TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Clinton Squares Off Against Trump
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Hillary Clinton is criticizing Republican presidential rival Donald Trump for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings secret from voters. At a debate Monday night, Clinton said, "There's something he's hiding." Trump then said he would release his tax information when Clinton produces more than 30,000 emails that were deleted from the personal internet server she used as secretary of state. Trump is accusing Clinton of not having the "stamina" to be president. Trump said, Clinton "doesn't have the look." He said, "She doesn't have the stamina." Clinton fired back, saying that as secretary of state she traveled to 112 countries, negotiated peace deals, cease-fires and imprisoned dissidents. Clinton said, once Trump can do that, "He can talk to me about stamina." (photo: AP)

W&J Professor Gives Debate Low Marks
The chairman of the political science department at Washington & Jefferson College tells WJPA News that he was not impressed with last night's debate. Dr. Joe DiSarro says the candidates "avoided some interesting subjects that should have been explored" including social security, medicare and Obama Care. "The public learned very little," adding that the debate was "filled with character assassination" and "left the voter hanging, looking for answers from the two candidates were are quite imperfect, to say the least."


County's Unemployment Rate Rises
The unemployment rate in Washington County is on the rise. The Department of Labor and Industry reported today the jobless rate in the county went from 6.2% in July to 6.5% in August. In Greene County, the rate went from 7.5% to 7.6% over the same period.

Liberty Bridge Open Again
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh's Liberty Bridge has reopened with traffic restrictions, weeks after a construction fire closed the span for repairs. PennDOT has imposed a 9-ton weight limit on the bridge, meaning buses and large trucks can't use it. Three lanes of traffic will be open during peak travel times, and two lanes will be maintained overnight. Workers have finished temporary repairs to realign the damaged lower cord. But crews will continue repairs on weekdays and weekends, shutting the bridge down, if needed, on weekends. The fire began Sept. 2 on plastic pipes and a construction tarp as crews were cutting steel as part of an $80 million reconstruction project. The fire damaged a crucial support beam. Plans for permanent repairs are still being worked out.

Over One Million Take SAT Exams
WASHINGTON (AP) - High school students don't appear to have been scared off by the newly redesigned SAT college entrance exam. The College Board says nearly 1.4 million high schoolers took the SAT between March and June of this year. That's up about 180,000 test takers over the same period last spring. The new test - with more of a focus on real-world vocabulary and classroom learning - debuted in March. Some college advisers were a little cautious about encouraging students to take the debut test since it had a new format and wasn't as familiar to students.
The College Board isn't releasing average score results for the new SAT until next fall when it has a full year of data on graduating seniors for the 2016-2017 school year.

More Babies Born With Abuse Problems
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new state analysis of Pennsylvania hospital data shows the rate of infants born with drug abuse problems rose 250 percent from 2000 to 2015. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council report says nearly 2 percent of the roughly 2,700 newborn hospitalizations last year were due to substance-related issues. The group says that rate of 19.5 for every 1,000 newborn hospitalizations rose from 5.6 in 2000. The analysis says 52 percent of the roughly 4,600 maternal hospitalizations last year that were related to substance abuse involved painkillers, heroin or both. That rate of 16.8 for every 1,000 maternal hospitalizations involving opioids rose 510 percent from 2.8 in 2000. The report says newborns hospitalized with substance abuse issues in 2015 were addicted to opioids 82 percent of the time.

 

 

Convictions Upheld
Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone has announced that two local convictions have been affirmed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Anthian Goehring was convicted of third degree murder, conspiracy, and robbery in the home invasion and shooting of 10-year-old Taniyah Thomas in 2014. Goehring appealed his 30 to 60 year prison sentence, saying it was "unduly excessive" since he cooperated with investigators. The Superior Court ruled that the judge considered all relevent factors and upheld the conviction and sentence. The Court also upheld the sentence of Cameron Reihner, who was convicted in 2014 of aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person. Reihner and several others were accused of following two men home from a restaurant and then causing serious injuries when they kicked them and hit them with baseball bats. Reihner was sentenced to 8 3/4 to 17 1/2 years in state prison.

Police At Southpointe
Police were at Southpointe in the area of Southpointe Blvd. and CONSOL Drive earlier this morning. Initial reports indicated possibly a drill or a false alarm but police did not immediately return calls for further information. CONSOL tweeted "all well at CNX Center" after a confirmed false alarm and said all employees "safe and accounted for."

Mall Shooter Held For Trial
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - Bail has been set at $2 million for the man accused of gunning down five people at a Macy's store in Burlington, Washington. Arcan Cetin, 20, has a criminal record dating back at least two years, including assaulting his stepfather. Cetin's stepfather says his son has a mental illness.

Lawyer Opens Fire, Killed By Police
HOUSTON (AP) - Authorities say a disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood Monday, wounding nine people before he was shot and killed by police. Police still have not identified the man, but they've been searching the condo of Nathan DeSai, where police say they found vintage military items and other guns.

Protestors Demand Resignations
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte, North Carolina residents who've been protesting last week's fatal police shooting of a black man say they want the mayor, police chief and city council members to resign. Residents told city leaders at last night's city council meeting that officers have not been accountable and civilian leaders have failed to force change.

Missing Children Found Dead
ELKHART, Ind. (AP) - Two Indiana children who were the subject of an Amber Alert have been found dead and their mother has been arrested on murder charges. Elkhart, Indiana, police say they believe the two children found dead on Monday afternoon were seven-year-old Liliana Hernandez and six-year-old Rene Pasztor. They had been the subject of an Amber Alert earlier in the day warning that their mother may have abducted them. Police say their bodies were found in a car matching the description of the car in the Amber Alert.
Later Monday evening, police say their mother, Amber Pasztor, 29, was arrested on two counts of murder. Police declined to say who the children were living with when they were abducted or why she may have taken them.

Slot Machines Based On Skill In Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A New York company hopes to be the first in the world to install skill-based slot machines on casino floors. GameCo says it's ready to put machines in the three Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment as soon as the first week in October. That is pending approval by New Jersey gambling regulators.

Public Service For Palmer Next Week
NEW YORK - The family of Arnold Palmer is waiting until after the Ryder Cup this week for a public farewell. Alastair Johnston, the chief executive of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, said yesterday that a public ceremony to commemorate Palmer would be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 4 at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.


 

 

     
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