Giant Eagle To Cover Travel Costs For Abortions

June 29, 2022 4:02 am

PITTSBURGH — (WPXI) – Giant Eagle is joining other companies and vowing to cover travel costs for employees that need access to abortions in different states. This decision comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, giving individual states the power to make abortions illegal.  Giant Eagle has grocery stores in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. Ohio currently has a ban on abortions after a heartbeat has been detected, which is around the 6-week mark during pregnancy. West Virginia’s only abortion clinic stopped performing abortions last Friday. Maryland was mentioned as one of the states likely to keep abortion legal after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Aide: Trump Dismissed Threats, Wanted To Join Crowd

June 29, 2022 4:12 am

WASHINGTON (AP) – The latest testimony about the events surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has Donald Trump rebuffing his own security’s warnings about armed protesters in the crowd gathering for a rally near the White House. A former White House aide also tells the House committee investigating the attack that Trump desperately attempted to join his supporters as they marched to the Capitol. In her testimony Tuesday, Cassidy Hutchinson described an angry, defiant president who grabbed at the steering wheel of the presidential SUV when the Secret Service refused to allow him go to the Capitol. Trump has dismissed her as “a total phony.”

New Supreme Court Justice Will Be Sworn In Thursday

June 29, 2022 5:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) – The first Black woman confirmed for the Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, is officially becoming a justice. Jackson will be sworn as the court’s 116th justice at midday Thursday, just as the man she is replacing, Justice Stephen Breyer, retires. Breyer says in a letter to President Joe Biden that his retirement will take effect at noon, after nearly 28 years on the nation’s highest court. Earlier in the day the court is expected to issue its final opinions in a momentous and rancorous term that included overturning Roe v. Wade’s guarantee of the right to an abortion.

Colorado GOP Rejects Candidates Who Back Election Lie

June 29, 2022 4:13 am

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Republicans have rejected two prominent election deniers in primaries Tuesday night. It’s a setback for the movement to install backers of former President Donald Trump’s election lies in positions with power over voting. Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters lost the Republican primary for secretary of state to Pam Anderson, a former clerk in suburban Denver. Peters was indicted for her role in a break-in of her county’s election system. An ally, State Rep. Ron Hanks, lost his bid for the GOP Senate nomination. Hanks attended the Jan. 6 protests. He was beaten by businessman Joe O’Dea, a rare GOP backer of some abortion rights.

Migrant Deaths Continue To Climb

June 29, 2022 4:14 am

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A Mexican immigration official says that in the chaotic minutes after dozens of migrants were found dead inside a tractor-trailer sweltering in the Texas heat, the driver tried to slip away by pretending to be one of the survivors. The driver and two other men from Mexico remained in custody Wednesday as the investigation continued into the tragedy that killed 53 people in the nation’s deadliest smuggling episode on the U.S.-Mexico border. The head of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute says at least 27 of the victims were from Mexico, 14 were from Honduras, seven were from Guatemala and two were from El Salvador.

R. Kelly Sentenced To Thirty-Years In Prison

June 29, 2022 4:18 am

NEW YORK (AP) – R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his R&B superstardom to subject young fans to systematic sexual abuse. The singer and songwriter was convicted of racketeering and sex trafficking last year at a trial that gave voice to accusers who had once wondered if their stories were ignored because they were Black women. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly imposed the sentence at a courthouse in Brooklyn. The sentence caps a slow-motion fall for Kelly, who is 55. He remained adored by legions of fans even after allegations about his abuse of young girls began circulating publicly in the 1990s.

NATA Alliance Faces Biggest Challenge Since WWII

June 29, 2022 4:15 am

MADRID (AP) – NATO leaders are meeting in Madrid amid what Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg calls “the most serious security crisis we have faced since the Second World War.” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shattered Europe’s peace and driven NATO to pour troops and weapons into eastern Europe on a scale not seen since the Cold War. The alliance is holding a summit to turn an urgent sense of purpose triggered by Russia’s invasion into action. The leaders also want to patch up any emerging cracks in their unity over money and mission. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is due to address the gathering by video link.

Peters Township Council Schedules Public Hearings

June 28, 2022 4:02 am

In a meeting that was largely administrative in nature, Peters Township Council scheduled two public hearings. The hearing of most interest will likely be the one where council will once again take testimony on changes to the zoning ordinance as it pertains to the township’s mixed use activities center. Proposed changes would include eliminating the 36 unit per structure maximum that currently exists and altering floor area ratio calculations. If changes were adopted this would lead the possibility of a 250 unit apartment complex proposed by Cincinnati, OH developer Al. Neyer. The original vote on this ordinance change was a 3-3 tie forcing the ordinance to remain in tact. Councilman Matt Rost was absent for the last vote causing the tie. A straw poll taken at a February meeting showed a 4-3 opinion favoring the change. Recently, council has had several residents voice displeasure with a proposed 80 home development and now the apartment complex idea is coming under fire. The meeting will be advertised for July 25 at 7:00 just before the regularly scheduled council meeting. A second public hearing will be scheduled the same time for budget amendments.

Sheets Lowering Some Gas Prices For Holiday

June 28, 2022 4:01 am

PITTSBURGH — (WPXI) – Sheetz will be looking to lower some pain at the pump by lowering some of its gas prices on select gas. Unleaded 88 will cost $3.99 a gallon and E85 will cost $3.49 a gallon, effective immediately. Unleaded 88 is approved by the EPA for use in vehicles for model years 2001 or newer, as well as light-duty trucks, SUVs and flexible-fuel vehicles. E85 contains more ethanol (51%-83%) and is not compatible with all vehicles. It is designed specifically for flexible-fuel vehicles or FFVs. In the Pittsburgh area, three stores have the discounted gas: 8500 Perry Highway, 5400 Campbells Run Road and 1000 Clairton Boulevard. There are also locations offering the deal in New Kensington, Moon, Cranberry, Bethel Park, Sewickley, Monroeville, Bridgeville, Washington, Glenshaw, Natrona Heights, Murrysville, Blairsville and Brownsville. This offer will be available through the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Death Toll Climbing After Migrants Found In Truck

June 28, 2022 4:11 am

SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Fifty-one people have died after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer on a remote back road in the sweltering Texas heat. It’s the latest tragedy to claim the lives of migrants smuggled across the border from Mexico.  Nearly all of the victims in San Antonio were found Monday at the scene. Five people later died after being taken to hospitals. More than a dozen people had been taken to hospitals, including four children. San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood says they were hot to the touch and dehydrated, and no water was found in the trailer. The home countries of all of the migrants were not immediately known, but officials say some were from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.