SUNNY TODAY WITH CLOUDS INCREASING LATER A HIGH OF 67
A CHANCE OF SHOWERS A LOW OF 42. TONIGHT
MORNING CLOUDS FRIDAY.PARTLY CLOUDY HIGH 51.
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Republicans unveil package of bills for Covid Comeback….Potter County now has one virus death…..Theft of tools investrigated by state police at Emporium…..Burlgary in Duke Center and theft of money from parked car probed by Lewis Run State troopers.

House Republicans unveiled a pro-jobs, recovery-focused legislative package designed to achieve a better normal. The initiative, “Commonwealth’s COVID Comeback,” would rebound the economy by incentivizing manufacturing with no new taxes or fee according to the sponsors. To bring more jobs back to Pennsylvania one bill would allow the Commonwealth Financing Authority to designate strategic and targeted zones in the state to be used as the base of operations for manufacturing. Businesses in those zones would receive tax abatements for state and local taxes and would be eligible for targeted job creation tax credits.
Another bill, would encourage entrepreneurs and businesses to create more jobs in the Commonwealth by lowering the Corporate Net Income Tax from 9.99% to 5.99% by Jan. 1, 2025.
A resolution in the package, would create a committee to review opportunities for the development of new industries in the Commonwealth, including advanced manufacturing.
Another bill in the package, would ensure permitting decisions are made promptly and reliably by deeming Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permit applications administratively complete if accompanied by a professional engineer’s affidavit attesting to the sufficiency of the application. DEP would be required to render a decision on any permit application without an affidavit within 45 days.
The final bill would provide commonsense protections via limited liability to the critical suppliers, health care providers and employers operating during the pandemic.
The package of bills is also supported by Pittsburgh Works, a partnership between the business community and labor unions in the Pittsburgh area focused on job growth and economic development.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health did not provide as usual COVID-19 update yesterday however, it did report that Potter County has had its first COVID-19 Coronavirus death. No further details were made public. Meanwhile McKean and Elk County each have had two deaths and Tioga has had three. The report came in the department’s daily summary. There have been 175,922 cases in Pennsylvania, an increase of 1276 over the past 24 hours with 1411. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area the number of cases continues to increase. Tioga now has 122 cases; Potter 37; McKean, 84; Elk 91 while Cameron County is still holding at eight. Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County now has 367 cases and Allegheny County 161.
Emporium based State Police are investigating a theft that occurred Sunday afternoon on the Sizerville Road in Shippen Township. Thieves made off with several tools including a Dewalt 18 volt drill battery,
A DeWalt battery charger, Craftsman drill battery, a Craftsman l battery charger and two car headlight bulbs valued at a total of just over $200
It’s not known as there’s a connection but troopers at Emporium are reporting that a 20 volt yellow and black Dewalt cordless impact driver valued at $195 was found at the intersection of East Allegheny Avenue and Sizerville Road in Shippen Township. The item was found on September 8.
Troopers at the Lewis Run barracks are investigating a burglary taking place last weekend at 372 Main Street in Otto Township. Thieves entered the Duke Center home of Holly Bacha and damaged a piece of carpet, valued at $300. A gold ring containing birthstones valued at $300 was taken by burglars.
A theft at a home on Walnut Street in Wetmore Township late last week is under investigation as well. Troopers at the Lewis Run barracks report an unknown woman took $80 from a vehicle and then tried unsuccessfully to enter another Anyone with information is asked to call Lewis Run barracks at 814-368-9238.
A West Seneca New York man has been arrested for DUI by State Police at Lewis Run. Authorities say they pulled Charles Bagley’s car over on Route 446 in Eldred township at around 5:30am Sunday and found that he was driving the car under the influence of alcoholic beverages. He refused to submit to a legal blood draw at UPMC Kane and charges are being filed in district Court.
A criminal mischief occurring at 309 Main Street in Hamlin Township, over a long period of time, is being investigated by troopers at Lewis Run. Two bullet holes were discovered in a glass window in an unoccupied structure owned by Russell Walker of Mount Jewett. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact the Lewis Run barracks.

And Ridgeway basd a police have arrested two residents of that town on drug charges. Officers say that at around 8:30pm. Tuesday they initiated a traffic stop on the north St. Mary’s Street and South St. Mary’s street intersection and determined that 28 year old Savannah Simons wanted on a warrant and during a search of her belongings, claim drug paraphernalia was found in her purse. A further investigation revealed drugs and drug paraphernalia in a bag belonging 31 year old Zachary Hoyt. Charges against both are being filed in District Court. Simons was taken to the Elk County Prison on the warrants.