TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR NOVEMBER 3RD, 2022

Governor Tom Wolf is encouraging Pennsylvanians to vote in the mid-term election.  Governor Wolf said today that voters should know where their polling place is located ahead of Election Day.  He said voting information can be found at vote.pa.gov/Polls.  Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.

The Lawrence County Humane Society is one step closer to getting a new facility.  The organization received a 50 thousand dollar grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development. State Representative Chris Sainato said the humane society needs a much larger facility.” Lawrence County Humane Society Board of Directors president Lois Winter said the grant will go to planning and development costs.

A new poll shows Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate candidates are tied a week ahead of the mid-term election.  The Muhlenberg College/Morning Call survey shows Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman are tied among voters at 47 percent with three percent picking a third candidate and two percent undecided.  Oz’s numbers were up three percent compared to Muhlenberg’s September poll, while Fetterman’s were down two percent. 

First Lady Jill Biden is working to rally voters ahead of the midterm elections.  She met with educators at the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers offices yesterday.  The first lady criticized Republicans during her remarks, saying they are increasing attacks on unions.  The visit was part of the American Federation of Teachers 25-city election rally bus tour.

Lottery players this Saturday night will have a chance to win one of the largest jackpot prizes of all time.  No winning tickets were sold for last night’s multi-state Powerball drawing.  The game has gone more than 3 months without a top-prize winning ticket being sold.  Saturday night’s jackpot is an estimated 1.5-billion dollars.

Cooler weather and shorter days mean more deer are now gracing Pennsylvania’s roadways. The number of deer-vehicle collisions peaks in November and December. To reduce inconvenience, costs, and potential danger, AAA East Central cautions motorists to be especially vigilant on the road in animal-prone areas.  In 2020, there were more than 55 hundred deer related crashes in Pennsylvania, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The average deer releated claim is around five thousand dollars.

The parent company of the United Parcel Service -UPS- says it needs to hire at least 60-thousand more workers for the upcoming holiday season. A news release says UPS will be holding hiring events around the country, starting Friday, November 4th and continuing through the weekend. The website to pre-apply can be found at jobs dash UPS dot com, slash brownfriday.

Pennsylvania businesses will begin using a new system to file taxes and conduct operations this fall. Short for “My Pennsylvania Tax Hub,” myPATH will become the new online filing system for business taxpayers. Department of Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell says the move helps fulfill Wolf Administration goals to make Pennsylvania more user-friendly. Rollout takes place November 30th, but businesses may set up an account now at myPATH dot pa dot gov.

Prosecutors have filed charges in connection with a fatal July vehicle crash in Allegheny County,   According to the complaint, UPMC Dr. Joseph Yanta was intoxicated behind the wheel and traveling at speeds in excess of 120-miles-per-hour when the vehicle crashed and passenger Dr. Douglas Rockacy was ejected and killed.  Yanta has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and homicide by vehicle.