News Live 365: June 24th, 2022

A Rock Creek, Ohio man is in a Pennsylvania jail after trying to flee from police in Mercer County. The Pennsylvania State Police say that Corey Hennigan fled from troopers when signaled to pull over for a vehicle code violation and led them on a pursuit through Springfield Township and Hennigan used his vehicle to ram into an occupied state police cruiser. He was stopped after the deployment of spike strips near New Wilmington and now faces charges of fleeing and eluding, hit and run, DUI, drug possession, and more.

Dr. Penelope Orr of Edinboro University, who created the school’s nationally acclaimed graduate level Art Therapy program has been awarded a second Fulbright Award for her efforts to create the first such program in India. India has no graduate Art Therapy programs of its own, and Dr. Orr, along with other US based educators, will be traveling to India in 2023 to help create that nation’s first autonomous Art Therapy program. The Fulbright Program, by its own description, is the United States government’s flagship program of international educational and cultural exchange, offering accomplished students and scholars in more than 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to mutual understanding.

In state news, Governor Tom Wolf has already declared his intent to veto two bills that recently passed the Senate Education Committee if they make it through the legislature. Senate Bill 1277 would require public school libraries to flag every book with what is deemed sexual content and allow parents to opt their children out of having access to that content. Senate Bill 1278 which, is similar to Florida’s infamous law that was dubbed ‘Don’t say gay’, would prohibit teacher led education on subjects involving sex or gender identities from grades K-5 in all public schools. Proponents of these bills say that they will empower parents to control a child’s exposure to sensitive topics, while the Wolf Administration’s position on the bills is that they are inherently discriminatory against the LGBT+ community.