A Week In Review: Headlines From The Week Of April 26th Through May 2nd

Rachel Kalas
May 01, 2020 - 8:46 pm
Officer of the Governor of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A look back at the headlines from the week of April 26th through May 2nd:

Local:

Allegheny, Surrounding Counties Not On List Of Areas Reopening May 8
"The state of Pennsylvania has begun the reopening process after many businesses, all schools, public activities, such as concerts and sporting events, and more were temporarily shut down to mitigate the spread of COVID-19." Continue Reading

Population Density Reason Allegheny Co. Staying In Red Phase
"Allegheny County and surrounding counties have COVID-19 cases well below the threshold and the proper amount of available hospital beds to move into the yellow phase of coronavirus mitigation in Pennsylvania, but PA Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says that isn’t good enough yet." Continue Reading

32,799 Have Tested Negative For COVID-19 In Pittsburgh Region
"Cases of coronavirus in Western PA continues to rise, but not at an uncontrollable pace."Continue Reading

Pittsburgh Police Officer Goes Above And Beyond To Help Stranded Motorist
"A Pittsburgh Police Officer is being praised for going above and beyond." Continue Reading

Robert Levin Sends Former Employees $1.5k Checks
"Robert Levin says he was concerned about 1,200 people who used to work for him when they lost their jobs and so he took steps to give his former employees support." Continue Reading

State Makes Mistake, Drive-In Movie Theaters Not Yet Allowed To Open
"Only hours after it was announced Dependable Drive-In in Moon Township would reopen, another announcement has come out saying the green light for Drive-in theaters in Pennsylvania was an error by the state."Continue Reading

US Steel Laying Off Thousands Of Employees, Reducing Operations
"US Steel is laying off thousands of employees and reducing operations after reporting a $391 million loss in the first quarter." Continue Reading

UPMC To Resume Elective Surgeries, Only 2% Of Beds Used For COVID-19 Patients
"UPMC says a declining number of COVID-19 patients in Western Pennsylvania means it is ready to resume elective surgeries" Continue Reading

USPS In Pittsburgh Looking To Fill Temp Jobs That Pay Nearly $18 An Hour
"The United States Postal Service is looking to hire mail processing assistant positions as well as other jobs in the Pittsburgh area." Continue Reading

GetGo Now Offering Delivery And Curbside Pickup
"GetGo convenience stores are now offering contactless delivery or curbside pickup for its made-to-order menu." Continue Reading

Number Of COVID-19 Cases 'Looking Good' For Beginning To Reopen Allegheny County
"Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says the increase of coronavirus cases in Western Pennsylvania continue to look “good.”" Continue Reading

Facemasks Help But Don't Provide Total Protection From COVID-19
"UPMC this week released new guidelines on facemasks in public." Continue Reading

Pittsburgh's Annual Anthrocon Canceled Amid Pandemic
"You won’t see people in animal costumes in Downtown Pittsburgh this summer." Continue Reading

Man Who Built Seven Springs Ski Area Has Died
"The man credited with building the Seven Springs ski area has died at 87." Continue Reading

Sports: 

The Week That Was In Pittsburgh Sports...
"Here are five things that happened this week in Pittsburgh sports " Continue Reading

Pitt AD Heather Lyke: Optimistic For Football and Supports Student Athletes Capitalizing on Likeness With Safeguards
"Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke told the Cook and Joe Show when she joined them on Friday that she supports student athletes capitalizing in their name and likeness as long as there are significant safeguards in place." Continue Reading

Hall of Fame RB Jerome Bettis On Why His Position Has Been Devalued
"Former Steeler Jerome Bettis is a Hall of Fame running back but he has seen his position devalued over the past few years." Continue Reading

Pirates Optimistic of Playing This Year
"As states start to loosen restrictions on stay-at-home orders, the Pirates baseball brass thinks baseball will happen this year." Continue Reading

State: 

Expiration Dates Extended For Driver Licenses', IDs In PA
"Expiration Dates Extended For Driver Licenses', IDs In PA" Continue Reading

​Pennsylvania to Get $5 Billion in COVID Relief 
"Talks are starting this week in Harrisburg on how lawmakers should divvy up 4$ billion in revenue that will flow through the legislature." Continue Reading

PLCB Expands Curbside Pick Up, Increases Bottle Limit
"The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is once again explanding curbside pickup at stores and is increasing the number of bottles that can be purchased in a single order as restrictions begin to loosen during the COVID-19 pandemic."Continue Reading 

Sheetz Employees Will Continue To Make $3 More An Hour Into June
"Sheetz convenience stories announced Thursday they will continue to pay their employees $3 more an hour until at least June 4, while the coronavirus pandemic continues." Continue Reading

Sheetz Offers Free Coffee To First Responders, Health Care Workers Fighting Coronavirus
"On Monday, convenience store chain Sheetz announced that it is offering free coffee to first responders and health care workers who are on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic." Continue Reading

National:

Sex Assault Allegation Raises Questions For Biden, Democrats
"A sexual assault allegation is Joe Biden's first big challenge as the Democrats' presidential nominee, fueling Republican attacks and leaving many in his own party in an uncomfortable bind." Continue Reading

Trump praise of 'tormented' Flynn raises pardon speculation
"President Donald Trump on Thursday voiced strong support for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, raising speculation that a pardon may be coming after Flynn's lawyers disclosed internal FBI documents they claim show the FBI was trying to entrap him." Continue Reading

Many field hospitals went largely unused, will be shut down
"Gleaming new tent hospitals sit empty on two suburban New York college campuses, never having treated a single coronavirus patient. "Continue Reading