Teachers in one Lawrence County school district could go on strike tomorrow. The Columbus Day holiday and more negotiations are all that’s keeping teachers in the Ellwood City School District from going on strike. The 130 teachers in the Ellwood City Education Association say they’ll strike Tuesday if a new contract isn’t struck before then. The last contract expired June 30. The school board and the teachers’ union have both expressed optimism that they’ll work out a deal before then but, so far, it hasn’t happened.
A two vehicle accident at the intersection of 9th Street and Washington Avenue in Monaca Friday afternoon had area motorists taking a detour around the affected area. For about an hour, drivers were inconvenienced while the scene was cleaned up and cars towed away. By late afternoon, traffic patterns were back to normal. No information was available on the condition of the drivers or anyone involved in the accident.
School districts are starting to run out of money due to the state budget impasse. The Aliquippa School District only has enough cash to operate until the end of October. Superintendent David Wytiaz tells Beaver County radio that the district has been approved for a two-million-dollar loan that should keep the district going until the end of the year. The Western Beaver School District is seeking a similar loan.
No meetings are expected today between Governor Tom Wolf and legislative Republican leaders after lawmakers defeated Wolf’s tax plan in the budget fight. The administration is distributing a memo about Pennsylvania’s structural debt, warning it could result in huge cuts for education and human services programs.
A change in federal sentencing guidelines will result in the release of 30 western Pennsylvania inmates at the end of October. A probation official tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review most of the inmates will be released to halfway houses.
Two Democrats who recently got into the race to challenge Republican Senator Pat Toomey next year have turned in their initial campaign finance reports. Katie McGinty’s campaign says she raised just over $1 million through September. John Fetterman raised $170,000 over the course of a half-month.
Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate goes on — for a 100th day – with state House members rejecting Governor Tom Wolf’s redrawn plan to raise gas drilling and income taxes. Nine of Wolf’s fellow Democrats joined House Republicans in voting against the plan yesterday. State Representative Jim Christiana is among the Republicans who voted against the plan.
The main drag of Midland is still lined with signs and supporters for the local steelworkers who continue to walk the picket line. It’s been nearly two months now since roughly 250 Allegheny Technologies Inc. employees were locked out of the company’s Midland plant amid a standstill over a new contract. U.S.W. 1212 Local President Tony Tipsic tells Beaver County Radio that the company refuses to talk to the union and that the A.T.I. Steelworkers have been awarded unemployment benefits due to the lockout.
The man accused of setting 11 arsons in Beaver Falls reportedly told police he caused the fires because he was tired of seeing abandoned homes in the city. 21-year-old Zachary Metcalf is charged with starting nine fires in Beaver Falls and two in White Township between August and September. Beaver Falls Police Chief Charles Jones confirmed to Beaver County Radio that he did make that statement to police, but Chief Jones says they’re not considering that an official motive for the long string of arsons in this case.