Sept. 1, 2015

PENNSYLVANIA

Pittsburgh: Highmark’s chemotherapy tab runs to $170 million

A new financial disclosure revealed that UPMC members’ chemotherapy debt reached $170 million. Previously, Highmark decided to stop paying fees when patients were treated at outpatient facilities.

Pittsburgh: Steelworkers union sues Allegheny Ludlum for loss of health insurance

Specialty metal producers plan to cancel health insurance for 95 office and technical workers who had been part of the union workers’ lockout earlier this month. Coverage is planned to end Tuesday, but union officials claim these workers should be covered until Nov. 30.

Pittsburgh: Vick signing sparks conversation for animal welfare

After the signing of quarterback Michael Vick as a Steelers’ quarterback,  animal welfare groups recognize opportunity for awareness of animal abuse and dogfighting. Currently, two bills are pending in the state legislature relating to animal cruelty, both pertaining to leaving a pet unattended.

Pittsburgh: Study connects obesity and stillbirth

A University of Pittsburgh study said that obese women are twice as likely as others to give birth to a stillborn baby. The higher the body mass index (BMI) and a woman’s blood pressure are, the higher the chances that this will occur.  

Allentown: Grandmother sentenced to 5 years after crashing car while high

Injuring her eight-year-old grandson, Diane Nieves-Lopez crashed her car into a Salisbury Township building while high on heroin and has yet to face her family. Nieves-Lopez pleaded guilty to charges that include driving while under the influence of a controlled substance and causing an accident while she was not properly licensed.  

NATIONAL

Obama to rename country’s tallest mountain

President Barack Obama will deliver a message to Alaska this week about the threat of climate change. In addition, he is renaming Mt. Mckinley as Denali, its original Native American name. Obama used his executive power to make the change.

Arizona mom claims she drowned her children

Mireya Alejandra Lopez, mother of three, told authorities that she intentionally drowned her two-year-old twin sons in the bathtub, and tried to drown a third. The cause of death for the two boys is unknown until an autopsy can be done, but Lopez was charged Monday with two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide.

Brain eating amoeba takes teen’s life

The rare and fatal brain eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy in Houston after he went swimming with his cross-country team in Sam Houston State Park. His headache turned to total loss of brain function in days.  

OPEC opens up about falling oil prices

In the spotlight for descending oil prices, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said it was ready to talk to other producers. The exact discussion is still unclear but will focus on the moderation of production levels.

IN OTHER NEWS

Elementary teacher returns to classroom after severe head injury

Two years ago Megan Kruth, teacher and triathlete, flipped her bike, which led to a subdural hematoma and a 10-day coma. Kruth went through rehabilitation and had to learn basics such as eating and walking, but returned to Hance Elementary in Pine-Richland to begin her 20th year teaching.   

The daily report was compiled by Christine Manganas, a PublicSource intern. You can reach her with questions or suggestions at cmanganas@publicsource.org.