TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014

Funeral Services Set For Ferguson Teen
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Funeral services for the black 18-year-old killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri are planned for Monday. Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the family of Michael Brown, says the exact time and location for the memorial has not been finalized. The shooting of the unarmed Brown by officer Darren Wilson has stoked more than a week of unrest in the city. Police have used tear gas, sound projectors and other means to turn back demonstrators, some of whom have lobbed Molotov cocktails and bottles at officers. The volatile scenes prompted Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard in an effort control the unrest. (photo: NBC News)

Rt. 19 Project On Schedule
The massive Route 19 project in the Erie-Highland section of the city remains on schedule to be finished by late October. PennDOT officials announced today that paving of streets in that area will begin in early September. There will also be a road closure at College for about a week early next month. The contractor says pedestrians are still trying to walk through the construction area near Locust and are being asked to refrain from doing so for their own safety.

One Dead In Crash Involving Coal Truck
TWIN ROCKS, Pa. - The coroner says one person has died in a crash that closed a stretch of U.S. Route 422 in western Pennsylvania for several hours. The Indiana County coroner's office did not immediately release details, but confirmed one person was killed. The coroner expected to release more information later Tuesday. County dispatchers say the accident was reported about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday in Pine Township between a coal truck and a sport-utility vehicle. Dispatchers say several people were also flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. State police were not immediately releasing details on the crash, which forced troopers to close the highway between Red Mill Road and Route 403. The highway reopened about 11:30 a.m. The scene of the crash is about 55 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Wildfires Force Evacuations
OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) - Officials say a California wildfire that has forced about 1,000 people from their homes in the foothills near Yosemite National Park is holding steady amid higher humidity and calmer winds. The blaze around the Madera County community of Oakhurst remained at a little under 2 square miles on Tuesday. It has destroyed eight structures and was threatening about 500 homes around Oakhurst, which is about 16 miles from a Yosemite entrance. The wildfire began Monday and was fueled by gusty winds and dry brush. Farther south, another out-of-control wildfire has scorched about 5 square miles of dry brush and prompted evacuations in Southern California's Kern County. The U.S. Forest Service says the blaze burning near Lake Isabella northeast of Bakersfield has expanded in several directions. Some structures have burned and residents of about 200 homes are under recommended evacuation orders. (photo: NBC News)

Peanut Butter/Almond Butter Recall
NEW YORK (AP) - Peanut and almond butters sold at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other grocers are being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination.
A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. says there have been reports of four illnesses that may be related to the nut butters. They were sold under the brand names Arrowhead Mills Peanut Butters, MaraNatha Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and private label brands for Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Kroger and Safeway. They were sold in Canada, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates as well as the U.S. The company says it learned of the contamination risk after routine FDA testing. The Food and Drug Administration says it does not know how many jars of nut butters were recalled. The company would not comment.

Israeli Leader Recalls Negotiators
HARRIS JERUSALEM (AP) - An Israeli official says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered negotiators at cease-fire talks to return home from Cairo following rocket fire by Palestinian militants. The Israeli move, coupled with the outbreak of violence, threw Egyptian efforts to arrange a long-term cease-fire into jeopardy. The official said the Egyptian-hosted talks with Hamas militants are based on the "premise" that there will be no violence. The official said: "They are breaking the cease-fire. They are breaking the premise of the talks." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists. Egypt has been hosting indirect talks meant to end a monthlong war. The talks face a midnight deadline. Palestinian militants fired two barrages of rockets Tuesday, sparking Israeli airstrikes in Gaza in retaliation.

Washington Park Pool Scales Back Hours
City Councilman Terry Faust is announcing the Washington Park swimming pool will be closed on weekdays starting August 25th. The pool will be open on weekends but will close for the season on Labor Day. He said with school beginning next week, the availability of employees is a factor and the pool schedule is affected. "We hope that patrons of the pool will enjoy the final days of the season and we thank them for their cooperation," Faust said.

Whistleblower Lawsuit
The "Tribune-Review" is reporting a whistleblower lawsuit has been filed against two Washington County officials. David Scrip of Monongahela claims he was illegally fired from his job after reporting that his boss encouraged colleagues into sending troubled children to a juvenile treatment center where the boss' girlfriend was employed. The suit says her job was to solicit juvenile probation departments to send children to the company's facilities. Scrip said he believes the relationship was a conflict of interest. The suit names Washington County President Judge Debbie O'Dell Seneca and the Director of the County's probation services Tom Jess.

Don Pardo Dies
NEW YORK (AP) - Television and radio announcer Don Pardo, whose booming baritone was known to fans of "Saturday Night Live," "The Price is Right" and other programs, has died. He was 96. Pardo's daughter, Dona Pardo, says her father died Monday afternoon at his home in Tucson, Arizona. She says he moved to Tucson after retiring from "SNL." For more than 60 years, Pardo's majestic voice graced newscasts, game shows and television programs. During shows such as the original version of "Jeopardy!," his answers to the question, "Tell 'em what they've won, Don Pardo," became a memorable part of the program. And though rarely seen, he was an integral part of "Saturday Night Live" for nearly four decades in his role of introducing the cast to kick off each show.

Unclaimed Powerball Ticket In West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Powerball ticket sold in West Virginia that was worth $1 million from the Feb. 11 drawing has gone unclaimed. West Virginia Lottery spokesman Randy Burnside says no one stepped forward by the Aug. 11 deadline. Ticketholders have 180 days from the drawing date to claim their prizes. The ticket matching five of the six Powerball numbers was sold on Wheeling Island. Burnside says the retailer will still receive a $10,000 bonus for selling the ticket, while the unclaimed money will be shifted to a fund for future prizes. Burnside says the lottery also is waiting for someone to claim a match-5 ticket sold in Poca for the Aug. 2 Powerball drawing.

   
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