Frog Net News For September 13th, 2016

A section of US Route 422 in Lawrence County, was closed for several hours yesterday  after a fallen tree caused a hydraulic fluid spill accident. According to State Police, the accident took place around 5am when a tractor trailer struck the fallen tree in the middle of 422 in Slippery Rock Township near the entrance of McConnells Mill State Park. About 70 gallons of hydraulic fluid had spilled along a half mile section of the road. It took about two hours to clean up the spill.  No injuries were reported.

Faculty members at Pennsylvania’s 14-state-owned universities are ready to strike if necessary.  The union members voted to authorize a strike yesterday after working without a contract for more than a year.  Officials say a strike will be a last resort and a date won’t be set until after negotiations next week.

Bernie Sanders is coming to Pittsburgh.  The former Democratic presidential candidate will appear with Senate nominee Katie McGinty Friday at Wiegard Gymnasium at Carnegie Mellon University.  Doors open at 4 p.m. and the event begins at 5:00.  Go to KatieMcGinty.com for more details.

Pine-Richland schools are no longer letting transgender students use facilities with which they identity.  The school board voted five-four yesterday to change the policy.  The board approved the new resolution that will allow students in the district to use unisex facilities or ones that match their biological sex.  The change could take effect as soon as today.

Two men are facing charges in connection to a suspected drug overdose death in Butler County.  Eugene Smith was arrested last week and is accused of selling heroin to Elizabeth Arblaster, who later died in Adams Township.  Police got a warrant, searched Smith’s apartment and arrested him and one other man, but did not say what evidence was found.

Four people from Harrisville were hurt- including two seriously- in a multi-vehicle, weekend accident on Interstate 80 near the  Ohio line. State Police in Mercer County report the crash happened around 6 o’clock Friday night in Shenango Township and involved two vehicles and two motorcycles. A vehicle was heading westbound on I-80 in the right lane when the driver slammed on the brakes and swerved into the left lane. That caused a chain-reaction crash involving one car and two motorcycles. 24-year-old Jordan Foster and 23-year-old Rebecca Harris- both of Harrisville- were on one of the Harley-Davidson bikes and were both seriously injured. They were taken to a Youngstown hospital. 55-year-old Milton Harris and 50-year-old Lisa Harris both of Harrisville- were on the other Harley-Davidson and suffered minor injuries.

More than 2 million Pennsylvanians who are eligible to vote but are unregistered, including nearly 400,000 in southwest Pennsylvania, will be receiving mailers encouraging them to register before the Oct. 11 deadline.An announcement from the Department of State said the postcards to residents will provide information on Pennsylvania’s online voter registration site, which debuted in August 2015. According to a department spokesperson, Residents were identified using PennDOT records. The general election is Tuesday November, 8th.

A Fayette County woman, accused of setting her teenage stepson on fire, is not going to be allowed to make a plea deal.  Connie Kirby was in court for sentencing yesterday after pleading no contest to the crime.  The deal called for her to receive up to 23 months on intermediate punishment but the judge called the incident “egregious” and said the sentence was not appropriate.  Kirby is accused of pouring rubbing alcohol on Tre Kirby and lighting it on fire in 2014 as part of a social media challenge.  The flames burned for a minute before the boy’s sister poured Kool-Aid on him.  He suffered burns to 16-percent of his body.