News Live 365: December 16th, 2021

Authorities suspect DUI in a Sunday morning car crash which injured two people and started a house fire in Erie County’s Union Township. Abraham Guarrriello of Erie failed to negotiate a left turn on Waterford Road and collided head on with a tree at about 2:30AM on Sunday, December 12th.  The car caught fire which spread to a nearby house and some good samaritans were able to get Guarriello, his passenger, and the occupants of the house clear of the fire before emergency services arrived. Guarriello and his passenger were both taken to UPMC Hamot in Erie for the evaluation and treatment of minor injuries and multiple fire departments were able to stop the house and vehicle fires.

Yesterday Pennsylvania’s House State Government Committee approved an electoral map which was submitted online by a PA resident named Amanda Holt. The map was ultimately given a few minor alterations to do things such as improve minority representation in some districts; the citizen map still needs approval through the legislature and the Governor. Committee Chairman Seth Grove called the congressional redistricting process the most transparent in Pennsylvania’s history and the committee voted 14 – 11 on its passage, receiving no support from Democrats who feel they have been excluded from the process entirely and were joined by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie in descent.

Seeking to close the digital divide, Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 2071 to create the Pennsylvania Broadband Development Authority on Monday. The Authority would be empowered to oversee the spread and development of broadband internet across the state with a special focus on rural areas which have seen little or no broadband infrastructure. The bill is expected to pass easily through the Senate and Governor Tom Wolf has already signaled his approval.