TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR MARCH 11TH, 2022

Winter weather advisory has been issued for Lawrence and Mercer Counties. The advisory begins at ten o’clock this evening and runs until noon Saturday. The national weather service says the area could see 2-5 inches of snow along with wind gusts of 40 miles per hour. The Weather service says plan for slippery road conditions.

State Police in Lawrence County are investigating the theft of a women’s identity. The victim is a 22 year old from Enon Valley.  Police said the suspect in the case removed seven thousand dollars from the woman’s checking account. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro is offering tips on avoiding scammers while trying to support relief efforts in Ukraine.  Shapiro’s Office released a list of things to do before donating to a new charity organization.  Shapiro said the first thing to do is ask questions, legitimate U.S.-based charities follow the law and have an EIN or Employee Identification Number as required by the IRS.  If something seems questionable, Shapiro says to check with charity watchdogs like Give-dot-org and avoid using a debit card or cryptocurrency to give money.

A republican state lawmaker says he’s come up with a way to help ease prices at the pump.  Senate leader Jake Corman is calling for a state gas tax holiday from the current 58-cents per gallon tax.  He says a 20-cent-cut, coupled with a freeze on the federal gas tax, would cut costs at the pump nearly in half for the next nine months.  Corman says the proposal isn’t meant to be a long-term fix, but it is something that could be passed soon to provide quick relief.

One of a group of bills unveiled by Republicans in the state House is designed to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources. Rep. Clint Owlett says his bill calls on Gov. Tom Wolf to end the state’s embargo on energy exploration on state park and forest land. Owlett says the message is we have the means within our Commonwealth to increase our domestic production and become more energy independent

Travelers going through Pennsylvania’s airports will need to wear masks through April 18th.  The TSA announced today it would extend the mask mandate set to expire next week for another 30-days.  Officials say the extension comes as the CDC works to develop a revised policy framework for masking on public transportation based on new COVID-19 community-level metrics.  On March 2nd, the CDC dropped the requirement for masks in movie theaters and sports arenas but said the science on the transmission of COVID-19 variants in travel corridors like airports is still being reviewed.  

In Mercer County, more than 160-thousand dollars in state funding is going to help cover renovation costs for the Community Library of the Shenango Valley.  The grant announced this week comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.  The money will allow the library to make structural, security-related, and energy-saving improvements.

Marchers and spectators are gearing up for tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Pittsburgh.  The event is scheduled to step-off at 10 a.m. at the Greyhound Bus Station on Liberty Avenue.  Forecasters are warning participants to prepare for the likelihood of snow.  Tomorrow’s parade marks a return to form for the event that was canceled in 2020 and delayed until September of last year due to COVID.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday.  Remember at 2 a.m. to move those clocks forward to 3 a.m.  Local fire departments also remind you that this might be a good opportunity to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Pirates fans will see a 162-game season after all.  Major League Baseball owners and players on Thursday approved terms of a new collective bargaining agreement ending what had been a 99-day lockout.  Games already struck from the schedule will be made up as doubleheaders or rescheduled to off-days.  Spring training for players will begin this weekend and the Pirates are now scheduled to open the season April 7th on the road versus the Cardinals.