President Biden’s Approval Hits New Low at One-Year Mark: AP-NORC poll

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Friday, January 21, 2022 at 7:57 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ends his first year in the White House with a clear majority of Americans for the first time disapproving of his handling of the presidency in the face of an unrelenting pandemic and roaring inflation. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. More Americans disapprove than approve of how Biden is handling his job as president by a margin of 56% to 43%. As of now, just 28% of Americans say they want Biden to run for reelection in 2024, including only 48% of Democrats.

US Jobless Claims Rise to 286,000, Highest Cince October

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Friday , January, 21, 2022 at 7:54 AM
By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose to the highest level in three months as the fast-spreading omicron variant disrupted the job market. Jobless claims rose for the third straight week — by 55,000 to 286,000, highest since mid-October, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The four-week average of claims, which smooths out weekly volatility, rose by 20,000 to 231,000, highest since late November. A surge in COVID cases has set back what had been a strong comeback from last year’s short but devastating coronavirus recession.

Former Beaver Credit Union CEO Sentenced for Embezzlement

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Friday, January, 21, 2022 at 7:44 AM
(Pittsburgh, Pa.) 48-year-old Stacey Shaw from Salem, Ohio, the former CEO and president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 712 Credit Union has been officially sentenced by the US Department of Justice to 51 months in prison followed by one year of house arrest and two years of supervised release. Shaw was charged with multiple counts of embezzlement.
Officials say that Shaw opened six different credit cards in her name in May of 2017 without approval from the board of directors and then raised the spending limit on the cards 138 times for personal purchases. In all officials say that she stole $2.1 million.
Shaw was also found guilty of willful misconduct of failing to disclose a gross income of $589,200.00 in 2018 and $1.1 million in 2019.

Arrest Made in Bellevue Bus Stop Homicide of 28-Year-Old Woman

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Friday, January 21, 2022 at 7:24 AM
(Bellevue, Pa.) There has been an arrest made in the shooting that happened Wednesday night near the corner of Sheridan and Lincoln avenues Bellevue in which 28-year-old Rachel Dowden was killed while she was waiting for a bus on Wednesday night.
Police have arrested 25-year-old DeAngelo Zieglar of Pittsburgh.
Police said Dowden has a protection from abuse order against Zieglar that was valid until Nov. 3, 2024 and earlier this month, Zieglar allegedly stole a gun from Dowden during an incident at her home.
Police have matched that stolen gun to the weapon that was found after the shooting and believed to be the gun that was used to kill Dowden.

Department of Health Provides Update on Flu Season, Urges Pennsylvanians to Get Flu Vaccine As Soon As Possible

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Friday, January 21, 2022 at 6:50 AM
Norristown, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Health officials today provided an
update on 2021-2022 flu season and encouraged Pennsylvanians to get a flu vaccine
as soon as possible.
“With the growing number of flu cases amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to
remind Pennsylvanians to take preventative measures, including getting a flu vaccine to
protect themselves, their family and communities from the flu this season,”
Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said. “If you do become sick with
the flu, it is imperative that you stay home. If you are at risk for developing serious
complications from the flu, or feel extremely ill, you should see a medical professional
immediately to determine your need for testing or isolation.”
Flu activity is high across the commonwealth. As of Jan. 18, there have been 28,475
laboratory-confirmed flu cases. There are flu cases in all 67 counties. Influenza A and B
have been identified by laboratory testing. Influenza-Like Illness (ILI), experiencing
symptoms of fever and cough or sore throat, has increased slightly since last week.
While flu seasons vary and more people are getting tested more frequently as COVID19 symptoms can be like flu symptoms, this week’s report is higher than this same week
last year and even higher when compared to this same week in 2019. At this time, it is
still below the state epidemic threshold. There have been 16 deaths reported in
Pennsylvania during the current flu season thus far.
“It is not too late to get your flu vaccine if you have not already done so,” Deputy
Secretary of Health Preparedness and Community Protection Ray Barishansky said.
“We know that people who get the flu after being vaccinated have less severe
symptoms and are not sick for as long as those who do not get vaccinated. We also
know that the COVID-19 vaccines do not protect you from getting the flu. So, while we
have been encouraging everyone to get COVID-19 vaccines, you still also need to
get your flu vaccine.”
The flu vaccine is available as an injection for anyone six months or older and as an
injection or nasal spray for anyone two or older. Flu vaccines are available at your
doctor’s office, pharmacy, local walk-in clinic or grocery store. COVID-19 and flu
vaccines can be received at the same time. For a list of flu vaccination clinics in
Pennsylvania, click here.
“An annual flu vaccine is free and it’s the best way to protect against flu and its
potentially serious complications,” Chair of the Montgomery County Board of
Commissioners Dr. Val Arkoosh said. “In Montgomery County, we want to make it as
easy as possible to stay up to date on your vaccinations, so we continue to offer the flu
vaccine to those attending our COVID-19 vaccination clinics. There is still time to get
vaccinated for the flu. Getting both the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine protects you,
your family, and our hospitals.”
It is extremely important that in addition to getting vaccinated, Pennsylvanians should
practice healthy habits such as covering your mouth and nose when you cough or
sneeze, frequently washing your hands, and remembering to disinfect commonly
touched objects, including doorknobs, light switches, countertops, cell phones and
computers. You can also take advantage of the COVID Alert PA app to monitor your flu
and COVID-19 symptoms since they are similar.
For more information on the 2021-2022 flu season, click here.
Additional information on how to stay healthy and prevent the spread of flu and COVID19 can be found on the Department of Health’s website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

Meat Loaf, ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Rock Superstar, Dies at 74


By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Meat Loaf, the rock superstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” has died at age 74. A family statement provided by his longtime agent says the singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday night. “Bat Out of Hell,” his mega-selling collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman, came out in 1977 and became one of the bestselling records in history. He was also known for his role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and the 1993 single “I’d Do Anything for Love.”

Veterans Banners Discussed at New Brighton Council Meeting

The featured photo above shows a sign near the entrance to the New Brighton Borough Building

Story by Curtis Walsh – Beaver County Radio News Correspondent. Published January 20, 2022 7:50 P.M.

(New Brighton, PA)  The New Brighton Borough Council met for a meeting Thursday night.  The council had a discussion about gathering ideas to increase the length of time that veterans banners can stay up on poles throughout town.  Currently the banners are only able to stay up for 6 week periods due to Duquesne Light regulations.  The Memorial Day Association requested that the council explore potential ways to keep the banners up from Memorial Day through Veterans Day. Also at the meeting, council approved municipal tax exonerations on properties located at 816 13th Street, and 907 10th Street, as well as the sale of a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria for $1700.01.  The bills were paid at a total of $268,829.43.

Friday’s AMBC: Getting Warmed Up

With the cold overnights starting to become more frequent at the end of January, Marie Timpano of the Cornerstone of Beaver County will join Matt Drzik following the 8:30 news on Friday’s show to talk about the warming centers in Beaver County; of which the Cornerstone is one of them.

Also, Friday night hoops, Thursday night hockey, and the latest news and stories from the area. Frank Sparks kicks things off with news at 6:30 Friday morning on A.M. Beaver County.

Pennsylvanians Encouraged to File Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Applications Online

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(Harrisburg, PA) Older and disabled Pennsylvanians can now apply for rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2021, the Department of Revenue announced today. This assistance is available through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which has delivered more than $7.1 billion to eligible Pennsylvanians since the program’s inception in 1971.
Eligible applicants are encouraged to visit to electronically submit their applications. The Department of Revenue launched this online option last year to make it easier for the nearly 500,000 Pennsylvanians who annually benefit from the program to submit their applications.
“Last year, we saw thousands of eligible residents take advantage of the easy-to-use myPATH filing option to submit their rebate applications,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “Filing online saves you a trip to the mailbox and the costs of mailing in a paper application. If you know anyone who might be eligible, please encourage them to visit to fill out an application. We want to do everything that we can to ensure that everyone who is eligible receives this vital assistance.”
How to Apply:
After checking eligibility requirements, you can file your rebate application online by visiting Submitting your application through myPATH is easy and does not require you to sign up for an account.
Applicants will be asked to provide specific information on their income and rent/property taxes.
Applicants should check the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program instruction booklet to learn which information they will need to input/upload to complete the process.
Using the electronic option available through offers many benefits, including:
• Fast processing and direct deposit options
• The Where’s My Rebate? tool to track the status of a claim online
• Error-reducing automatic calculators
• Instant confirmation that your application has been filed
• Security features to ensure your sensitive information is safe
Applicants must reapply for rebates every year because rebates are based on annual income and property taxes or rent paid in each year. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2021 and meet all other eligibility criteria.
Applicants who still wish to file a paper application form may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA-1000) and related information on the Department of Revenue’s website or by calling 1-888-222-9190.
It’s free to apply for a rebate, and applicants are reminded that free assistance is available at hundreds of locations across the state, including Department of Revenue district offices, local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers and state legislators’ offices.
Visit the Property/Tax Rent Rebate page on the Department of Revenue’s website for further information on the program and how to apply for a rebate.
When Can You Expect Your Rebate?
Rebates will be distributed beginning July 1, as required by law. Here is additional information to keep in mind:
• If you provide your phone number on your Property Tax/Rent Rebate application form or in the myPATH electronic application, you will receive an automated call from the Department of Revenue when your claim posts to the department’s processing system. You will also receive another automated call when your claim is approved.
• The easiest way to check the status of your rebate is to use the Where’s My
Rebate? tool. To check on the status of your claim, you will need your:
• Social Security number
• Claim year
• Date of birth
About the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for certain qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The Department of Revenue automatically calculates supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners.
Since its inception in 1971, the program has delivered more than $7.1 billion to eligible Pennsylvanians. The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming

Friday Teleforum with Norm and the Congressman

Friday’s Teleforum program with Eddy Crow features guests Norm Mitry of Heritage Valley Health Systems, and Congressman Conor Lamb. Masks, vaccines, dams, and taxes are just some of the topics expected to come up. Teleforum shows up every weekday from 9 till noon on AM1230, AM1460, 99.3FM presented by St. Barnabas, and now also on 95.7FM too!