The state House Education Committee will host a two-day public hearing to discuss safely reopening schools this fall. The hearings will be held today (August 4th) and tomorrow (August 5th) in Harrisburg. Today’s hearing will be a continuation of a June meeting during which teachers and administrators from public and nonpublic schools discussed their plans and concerns for getting students back to the classroom in the fall. Barring any technical difficulties, the hearings will be streamed live at www.pahousegop.com.
Authorities are investigating a scam involving the purchase of a dog via the internet. According to the Lewistown Police Department, the seller demanded payment in the form of a gift card purchased through Walmart. After funds were sent, the seller demanded an additional $1500, and then tried to negotiate another price. Authorities remind residents to use only secure methods of payment such as credit cards, PayPal, checks or postal money orders when making online purchases. Secure forms of payment can be tracked, and in some cases refunds can be issued in the case of fraud. Also, never give personal or banking information to individuals over the phone or through email.
House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) joined 62 other Pennsylvania House Republicans in writing to Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) to request a change in recent policy prohibiting spectators at PIAA events, including parents of athletes. Benninghoff said the governor told Pennsylvanians he hoped to keep decisions to reopen schools in the hands of local officials. The House Majority Leader feels the same rule should apply to sporting events.
Two worksites in Juniata County were burglarized on July 31st. Someone broke into a modular trailer and stole deadweight testers, brass weights, and a Honda generator from a pipeline site on Old Mill Road in Lack Township. Another site on Route 75 reported damage to excavation equipment. Both sites are operated by Michels Corporation of Brownsville, Wisconsin.