UPDATE: Two Aliquippa Men Charged in Drug Raid

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Urinal Overflow Leads To Structural Damage In County Courthouse

A plumbing mishap over the weekend left a significant portion of the Beaver County Courthouse damaged. Matt Drzik has more in this report:

AOC Will Endorse Bernie Sanders for President, His Campaign Says

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, one of the most influential voices among young liberals and a rising Democratic star, plans to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., for president and appear with him at a rally on Saturday, according to two people with knowledge of her plans. Congresswmoan Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., another member of the “Squad” of four liberal congresswomen, also announced late Tuesday that she was backing Sanders. The surprise endorsements are a political coup for Sanders, who has been fading in the polls and faced growing questions about his age and health. Before Tuesday’s Democratic debate, he had been sidelined from the campaign trail for two weeks by a heart attack.

Biden Wouldn’t Pardon Trump If Elected

Former Vice President Joe Biden would not pardon President Donald Trump if he’s elected to the White House because “it wouldn’t unite the country,” as former President Gerald Ford reasoned in 1974 for absolving Richard Nixon for his Watergate crimes. President Trump is under investigation by the House for possible impeachment regarding a July telephone call with the Ukrainian president and whether he suggested an investigation of Biden and his son Hunter. Biden said… …”I get a parking ticket and I’ve got to pay it. This happens to me and I’ve got to go to jail. This guy does all these things that put us jeopardy and he gets off?”

Wolf Tells Trump He Won’t be Using State Authority to Refuse to Accept Refugees

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is telling President Donald Trump he won’t be using state authority granted last month to refuse to accept refugees. Wolf on Tuesday wrote the President and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to say his state will continue to welcome those facing persecution and danger, including people that other states won’t accept. The president’s order requires state and local officials to provide public written consent to receive refugees.

Jane Orie’s Conviction Being Upheld by Federal Appeals Judges

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania state senator’s conviction for using government employees to work on political campaigns is being upheld by federal appeals judges. A federal appeals panel on Tuesday ruled against former Allegheny County Republican Sen. Jane Orie, saying her second trial in 2012 did not constitute double jeopardy. The appeals court says it also was not a violation for the first trial to be halted during jury deliberations because a forgery had just come to light.

Jerry Sandusky to Learn Next Month His New Prison Sentence

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will learn next month what his new prison sentence will be for a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction. An order was filed Tuesday in Centre County that set Sandusky’s resentencing for Nov. 8th. Sandusky was convicted and sentenced in 2012 to 30 to 60 years, but the state Superior Court ruled in February that mandatory minimums had been improperly applied.

Seven Members of Extended British Family Being Held at PA Detention Center Two Weeks After Arrest for Border Crossing

UNDATED (AP) — Seven members of an extended British family who made an unauthorized border crossing into the United States from Canada are being held in federal custody at a Pennsylvania detention center nearly two weeks after their arrest. The family says they mistakenly crossed the border into Washington state while trying to avoid an animal in the road. An affidavit says family members have been “treated like criminals” by their jailers. U.S. officials assert the family crossed the border on purpose.

PA School District Approves Plan to Build Gender-Neutral Locker Rooms

After months of controversy, the Eastern Lancaster County District in Pennsylvania has approved a plan to build non-gender specific locker rooms and changing areas. The renovation project comes after a transgender student, who was born female but identifies as male, was allowed by the district to use the boys’ locker room. The proposed plan could be a map to the future in the Elanco School District. The product is a $2.4 million renovation to create four, nongender specific showers and changing areas with 76 showers and 48 changing areas. Each area in the renovated locker rooms will have its own door to ensure privacy. The superintendent said today’s students have more body image issues than previous generations and hardly use the school’s communal shower facilities. The school district is hoping to begin the locker room renovations next spring, and have the project finished by the end of 2020.

Lawyers for Man Accused of Shooting to Death 11 Worshippers in Pittsburgh Synagogue Offered to Plead Guilty in Return for Life

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Lawyers for the man accused of shooting to death 11 worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue last year say the case would be over if federal prosecutors had accepted his offer to plead guilty in return for life-without-parole. Lawyers for Tree of Life shooting defendant Robert Bowers made the statement in a response Tuesday to prosecutors’ proposal to start trial in mid-September 2020. Bowers’ attorneys told a judge in May that he wanted to plead guilty in return for life.