TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR AUGUST 19TH, 2021

The Pennsylvania State Education Association is recommending that districts in Western PA and across the state mandate that teachers, staff members and students wear masks in all schools.  The organization’s president yesterday said that masking up is essential to keeping in-person learning going all year.  The group is concerned about schools having to make decisions to close their doors again this year in light of rising COVID case numbers.

Authorities in Beaver County are describing a woman found at the scene of a fatal shooting last weekend as a victim and not as a defendant.  Police in Hopewell Township were called to the scene of a reported domestic disturbance on Sunday and found 33-year-old Logan Ayres having suffered a gunshot wound.  He died en route to the hospital, and his death has been ruled a homicide.  The county district attorney yesterday confirmed that no charges have been filed against the woman found at the scene of the shooting.

Organizers of Pittsburgh’s Labor Day parade say this year’s event is off.  It’s the second year in a row that the holiday will pass without a parade.  Leaders say the cancelation is due to rising COVID case numbers and concerns for public health.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added over two-thousand new cases to the total, pushing it over one-million-256-thousand. About 25 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is surpassing 28-thousand.

State Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman is warning Penn State about possible retaliation if they mandate COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff. Corman reportedly told the university that he personally wouldn’t attack their state funding, but other lawmakers might. Corman says if the university does decide to mandate vaccines, then they must accommodate for those who don’t want the shots.

Two people are dead and four others injured after a pair of shootings early Wednesday in Youngstown.  Two people riding in a pickup truck were shot at just before 2:30 a.m. yesterday leading the vehicle to crash.  A 40-year-old man inside the truck was killed.  Minutes later, three people standing outside a nearby home were hit by gunfire.  A 10-year-old girl inside the home was also hit, and she later died.  Authorities believe the shootings are connected.

Clinics and pharmacies across the state are preparing to administer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. Yesterday, federal officials announced that they will begin distributing booster shots the week of September 20th. They added that the shots will be for everyone who received their second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine eight-months prior. Right now, the booster is available for immunocompromised individuals.

Pennsylvania casinos took in a record $423 million in July. The top five casinos by revenue are in the eastern side of the commonwealth, but western Pennsylvania casinos are also seeing better numbers.  The Rivers Casino brought in 20% more revenue in July than in June. The Meadows brought in about 2% more and Live! Casino was up 18%.

Kennywood Amusement Park is auctioning off a bit of thrill ride history for charity.  This week, the park has listed a lead car from the Phantom’s Revenge roller coaster on eBay.  Proceeds will benefit a Florida-based nonprofit group called Give Kids the World, a resort that caters to critically ill children and their families.  Links to the eBay auction can found on Kennywood’s social media pages.  The auction runs through this weekend.