State Police are investigating after a safe was stolen from a garage on Brownhome Rd.  Police report the safe contained personal and legal documents, as well as $100,000 cash.  According to the report, the suspect trespassed onto the victim’s property and entered the unlocked garage, opening the safe which was “already ajar.”  The identity of the suspect is unknown and they fled the scene in an unknown direction. The investigation is ongoing. 

  Witnesses say they saw an employee of a Butler County daycare throwing children.  Those statements came as part of an investigation into a worker at Sheryl Buffington’s Daycare and Preschool Palace in Center Township.  Police say they began looking into accusations of abuse after receiving a report in June about a six-month-old boy who had suffered a fractured arm.  Twenty-nine-year-old Taylor Titley, a worker at the daycare, is facing multiple counts of aggravated assault.  The owner of the daycare says they are troubled by the allegations and have been fully cooperative with investigators

While the fate of code bills passed by Senate is unclear, some lawmakers say many provisions in them will likely end up in the overall state spending plan. The larger of the two fiscal code bills contains numerous budget policy directives across a wide range of areas. House Bill 1300 was approved 29 to 19, largely on party lines in the Senate last week. But it still needs to reach bipartisan agreement with Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro and the Democratic-controlled House.

A public hearing was held yesterday on a state House bill that would ban speculative ticket practices from secondary sellers. Beaver County Democrat Robert Matzie says the measure would keep unofficial sellers from listing tickets for sale, even though they don’t actually possess those ticket – and may never have had them. The practice has been highlighted in recent months because of people trying to get tickets for high-demand concerts from artists such as Beyonce and Taylor Swift.

State Police in Butler County report a one vehicle accident in Clinton Township.  According to police 83 year old Edward Cooley of Mars lost control of his vehicle on Saxonburg Boulevard and struck a sign. Cooley was taken to the Allegheny Health Network in Wexford for treatment.

– There won’t be any medical marijuana edibles available in Pennsylvania anytime soon. Members of the Medical Marijuana Advisory Program voted against the idea Thursday, saying that traditional edibles come with a higher risk for poisoning. The vote came after a discussion about the growing popularity of “troches,” which are an ingestible form that looks like a cough drop. 

Two people were taken to the hospital following a motorcycle accident in Butler county. State Police report 69year old Kevin Lenz of Evans City was traveling on Prospect Road in Brady Township when he lost control and crashed.  Lenz and a passenger were both taken to Allegheny General Hospital for treatment.

Allegheny Health Network is building a new facility for patients in need of neurological care.  Work on the new Neuroscience Center is underway on the North Side Allegheny General Hospital campus.  Health firm officials say the five-story property will place treatments for brain, spine, and nervous system diseases and injuries under one roof.  Project planners are hoping to have the center up and running toward the end of next year.

Legislators have set aside ten-million-dollars to help Pennsylvania prepare for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The funds were included in one of the Fiscal Code bills passed by the Senate last week. House Bill 1300 also provides 15-million for statewide tourism marketing. The money would come from the state Gaming Economic Development and Tourism Fund and be transferred to the existing state Sports, Marketing and Tourism Account. 

State educators are being criticized for a lack of compliance with drinking water standards for lead in school buildings. Advocates are calling on lawmakers to tighten rules regarding lead after a report was released by national environmental groups this week. A previous survey of 65 random state school districts found that 89 percent of them tested positive for lead.  A group of state senators sought support for a bill earlier this year that would require lead-free drinking fountains by 2025. Lead used to be used in plumbing all the time but it has since been shown to be hazardous and cause developmental disabilities.

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