THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017


Flash Flood Watch - Heavy Rain Possible The National Weather Service has announced a flash flood watch for Southwest Pennsylvania from 2 a.m. Friday through 2 a.m. Saturday. Rainfall amounts of up to 2.5 inches are possible, according to NWS. The watch is also in effect for portions of western Maryland, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio.

 

Freak Accident Leaves W.Va. Man Dead
A West Virginia man was killed Thursday morning, when a tree fell on the cab of his pickup truck. Authorities say 36-year-old Scott Miller of Valley Grove was driving west in the 500 block of Ridge Road in Jefferson Township when the tree hit the cab of the vehicle, crushed the roof and the windshield and killed him instantly.

Pittsburgh Man Jailed On Threats At Pinto Field
A Pittsburgh man is in the Washington County Jail after police say he caused a disturbance at the Pinto Baseball field in Washington Park Tuesday evening. 36-year-old Daniel Jordan is accused of arguing with fans, threating to kill people, and told a woman he would slit her throat. Police say Jordan had a visible handgun in his pocket but didn't possess a license to carry. He's lodged in the county jail on $100,000 dollars bond and faces a hearing in July.

 

City Man Ordered To Stand Trial For Stabbing
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Police say a Pennsylvania man is in jail after stabbing a man he says sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl. Stephen Yarbrough tells WPXI-TV he has no regrets after stabbing the man. Police say Yarbrough had walked in on the man with the girl a week before the stabbing. Police say Yarbrough lunged at the man and pulled him off the girl. Yarbrough told police he "snapped" on June 6 when he confronted the man and stabbed him in the neck and arm. The man has been arrested in connection with the alleged sexual assault after being released from the hospital. Yarbrough is being held on $35,000 bond. The victim's father says he wants to see Yarbrough set free.

Marijuana Growing Operation Found In Canonsburg
A marijuana growing operation was seized in Canonsburg Wednesday evening by police in Cecil Township. According to Cecil detective, Mark Marcucci, a neighbor called and complained about marijuana plants growing in the yard at 30 Vertical Drive in Canonsburg. He called the operation “medium sized” and they seized growing lights and other pieces of equipment in addition to the plants. Marcucci says the suspect was home at the time but not in custody until charges are finalized.

Snyder Says Mailer Is False - Casinos Not At Risk
State Representative Pam Snyder is denouncing a mailer that circulated saying she supported “big gambling interests” over senior citizens. Snyder calls it “patently false and ridiculous.” The mailer is part of a lobbying campaign linked to the Sands Casino Resort in Northampton County. The mailer is aimed at speaking out against H.B. 271 – which would allow gambling terminals in local taverns, clubs, and service organizations. Snyder tells WJPA NEWS that she wants people to know that she voted for the bill and is a friend of those local organizations and seniors. She also does not believe the gaming terminals would "hurt" casinos or the lottery. The bill remains in the senate and its future is unclear as the June 30 budget deadline looms.

Audit Finds Problems At Penn State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new report says Penn State needs to address what's described as skyrocketing tuition and spiking enrollment of out-of-state students and international students, compared to in-state student enrollment. Pennsylvania's Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday that tuition has jumped by more than 500 percent over the past three decades, driven in part by an ambitious building boom and falling state government subsidies. The study also says background clearances are missing for some of the adults who work at youth camps on campus. DePasquale says Penn State's 36-member board of trustees is too large, and is urging lawmakers to fully apply Pennsylvania's open-records law to the university. Penn State says it's working to reduce costs and find new revenues. The university says there's no bias against in-state students.


Two Holdouts In Cosby Jury
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A juror says after 52 hours of deliberations, two holdouts in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial outside Philadelphia refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian. The juror, who spoke to ABC News on condition of anonymity, says the jury couldn't reach a consensus after voting 10-2 to convict on the first and third counts and 11-1 to acquit on the second count. The juror says they initially voted overwhelmingly to acquit Cosby on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault. ABC published the interview with the juror on Wednesday after Judge Steven O'Neill ordered the public release of the jurors' names, granting a request by a dozen media organizations, including The Associated Press and the major TV networks. The judge declared a mistrial on Saturday. Prosecutors plan to try Cosby again.

Trump: No Tapes
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he "did not make" and doesn't have any recordings of his private conversations with James Comey - his fired FBI director. Trump also tweets that he has "no idea" whether other "tapes" or recordings exist. Trump has disputed Comey's assertion that Trump asked Comey for a pledge of loyalty during a dinner meeting they had. When news of Comey's account broke, Trump tweeted that Comey "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Under a post-Watergate law, presidential recordings belong to the people and eventually can be made public. Destroying them would be a crime. The House committee investigating Russian meddling in the election set a Friday deadline for the White House to hand over any tapes.

GOP Releases Healthcare Bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans' new health bill cuts taxes by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, mostly for corporations and the richest families in America. It uses a budget gimmick to comply with Senate rules against adding to the federal government's long-term debt. The bill would delay a new "Cadillac" tax on high-cost health insurance plans until 2026. Congress has already delayed the unpopular tax until 2020, making it unlikely lawmakers will ever let it take effect. Senate Republican leaders unveiled a draft of their bill to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law on Thursday. They argue it would eliminate job-killing taxes enacted under Obama's law. Democrats say the bill is a giveaway to the rich at the expense of others who will lose health insurance.

PA Senator Pat Toomey Praises Health Care Bill
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey is praising the health care bill written by himself and his fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate, but isn't saying whether he'd vote for it. Toomey's statement Thursday came hours after Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill to dismantle much of former President Barack Obama's law. The bill can still undergo changes, and Toomey says he'll examine it and welcome feedback. Still, Toomey calls the Senate's bill an important and constructive first step in replacing Obama's seven-year-old law with something better and stable. Toomey also lauds the bill's curbs on federal Medicaid spending, and says it doesn't pull the rug out from anyone who's covered. Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says such cuts to Medicaid will hurt seniors in need of nursing care, working families, children with disabilities and rural hospitals.

Tornado Crumples Businesses
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities say the suspected tornado near Birmingham, Alabama, has crumpled businesses and injured one person in the western suburb of Fairfield. A liquor store and a fast-food restaurant were among the damaged businesses in that community, according to meteorologist Jason Holmes of the National Weather Service. Broadcast news footage showed siding ripped away from one store, debris flung all around. Dean Argo, a spokesman for the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said one employee of the liquor store was hurt. He did not elaborate. The meteorologist Holmes also told The Associated Press that trees were down and buildings were reported damaged along the Interstate 20 corridor on the western outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama's most populous city. The weather service had issued tornado warnings earlier for the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas, and Gov. Kay Ivey had urged state residents to be alert for dangerous weather.

Americans Divided Over Gun Rights
ATLANTA (AP) - Americans are as divided over gun rights as they are about other issues, and there's been a sharp drop in support for gun control measures since 2000. That's according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center One question asked people whether it was more important to protect gun rights or control gun ownership. The results: 47 percent favored gun rights and 51 percent favored gun control. It's a significant change from 2000, when two-thirds of those surveyed supported more gun control.

Lawsuits Allege Boards Don't Measure Up
MILWAUKEE (AP) - The 2x4 and 4x4 boards used in the framework of most homes and wood fences just don't measure up to the dimensions in their names. So several lawsuits have been filed in federal court in Illinois against Home Depot and Menard's complaining that consumers are being misled because a 2x4 measures 1 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches and a 4x4 is really 3 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. The retailers told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2rW0FcI ) it's common knowledge that those numeric names don't describe boards' width and thickness. Menard's said in court documents that consumers received lumber that met the standards for a 2x4 or 4x4 even if it measures slightly smaller. The lawyers are arguing that consumers got less than the stores promised them, so they should be compensated.

Fidget Spinners: "Popular But Dangerous"
CYBERSPACE (AP) - Popular but dangerous. That's how one consumer watchdog group is describing those fidget spinners that are all the rage these days. The group World Against Toys Causing Harm says the devices have pieces that call come apart and create a choking hazard. The group says children in two states have been taken to hospitals after choking on pieces of a fidget spinner - and one needed surgery. The group W.A.T.C.H. comes out with an annual list about potentially dangerous toys as summer arrives. And toy industry officials are irked at the messages the group has put out. An official with The Toy Association says the W.A.T.C.H. list is an annual attempt to "needlessly frighten parents."

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