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UPDATED:6:45am — TUE – 1-18-2022

Mask Mandate Back in Effect in North Allegheny Schools

(Pittsburgh, PA) — In a victory for parents of students in the North Allegheny School District who support masks in the fight against COVID-19, students must wear masks again in class today.  This follows a judge’s decision yesterday to issue a restraining order against the North Allegheny School District’s mask-optional policy.  The parents who sued the district say the policy violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Lawyers for the parents who filed the lawsuit say masks are critical today with the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and the mask-optional policy puts students with compromised immune systems at risk.    

9-1-1 Call Centers in Southwestern Pennsylvania Suffer Staffing Shortages

(Beaver, PA) — Across southwestern Pennsylvania, 9-1-1 call centers are often managing emergencies with much smaller staffs than usual.  In Beaver County, Emergency Services is working with a deficit of five workers and staffers sometimes have to work 16-hours to be able to cover the 24-hour days.  In Washington County’s Public Safety Office, there are fewer applicants for open positions than in recent memory.  In Allegheny County, employees taking the calls and dispatchers are typically working 12-hour days.  County officials say fewer staffers handling phone calls has also led to longer wait times for answering phones. 

Health Officials Remind Residents to Get Their COVID-19 Booster Shots
   
(Butler, PA) — State and local health officials are reminding residents to get their COVID-19 booster shots if it has been six months since their last vaccine shot.  Pennsylvania’s acting Health Secretary — Keara Klinepeter — says although 75 percent of eligible adults in the state are fully vaccinated, only 33 percent have received a booster shot.  In Butler County, more than 50-thousand residents have received a booster shot and more than 112-thousand are fully vaccinated.
     
Butler County Reports Five New Fatalities from COVID-19

(Butler, PA) — Butler County health officials say five more fatalities due to COVID-19 were recorded over the weekend.  Butler Memorial Hospital reported two deaths on Friday and three more Sunday.  However, hospitalizations fell over the last few days.  As of yesterday morning, there were eight fewer hospitalizations according to the Butler Health System than on last Thursday.
    
Washington, Greene, Fayette Counties Lose Seat in New Redistricting Map

(Harrisburg, PA) — Under the proposed redistricting map for Pennsylvania’s legislature, Washington, Fayette and Greene counties would lose a seat in the House of Representatives.  The map that the Legislative Reapportionment Commission has drawn up removes one seat from those counties in the legislature, thanks to the latest census.  The most recent census shows that the areas around Allegheny County and Pittsburgh have gained residents compared with rural areas that have lost population.  During the current 30-day comment periods, residents and lawmakers have been voicing their opinions on the map.   

Pittsburgh Sports

UPDATED: 6:45am — TUE – 1-18-2022

Penguins Rally To Beat Golden Knights

(Las Vegas, NV)  —  The Penguins made quite the rally in Sin City.  Pittsburgh scored five unanswered goals to beat the Golden Knights 5-3 in Las Vegas.  Sidney Crosby tallied an empty net goal to cap things off.  The Penguins improve to 51 points on the season.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated)  —  In college basketball action, Pitt hosts Virginia tomorrow.  West Virginia hosts Baylor tonight.  Penn State hosts Minnesota tomorrow.  Duquesne welcomes St. Bonaventure to town on Friday.  Robert Morris is at Fort Wayne on Friday.

Week 10 College Basketball Coaches Poll

(Undated)  —  The tenth week of the college basketball coaches poll is being released with a new order in the top five.  Gonzaga is now the number one team in the nation after rising one spot in the rankings.  Auburn moved up two spots to second, Arizona is up three spots to third, Purdue is now fourth, and Duke rose three spots to fifth.  Among the largest drops in the rankings are USC, which is now 15th, and the Seton Hall Pirates who dropped out of the top 25.  The Fighting Illini took the biggest leap in the rankings.  Illinois rose seven spots and is now ranked 17th in the country.

Australian Open Day Two Recap

(Melbourne, AU)  —  The year’s first Grand Slam continues at the Australian Open.  On the men’s side, Number-2 seed Daniil Medvedev and Number-3 seed Alexander Zverev each advanced with straight set wins.  American Reilly Opelka also moved to the second round with a strong win over Kevin Anderson.  On the women’s side, top-seeded Ashleigh Barty made short work of Lesia Tsurenko with a two-set sweep.  3rd-seeded Garbine Muguruza was also victorious as she beat Clara Burel in straight sets.  Madison Keys eliminated fellow American Sofia Kenin to punch her ticket to the next round. 

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