TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR APRIL 13TH, 2022

State Senator Jake Corman is expected to announce he is leaving the race for governor.  Sources say Corman will exit the race after finishing fifth in a recent poll of Republican candidates seeking to replace Governor Tom Wolf.  Despite an expected withdrawal from the race, Corman will still appear on the ballot for the May 17th primary after receiving enough signatures to qualify. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is asking for feedback from residents across the state on how they performed this winter.  PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said the Department is conducting a survey to help measure expectations and identify education opportunities.  The 17-question survey can be taken online by clicking the Share Your Feedback link at PennDOT-dot-PA-dot-gov.

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb says he’s more “electable” than the other candidates for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.  Speaking to the ‘Erie Times,’ the democrat insisted that there’s no comparison, pointing to how he got elected three times in Republican Western Pennsylvania.  He’s also aligning himself in support of President Joe Biden and his policies. The primary is May 17th.

Two firefighters are recovering from minor injuries they suffered overnight while fighting a blaze at an oil refinery in Venango County.  The incident started just before 4 a.m. at the Heath Oil Refinery when a vehicle pulling a tanker caught on fire.  Fire Departments from Butler County were called in to help use foam to extinguish the flames.  Officials say this is the third incident at the refinery in the past decade and an investigation to determine how the fire started is underway.

A bill has passed the Pennsylvania State House that would not allow transgender athletes to compete in girls’ and women’s sports. The measure now goes to the state senate. Governor Tom Wolf has said he’ll veto the bill if and when it makes it to his desk.

The Twitter account of the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus was left in the dark for about five hours Tuesday. A spokesman for the caucus says the account was suspended without any explanation.  Even though service was restored a little before nine p.m., the spokesman says the group has yet to receive any news from Twitter on why it was suspended. He did say the account was hacked two months ago and the caucus has had trouble with it since that time.

Pharmacists from all over Pennsylvania say they want the authority to continue to administer vaccines. That activity is set to expire at the end of June unless new legislation is written. On Tuesday, scores of pharmacists rallied at the state capitol to stress the need for them to continue the work. The CDC says, as of last week, more than 239 million doses have been administered by retail pharmacies across the country. 

Leaders in the Borough of Ambridge are approving a plan to install license plate readers.  Council members have voted in favor of placing the devices at the intersection of 14th Street and Duss Avenue.  The Beaver County District Attorney says the cameras will assist local police in protecting residents.  Those opposed to the readers say they unfairly target low-income and minority neighborhoods.

Mars Area school board members are voting to hire former Pine-Richland football coach Eric Kasperowicz.  The coach and his staff were fired from the district a year ago after reports of hazing and bullying among players surfaced.  Kasperowicz sued Pine-Richland over his termination but later decided to withdraw the complaint.  Board members approved his hiring in a seven-to-one vote yesterday.

Lottery players in Pennsylvania and across the country are hoping to see their numbers pulled in tonight’s Powerball drawing.  The estimated jackpot tonight stands at 302-million dollars.  It has been nearly two months since a player has matched all of the winning numbers and collected the game’s top prize.  Numbers will be drawn just before 11 p.m.