Daylight Savings Time Begins
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans hoping to catch up on some sleep this weekend will have less time to do so. Most of the nation will set their clocks ahead by one hour before heading to bed tomorrow night. Daylight saving time officially starts Sunday at 2 a.m., local time.
One Dead In I-70 Crash
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - State police in Washington, Pa. say 29-year-old Scott David Schuetz (sheets), of Martins Ferry, Ohio, was eastbound on Interstate 70 when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle in North Franklin Township. That's about 13 miles from the West Virginia line. Police say the vehicle crossed an embankment in the median of the highway and flipped over in the westbound lanes, throwing Schuetz from the vehicle about 1:30 a.m. Friday. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt. The Washington County coroner pronounced Schuetz dead at the scene. The highway reopened before dawn.
Former McDonald Doctor Gets Probation
A former Washington County doctor has been given probation, after pleading guilty to a charge of unlawful sale of pharmaceutical drug samples, which is a felony. Seventy-eight-year-old Douglas Dunham, who was a family doctor in McDonald for many years, has also surrendered his medical license. In addition to one year of probation, Dunham must also pay a five-thousand-dollar fine and perform two-hundred hours of community service.
Greene County MTTC Receives Education Grant
The Mining Training and Technology Center in Greene County will be getting nine-hundred-thousand-dollars for its continued operation. The center, which features a simulated coal mine, trains coalminers and mine rescue teams. Graduates receive the requisite forty-hour Mine Safety and health Administration training certificate, a CPR card, and the necessary certificates that show a potential employer that the graduate is qualified to work in an underground mine.
State Jobless Number Declines
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's unemployment rate dropped in January to its lowest rate since 2008, although hiring remained flat.
The state Department of Labor and Industry said today that Pennsylvania's unemployment rate fell four-tenths of a percentage point to 6.4 percent in January. The national rate was 6.7 percent in January.
Today's figures also included a downward revision to December's unemployment rate, from 6.9 percent to 6.8 percent.
Pennsylvania's labor force, or the number of people working or searching for work, shrank in December by 8,000, while the number of employed people rose by 15,000 and the number of unemployed fell by 23,000.
In a separate survey of employers, the department estimated that payrolls remained flat. With a slight downward revision from December's figure, payrolls were slightly under 5.76 million jobs in January. That's below 2006's numbers.