News Live 365: November 30th, 2020

Authorities are investigating the death of a Crawford County man as a homicide. Shortly before 1AM on November 28th members of the Pennsylvania State Police responded to the scene of the death of a 50 year old man in Bloomfield Township. Investigators have stated they have identified the actor and cause of death, but are yet to release information about the identities of anyone involved.

 

Michael Huff is Pennsylvania’s Director of Testing and Contact Tracing for COVID-19 and has called the COVID Alert PA app one of his most useful tools. Officials across the commonwealth are hoping for at least one million people to download the application, which uses bluetooth to inform users if they’ve been in close contact with a person who later tests positive for COVID-19. COVID Alert PA requires no personal information for it to function and only requires the user’s bluetooth be enabled on their phone; it includes extra features like an optional health check in and up to date information on the statistics of spread of the pandemic across the state. To date nearly 600,000 users have Downloaded COVID Alert PA which is available for free on the app stores of all major devices.

 

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Dismissed a lawsuit by Congressman Mike Kelly which sought to overturn all mail in and absentee ballots cast in the 2020 election. All 7 members of the court ruled in a unanimous decision on Saturday that the congressman and other petitioners had waited too long to challenge the Act 77 of 2019 which had established the no excuse mail-in voting used by more than 2.5 million PA residents during the election. Congressman Mike Kelly Represents the 16th District which encompasses Erie, Crawford, Lawrence, Mercer, and Butler Counties.

 

Pennsylvania’s Speaker of the House Bryan Cutler and House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff have both stated there would be no vote on a resolution cosponsored by several members of the state’s Republican party calling the results of the 2020 election into dispute. The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania mandates that the terms of office of all representatives ends today on November 30th and it takes at least three days to consider a simple resolution. The resolution was sponsored by 26 republicans in the House of Representatives including Brad Roae and Kathy Rapp.