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Ellwood hospital cited 40 times by PA health department under Americore – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

Since Americore Health LLC took over the now-closed Ellwood City Medical Center in October 2017, it has been cited more than 40 times by the state Department of Health.

Source: Ellwood hospital cited 40 times by PA health department under Americore – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

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WORK ZONE SPEED ENFORCEMENT: Cameras being tested in Pittsburgh as part of PennDOT’s program

A main artery for drivers in Pittsburgh is one of the locations for PennDOT’s new Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program.

A two-mile stretch of Boulevard of the Allies (PA 885) is one of the locations where the mobile speed cameras will be in use.

Boulevard of the Allies -- PennDOT Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement

A 60-day pre-enforcement period is currently underway. Drivers will be penalized beginning March 4.

  • A first offense will result in a warning letter to the registered vehicle owner.
  • There will be a $75 fine for a second offense and a $150 fine for third and subsequent offenses.
  • These violations are civil penalties only; no points will be assessed to driver’s licenses.

Click here to see all of them and learn more about the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program.

Source: WORK ZONE SPEED ENFORCEMENT: Cameras being tested in Pittsburgh as part of PennDOT’s program

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Three Ellwood City-area restaurants out of compliance since July – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

A Ledger review of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture records found that three local restaurants had violations that landed them out of compliance. An additional 10 establishments were cited for noncritical violations.

Just three Ellwood City-area restaurants were out of compliance with state regulations during the past six months.

A Ledger review of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture records found that three local restaurants had violations that landed them out of compliance. An additional 10 establishments were cited for noncritical violations.

The restaurants that failed inspections are the Loyal Order of Moose along Factory Avenue in Ellwood City, Subway along Route 288 in Franklin Township and Shakespeare’s Restaurant along Mercer Road in North Sewickley Township.

Subway and Shakespeare’s were found to be in compliance during follow-up visits, although Shakespeare’s still had three violations at its follow-up inspection.

Inspectors visited 21 establishments in the Ellwood City ZIP code since July 1.

Source: Three Ellwood City-area restaurants out of compliance since July – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

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$30 million fine issued over pipeline explosion that destroyed house in Center Township, Beaver County

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announces fine against ETC Northeast Pipeline over 2018 Revolution Pipeline explosion and fire

Source: $30 million fine issued over pipeline explosion that destroyed house in Center Township, Beaver County

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Legal weed in Illinois: How the first day of recreational marijuana sales unfolded – Chicago Tribune

Today is the day: Recreational marijuana goes on sale in Illinois. Follow along for live updates.

Some revelers in Chicago celebrated New Year’s Eve by waiting for midnight to arrive. But hours later, a different crowd of merrymakers was waiting to celebrate at 6 a.m. when they were able to make their first purchases after the state’s long-awaited introduction of legal marijuana. So far, the first day of legal recreational weed sales in Illinois has meant long lines, a few glitches — and lots of happy customers.

Here’s where to buy legal weed in Illinois

So far, 43 marijuana stores around the state have received all needed approvals to sell recreational weed. Six of them weren’t ready Jan. 1, held up by permitting issues, construction or other hurdles.

Source: Legal weed in Illinois: How the first day of recreational marijuana sales unfolded – Chicago Tribune

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Jeep Cherokee watching: Pa. to start automated speed enforcement in work zones | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike will monitor drivers’ speed in construction zones and send tickets by mail to reduce accidents.

Beginning Jan. 4, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike will begin a 60-day pilot program to formally test what’s called the Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement program. The program is designed to cause drivers to slow down in construction areas by setting up speed monitoring equipment in work areas.

After the pilot program is finished, the two state agencies expect to deploy private contractors in white Jeep Cherokee SUVs at various sites throughout the state to monitor speed beginning March 4. If the monitors detect someone going more than 11 miles an hour over the speed limit, the motorist will receive a notice by mail with a warning for the first violation, followed by a $75 fine for a second offense and $150 for each future ticket.

Source: Jeep Cherokee watching: Pa. to start automated speed enforcement in work zones | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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All Giant Eagle locations now enforcing federal minimum age of 21 for buying tobacco products

All Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo locations are enforcing the raising of the federal minimum age of sales of tobacco products from 18 to 21, effective immediately.

Source: All Giant Eagle locations now enforcing federal minimum age of 21 for buying tobacco products

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Impasse over Trump impeachment trial, as Dems depart from precedent

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., incredulously declared on the Senate floor late Thursday that the Senate and House Democrats were at an “impasse” over whether the House would transmit its articles of impeachment against President Trump to the GOP-controlled Senate for a constitutionally mandated trial.

Source: McConnell: ‘Impasse’ over Trump impeachment trial, as Dems depart from precedent

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Man files lawsuit after assault at Downtown Pittsburgh McDonald’s that was caught on camera

Mark Conn is suing McDonald’s and Santonastasso Enterprises, LLC

Source: Man files lawsuit after assault at Downtown Pittsburgh McDonald’s that was caught on camera

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Federal appeals court strikes down ObamaCare law, setting up Supreme Court showdown

A federal appeals court upheld a lower court’s ruling a key aspect of the ObamaCare law is unconstitutional– setting up another likely Supreme Court showdown in a presidential election year.

Source: Federal appeals court strikes down ObamaCare law, setting up Supreme Court showdown

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Hambone’s reopened after paying over $13,000 in delinquent drink taxes | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

The Lawrenceville bar Hambone’s has reopened after being shut down yesterday for not paying its county Alcoholic Beverage Tax payments.

Yesterday, several local outlets reported that Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein closed the bar and venue for delinquent drink taxes totaling more than $13,000.

Now, a day after Hambone’s doors were padlocked, Michael G. McCabe, a solicitor for the treasurer, confirms with Pittsburgh City Paper that the owners paid the fees in full this morning (Dec13).

Source: Hambone’s reopened after paying over $13,000 in delinquent drink taxes | News | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

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Supreme Court to hear 3 cases for Trump’s financial records

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – A consumer alert was issued for a kiosk at South Hills Village Mall and a Homewood restaurant was shut down by the Allegheny County Health Department.

Agency officials said the Breaking Eggs Bakery Kiosk at the mall did not have the proper refrigeration for food, was not storing and preparing food in the right area and had “food from an unapproved source.” The food was being prepared at a different location and then brought to the kiosk.

The kiosk owner told Channel 11 that they are working to become compliant with the health department and are in the process of opening their own space in the South Hills. They said they do not agree with the department’s findings during the inspection and do make their products in a safe manner.

Source: HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALERT: Restaurant closed, mall kiosk alert issued by health department | WPXI

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American student freed from prison in Iran after three years

An American graduate student was released from prison in Iran after nearly three years as part of a prisoner exchange this weekend.

Xiyue Wang, a Ph.D. student of history at Princeton University, was released and flown from Tehran to Switzerland, where he was met by U.S. Special Representative Brian Hook. Wang, a Chinese national and naturalized American citizen, was in Iran studying the Qajar dynasty when he was arrested in August 2016. Wang, 38, was accused of attempting to smuggle documents and was convicted on two counts of espionage in April 2017.

Jason Poblete, Wang’s lawyer, bemoaned the political nature of his client’s imprisonment. “Hua & Shaofan are a remarkable young family on a new journey,” he said on Twitter. “Innocent, unjustly detained & for political reasons, suffered for over three years in Evin. This could’ve been avoided. Stakeholders on all sides should help secure the release of others and keep open a pathway.”View image on Twitter

Source: American student freed from prison in Iran after three years

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American student freed from Iranian prison after three years

An American graduate student was released from prison in Iran after nearly three years as part of a prisoner exchange this weekend.

Source: American student freed from Iranian prison after three years

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Gun Rights Case Is First Before The Supreme Court In A Decade : NPR

Guns: when and how to regulate them. It’s one of the biggest issues across the country. But the U.S. Supreme Court has rarely weighed in on the issue. In modern times, it has ruled decisively just twice. Now it’s on the brink of doing so again.

With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, there now are five conservative justices who may be willing to shut down many attempts at regulation, just as the NRA’s lock on state legislatures may be waning.

Source: Gun Rights Case Is First Before The Supreme Court In A Decade : NPR

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Pennsylvania raises legal age for buying cigarettes, other tobacco products to 21

Pennsylvania is banning the purchase of cigarettes and other tobacco products by people under 21, with one exception.

Source: Pennsylvania raises legal age for buying cigarettes, other tobacco products to 21

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Bumble Bee Foods Files for Bankruptcy

NATIONWIDE — Bumble Bee Foods, one of America’s largest tuna brands, filed for bankruptcy Thursday.

  • 120-year-old Bumble Bee Foods files for bankruptcy
  • It pleaded guilty in 2017 in tuna price-fixing scheme
  • Taiwan-based company plans to bid almost $1 billion

The company says it’s selling its assets to Taiwan-based FCF Co. for $925 million.

The sale could be finalized within 60 to 90 days.

Bumble Bee CEO Jan Tharp said in a statement that “it’s been a challenging time for our company,” but the move should allow the brand to continue business as usual, CNN reported. The brand also sells sardines, clam juice, and other fish products.

This announcement comes more than two years after the brand, owned by London-based Lion Capital, pleaded guilty in a tuna price-fixing scheme. Major grocery chains including Albertsons, Kroger, and Walmart had sued Bumble Bee, StarKist and the maker of Chicken-of-the-Sea.

Source: Bumble Bee Foods Files for Bankruptcy

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JEANNETTE HEMP DRYING FACILITY: Hemp-drying facility in Jeannette back open on temporary basis | WPXI

A hemp-drying facility in Jeannette is back open on a temporary basis after ventilation was added, Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE reported.

Source: JEANNETTE HEMP DRYING FACILITY: Hemp-drying facility in Jeannette back open on temporary basis | WPXI

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Utah Woman Charged With Lewdness After Being Topless In Her Own Home : NPR

The case is the latest legal battle amid a broader “free the nipple” campaign that seeks to normalize the exposure of female nipples.

A Utah woman has been charged with lewdness in her own home after her stepchildren walked into the room and saw her bare chest.

Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah argued this week that the statute under which Tilli Buchanan, 27, was charged is unconstitutional, and they have asked a judge to drop the charges against her and change the state law.

Buchanan and her husband had been installing drywall in the garage and had taken off their shirts that were itchy from the fibers, she told The Salt Lake Tribune.

When her stepchildren, aged 9, 10 and 13, walked in, she “explained she considers herself a feminist and wanted to make a point that everybody should be fine with walking around their house or elsewhere with skin showing,” her lawyers wrote in court documents, The Associated Press reports.

Source: Utah Woman Charged With Lewdness After Being Topless In Her Own Home : NPR