MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015

Death Penalty Trial Begins
Opening statements began Monday in the trial of Jordan Clemons of Pittsburgh. The 26-year-old is charged in the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend, 21-year-old Karissa Kunco, more than three years ago. The victim's body was found in woods in Mt. Pleasant Township January 2012, one day after her family reported her missing. Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone will seek the death penalth if Clemons is convicted of first-degree murder. The defense is expected to argue Clemons had diminished mental capacity because of head injuries that he received playing football and during several vehicle accidents and years of drug abuse.

SurveyMonkey CEO Dies In Exercise Accident
MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Mexican state official says SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg died of severe head trauma in an exercise accident. The official says Goldberg was found lying next to a treadmill on Friday at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita near Puerto Vallarta. The official said family members went to look for him after he didn't return from exercising about 6:30 p.m. He was still alive when discovered and taken to a hospital, where he died. The official said the cause of death was severe head trauma and hypovolemic shock, or bleeding. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak to the press.

New York Police Officer Dies After Weekend Shooting
NEW YORK (AP) - New York's police commissioner says a police officer who was shot in the head over the weekend has died. Brian Moore died today at a hospital in Queens with his family at his bedside -- including his police officer father, uncle and cousin. Moore was shot Saturday evening while trying to stop a man who was suspected of carrying a handgun. He and his partner were in plainclothes and in an unmarked car, when police say they pulled up next to Demetrius Blackwell and exchanged words with him. They say Blackwell suddenly turned, pulled a weapon and fired at least twice. Blackwell has already been charged with attempted murder, and prosecutors say he will now be charged with first-degree murder. Moore is the third New York City officer to be killed on duty in five months. Two uniformed officers were shot at close range as they sat in a patrol car in December. Police Commissioner William Bratton says he was an "exceptional young officer" who had earned meritorious service medals.

Retired Surgeon Announces Bid For Presidency
DETROIT (AP) - Retired surgeon Ben Carson has made it official, telling a crowd in his hometown of Detroit that he's running for president. The former head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins hospital has never run for public office. But he's a star among some conservatives and will try to parlay his success as an author and speaker into a competitive campaign. He told his rally: "I'm Ben Carson and I'm a candidate for president." Carson is also expected to be the only high-profile African-American to enter the GOP's presidential primary. He is the second White House hopeful to get into the Republican race Monday. Former technology executive Carly Fiorina declared her intent to run earlier in the day.

Another Woman Enters Presidential Race
The Republican and one-time chief executive at Hewlett-Packard formally launched a 2016 White House bid in a nationally broadcast interview this morning. Carly Fiorina says she believes Americans are ready for an outsider after years of political gridlock in Washington. Fiorina appears likely to be the only high-profile woman to seek the GOP nomination. She appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America." She is criticizing Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, saying that she still has much to explain concerning the attack in Benghazi and her personal email and server.

Britain's New Princess Now Has A Name
LONDON (AP) - Britain's new princess now has a name. It's Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Royal officials say that's the name that's been given to the second child of Prince William and his wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. The name Charlotte is a nod to the newborn's grandfather, Prince Charles. The middle names honor Queen Elizabeth and the late Princess Diana, William's mother.

Southwest RMC Merging With WHS
Southwest Regional Medical Center in Greene County is merging with the Washington Health System. Gary Weinstein, president and ceo of Washington Health System says the merger is expected to be final by July first. As part of the proposed transaction, Weinstein says Washington Health System intends to continue providing those services that are currently available at Southwest Regional. In addition, subject to standard review, they plan to keep current employees there and existing union contracts will be honored. (Photo: Gary Weinstein, President and CEO, Washington Health System and SRMC CEO Cindy Cowie)

Small Group Protests Against CYS
A small group of protestors gathered in front of the Washington County Courthouse Monday, claiming that the county's Children and Youth Services has unjustly kept them from getting custody of their children. CYS officials though, in response, told WJPA News, they try to preserve families whenever possible and the court has overisight on any family whose child has been removed from them.

Work To Begin At Local Intersection
PennDOT reports work will begin this week on the Country Club Road/Pike Street intersection in Chartiers Township. The $2 million dollar project will take one year to complete and motorists will encounter intermittent day and night time lane closures. The work includes widening Pike Street and Country Club Road to provide turning lanes and improve the turning radius for trucks. The project begins Wednesday.

State Insurance Regulators Get Highmark/UPMC Fight
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The latest clash between two western Pennsylvania health-care providers is in the hands of state insurance regulators. At a four-hour hearing Monday, Highmark executives urged acting Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to approve a $175 million infusion for a Highmark-owned hospital network. They said it would better serve residents and provide valuable competition against rival University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Highmark allies, including legislators, local leaders and a health care workers' union, are endorsing the plan to divert cash from Highmark's insurance reserves for capital improvements at the fledgling Allegheny Health Network. UPMC Executive Vice President Tal Heppenstall is calling Highmark's public disclosures about its finances "murky" and suggested it used accounting gimmicks to paint an unrealistically positive picture. Miller says she hopes to issue a decision within weeks.

State Senator Crashes Motorcycle
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - State Senate Republican leaders say a senator is in stable condition after a motorcycle crash on an interstate off-ramp that police say is being investigated as a possible case of driving under the influence. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Majority Leader Jake Corman said in a statement that Sen. Patrick Browne "suffered considerable injuries" and is expected to remain hospitalized "for the upcoming days." They said their "thoughts and prayers" were with Browne and his family "during this very difficult time." State police in Lehigh County say 51-year-old Sen. Patrick Browne was on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was heading west on I-78 when it went out of control on an Allentown off-ramp just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Browne's license was suspended after drunken-driving crashes in 1995 and 1999.

Costly Winter
BOSTON (AP) - The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials says 23 states combined to spend a billion dollars to keep the roads open last winter. The first of its kind survey finds that states used 6 million tons of salt, huge quantities of brine and other liquid deicing chemicals. Plowing and road treatment from October to March consumed 8 million work hours.

B.B. King In Hospice Care
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Blues legend B.B. King remains in hospice care at his Las Vegas home. King's longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, said Monday the musician was resting after returning from a hospital Friday. Toney has legal control over King's affairs. The 89-year-old musician has posted thanks on his official website for fans' well-wishes and prayers. The hospitalization was the second in a month for King, who was diagnosed with diabetes decades ago. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and 15-time Grammy winner is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

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