Watchdog: Nursing Home Deaths Up 32% In 2020 Amid Pandemic

Watchdog: Nursing home deaths up 32% in 2020 amid pandemic
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says that deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes soared by 32% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Health and Human Services inspector general found two devastating spikes eight months apart in the most comprehensive look yet at COVID-19’s toll among its most vulnerable victims. Investigators say there were more than 169,000 additional deaths last year among Medicare recipients in nursing homes. Also, cases and deaths among Asian patients tracked the more severe impacts seen among Blacks and Latinos. Indeed, Asian Medicare enrollees in nursing homes saw the highest increase in death rates, with 27% dying in 2020.

Hit and Run Reported on Pa Turnpike in North Sewickley Twp.

(North Sewickley, Pa.) Pa State Police in Gibsonia are reporting that they were dispatched to a two vehicle accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike west bound at mile marker 17 in North Sewickley Twp. on Friday June 18, 2021 at 8:10 AM.

Troopers report via release that upon arriving on the scene they were told by Heidi Marshall of Tartentum that while she was operating her 2016 Lincoln MKZ in the right lane west bound on the turnpike another vehicle, described as being black and possibly a Mazda or Nissan was traveling in the left lane and as it passed her they side swiped her vehicle. Marshall told troopers the other unit continued west bound without stopping.

Pa. State Police are asking anyone with info to call them at 724-443-5907

AAA: Western PA Gas Prices Lower as National Average Decreases

AAA: Western PA Gas Prices Lower as National Average Decreases
Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are one cent lower this week at $3.248 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average                 $3.248
Average price during the week of June 14, 2021                                      $3.251
Average price during the week of June 22, 2020                                      $2.440

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:      

$3.156      Altoona
$3.256      Beaver
$3.253      Bradford
$3.241      Brookville
$3.248      Butler
$3.260      Clarion
$3.235      DuBois
$3.250      Erie
$3.253      Greensburg
$3.259      Indiana
$3.261      Jeannette
$3.254      Kittanning
$3.259      Latrobe
$3.245      Meadville
$3.270      Mercer
$3.227      New Castle
$3.258      New Kensington
$3.259      Oil City
$3.249      Pittsburgh

$3.242      Sharon
$3.279      Uniontown
$3.259      Warren
$3.232      Washington

Trend Analysis:

Increasing gasoline stock levels have helped to keep gas prices mostly stable across the country. On the week, 40 state gas price averages held steady or saw fluctuation of only one to two cents. This helped the national average decrease by a penny since last Monday, down to $3.07 today.

According to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, total gasoline stocks sit at 242.9 million barrels, which is a 9 million barrel surplus compared to the same week in June 2019. Stock levels have increased in line with refinery utilization rates, which are at the highest rate since January 2020. Demand is also trending higher. In EIA’s latest report, demand increased by nearly 1 million barrels per day to 9.3 million barrels per day.

Despite the latest increase in demand, many motorists are not seeing significant pump price jumps due to increasing stock levels, which have significantly built over the last four weeks. During this same period, the national gas price average has only increased four cents.

Last week, the price of crude oil increased to $72 per barrel, but decreased by $2 per barrel at Friday’s close. If crude prices trend at this or a lower price point for a sustained period, that would help to minimize jumps at the pump through the end of this month.

Today’s national gas price average is more expensive on the month (+3 cents) and the year (+95 cents).

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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Pitt Grad and Vikings Rookie Jaylen Twyman Recovering From Gunshot Wounds

Vikings rookie Jaylen Twyman recovering from gunshot wounds
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings rookie defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman is recovering from four gunshot wounds. Bullets that hit a vehicle he was riding in caused scary but superficial injuries. Twyman does not need surgery and is expected to make a full recovery from the exit wounds to his arm, shoulder, buttocks and leg, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus. The Vikings also confirmed the shooting after being in contact with Twyman and family members. Twyman was selected in the sixth round out of Pittsburgh in the NFL draft two months ago. The incident occurred in his native Washington, D.C.

375 Duquesne Light Customers In Beaver County Still Without Power This Morning

(Photo by Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Curtis Walsh)

(Beaver County Pa.) Strong Storms ripped through Beaver County yesterday causing fallen trees and power outages. Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Curtis Walsh reported that power outages caused multiple street lights to be out in Monaca and Center Township from the storms as traffic was backed up on the Rochester-Monaca Bridge and and accident snarled traffic even more. Power was restored to the lights. The Beaver Valley Auto Mall was also affected with a loss of power from a possible lightning strike. Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano is reporting A spokes person for Duquesne Light said there are currently 375 outages of customers they serve in Beaver County. Center Township has 251 customers without power which is the most in the county .

Beaver County Forecast: Big Cool Down Today After Yesterday’s Severe Storms

Today (Tuesday 6/22/21) : Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 46. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday (6/23/21): Sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Calm wind.
Thursday (6/24/21): Sunny, with a high near 85. South wind 3 to 8 mph
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.
Friday (6/25/21): Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.
Friday Night: A chance of showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 68. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday (6/26/21): A chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday Night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday (6/27/21): Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Closing Arguments Expected This Morning In Sheldon Jeter Jr.’s Trial.

(Beaver, Pa.) Beaver County Radio News Correspondent Sandy Giordano is reporting that Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier said that closing arguments in the Sheldon Jeter, Jr. murder trial will begin this morning, Tuesday June 22, 2021, and should be done by lunch time. Jeter is a accused of May 15, 2020 murder of his childhood friend Tyric Pugh. Pugh’s body was found on Kiehl Street in Aliquippa by a 911 operator on his way home from work. Pugh died from multiple gun shot wounds to the head and chest according to Beaver County Coroner David J. Gabauer. Lozier said that the jury could receive the case by this afternoon.