News Live 365: March 28th, 2019

Police Arrest Stabbing Suspect Minutes After Attack

City of Meadville Police Department
The City of Meadville Police Department responded to the scene of a stabbing near a downtown convenience store Wednesday morning. The Victim was an unidentified man who came to the store seeking assistance. After consulting with the victim officers quickly apprehended Jason Antwan Bailey along with the weapon allegedly used in the attack. Bailey is charged with felony aggravated assault and four other misdemeanor and summary offenses. Also from the City of Meadville Police, today is the first day of retirement for their K9 officer, Lilo.


Senator Seeks to Exempt Fire Departmens from Sales Tax

Radio PA
Pennsylvania’s Senate Finance Committee gave initial approval for a bill that could save volunteer fire departments hundreds of thousand of combined dollars a year. State Senator Scott Martin is the primary sponsor of a new proposal that would exempt volunteer fire departments from sales tax on food and beverages sold at fundraises. Some organizations, like high school booster clubs, are already exempted from sales tax.


$2,000,000 in Grants and Loans for Northwest PA

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Nearly $2 million of grant and loan funding for major projects in our region has been approved by the State and Federal Government. In Venango County the city of Franklin has been approved for $135,000 to go toward a public transportation program along with CATA. In Crawford County Cochranton was awarded more than $750,000 for an economic revitalization project and Beaver Township received $538,500 for a biofuels project. Nearly half a million more was granted in Clarion County to improve access to the YMCA. Finally, hundreds of thousands of dollars more was granted to dozens of volunteer fire departments.


Public Not Hot About Nuclear Power Subsidies

Radio PA
A Franklin and Marshall College poll shows no consensus when it comes to proposals to prop up Pennsylvania’s nuclear power industry. While most respondents approved of nuclear power generation in general, slightly less than half approved of making nuclear energy a Pennsylvania preferred power source while the remainder were against or uncertain.