Ginsburg Becomes 1st Woman To Lie In State At Capitol

September 25, 2020 3:27 am

WASHINGTON (AP) – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the first woman in American history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol, capping days of commemorations of her extraordinary life. The justice died last week at age 87. She also will be the first Jewish-American to lie in state and just the second Supreme Court justice. The first was Chief Justice William Howard Taft, who also had been president. Ginsburg’s casket will be brought to the Capitol Friday morning for a private ceremony in Statuary Hall attended by her family and lawmakers. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, plan to attend.

Fight For Trump Tax Returns Heads Back To Appeal Court

September 25, 2020 3:26 am

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments Friday in President Donald Trump’s long-running fight to prevent a New York top prosecutor from getting his tax returns. Trump’s lawyers appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a district court judge last month rejected their renewed efforts to invalidate a subpoena issued to his accounting firm by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. A temporary restraining order remains in effect, preventing any tax records from being turned over at least until the latest appeal is decided. Trump has said he expects the case to return to the Supreme Court, making it unlikely the dispute will be resolved before the November election.

One Hurt In LA Protest Hit-And-Run

September 25, 2020 3:25 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) – At least one person was hurt when a vehicle ran into a small crowd of people protesting police brutality in Los Angeles night. Officials say an ambulance transported one patient to a hospital in unknown condition following the hit-and-run in Hollywood Thursday night. About 30 minutes later, KCAL9 TV showed helicopter footage of a white sedan pushing slowly through a crowd of marchers blocking another intersection on Sunset. It wasn’t immediately known if anyone was hurt in the second incident. There were no arrests. Los Angeles Police Officer J. Chavez said investigators were still gathering information about both incidents.

Louisville Police Arrest 24 During Protests

September 25, 2020 3:24 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Police in Louisville, Kentucky, say at least 24 people were arrested from a protest in the city on Thursday. A statement says charges included unlawful assembly, failure to disperse and riot in the first degree. Authorities allege the protesters broke windows at a restaurant, damaged city buses, tried to set a fire and threw a flare into the street. Protests have broken out across the country following the announcement Wednesday that no officers were directly charged in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. The Black woman was killed during a police raid in March. Police pulled back from the Louisville protest on Thursday night after negotiating an ending with demonstrators.

Lane Closures Scheduled For West Chestnut Street

September 25, 2020 3:07 am

WASHINGTON, Pa. — Lane closures could cause some delays on West Chestnut Street Friday in North Franklin Township. According to PennDOT, crews will be performing joint repairs on a bridge along Route 40 . Traffic will be controlled by flaggers, and the work will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. PennDOT reminds all motorists to use caution while entering and driving through work zones.

State Grants Awarded For Park Upgrades

September 25, 2020 3:15 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. — South Strabane Township and the City of Washington are set to receive grant money for upgrades to  community parks in the municipalities. Republican State Representative Tim O’Neal of the 48th District announced the that close to $200,000 worth of Community Conservation Partnership Program Grants were awarded for multiple projects. South Strabane was awarded $46,100 for the rehabilitation and further development of Billy Bell Park. The construction will include parking and pedestrian walkways, play equipment ADA Access and landscaping. Meanwhile, the City of Washington was awarded $150,000 for further development of Washington Park. Work will include parking areas, walkways, stormwater management measures, play equipment and landscaping.

Loaded Handgun Found At Pittsburgh International Airport

September 25, 2020 3:21 am

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WPXI) — A loaded handgun was found in a passenger’s carry-on bag at the main security checkpoint at Pittsburgh International Airport Thursday evening. According to a release from Allegheny County police, TSA screeners saw the loaded 9mm gun in the person’s bag and alerted police. Investigators said the 34-year-old man had a valid concealed carry permit and accidentally left the firearm in his bag. The passenger was permitted to fly after authorities notified the FBI of what happened. No charges are expected to be filed, but county police still have the man’s weapon.

National Guard Deployed To Area Nursing Home

September 25, 2020 3:18 am

GREENSBURG, Pa. (WPXI) — The Pennsylvania National Guard is being deployed to a Westmoreland County nursing home to help control an outbreak of COVID-19. There are 47 confirmed cases among patients at Westmoreland Manor. Twelve employees have also tested positive. The guard will take over COVID-19 testing so the employees who aren’t quarantined can get back to caring for patients. County Commissioners said their priority is protecting residents and staff. They hope these proactive measures help keep the virus from spreading further. Members of the National Guard are expected to be at the home on Saturday. There’s no timetable for how long guardsmen will be there. The National Guard was deployed to Brighton Rehab in May to help control an outbreak there.

Allegheny County Lifts Coronavirus Orders

September 25, 2020 2:10 am

The Allegheny County Health Department announced Thursday its stricter COVID-19 orders have been lifted, effective immediately.  Instead, Allegheny County will abide by the limitations set by the state – which were less restrictive in terms of gathering limits. The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s orders related to mask-wearing, mandatory telework, worker safety, building safety and hospital safety all remain in place. Officials said business occupancy restrictions “applicable to personal care service, indoor recreation and health and wellness facilities, entertainment venues, and bars and restaurants are also in effect.” The previous gathering limits in Allegheny County – indoors of 25 or less people and outdoors of 100 – are being lifted in favor of the state guidelines, which allow for 250 people outside.

COVID -19 Infections Top 153,000 In Pennsylvania

September 25, 2020 2:30 am

The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Thursday that there were 853 additional positive cases of COVID-19 added, bringing the statewide total to 153,397.  County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.  There are 8,079 otal deaths attributed to COVID-19, reflecting an increase of 17 new deaths.  In nursing and personal care homes, there are 22,498 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,936 cases among employees, for a total of 27,434 at 969 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 5,397 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.  A county breakdown can be found here.     Approximately 10,513  of our total cases are among health care workers.  Washington County added one new infection for a total of 1,311 cases of COVID-19.  The county death toll remains at 29.  Allegheny County added 60 new cases for a total of 11,927 and no new deaths for a total of 354 fatalities.  Greene County added three new cases for a total of 182.  Deaths remain at one.  Across the United States, COVID-19 cases have surpassed six-point-eight-million and more than two-hundred-and two-thousand people have died.  Mask wearing is MANDATORY in all businesses until further notice and residents are REQUIRED to wear a facial covering in public places.  Employees of those businesses are REQUIRED to wear a mask as well.