LOCAL NEWS

STATE LEGISLATIVE LEADERS SAY NO TO SPECIAL SESSION

State lawmakers will not be going back to work in Annapolis for a special session to head off an automatic increase in Maryland’s gas tax.  State Democratic legislative leaders say that Maryland needs the 200-million dollars provided by the gas tax hike to ensure the safety of the state’s roads and bridges.  In a statement,…

WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION

Water service will be shut down in the Decatur Heights region of Cumberland today, until about 11 a.m. The contractor needs to repair a portion of the existing system. Areas affected include Decatur Street, Baltimore Avenue from Front Street to Bellevue, and Davidson Street, from Henderson Avenue to Footer Place. Additional information will be released,…

OFFICER INJURED DURING ARREST

A Cumberland City Police Officer was injured while arresting 22-year-old Shayna Cherry Fitzwater on an active warrant, for failure to follow the conditions of her probation. When told she was under arrest, she fled towards a residence. She slammed the door on the officers’ hand. During a search following her arrest, the officer found CDS…

STATE CREATES PROGRAM TO LURE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSES

Maryland is making strides to attract international businesses to the state.  The Governor announced yesterday a two-million-dollar investment in the Global Gateway Initiative.  Hogan says the program will connect around 50-businesses with local accelerators and incubators that will help ease their transition to the U.S.  The Governor added Maryland is the first state in the…

HOGAN SAYS TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING IS “UNSPEAKABLE TRAGEDY”

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas is an unspeakable tragedy that has left families grieving, a community reeling and a country desperately seeking answers. Hogan says the state’s security team has offered its full support and assistance to state and local officials in Texas including Maryland…

WV REACHES $161.5 MILLION SETTLEMENT WITH DRUG MANUFACTURERS

West Virginia will receive more than 161-million dollars from two drug manufacturers as part of a lawsuit settlement.  The state’s attorney general alleged Teva and Allergan helped fuel West Virginia’s opioid crisis.  Patrick Morrisey accused the companies of using strategic campaigns to deceive people and misrepresent the risks of painkillers.  Morrisey said money from the…

FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF-STAFF FOR TEXAS SHOOTING VICTIMS

All U.S. and state flags across West Virginia are flying at half-staff today and will continue to be flown at half-staff through sundown this Saturday, May 28th.  Governor Jim Justice handed down the order yesterday following the shooting deaths of at least 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in Texas.  The dead…

REPUBLICAN U.S. SENATE PRIMARY RACE HEADED FOR RECOUNT

The primary race for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat is officially heading for a recount.  The state’s top election official said today that the margin between former hedge fund CEO David McCormick and Dr. Mehmet Oz is tight enough to trigger a statewide recount.  Trump-backed Oz leads McCormick by about 900…

HIKE IN UTILITY BILLS EXPECTED TO BE AS HIGH AS 45%

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is warning residents that many of their utility bills will soon rise. The increase set for June 1st could see price hikes that range from between six and 45 percent, depending on their electric utility.   The commission is urging residents to carefully review their electric bills to understand the…

LONG TERM CAREGIVERS LOBBY FOR PROPER FUNDING FOR FACILITIES

Caregivers from across the state  have come to the Pennsylvania state capitol to lobby lawmakers to fight for proper funding for long-term care facilities. They say without more money, some  potential residents could be turned away from nursing homes.  Administrators say, due to the pandemic, supplies have skyrocketed. The caregivers say the situation could affect…

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CORONA RELATED NEWS

COVID CASES RISE IN MARYLAND  

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Maryland.  State health officials are reporting two-thousand-184 new cases and three additional COVID-related deaths.  The seven-day positivity rate is up slightly to over eight-and-a-half percent.  There are 432 patients hospitalized with the virus.

COVID-19 COMMUNITY LEVEL LOW, NEW CASES INCREASE TO 111

The Allegany County COVID-19 Community Level is low, even though 111 new cases were reported this week, and the local positivity rate has risen to 7.66 per cent. One additional COVID-related death has been reported. The CDC is recommending that children, ages 5 to 11 receive a booster dose five months after their initial Pfizer…

MARYLAND COVID METRICS CONTINUE TO RISE

COVID cases in Maryland continue to skyrocket.  The state Department of Health says there are 27-hundred-70 new cases and two additional deaths. The  positivity rate is up slightly to eight-point-12 percent. There are 419 patients hospitalized a day-over-day increase of 16 and 49 of them are in the ICU.

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