University of Wisconsin-Madison doctor, husband found dead

A University of Wisconsin-Madison doctor and her husband have been found dead in what cops are calling a targeted double homicide.

A jogger discovered the bodies of Dr. Beth Potter, 52, and Robin Carre, 57, in a ditch at the campus arboretum — a popular research and recreation area with more than 1,200 acres of forests and prairies — around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

Carre was pronounced dead at the scene, while Potter was transported to a local hospital, where she also died, according to police.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison doctor, husband found dead

US employers shed 701,000 jobs in March, unemployment jumped to 4.4%, as coronavirus ravages economy | Fox Business

In the final two weeks of the month, 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits, a stunning sign of the scope of the economic crash.

Source: US employers shed 701,000 jobs in March, unemployment jumped to 4.4%, as coronavirus ravages economy | Fox Business

Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Health Network Creating Thousands Of Test Kits – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny Health Network is creating thousands of test kits in preparation for a possible surge of coronavirus cases.

“The people you have on site today include nurses, include physicians, include other clinical people, include data analytics and project managers,” said Kelly Glass, the vice president of Strategy, Operations, and Shared Services at AGH.

It’s a critical time for Allegheny County.

With more and more people testing positive for coronavirus, additional testing is essential.

The assembling of the kits is happening inside the Highmark Health Penn Avenue Plaza.

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“This is in response to a shortage of commercially available specimen collection kits,” said Glass.

“And so rather than waiting to see whether or not these vendors, through supply chain, can bring these items to us, we started to take items individually and putting them together,” said Dr. Brian Parker, chief quality & learning officer for AHN.

Doctors say it’s important for those experiencing symptoms, such as a fever or shortness of breath, to get tested.

The last thing they want is to waste test kits.

“Because right now, the big shortage in the country is the swabs that use to get the sample to send to the lab,” said Parker.

KDKA learned workers will be putting these kits together all next week, as well.

Source: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Health Network Creating Thousands Of Test Kits – CBS Pittsburgh

Group disinfects Lawrence Avenue in Ellwood City – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

ELLWOOD CITY — Business has declined at Alborn Tires, as it has for many businesses during the coronavirus crisis. So owner Justin Neupauer decided to put the slow time to good use this week.

On Tuesday, Neupauer, three of his employees and a group of about 20 volunteers worked to disinfect and clean up Lawrence Avenue and surrounding areas where there are businesses.

“I just wanted to do something positive for our town because it just such an amazing place,” he said.

The volunteers, keeping all the social distancing rules, spread out over Lawrence Avenue, picking up trash, spraying weeds, disinfecting parking meters, crosswalk buttons, benches and anything the public would touch. Using gloves and protective gear the volunteers disinfected the community plaza tables and the Seventh Street Park.

Source: Group disinfects Lawrence Avenue in Ellwood City – News – Ellwood City Ledger – Ellwood City, PA

Pennsylvania National Guard helping local food bank

The warehouse at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is normally filled with volunteers from the community, but on Thursday it was filled with members of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

“When we got the call…we literally showed up the very next morning,” said Raymond Pritchard, National Guard. “They called us yesterday and we’re here today to be supportive and help out wherever they need help at.”

“With the nature of this crisis we’ve really had to cut back on the amount of volunteers that we can welcome into our building so we’ve been really strapped in order to pack emergency food boxes,” said Charla Irwin-Buncher, Chief Development Officer of the Great Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “(They’ll be) doing some of our direct distribution here at the building and also doing some mass distributions as well, so we plan to have the guard plug into all three of those areas.”

On Thursday, guard members were packing 3,000 boxes with food supplies.

“I work at a high school so my job runs with the high school and the high school’s closed and I’m out of a job,” said Kristina Lewis, National Guard. “To be able to come out here and to help with my free time, come out here and help the community with food. I know a lot of people are without food right now because they’re also out of work so it means so much to me to be able to help out my community since I’m from Pittsburgh.”

Source: Pennsylvania National Guard helping local food bank

U.S. stock futures retreat ahead of Friday’s jobs report – MarketWatch

U.S. stock index futures fell late Thursday, leaving Wall Street on track for another week of losses. As of 9 p.m. Eastern, Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YM00, -1.21% were down more than 200 points, or 1%, while S&P 500 futures ES00, -1.17% and Nasdaq-100 futures NQ00, -1.20% slipped as well. Earlier, stocks gained in the regular session, with the Dow DJIA, +2.24% closing up more than 2% as President Donald Trump hinted at imminent production curbs by feuding oil giants Saudi Arabia and Russia. But investors may be bracing for Friday’s March jobs report, which is expected to be ugly though not fully indicative of the massive job losses caused by businesses shutting down due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, data showed that unemployment applications last week soared to a record 6.6 million.

Source: U.S. stock futures retreat ahead of Friday’s jobs report – MarketWatch

“Above normal” 2020 Atlantic hurricane season on tap, researchers forecast – CBS News

As the world battles the coronavirus crisis, researchers are warning of a potentially active Atlantic Ocean hurricane season, which kicks off June 1 through the end of November.

Specifically, the team forecasts 16 named tropical systems; 12 is the average. Eight of those named systems are forecast to reach hurricane status, with winds greater than 74 mph; Six is the usual amount per year. CSU is also forecasting more major hurricanes than is typical per year: four as opposed to the average of 2.7.

At least eight of the 16 named tropical storms that are forecast will reach hurricane status with winds greater than 74 mph, according to Colorado State University.

Source: “Above normal” 2020 Atlantic hurricane season on tap, researchers forecast – CBS News

South Carolina murder suspect arrested in Pittsburgh after police chase on I-79

A man suspected in a homicide on March 20 in Greenville, South Carolina was arrested on Thursday in Pittsburgh following a police chase on Interstate 79 in Washington County.

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High speed chase that started in Washington County ends in Pittsburgh on the 900 block of Saw Mill Blvd. Canonsburg PD cruiser sustained damage. 2 suspects detained. @PAStatePolice investigating.

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A Channel 11 photojournalist captured video of two people being arrested on Route 51 in Pittsburgh.

A Canonsburg police cruiser was damaged in the chase.

Canonsburg police Chief Al Coghill said he felt frustrated that his officers don’t have enough protective gear.

Source: South Carolina murder suspect arrested in Pittsburgh after police chase on I-79