TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2021

The New Castle news reports a Lutton Street man was found dead yesterday morning after a fire broke out in his living room. The victim was identified as 69 year old Nathan Amadio. New Castle fire officials said the blaze broke out just before seven o’clock and when firefighters arrived they found Amadio already deceased in a chair. The cause remains under investigation but officials believe it appeared to have ignited from Amadio smoking while using oxygen.

TSA agents are reporting the discovery of another loaded firearm inside the carry-on of a passenger at Pittsburgh International Airport.  Agents detected a 9-millimeter handgun yesterday morning inside the backpack of a male traveler with the aid of a security checkpoint x-ray machine.  The man told police that he had mistakenly left the gun inside the backpack.  The weapon was confiscated and the traveler was allowed to continue on his way.  It was the 19th time this year at Pittsburgh International that agents stopped a traveler from getting through security with a gun.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association is reporting a growing teacher shortage in Pittsburgh and across the entire state.  Teacher Union representatives said yesterday that some schools are holding classes without an instructor by having students take correspondence courses under non-teacher adult supervision.  Officials say they are planning to seek help from lawmakers to create proper funding for education and to lure back teachers.

The National Park Service says it has seen an increase in visitors to the Flight 93 memorial ahead of the upcoming 20th anniversary of 9-11.  Officials said yesterday that they are seeing more guests from across the United States and worldwide since the memorial’s completion in 2011.  The Park Service is hosting a special ceremony on Saturday to mark the two decades since the passengers of Flight 93 gave their lives to prevent a fourth terrorist attack.  Former President George W. Bush and current Vice President Kamala Harris are scheduled to appear at the event, which will begin at 10:03 a.m., the time when Flight 93 crashed.

Governor Tom Wolf is calling for federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help farmers fight climate change. Wolf says last week, we saw the devastating and deadly impacts of climate change as Hurricane Ida swept across our nation, leaving its mark not only on states in the south, but Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. Wolf wants the federal government to pass the Chesapeake Bay Resilient Farms Initiative, which would provide over half-a-billion-dollars to efforts in the agriculture industry in several states, including Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Congressman Scott Perry is telling communication companies not to reveal his phone records from January 6th, the day of the insurrection. The select committee investigating the insurrection has only held one hearing so far, but is now asking for telecommunication companies to help out in their investigation.  Perry and ten other Republicans sent out letters to the companies urging them not to reveal their phone records or online posts from that day.

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout the state. Yesterday, the state added more than 25-hundred new cases to the state total, pushing it over one-million-324-thousand. Ten new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is at 28-thousand-408.

More and more Pennsylvanians are being sent to the hospital with COVID-19. As of yesterday, more than two-thousand Pennsylvanians are hospitalized with the virus. About 496 of them are being treated in intensive care units. State health officials say in less than two months, the number of COVID hospitalizations have risen nearly eight-times, in large part due to the delta variant. They emphasized that getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from serious illness and death from the virus as most of the patients being hospitalized are unvaccinated.