TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 3RD, 2022

Pennsylvania’s Republican candidate for governor is cooperating with the U.S. House committee investigating the January 6th unrest at the U.S. Capitol.  CNN reports Trump-backed state Senator Doug Mastriano has handed over some documents to the committee.  Mastriano was at the Capitol on January 6th of 2021 and received a subpoena in March.  His attorney told CNN Mastriano has also agreed to a voluntary interview with the committee.

Ballots continue to be recounted in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate remains up for grabs.  A state appeals court decision issued last night means that counties are required to count undated ballots and keep that total separate from the total of dated ballots.  It has not yet been determined if the undated ballots will be added in to the final total.  With the campaigns of David McCormick and Mehmet Oz hoping for victory, results of county recounts must be reported by noon next Wednesday.

The wife of Pennsylvania’s Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman says he is well on his way to full recovery from a stroke.  Gisele Fetterman tells Politico doctors are happy with how her husband is healing from last month’s stroke suffered just days before Pennsylvania’s primary election.  She says the lieutenant governor is cognitively perfect and neurologists are impressed with his recovery process.  She added his heart is looking good and his pacemaker is working properly.

Pennsylvania is expanding eligibility for food assistance.  Income eligibility for both the State Food Purchase Program and The Emergency Food Assistance Program are being raised from 150 percent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s established poverty level to 185 percent.  The increase allows Pennsylvania’s charitable food system to serve more food insecure Pennsylvanians.  Food banks and pantries can be found at dhs-dot-pa-dot-gov.  

A Pennsylvania state Representative wants to change tuition funding for Pennsylvania’s college students.  Republican Eric Nelson introduced a bill yesterday that would redirect money for Pitt, Penn State and Temple to in-state students at all universities, private colleges, community colleges and technical schools in Pennsylvania.  The state distributes funds through nonpreferred appropriation bills to the big three universities, which then use the money to provide tuition discounts to in-state students.  Nelson says his college voucher bill would empower students who don’t want to attend Pitt, Penn State or Temple, redirecting the money to the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

Pennsylvania residents once again have a chance to cash in on one of the largest lottery jackpots of the year.  The top prize in the MegaMillions game has not been won in over six weeks and now stands at 189-million dollars.  Winning numbers will be announced tonight at 11.

Some Donut shops in the area are providing free treats today to celebrate National Donut Day.  Nationwide chain, Dunkin, is offering a free donut with the purchase of a beverage.  Krispy Kreme locations are handing out one free donut per person with no purchase necessary.  Donut Day began as a Salvation Army fundraiser in Chicago in 1938, in honor of the women who volunteered to serve donuts to American soldiers fighting in World War One.

Pittsburgh has been named as one of the cloudiest cities in America.  Results of a survey released this week by the Weather Channel and powersports company Polaris have Pittsburgh ranked as the fourth-most cloudy city in the country.  The list was put together using information from more than 600 cities over a 3-year period from January of 2019 to December of 2021.  Youngstown Ohio topped the list followed by Detroit and Syracuse.