PA Health Secretary Sued over mask mandate

Cumberland County, PA (CBS-21) —A group of parents are challenging the state's legal authority that requires students wear masks in schools.

That battle over the mandate is now in the hands of Commonwealth Court judges.

Some parents are suing Acting Secretary of Health, Allison Beam – accusing her of not following state law when issuing the mask mandate for all students and staff in Pennsylvania Schools.

Lawyers arguing, she failed to go through a public and transparent process.

Attorneys also blamed Beam for overstepping boundaries laid out in the Disease Control and Prevention Act.

>>Man Arrested In Connection To Shooting From July

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Police are reporting that they arrested a man allegedly connected to a Harrisburg shooting from the summer. Police say on July 11th, they responded to reports of shots fired in the first block of North 20th street and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital and teated for non-life-threatening injuries. They added that on Tuesday, officers arrested Kuami Wright in connection to the shooting. He is facing charges of aggravated assault.

>>London Man Dead After York County Crash

(York County, PA) -- A man from London, England is dead after being struck by a car in York County yesterday. Police say Martin Dawe was out for a jog along Long Road in East Manchester Township around 5:30 p.m. when he was struck by the vehicle. The 46-year-old was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries. The driver of the vehicle reportedly stopped after the incident and is cooperating with police. The investigation is ongoing.

>>17,000 Berks County Voters Get Instructions With Wrong Election Day

(Reading, PA) -- Roughly 17,000 voters in Berks County have received instructions in Spanish with the wrong election day in November. County officials say they have fixed the mistake, which told voters to return the ballot by November 18 instead of 8 p.m. on November 2. County commission spokeswoman Stephanie Weaver says the wording came from the May 18 primary election and only the month had been changed. 

>>State Fire Marshal: Hundreds Of Battery Cases Burned

(Berks County, PA) -- The Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal says several hundred empty battery cases burned outside East Penn Manufacturing this week. The smoke could be seen for miles Tuesday. PSP Trooper Janssen Herb says no one was hurt and there were no chemicals in the fire. The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

>>Event Puts Spotlight On School Bus Safety

(Muhlenberg Township, PA) -- Several agencies including the Highway Safety Network, PennDOT and local police are working to teach drivers to pay attention around school buses. They held their Operation Safe Stop in Hyde Park yesterday. Fines for passing a school bus with its red lights on is 250-dollars, five points on the driver's license, and a 60-day suspension of the license. Officials add not knowing the laws does not excuse people for not obeying them.

>>State Preparing For Kid Vaccinations

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania's health leaders are preparing to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine for kids once it gets approval. The decision from the FDA and CDC could come within the next two weeks. State health officials say once the authorization comes, they'll be ready. They added that they're optimistic for the rollout of vaccinations for kids aged five to eleven as they have already experienced a high level of demand for the age group.

>>President Touts Infrastructure Plan During Scranton Visit

(Scranton, PA) -- President Biden is promoting his Build Back better agenda to Pennsylvanians. The president gave a speech in Scranton yesterday during his first visit to the city since he was elected president, saying Scranton isn't his home because of the memories it gave him, but because of the values. Biden spoke for about an hour, touting his infrastructure bill currently sitting in Congress saying it will invest in Pennsylvania's roads and bridges, resilience, and public transportation. He also spoke on his agenda which he says is a tax cut for middle-class families, funded by increased taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

>>Hours-Long Standoff Ends In Shootout, Leaving One Woman Dead

(Monroe County, PA) -- One woman is dead and a man is in custody after an hours-long standoff ended in a shootout in Monroe County. Police say late Tuesday night, a man and a woman led police on a chase on Route 611 until their vehicle became disabled. However, the two refused to get out and police learned that they had a firearm. A standoff ensued for a for a few hours until the man stepped out of the vehicle to be taken into custody, but before he did, he handed the firearm to the woman. The woman then allegedly pointed the gun at officials and opened fire. Troopers shot back and struck her. She died at the scene. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

>>Sixers Destroy Pelicans in Season Opener

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The Sixers are off to a great start to the season following a beatdown of the New Orleans Pelicans. Philadelphia had four starters score in double digits as they were led by Joel Embiid and his 22-points and six-rebounds. Meanwhile, the Sixers dominated the second half outscoring the Pelicans 64-to-44 as they went on to win by 20-points. Philadelphia will play their first home game tomorrow night against the Brooklyn Nets.

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