July 2, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Harrisburg: Votes cast while key Republicans weren’t there

House rules indicate that lawmakers need to be on the floor while votes are cast, but three top state GOP members who weren’t got to cast votes on school-related budget legislation anyway.

Pittsburgh: Nonprofits be warned

Because Gov. Tom Wolf didn’t sign the budget, the delay could pose problems to nonprofits that receive state funding, including homeless assistance and suicide prevention groups. The last budget delay occurred in 2009, and some nonprofits are still experiencing fallout from it.

Pittsburgh: Three-year study shows positive signs for Type 2 diabetes

Research has shown that bariatric surgery and lifestyle changes can help control diabetes, but the first long-term study released Tuesday by UPMC shows that surgery combined with significant lifestyle changes can put the disease in full remission after three years.

Pittsburgh: Steelers might host Super Bowl in 2023

Art Rooney II and Mayor Bill Peduto discussed the possibility of submitting a bid for the 2023 Super Bowl LVII to be held at Heinz Field. If the Steelers do bid, the winner will be announced in 2019.

Allentown: Woman solicits sex, then robs her customer

A Craigslist meetup went awry when Kisha Rose Arroyo began fighting with her customer over the cost. She robbed him of $160 at knifepoint, and then forced him to drive to the bank for more. At the bank, the victim called the police, who then arrested Arroyo.

State College: New installation on campus

The words “We Are” have been commemorated permanently at the university in an installation designed by an alumnus and donated by the class of 2013.

NATIONAL

The mentally ill make up a quarter of the death chart

The majority of mentally ill victims shot by police are white, male and carrying non-lethal weapons. Police trainees regularly lack education on how to defuse tense situations. They spend nearly 60 hours in firearms training, as opposed to eight hours learning strategies to deal with the mentally ill.

Diplomacy restored

President Obama announced on Wednesday that ties will formally be restored with Cuba. Both nations will open embassies in each other’s capitals. John Kerry will visit Havana this summer, and will become the first secretary of state to do so since 1945.

Investigating airlines

The Justice Department is investigating whether an unlawful airline alliance was made to keep the number of available seats low and prices high.

IN OTHER NEWS

#UrbanOutfittersBeLike…

A social media campaign criticizing clothing store Urban Outfitters for overcharging on everyday items produced some priceless tweets. Sorry, Urban Outfitters, that you’re expensive.

The daily report was compiled by Stephanie Roman, a PublicSource intern. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at sroman@publicsource.org.