Frog Net News For April 20th, 2017

No one is hurt after a house fire in Lawrence County.  The fire broke out around seven o’clock Wednesday night at a home on Hoover Road in Shenango Township.  An elderly woman was inside when it started, but she managed to make it out safely.  The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

A dozen people are facing charges for allegedly running 14 phony car dealerships in Pennsylvania.  State Attorney General Josh Shapiro made the announcement yesterday explaining the suspects collected license plates and then rented them out in New York.  The plates allowed people to get out of paying parking tickets and tolls.  Shapiro says the scheme cost Pennsylvania and neighboring states two-million dollars over several years.

Governor Tom Wolf is praising the conviction of Pennsylvania cop-killer Eric Frein.  Wolf released a statement after the guilty verdict was announced yesterday saying in part, “Justice was served and a brutal murderer will be held accountable for his heinous and cowardly acts against members of the Pennsylvania State Police.”  Wolf also thanked police for the sacrifices they, and their families, make every day.

The air in Lawrence County isn’t the worst in the region, but it could still be improved upon, according to a newly released report. The Ellwood City Ledger reports that the  American Lung Association on Wednesday released its annual report that analyzes air quality across the country. Lawrence County received an C grade for the level of ozone smog. Beaver County received an F grade, alongside Allegheny and Washington counties. Mercer County received a D grade. According to the report, the Pittsburgh metropolitan area covering 12 southwestern Pennsylvania counties, ranks as eighth worst in year-round particle pollution out of 184 areas studied.

Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign legislation that will pump 15-million dollars into the state unemployment compensation system.  Wolf’s office made the announcement after the Senate passed the bill yesterday but warned the money is just a short-term fix to stabilize things.  Almost 500 Labor and Industry workers were laid off in December after the Senate blocked a funding bill, saying it would just put a Band-Aid on a failing system. Supporters hope the new bill will lead to a callback of some of those employees.

Some school workers in Pennsylvania may one day be allowed to bring a gun to school. On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee gave its OK to allow guns in schools under certain conditions. The employee must have a concealed carry license, firearms training and school board approval. The head of the Pennsylvania Teachers union is opposed to the idea, saying it threatens student safety.

A traveling World War Two exhibit is stopping in Beaver.  The “We Can Do It! W-W-Two” exhibit is designed to teach people about Western Pennsylvania’s impact on the war.  It was designed by the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.  It opens on Saturday and will be on display for seven weeks at the Beaver Area Heritage Museum.

Alcoa is coming back to Pittsburgh.  The aluminum company announced yesterday that it plans to move its headquarters from New York to Pittsburgh.  The company was based in Pittsburgh for decades before it left.  It is expected to move back by September.

Alex Rodriguez is coming to Slippery Rock University.  The former Major League Baseball player will participate in a moderated discussion on April 27th.  The event will feature a 45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session.  Tickets are five dollars and can be purchased at SRU.edu.