Stock market live updates: Dow loses 3,500 points on week, closes off lows, Fed pledges support

The coronavirus continued to roil markets on Friday.

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2020 South Carolina Primary

South Carolinians head to the polls today to vote in the Democratic primary. Bernie Sanders is the front runner.

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Trump nominates Congressman John Ratcliffe to be director of national intelligence

The president announced the appointment by tweet. This is the second time that he has selected Ratcliffe for the job.

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There are at least 4 coronavirus cases in the US that are not travel-related, officials say

The CDC hopes to have every state and local health department testing for the coronavirus by the end of next week.

Source: There are at least 4 coronavirus cases in the US that are not travel-related, officials say

Today’s coronavirus update: Latest news and U.S. response to the outbreak – POLITICO

Trump administration officials remained firmly in the spotlight Friday amid the White House’s effort to gain traction on its response to the coronavirus. President Donald Trump complained that Democrats are blaming him for the outbreak while acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney accused the media of stoking fears over coronavirus as a means of attacking Trump himself. On Capitol Hill, Republicans walked out of a briefing with health officials after Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro attacked the Trump administration’s response to the outbreak as disorganized.

Vice President Mike Pence added FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn to the White House’s coronavirus task force this afternoon, according to a senior HHS official familiar with the decision.

Trump on Wednesday put Pence in charge of the government’s response to the outbreak, taking over the supervisory role from HHS Secretary Alex Azar, who is still chairing the task force. Azar had not initially included Hahn or any FDA staff on the task force, despite the agency’s numerous responsibilities related to the outbreak.

Source: Today’s coronavirus update: Latest news and U.S. response to the outbreak – POLITICO

Stock market continues its historic slide, capping one of the worst weeks since financial crisis

U.S. stocks tumbled once again on Friday, as coronavirus fears continue to mount.

Source: Stock market continues its historic slide, capping one of the worst weeks since financial crisis

14-Year-Old Arrested In McKees Rocks Shooting – CBS Pittsburgh

MCKEES ROCKS, Pa. (KDKA) – A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to a shooting that happened during a fight over a cigarette in McKees Rocks.

Allegheny County Police say the juvenile was charged and taken to the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center on Thursday.

The shooting happened on the 100 block of Munson Avenue last Saturday afternoon. McKees Rocks Police arrived to the scene to find a man suffering from gunshot wounds to the hand and upper body.

Source: 14-Year-Old Arrested In McKees Rocks Shooting – CBS Pittsburgh

Driver crashes BMW through Pennsylvania day care, 5 children injured

The vehicle shot through a front window of the building all the way to the back wall of a classroom that held 17 children between 3 and 4 years old.

The room is usually used for children to take naps, NBC Philadelphia reported. Seventeen children between the ages of 3 and 4 years old were in the room at the time of the crash, while about 80 children were in the building.

Four injured children were taken by ambulance to a hospital, while a fifth was transported separately, according to the district attorney’s office. Four of the children had been released from the hospital as of Friday afternoon.

Source: Driver crashes BMW through Pennsylvania day care, 5 children injured

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto explains why he isn’t backing the Green New Deal, but why he is also opposed to fracking | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

In October, Peduto came out against the potential build-out of cracker plants and advocated for the region to wind down fracking. Natural-gas fracked from wells in Southwestern Pennsylvania is then sent to cracker plants, where it’s processed into plastic pellets. A cracker plant is currently under construction in Beaver County, and is permitted to emit 2.2 million tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of adding more than 480,000 cars to the region.

Source: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto explains why he isn’t backing the Green New Deal, but why he is also opposed to fracking | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

1 dead, 2 in custody after shooting at apartment complex near WVU

One person is dead and two suspects are in custody after a shooting at an apartment complex near West Virginia University’s downtown Morgantown campus.

Source: 1 dead, 2 in custody after shooting at apartment complex near WVU

Thieves stealing valuable part from cars in Westmoreland County neighborhood

YOUNGWOOD, Pa. — Car owners in one neighborhood in a Westmoreland County are being targeted for their catalytic converters.

Some drivers found them cut off from right underneath their cars. It happened just this past week in the Youngwood area — one driver said they had two cut off their two cars, and a third was nearly sawed off.

Source: Thieves stealing valuable part from cars in Westmoreland County neighborhood

Pittsburgh Public Safety Department prepares for possible outbreak of coronavirus in region

Public safety officials say that citizens can do their part in simple ways, most importantly by washing their hands often.

Source: Pittsburgh Public Safety Department prepares for possible outbreak of coronavirus in region

Constable under investigation for allegedly misleading regulators about weapons certification

Action News Investigates has learned the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office is investigating a McKees Rocks constable. Constables transport prisoners, serve warrants and lawsuits and provide security at district courts.

Source: Constable under investigation for allegedly misleading regulators about weapons certification