Bureau: Poll workers ‘desperately needed’ for Westmoreland precincts | TribLIVE

By Patrick Varine:

The start of cold and flu season has made this week even more stressful than usual for Westmoreland County Elections Officer Coordinator Tina Danser.

“I’ve been working the phone all day trying to get some additional volunteers, and just haven’t had a lot of luck so far,” she said around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

County election officials said due to illness and emergency call-offs, poll workers are “desperately needed” to help staff the following precincts in Tuesday’s mid-term elections:

• Arnold Towers in Arnold

• Claridge in Penn Township

• Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church in Murrysville

• Shafton VFD and New Hope Presbyterian Church in North Huntingdon

Volunteers must be at least 17 years old, and if older than 18, must be registered to vote in Westmoreland County.

“Ideally, we try to staff them so that they can cast their vote without being inconvenienced,” Danser said. “We don’t want to over-staff, so probably one volunteer at each of those locations will do.”

Volunteers are provided with training and a stipend of between $95 and $130 for the day.

Anyone interested is asked to call 724-830-3150 or email election@co.westmoreland.pa.us .

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

Source: Bureau: Poll workers ‘desperately needed’ for Westmoreland precincts | TribLIVE

Uber launches US subscription service in five cities – BBC News

Taxi-hailing firm Uber has launched a membership scheme dubbed Ride Pass, for passengers in five US cities.

The deal allows passengers to avoid price surging, when costs rise at rush hour and other in-demand times.

The fixed-fare plan costs $24.99 (£19) a month in Los Angeles and $14.99 in Austin, Denver, Miami, and Orlando.

Uber plans to expand the scheme to other US cities in 2019, but says it has no plans at present to introduce it in London or other UK cities.

‘Reliable alternative’

The firm is also hoping the initiative will convince passengers that it is more economical to use Uber, and to give up their own cars,

Source: Uber launches US subscription service in five cities – BBC News

Americans’ paychecks are rising at their fastest rate in 9 years – CBS News

Among the rosy employment statistics in Friday’s monthly hiring report, one especially shines: Worker wages in the U.S. are finally taking off.

Average hourly earnings in October grew 3.1 percent from ago, federal data show. That’s the first time wage growth has crossed the 3 percent mark since April 2009, when the economy was reeling from the housing crash. Earnings for non-bosses (a category the Labor Department calls “production and non-supervisory workers” and excludes managers), grew even faster at 3.2 percent.

Source: Americans’ paychecks are rising at their fastest rate in 9 years – CBS News

Suzanne Somers Says ABC ‘Lost Big’ When It Fired Roseanne Barr

“The anti-Trumps won in this case,” former “Three’s Company” star says

As noted by Yahoo, Somers was herself fired by ABC nearly 40 years ago when she asked for parity with her “Three’s Company” co-star John Ritter. During contract negotiations for the show’s fifth season, the actress asked for a raise from $30,000 per episode to match Ritter’s rate of $150,000 per episode.

Source: Suzanne Somers Says ABC ‘Lost Big’ When It Fired Roseanne Barr

NBC Officially Cancels Megyn Kelly Today; Fox Passes on Return

Megyn Kelly Today is not returning. Next week, the 9 a.m. hour will be hosted by other Today co-anchors,” a brief statement from the network read. As for the staff of Kelly’s show, which shot in a separate studio from the rest of the Today Show, they will fortunately not become collateral damage, having been told they will keep their jobs.

No word on who the replacement anchors will be or what execs plan for Kelly’s slot, though one source told Vanity Fair, “I think the easy play is to just go back to Al, Dylan and Sheinelle.” However, her departure from the network isn’t technically final yet, according to her attorney, Bryan Freedman.

Source: NBC Officially Cancels Megyn Kelly Today; Fox Passes on Return

Female minister ready to take reins of Greensburg church | TribLIVE

Stephen Huba
BY STEPHEN HUBA

Growing up, Shirley Musick had two voices to contend with.

One was calling her to Christian ministry. The other — her parents’ — was suggesting perhaps a more practical path.

For a long time, the latter voice won out.

She got married, raised a family and worked several jobs, including 13 years in the Excela Health billing office.

Then, in 2013, she had a conversation with her pastor that dramatically changed her path.

Her pastor, the Rev. Cindy Parker, noticed a certain look in Musick’s eyes every time she preached at Christ United Church of Christ, Latrobe. Parker asked her the reason for the look.

Now, years later, Musick is scheduled to be installed as Trinity UCC pastor Nov. 4.

Musick points to the 2001 hiring of Parker as Christ Church’s first female pastor as a turning point in her own spiritual journey.

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Trade war: China record surplus with the US in September, Beijing says

A worker transporting steel cables at a steel factory in Nantong, China. 
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A worker transporting steel cables at a steel factory in Nantong, China.

China recorded a record trade surplus of $34.13 billion with the U.S. in September amid intense trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

The world’s two largest economies are locked in a bitter trade dispute, with U.S. President Donald Trump taking issue with his country’s massive trade deficit against China.

For January-September, China’s trade surplus with the United States was $225.79 billion, compared with about $196.01 billion in the same period last year, Reuters calculations showed.

 

Source: Trade war: China record surplus with the US in September, Beijing says

Sears may file for bankruptcy as retail woes continue, reports say

The retailer faces a daunting $134 million debt payment due Monday that looms increasingly large since the company has so far failed to work out a deal with CEO and largest shareholder Eddie Lampert to restructure its debts and sell more assets.

With heavy losses mounting, it may not have enough to make that payment on time.

Now, the company is working with advisers to prepare a potential bankruptcy filing as soon as this week, according to the Wall Street Journal and CNBC.

Source: Sears may file for bankruptcy as retail woes continue, reports say