A BESSEMER MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL HOMICIDE IN CONNECTION TO THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND.  STATE POLICE IN LAWRENCE COUNTY REPORT 33 YEAR OLD Michael Work, reportedly told family members that he shot his girlfriend, 33-year-old Brandi Genova, at their home on Bestview Avenue.  Troopers arrived Monday night to find Genova dead with apparent gunshot wounds.  Work was arrested  at the Union Square shopping plaza in Union Township without incident. He’s being held without bond in the Lawrence County Jail.

Congressmen Mike Kelly has announced his re-election bid for the 2024 election. Kelly was first elected to congress in 2010. In 2022, Kelly won re-election by more than 19 points against challenger Dan Pastore.  The district includes all of Lawrence, Mercer, Erie, Crawford, and Butler counties and a third of Venango. Kelly a republican would serve his 8th term in Congress if re-elected.

A new bill in the state Senate would greatly increase fines for killing eagles in Pennsylvania. Current law levels a penalty of only two-hundred dollars for anyone convicted of killing the national bird.  A bill by Democratic Senator Lisa Boscola of Bethlehem would increase fines for killing bald and golden eagles to two-thousand-dollars. She says even though the birds have recently been taken off the state’s threatened species list, they still need to be protected from unlawful killings.

State officials say Pennsylvania is reporting a high number of incomplete cases in Pennsylvania’s Medicaid eligibility review efforts. More than 100-thousand-cases were deemed incomplete for both April and May. Officials say many people get dropped for not filling out the paperwork. The eligibility review has been required by the federal government following the end of the coronavirus pandemic to determine who is still eligible for Medicaid.

Pennsylvania reportedly ranks fourth nationally for having the most problem puppy mills. Officials with the Humane Society of the United States say they’ve placed the Commonwealth on its annual “Horrible Hundred” list again. They say the designation is mostly because eight puppy mills in the state have appeared on the list for the past three years. Kennels on the society’s general list are located in Lancaster, York, Cumberland and Union Counties. 

Pittsburgh leaders are reporting no major incidents downtown following one of the busiest weekends in the city’s history.  Despite thousands of Taylor Swift fans who gathered on the North Shore and the Juneteenth celebration that ran through Monday night at Point State Park, disturbances were minimal.  Yesterday, Mayor Ed Gainey thanked law enforcement and other public safety officials for working hard so downtown visitors could enjoy the events.  In a Twitter post, the mayor said the city can be an example of what it means for everyone to feel safe and welcome by continuing to work together.

Pay-per-view is coming to western Pennsylvania high school postseason games.  The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League has entered into a video contract with the National Federation of State High School Associations.  The deal gives the federation exclusive video streaming rights for all WPIAL postseason games.  The WPIAL says the agreement covers several sports, though football and basketball title games are the main focus.  Fans will have to pay to watch, though: the monthly subscription rate will be 11.99 while the yearly rate is 79.99.      

  Pennsylvania is being named as one of the top 15 fun states in the country.  WalletHub graded all states using criteria such as what entertainment, recreation and nightlife options are most offered.  Pennsylvania came in at number 14, which is down one spot from last year’s list.  

Governor Josh Shapiro says a temporary roadway to replace the collapsed portion of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia will open this weekend. His comments at a news conference Tuesday follow his pledge over the weekend to get the roadway opened within two weeks.  He says the exact day that it will open will depend on when the paving process starts. The raised portion of the roadway collapsed from a tanker truck that caught fire underneath it on June 11th. I-95 is heavily used by trucks and is a major thoroughfare for keeping goods moving along the East Coast. 

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