Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Where to buy a Powerball ticket and the odds of winning the jackpot.
The historic Powerball jackpot rose to a record $500 million on Tuesday and many Plum, Oakmont and Verona residents are expected to purchase a ticket Wednesday—if they haven't already. For a list of places where you can buy a ticket in the Plum-Oakmont area, click here. There has been no Powerball winner since Oct. 6. The chance of winning the $500 million jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510. Good luck (you'll need it)! Editor's Note: What would you do with the money if you won? Tell me in the comments! _______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
These are unofficial results.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
National Hurricane Center forecasters warn against underestimating Hurricane Sandy. In Western PA, residents now are under a high wind warning as well as a flood watch.
Federal emergency management and weather officials on Sunday said the time for preparing for Hurricane Sandy is rapidly coming to an end. "The time for preparing and talking is about over," said Craig Fugate, administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "People need to be acting about now." Hurricane Sandy is expected to affect as many as 50 million people as it makes its westward turn toward the East Coast. As of Sunday afternoon, Western Pennsylvania residents remain under a high wind warning through noon Tuesday as well as a flood watch through Tuesday night. While the most recent maps show the center of the storm tracking toward New Jersey, forecasters are hesitant to pinpoint a specific area for landfall. Rick Knabb, …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
In order to get the state-issued Voter ID card, an individual need only give his or her name, date of birth, social security number and address. The Voter ID will be given at the PennDOT licensing center the same day.
State officials announced earlier this week that all voters can choose to receive either secure PennDOT photo IDs or Department of State voting-only ID cards when visiting a PennDOT driver’s license center. In order to get the state-issued Voter ID card, an individual need only give his or her name, date of birth, Social Security number and address. Proof of residence is not required. PennDOT will then confirm with the Department of State that the applicant is a registered voter while the person is at the driver license center. The applicant will get a DOS voter ID card once the information is confirmed. If an applicant’s voter registration or information cannot be confirmed while at PennDOT, then the Department of State will mail the …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Allegheny County is offering free Photo ID cards for any residents who need one to vote.
Allegheny County is offering two new ways for voters without proper Photo ID to get identification cards. The Community College of Allegheny County and the county’s four Kane Hospital centers will be the hubs to issue specialized photo identification to any residents if they need one to vote. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Thursday morning announced the effort to get as many residents proper identification. “I firmly believe that anyone who wants to participate in our democracy through elections should have every opportunity to do so. That is what we are doing today,” Fitzgerald said in a press release. “Through our Kane Regional Centers and CCAC, we are going to provide the ability for people to get the photo identification…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The state Supreme Court is pushing the Voter ID law back to Commonwealth Court for further review.
The state Supreme Court is pushing Pennsylvania's new Voter ID law back to Commonwealth Court for further review, multiple news organizations are reporting. A week after hearing oral arguments, the justices voted 4-2 to have the lower court once again review the measures included in the law. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on Aug. 15 released his decision that parties challenging the Voter ID law were not able to prove it will cause “immediate and irreparable harm” to the electorate. However, the justices want the court to reconsider whether there are enough alternative forms of identification allowed by the law so as not to disenfranchise voters, according to PennLive.com. The order from the Supreme Court justices insinuates that …
Monday, September 3, 2012
No license is required on Labor Day to fish in the state's waterways.
Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania's popular outdoor spots, such as the Monongahela River, this holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, marks the second of the state's two free fishing days of 2012 when no fishing license is required. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone—residents and non-residents—to legally fish in Pennsylvania from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. All other fishing regulations apply. The year's earlier Fish-for-Free Day was Memorial Day, May 28. "Fish-for-Free days are a convenient way to introduce friends and family to the sport of fishing," Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway said. "Many families spend the day at …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on Wednesday morning released his decision that parties challenging the Voter ID law were not able to prove it will cause 'immediate and irreparable harm' to the electorate.
Pennsylvania’s new voter identification law will stand … for now. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on Wednesday morning released his decision that parties challenging the Voter ID law were not able to prove it will cause “immediate and irreparable harm” to the electorate. The challenge to the law was brought by voter advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP. The groups suing to overturn the law immediately vowed to appeal the judgment. “The court had a chance to intercede the PA legislators’ attempt to suppress the vote on Election Day,” said Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the NAACP regarding the ruling. “However, with today’s decision and the estimated amount of …
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Our region is an average of 3 inches below normal precipitation for the year so far.
The grey, overcast skies Friday raised Plum-Oakmont residents' hopes for rainfall. Yet, so far, very few communities have seen any raindrops. That's pretty much been the story since June. Because of the extremely dry conditions, all western Pennsylvania counties are under a drought watch according to the Palmer Drought Severity Index, which measures soil moisture conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor map issued this week shows western Pennsylvania as abnormally dry with the very western edge of the state now in moderate drought. This quickly evolving drought marks a sharp contrast to last summer. Spring 2011 was the wettest on record for many states, including Ohio and Kentucky. Now, 61 percent of the U.S. is in moderate or greater …
Monday, July 9, 2012
With the new voter ID law in effect for November's general election, here's all you need to know about getting the proper ID needed to vote.
Starting with the November general Election, Pennsylvania law will require voters to show an acceptable photo ID to vote at the polls. All identification used for voting must have an expiration date and be current, except for Pennsylvania driver's licenses or non-driver photo identification, which are valid for voting purposes one year past their expiration. Voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo identification for voting can get one for free at any PennDOT driver license center. What you need to do depends on whether or not you previously had a PennDOT-issued driver's license or ID. Here is everything you need to know if you're planning to cast your ballot this fall. Acceptable IDs include: Voters Who Had a Previous PennDOT …