TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR JUNE 14TH, 2022

The Supreme Court has decided to refer to a ruling from a lower court that will require Pennsylvania to count undated ballots. This topic has been debated in recent weeks after Senate candidate Dave McCormick asked for mail-in ballots that were not dated to be counted in the final tally. Initially, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued a ruling putting a freeze on counting those ballots, but now the full Supreme Court has weighed-in with a majority saying they should count. Despite dissenting, Alito wrote in his opinion that it was necessary to provide a quick ruling on the case so the election bureau’s will know how to handle the situation in November.

One person was taken to the hospital following an accident on route 422 in Shenango Township Saturday night. The accident was caused by a rear-end crash and caused one vehicle to roll over. The driver of that vehicle was flown to a Pittsburgh Hospital for treatment. No other details were available. Two other people were treated at the scene.

A project to replace a 127-year-old bridge in Mercer County is expected to begin in two weeks. The bridge is located on Springfield Church Road between the intersection with McConnell Road and the intersection with Huggard Lane in Findley Township.  WKBN-TV reports The bridge will be replaced with a reinforced concrete box culvert and the roadway approaches will be upgraded. The project is expected to start on June 28 and end on July 28.

A new study released by federal highway officials shows an increase in traffic deaths in the state last year. Pennsylvania saw a little over 12-hundred traffic deaths in 2021, up more than nine percent from the year before.  The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration also says pedestrian fatalities were up 13 percent. Also, motorcyclist and bicyclist fatalities were up nine and five percent, respectively.

A state regulatory review commission has approved an updated set of K-12 science standards. A State Board of Education official says the new criteria will guide future instruction for Pennsylvania students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, areas.  The new procedures will replace ones that were adopted in 2002 and will take effect July 1st of 2025.

Governor Tom Wolf has signed a bill to begin the process of selling the Western Penitentiary on Pittsburgh’s North Side.  One proposed sale fell through five years ago.  After a few delays, the Pennsylvania Legislature finally passed a bill this year that authorizes the Department of General Services to solicit proposals for the sale of the complex that covers more than 20 acres on the Ohio Riverfront.  State Senator Wayne Fontana says there must be community input in the process to find a new buyer. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has announced in-person consultations are being offered at certain offices of the commonwealth’s employment service regions. Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier said in a news release they’re being offered currently in the southwestern and southeastern metro regions but are expected to be expanded in the future.

Republican candidate for governor Doug Mastriano is adding a Trump lawyer to his team.  Mastriano’s campaign announced today Jenna Ellis is being added to his team.  Ellis joins the campaign as a legal advisor.  She helped Trump challenge the 2020 presidential election results.

State Police in Butler County report a man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle accident in Jefferson Township. The accident took place late last month but the details of the crash were just released. Police said 31 year old Brandon Olar of Butler traveled off the roadway and Green Belt Road and struck a large tree head on. Olar, who suffered serious injuries, was taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment.