Charley Family Shop’n Save donates $50,000 in food vouchers to Westmoreland food bank | TribLIVE.com

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Charley Family Shop’n Save officials presented $50,000 in food vouchers to the Westmoreland County Food Bank earlier this month, in the form of 2,500 vouchers valued at $20 each.

“It’s a paper coupon that’s good at any of our three stores,” Vice President Tom Charley said. “We knew that we wanted to help out the food bank. People need food right now, and we’re in the public’s eye when it comes to that, so if we can help out, we wanted to do that.”

The Charley family has one store in Murrysville and two in Greensburg.

Food bank executive director Jennifer Miller said the vouchers will be distributed to its partner agencies in the Murrysville and Greensburg areas.

“They won’t necessarily be packed into the food boxes, but the volunteers there will have them to give out,” Miller said.

Source: Charley Family Shop’n Save donates $50,000 in food vouchers to Westmoreland food bank | TribLIVE.com

Coronavirus kills 70 veterans at Massachusetts care home – BBC News

Seventy veterans living in a care home in the US state of Massachusetts have died after contracting coronavirus, officials said.

The outbreak is the deadliest reported in a long-term care home in the US.

A nurse at the facility claimed understaffing had contributed to the spread as employees moved from one unit to another.

The US has more than one million confirmed cases of coronavirus – more than any other country.

Nursing homes across the US and in other parts of the world have been particularly badly hit by the pandemic.

Source: Coronavirus kills 70 veterans at Massachusetts care home – BBC News

Police Charge 3 Suspects With Breaking Into Vending Machines Across Pittsburgh Area – CBS Pittsburgh

BETHEL PARK (KDKA) — Bethel Park Police have charged three people with breaking into vending machines all over the Pittsburgh area.

Police say Larry Randolph, Jeffrey Ledonne and Angalique Visconti admitted to working together to steal from machines for several weeks.

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Bethel Park officers arrested them in the early morning hours of Wednesday, saying they had a change box from one of the machines, coins, drugs and tools for burglaries.

They are facing charges of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, criminal conspiracy, criminal mischief, loitering and prowling at nighttime and other drug violations.

Source: Police Charge 3 Suspects With Breaking Into Vending Machines Across Pittsburgh Area – CBS Pittsburgh

Macy’s Plans to Reopen All of Its 775 Stores in 6 to 8 Weeks – The New York Times

Macy’s, one of the biggest department store chains in the United States, announced an ambitious plan on Thursday to reopen all of its 775 locations, including Bloomingdales and Bluemercury, in the next six to eight weeks, the latest sign of how eager the nation’s largest retailers are to return to business.

The reopening plan will start on Monday with 68 stores in Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Macy’s will reopen another 50 locations on May 11. Macy’s temporarily closed its stores on March 18 because of the coronavirus pandemic, causing the majority of its sales to disappear.

Macy’s expects that its reopened stores will only bring in about 15 to 20 percent of their typical business at first and “slowly build” from there, the company’s chief executive, Jeff Gennette, said during a presentation. He acknowledged that it was an open question as to whether shoppers would return.

Source: Macy’s Plans to Reopen All of Its 775 Stores in 6 to 8 Weeks – The New York Times

NYC subways will close overnight for coronavirus cleanings: Cuomo

The transit system that never sleeps is taking a snooze.

New York’s 24/7 subway system will shutter nightly from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to facilitate coronavirus cleaning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday in a historic move.

“You never had a challenge of disinfecting every train every 24 hours,” said Cuomo in an Albany press briefing, a problem he earlier this week directed the MTA to solve. “It can best be done by stopping train service from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. every night.”

The nightly closures — the likes of which have never been imposed for an extended period of time on the system — will take effect in the early hours of May 6 and don’t yet have an established end date.

Cuomo announced the bombshell news in consultation with Mayor Bill de Blasio, and amid a crisis of exploding homelessness and deteriorating conditions in the subway system.

Long Island Railroad and Metro-North trains will also receive daily cleanings going forward, but without any planned service changes.

The “massive undertaking” is expected to impact an estimated 11,000 riders nightly, according to Cuomo and the MTA, who said buses, vans and for-hire vehicles will be provided to pick up the slack.

Source: NYC subways will close overnight for coronavirus cleanings: Cuomo

Investigation finds Pennsylvania unemployment system was scheduled to be replaced two years ago

In 2017, the state Labor and Industry Department agreed to pay Geographic Solutions of Florida $35 million for a new unemployment system.

It appears that the new system has yet to go online.

Source: Investigation finds Pennsylvania unemployment system was scheduled to be replaced two years ago

U.S. death toll passes 60,000 mark Trump said would mark success in coronavirus fight – AOL News

The United States passed 60,000 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than three months earlier than had been predicted by a model the White House has frequently used.

Until recently, the 60,000 mark was touted by President Trump as a measure of success.

Just 10 days ago, Trump said that as many as 60,000 Americans were expected to die from the coronavirus. That was far below earlier estimates of 100,000 to 200,000 from the White House coronavirus task force, and the high range of over 2 million predicted by British researchers on the assumption that no social distancing measures would be implemented.

“Now we’re going toward 50 — I’m hearing, or 60,000 people. One is too many. I always say it,” Trump said during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House. “But we would have had millions of deaths instead of — it looks like we’ll be at about a 60,000 mark, which is 40,000 less than the lowest number thought of.”

Source: U.S. death toll passes 60,000 mark Trump said would mark success in coronavirus fight – AOL News

Coronavirus: Australia wants investigation into China role in pandemic – Business Insider

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said an investigation into China’s role is a “very reasonable and sensible course of action.”

  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for an independent investigation into the coronavirus pandemic, describing it as a “very reasonable and sensible course of action.”
  • Morrison’s comments came after US President Donald Trump called for a “serious investigation” into China’s role.
  • Australia and China are in a growing diplomatic row amid claims that Beijing concealed the true scale of its outbreak.
  • Chinese state media responded by saying Australia was “like chewing gum stuck on the sole of China’s shoes.”
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Source: Coronavirus: Australia wants investigation into China role in pandemic – Business Insider