GOP Senate Campaigns Hire Recount Specialists

May 21, 2022 1:53 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz and former hedge fund CEO David McCormick began staffing up their campaigns with recount specialists as vote counting entered a fourth day in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat. The two remained in a near tie Friday. Both campaigns have hired Washington-based lawyers to lead their recount efforts, and both have hired Philadelphia-based campaign strategists who helped lead the operation to observe vote-counting on Election Day for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2020. With thousands of ballots uncounted, Oz led McCormick by 1,092 votes midday Friday. The race remained close enough to trigger Pennsylvania’s automatic recount law.  (Photo:  ABC)

Commissioners Award Hospitals Rescue Plan Act Funding

May 20, 2022 4:09 am

Washington County Commissioners recognized the hard work that county hospitals have put in during the Covid-19 pandemic during their meeting on Thursday. Brook Ward, President and CEO of Washington Health System and Lou Panza, President Penn Highlands Mon Valley Hospital were awarded money from the county that was made available from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Washington Health System was awarded $4,088,556 and Penn Highlands Mon Valley received $1,990,117. Both Ward and Panza thanked the commissioners for the funds indicating that the monies will be well used to make up for losses accrued during the Covid-19 pandemic. Commissioner Chairwoman Diana Irey-Vaughn stated that the commissioners recognize the vital role that the health systems play in the county and were pleased that the ARPA funds were a method for the county to help.

Trinity Preliminary Budget Includes Tax Hike

May 20, 2022 4:05 am

The Trinity Area School District approved a preliminary budget for the 2022-2023 school year. The spending plan approved at the district’s planning meeting on May 5 is $67,099,354 and calls for a tax increase of .58 mills. Taylor Hott, Director of Physical Services indicates that the tax increase was taken to the limit allowed by law and was needed for several reasons. The biggest reason is the $60 million bond issue that was taken on to build the new middle school. Other drivers for the tax increase include rising health care and pension costs, maintaining a police department and rising fuel and energy costs. Hott indicates that the tax increase will cost each taxpayer an additional $53 per year for every $100,000 of property assessment. The budget will be voted on in June.

JoJo Burgess Announces Run For Mayor

May 20, 2022 6:17 am

Back in January, JoJo Burgess introduced Joe Biden when the President visited Mill 19 in Hazelwood. A short time later, he was in attendance as a guest of the President at his State of the Union Address in Washington D.C. Since that time, the Washington resident says he has been pulled to do something political. On Thursday he did. Burgess has announced that he will run for Mayor in the City of Washington. He made the announcement at the Friendship Baptist Church. Burgess says he wants do something locally for his hometown rather than something on a statewide or federal level. He says blight, violence, and drug activity are big issues he city is dealing with. Burgess currently employed at the Clairton Coke Works and a longtime member of the United Steelworkers Union.

U.S. & South Korean Leaders Meet

May 20, 2022 4:11 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – U.S. President Joe Biden will meet South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol this week as the allies face a growing threat from North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program. The North may highlight the threat with a major weapons demonstration, even as it grapples with a COVID-19 outbreak that is ripping through its unvaccinated populace. Both U.S. and South Korean intelligence officials say it’s possible that North Korea will conducts a ballistic or nuclear test around Biden’s visit to South Korea and Japan. While North Korea is expected to be at the top of the agenda when Biden and Yoon meet in Seoul on Saturday, it’s unclear whether the meeting will produce a meaningful new approach in handling the nuclear threat.

Senate Oks Overhaul Of Baby Formula Rules

May 20, 2022 4:15 am

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has approved a bill aimed at easing the baby formula shortage for families participating in a government assistance program known as WIC. That program accounts for about half of all formula purchases in the U.S. The House had passed the bill the day before, so it now goes to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. The vouchers can generally only be used to purchase one brand of infant formula, which encourages the manufacturer to offer big discounts to secure a state’s business. The bill makes it possible for families to redeem the WIC vouchers for whatever formula brand is available.

CDC Urges Pfizer Booster For Kids 5 To 11

May 20, 2022 4:16 am

U.S. health advisers are urging a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quickly signed off on the advice. The decision opens a third COVID-19 shot to healthy elementary-age kids, just like what is already recommended for everybody 12 and older. Regulators this week authorized the extra dose to be given at least five months after youngsters’ last shot. CDC’s advisers endorsed it during a public meeting on Thursday.

Senate Ships $40B Ukraine Aid Bill To Biden

May 20, 2022 4:12 am

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has whisked a $40 billion package of military, economic and food aid for Ukraine and U.S. allies to final congressional approval. Thursday’s 86-11 vote puts a bipartisan stamp on America’s biggest commitment yet to turning Russia’s invasion into a painful quagmire for Moscow. The legislation was backed by every voting Democrat and most Republicans. At a time of widespread bipartisan gridlock, the lopsided vote signaled unity about sending Ukraine the materiel it needs to fend off Russian President Vladimir Putin’s more numerous forces. Democrats criticized the 11 Republican opponents, saying they’re following former President Donald Trump’s damaging isolationist impulses.

Tower Restaurant In Washington Closing

May 19, 2022 2:21 am

In the following Facebook post on Thursday, a longtime favorite restaurant in Washington announced that they would be closing their doors:  “After more than 70 years in the community, it is with a heavy and grateful heart that we are announcing the closing of Tower Restaurant.  We were lucky enough to have generations come through our doors and have loved serving you for over seven decades. From the food you’ve loved to the great times with our community, we will miss you!  As we head off into retirement, we welcome your memories of the restaurant (or anything else you’d like to share). From our family to yours, we can’t thank you enough for all the good times!”  The post did not say when they would officially close and attempts to contact them have not been successful.  (Photo:  Tripadvisor)

Announcement Expected On $7B Auto Plant In Georgia

May 20, 2022 4:14 am

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is heading to an industrial site outside Savannah to make what his office calls a “special economic development announcement.” Sources in Washington and Georgia have told The Associated Press the project is a $7 billion plant where Hyundai Motor Group will manufacture electric vehicles. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly. The announcement scheduled for Friday afternoon in Bryan County west of Savannah comes days before Kemp faces a contested Republican primary election next week. It also coincides with President Joe Biden’s visit to South Korea, where Hyundai is based. The project sits on 2,200 acres purchased last year by the state of Georgia and local government partners.