News Live 365: October 27th, 2020

Edinboro University was the recipient of nearly $200,000 in grant money to help train addiction counselors as part of their graduate studies programs. The grant comes from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Addiction, especially to opioids, is the biggest health crisis in Pennsylvania and according to experts, the addiction crisis has only been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic; the counselors trained from these funds can help meet the growing demand for qualified counseling.

 

Today is the last day that Pennsylvania Residents can apply for a mail in or absentee ballot ahead of the 2020 election. Residents can apply online at Votespa.com, through the mail, or in person at their county election office. Ballots must be postmarked or be dropped off at the County Election Office by 8PM on Tuesday November 3rd and arrive in the mail no later than 5PM on Friday November 6th to be counted. Your ballot must also be enclosed inside the privacy envelope and then placed inside the mailing envelope which must be signed and dated where indicated. Over 1.7 million Pennsylvanians have already voted early in 2020.

 

We are one week away from the presidential election and state and local police agencies continually receive reports about the theft and vandalism of political signs and billboards. Stealing and damaging political signs is a crime, it violates the property and free speech rights of the victims and may also cause monetary damage. If you witness the theft or destruction of a political sign please call your state or local law enforcement at a non-emergency number to report the incident.

 

A 73 Westmoreland County man has been charged with murder after the body of his wife was discovered in his home nearly two weeks after he says he shot her. Shane Montjar admitted to authorities that he killed his 76 year old wife Sandra on October 13th because she was in a great deal of pain from a medical condition and wanted to end her misery.

 

Earlier this week the Pennsylvania State Senate approved of a bill named Karen’s Law. Karen’s Law is named for a 16 year old rape victim who suffered repeated trauma at yearly parole hearings for her rapist and seeks to increase the time between parole hearings of sexually violent offenders from one year to three. Karen’s Law will now be taken up by the house.