News Live 365: October 28th & 29th, 2021

Two people were injured and a section of Interstate 90 was partially blocked earlier this week when a semi tractor and trailer overturned. Bilal Ahmed and Sandra Wombles of Oaklawn Illinois were both taken to UPMC Hamot after their truck rolled onto its side as they attempted to merge onto the Interstate using exit 45 in Erie County’s Northeast Township. Ahmed has been charged with Reckless Driving after the accident.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a measure to expand the PACENET program to benefit as many as 300,000 senior Citizens. PACENET uses proceeds from the Pennsylvania Lottery to help elderly disabled and retired residents pay for prescription medications. HB 1260 passed unanimously and would raise the income cap for PACENET by $6,000 to $33,500 for individuals and $41,500 for married couples.

Fall Turkey Season begins this Saturday, October 30th in Pennsylvania. Northwest Pennsylvania falls into Wildlife Management Unit 1B in which Fall Turkey lasts one week and ends on November 6th.

Two people were hospitalized after a three car collision in Washington Township, Erie County yesterday evening. According to crash scene investigators, 19 year old Jakkob Burkholder of Latrobe collided his truck with the rear end of another vehicle attempting to make a left turn on Route 99 and pushed it into oncoming traffic where it was hit by a third vehicle. Burkholder and the driver of the second vehicle were transported to UPMC Hamot after the crash.

The recent Franklin and Marshall College poll indicates nearly two thirds of Pennsylvania residents are supportive of mask mandates in schools and public buildings. 64% of the 522 respondents to the poll indicated support for the use of masks in schools including more than half of conservatives and nearly all liberals.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order Thursday to create a new office within the Department of Environmental Protection called the Office of Environmental Justice. The job of the new office will be to monitor conditions in poor and underserved areas that are occasionally overlooked.