News Live 365: May 10th, 2021

Police say an unnamed Oil City woman suffered no significant injuries after being ejected from a truck during a crash on Route 62. She was a passenger in a pickup at about 4:15PM on Friday afternoon when the driver lost control in President Township, Venango County. She was not wearing a seatbelt and grabbed the door to brace herself, accidentally pulling the handle and then falling out when it opened. The truck collided with a roadside tree and was disabled; the driver was cited for not having a valid license.

 

Meadville Medical Center is running another COVID-19 vaccine clinic this week on Friday, May 14th at the old Peeble’s store in the plaza. Like the others it’s for both first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine and you can make an appointment by visiting mmchs.org or calling (814)336-1800.

Today is the last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot ahead of the 2021 primary election. Pennsylvania law allows any registered voter to apply for a no excuse mail-in ballot up to one week before the election. You can apply at your county election office by 5PM or online at votespa.com until midnight.

 

Next week’s primary election also includes four other ballot questions, including referendums on three proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution. Unlike the races to pick candidates for each party, any registered voter regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof, may cast a ballot for or against these four initiatives. The first of these ballot initiatives is for Act 2020-91 which poses the question of whether or not municipal fire departments with paid staff should be able to borrow funds from the state through the office of the Fire Commissioner. Currently only volunteer fire departments and EMS squads can take loans from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the purposes of buying or maintaining equipment and training. If passed, Act 2020-91 would not increase the amounts of money available for loans, but would allow professional firefighters and EMTs to apply for loans from the same pool of money as volunteers. The commonwealth currently sets aside $100 million a year to fund the program.