TOP HEADLINES 10/22


>>Deadline Approaching For Aid For Residents Impacted By Ida Remnants

(York County, PA) -- The deadline is approaching for York County residents impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida to apply for loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Federal Emergency Management Agency officials say York County residents who suffered damages from the storm between August 31st and September 5th have until November 9th to complete the loan application forms. They added that completing the loan application is a critical part of the disaster assistance process as it can keep the door open to all federal assistance, including possible additional grants.

>>Historic Central Pennsylvania Bridge Destroyed By Fire

(Perry County, PA) -- A Historic bridge in Central Pennsylvania is destroyed after a fire yesterday afternoon. Officials have not determined the cause of the fire, but the Waggoner Mill Covered Bridge in Perry County was burned down to just its framework. That bridge reportedly dates back to 1889 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

>>Cumberland County Man Struck, Killed Near Elementary School

(Lower Allen Township, PA) -- A 74-year-old man is dead after being struck by a vehicle in front of an elementary school on Wednesday night. Police say David Blahna was in front of Rossmoyne Elementary School in Lower Allen Township around 7 p.m. that night when he was struck. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

>>Harrisburg Mayor Proposes Initiative To Help Older Residents

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse is proposing a plan to help low-income senior residents. His proposal would use $12-million to provide payments of $300 per month to seniors with an annual income of around $17,000 or less for about a year. The funds would come from the American Rescue Plan. Papenfuse says he's had a chance to meet many of these seniors throughout the city and he knows this extra money will make a real difference. His plan would also buy a senior shuttle for transportation needs and put one-million-dollars toward senior affordable housing.

>>Reading Police Make Major Drug Bust

(Reading, PA) -- Reading police say they seized over $600,000 worth of drugs this week. Police also seized two SKS rifles, an AR-15 rifle, two other rifles, and two nine-millimeter pistols. Thirty-four-year-old Maximino Suarez and 24-year-old Jesse Garcia were arrested. Police seized fentanyl, cocaine, meth, ecstasy, and marijuana in the apartment on North 8th Street.

>>Man Killed In Farm Accident

(Amity Township, PA) -- Police are investigating the death of 71-year-old George Gechter at an Amity Township farm. He became trapped under bales of hay Thursday morning. Authorities say Gechter was pronounced dead at the scene on Browns Mill Road.

>>National Guard To Help At Berks Heim Nursing Home

(Reading, PA) -- Berks County commissioners are unanimously approving a contract with the Pennsylvania National Guard to help with the staffing shortage at Berks Heim nursing home. The Guard will send 14 nursing assistants to the county-owned facility. Eight of them are medics and six are general purpose workers. The county will not have to pay for the help under a state program.

>>Mental Health Mural Dedicated In Reading

(Reading, PA) -- A new mural called "Hope Blossoms" is up in Reading. The ceremony yesterday afternoon for the mental health mural was attended by over 150 people. The 45-foot-tall mural is behind Threshold Rehabilitation Services' Mosaic House on Franklin Street and is part of the Berks County Suicide Prevention Task Force's ruOK Berks campaign.

>>Yuengling Gives 106-Year-Old Woman Present Of Nearly 500 Beers

(Spring Township, PA) -- Margaret Dilullo will soon turn 107-years-old and says she has one beer every day. To celebrate her upcoming 107th birthday, Yuengling delivered her an early present yesterday of almost 500 cans of its Traditional Lager to her Spring Township home. Dilullo credits her long life to drinking one beer a day. Debbie Yuengling is the brewery's employee engagement and culture manager and says customers like Dilullo are why they make beer.

>>Student Loan Forgiveness Program For Nurses Opening Up In 2022

(Harrisburg, PA) -- In an effort to help the state deal with its nursing shortage a student loan forgiveness program for Pennsylvania nurses is opening in early 2022. About $5-million from federal Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds will be used for this one-time program. Eligible nurses could get up to $2,500 of loan forgiveness for each ensuing year of work starting from March of last year, for a maximum of three years.

>>Governor Announces Plan To Help Businesses, Economy And Workers

(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Governor Tom Wolf is proposing a plan to help businesses, workers, and the economy. Yesterday, the governor signed executive orders to set OSHA standards and expand paid sick leave in some government offices. The governor also called on lawmakers to pass legislation to extend those requirements to all businesses, along with a pay raise. Wolf says there is nothing that's good that's free, if you want good workers, then treat them fairly.

>>Pennsylvania Has Highest Gas Prices On East Coast

(Scranton, PA) -- AAA says Pennsylvania has the highest gas prices on the east coast. Officials say the average price for gas in the commonwealth is $3.54. A month ago, it was 20-cents lower. It seems there are no signs of prices coming down anytime soon as experts believe the demand for heating oil over the winter months could keep prices high.

>>Lehigh county 911 Center Facing Federal Lawsuit

(Lehigh County, PA) -- Lehigh County's 911 center is being accused of being a hub of racism and negligence in a new federal lawsuit. The lawsuit says that in July of last year, a Spanish-speaking man reported that his Allentown home was on fire, and he was hung up on by a dispatcher from the center because she did not understand Spanish. The man and his 14-year-old nephew both died in the fire, and this is only one of many instances of negligence according to the lawsuit. Seven of the center's former employees filed the lawsuit against Lehigh County, County Executive Phil Armstrong and six other current or former county officials. The former employees say their First Amendment rights and others were violated after they publicly revealed these issues at the call center.

>>State Looking To Address School Bus Driver Shortage

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The state is boosting its efforts to address the current bus driver shortage impacting Pennsylvania schools. More than two thousand school bus drivers are needed statewide. Officials say our students need reliable transportation to be able to continue in-person instruction, our parents need peace of mind and schools need assistance. To try and help, officials sent out letters to over 300-thousand individuals across the state with Commercial Driver's Licenses to see if they're interested in driving for schools. The Department of Transportation has also temporarily opened CDL skills testing on Mondays for four weeks.

>>Eagles Travel to Vegas

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The Eagles will be hoping their road success continues this weekend against the Las Vegas Raiders. Both of Philly's two wins have come on the road and they will take on the Raiders who are riding high after a dominant win last week. Quarterback Jalen Hurts is doing it all for the Eagles offense as he's also the leading rusher. All of the action gets underway Sunday at 4:05.


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