TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 12TH, 2021

State Police say they are investigating the shooting death of a man yesterday morning in Beaver County.  According to reports, officers were called to the Linmar Terrace Housing Complex in Aliquippa on a welfare check.  Police say they found a male victim with a gunshot wound inside the apartment who was pronounced dead at the scene.  Officials identified the victim as 36-year-old Brandon Murray and are asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact the authorities. 

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in Wilmington Township. Police said the accident took place at the intersection of Route 208 and Old Mercer Road. 64 year old Anne Davis of Mercer failed to stop at the intersection and was struck by a vehicle operated by 67 year old Rocky Piccirilli of Sharpsville. Police said Davis was cited. Both drivers and a passenger in the Piccirilli vehicle all refused treatment.

The amount of revenue the state brought in during October continued a streak of outpacing expectations. The Department of Revenue announced that collections totaled $2.8 billion last month, which was six percent above the anticipated amount. Sales tax receipts continue to be the main driver of revenue, bringing in $1.2 billion in October. The state finished last fiscal year with a surplus, and is currently about seven percent above expectations this year—which works out to nearly $8 million.

Airports and roads may seem a bit more crowded during the Thanksgiving season, as AAA predicts 53.4 million people will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s up 13% from 2020. Triple-A East Central Vice-President Bevi Powell said “With restrictions being lifted and travel more accessible than in 2020, making new holiday memories with family and friends is once again a priority for Americans. Even with high gas prices 90% of people are planning to travel by car as their preferred method of travel.

State Senator Ryan Aument, a Republican from Lancaster, has introduced a bill that he says would reduce the corporate net income rate. He says doing so will help bring more economic growth to Pennsylvania as the commonwealth’s nine-point-99-percent rate is the second-highest in the country. It’s also almost double the national average and reportedly continues to be a major roadblock as to why companies outside Pennsylvania don’t relocate to the Keystone state. Senate Bill 771  calls for the immediate, three-year phased reduction of the income rate to six-point-99-percent.

Robert Morris University is expanding its Military Service Award for veterans seeking undergraduate degrees.  The award will cover the cost of tuition and fees for any of RMU’s programs for vets, active service members and their spouses.  The award will be available to new students enrolling for classes starting in January 2022, as well as current student veterans already enrolled. 

State health officials say they’ve administered nearly 19-thousand first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children in the five to eleven age group. That volume comes a little over a week after federal health regulators first granted approval and just six days into the availability of appointments. Meanwhile, more than 414-thousand doses of the vaccine for young children have been distributed to providers across the state and the health officials say even more is on the way.

Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity is warning residents that scammers are using fraudulent text messages to target people’s unemployment compensation benefits. She says that includes people who are receiving regular unemployment benefits as well as state Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.  The scammers are e-mailing recipients with notices that claim their unemployment debit cards have been frozen and that they need to click a link to verify it. Garrity says the state never embeds a link in a message and you shouldn’t ever follow a link like that.  You can contact the unemployment office if you believe you’ve been scammed.