuition reimbursement plan and a scholarship-based junior program to help recruits pay for higher education.
Created by Leif Greiss and Frank Esposito courtesy of Carto Pennsylvania is split into 67 counties, of which 24 have more registered Democrat voters than registered Republican voters. Many of these Democrat-leaning counties contain cities and large metropolitan areas. For example Allegheny county, where Pittsburgh is located, or Philadelphia County, are both overwhelming Democrat.
Leesport Borough Council names a ball field after Connor Kleffel, who died in an ATV accident in November. There were tears in Nici Kleffel's eyes as she and her husband, Brad, accepted a plaque honoring their son Connor A. Kleffel.
More than 100 go to the December meeting to voice concerns over a proposed logistics park overlay ordinance. More than 100 residents packed themselves into the Tilden Township supervisors December meeting to voice concerns over a proposed logistics park overlay ordinance.
2015 saw the most sexual assaults reported at Penn State since 2012, following the breaking of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. There were 62 forcible sex offenses reported to the university in 2015, just one less than the number of reported sexual offenses in 2012.
After years of cutbacks, a federal program that communities rely on to complete projects they otherwise could not afford might disappear entirely. President Trump's 2018 budget proposal calls for eliminating the $3.3 billion Community Development Block Grant program, commonly known by its acronym, CDBG.
Getting a bunch of 3- and 4-year-olds to sit down for any length of time is hard. Giving them the foundation they need to succeed in kindergarten is even harder. Yet, somehow, Marian Ayres manages to do both.
On the night of Oct. 6, 2016, Old Main's pillars were lit up top to bottom by a multi-colored light display, simply reading: All In. Born out of conversations students had with President Eric Barron and Vice Provost of Educational Equity Marcus Whitehurst, the initiative 'All In' seeks to expand and celebrate diversity, inclusivity and equity on Penn State campuses and in the community as a whole.
With THON merely hours away, let's take a look at the massive event by the numbers. One thing is certain: the statistics are remarkable. Two-thirds of all money raised since THON's inception in 1977 has been raised in the past 10 years.
As of Sept. 10, just two weeks into the fall 2016 semester, there were five Timely Warnings concerning sexual assault. Sexual assaults are not the only crimes that Timely Warnings focus on, however, they make up the majority of those sent to the Penn State University Park community.
Drunken undergraduate shenanigans are what caused a University of Virginia student to be sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea. Otto Warmbier, a junior at Virginia and a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, was sentenced on March 16 for attempting to steal a propaganda poster during a trip he took to North Korea, according to the Associated Press.