The next move in the long-running budget stalemate in Pennsylvania is now with House members after the Senate yesterday sprinted through votes on a budget package. The House won’t return to work until tomorrow, all but ensuring the budget fight will stretch at least into next week.
Today the Beaver County Commissioners formally joined a coalition with the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, the county corporation for economic development and the county redevelopment authority to form the Beaver County Economic Development Partnership, simply known as 376. The chamber of commerce will spearhead the effort. Chamber president Jack Manning says the emphasis will be on small business. The development partnership will not have a physical office but will operate from a website. A strategic planning meeting is scheduled for early next year.
The cause of last night’s house fire in Beaver Falls which displaced seven people has been ruled undetermined…and that’s why the fire chief is calling in the fire marshal. The fire in the 600 block of 9th Street was reported shortly before 10:30 last night. No one was injured. Chief Mark Stowe tells Beaver County Radio newsman Pat Septak that the fire marshal will be in tomorrow to investigate the cause of the blaze. No one was injured. The Red Cross says it is providing temporary shelter for the seven adults who lived in that single family home.
Those hoping for a smooth transition in Beaver County Government may have to wait a little while later. Come next month, the Democratic-controlled majority of Joe Spanik and commissioners chairman Tony Amadio will switch over to a GOP-led board of Sandi Egley and Dan Camp with Amadio as a minority commissioner. Spanik tells Beaver County Radio newsman Pat Septak he still hasn’t heard from Commissioners-elect Egley and Camp. Spanik says he last saw Egley about a week ago at the Beaver County Salary Board meeting. Spanik says he has tried to convince both Egley and Camp to schedule a day and time to come in and meet with the outgoing board of commissioners, but so far, to no avail.
A bus driver who had driven a group of high school basketball players to a game was cited for public drunkenness and having an open container. According to North Sewickley Township police, 53-year-old Mark Munda drove Perry High School players to the game at Riverside Tuesday night. Munda works for Lenzner Coach Lines. When officers noticed alcohol on his breath, they searched the bus and discovered two Pepsi bottles containing liquor next to the driver’s seat.
Former President Bill Clinton was in Pittsburgh today for a private fundraiser to benefit his wife Hillary’s presidential campaign. The event took place between noon and 2 p.m. “A Conversation with President Bill Clinton” raised at least $500 per person. Those contributing the maximum of $2,700 received a picture taken with the former president.
Police are looking for a suspect after a bank robbery this morning in Ambridge. According to emergency dispatchers, it happened at the Wesbanco Bank on 5th and Merchant Streets in Ambridge around 10:30 a.m. The suspect is described as a black man weighing about 200 pounds and was wearing all black clothing except for his shoes which were maroon-colored Nikes. Emergency dispatchers say the suspect was carrying a gun. No one was injured in the incident. Stay with Beaver County Radio News for more on this developing story.
There is little sign the fighting over a state budget is close to an end after the state House yesterday approved a $30.0 billion spending plan that differs markedly from a version passed by the Senate and backed by Governor Tom Wolf. Yesterday’s House vote marks the second time a budget deal has collapsed.