Tri County Report for October 19th, 2016

Contract negotiations broken off last night, between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and its faculty union.  The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties is now on strike , for its more than 5,000 faculty members and coaches. The strike began at 5am. Yesterday afternoon Governor Tom Wolf urged both sides to continue to negotiate. The strike effects some 100 thousand students. Students should report to class unless told otherwise by there school.

A man is going to prison after overdosing on heroin while babysitting a two-year-old in Ambridge.  The landlord found Justin Kriest unresponsive, with the child holding onto his leg, in his 13th Street home last month.  Police say it is the second time Kriest has overdosed in six weeks.  He was sentenced yesterday to up to 24 months behind bars.

No injuires were reported following a one car accident in Scott Township.  State Police in Lawrence County report 19 year old Colten Luhrs of Ellwood City was southbound on route 19 when he traveled off the roadway, went over a slight embankment and struck a tree.  Police said Luhrs was not injuired.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is coming to Pittsburgh.  Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine will be at a location yet to be determined on Saturday evening.  The pair is expected to discuss the importance of the upcoming election and their vision for a stronger America.  More information is expected later this week.

Ellwood City Borough Council has approved a nine million dollar bond to fund a new public works garage.  The Ellwood City Ledger reports  City officials have said the public works department’s current headquarters is insufficient to store the borough’s vehicles and equipment. The borough is planning to build a new facility along the 500 block of Fountain Avenue. Additonal plans include  renovating the borough’s electric offices and carry out other repairs.

A bill that would allow local police departments to use radar in Pennsylvania is on its way to the House.  The Senate passed the measure yesterday.  The state is the only one in the country that does not already allow local police to use radar for speed enforcement.  Pennsylvania has the third-highest number of speed-related traffic fatalities in the country.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is lashing out at Donald Trump.  In a recent interview, Wolf called Trump’s claims of voter fraud “dangerous,” saying they could “undermine the legitimacy of our system.” Wolf also called Trump “a poor loser” who is making excuses for why the good people of Pennsylvania aren’t going to vote for him.

Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she is “humbled and embarrassed” by her perjury conviction.  Kane, who is being sentenced Monday for leaking grand jury documents and lying about it, says she hopes to avoid jail time so she can raise her children.  Prosecutors say she disgraced the office and have asked that she be incarcerated.

Supermarket chain Giant Eagle has announced it will offer buyouts to 340 corporate employees, or 1 percent of its total workforce. Employees such as cashiers and baggers are not affected by the job cuts. Officials say falling food prices and increased competition from discount grocers have led to the decision. Giant Eagle has 34,000 employees in more than 420 locations.