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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania state lawmaker charged with falsifying and double-dipping on expense reimbursements from the state House of Representatives and her campaign pleaded guilty this week, the state attorney general’s office said. Margo Davidson pleaded guilty Thursday in Dauphin County Court to five counts, including theft, the office said. READ MORE: Fire Marshal Investigating Cause Of House Fire In Upper HillAll are misdemeanors, but the guilty plea bars Davidson from holding public office in Pennsylvania again, it said. “With her actions, Davidson betrayed both her constituents and her oath of office,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement. “Today is further proof that no one is above the law and that everyone who holds office in Pennsylvania is accountable to the law and the people.” Davidson, 59, a Democrat from Delaware County, was minority chair of the busy State Government Committee when she was charged in July. She promptly resigned her seat. READ MORE: Man Dies After Falling From Overpass In Hopewell TownshipThe attorney general’s office accused Davidson of getting reimbursed for hotel stays, parking,...
    Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District Republican candidate and former President Donald Trump appointee Jim Bognet told SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday this weekend that his opponent, Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-PA), has been “complicit” and an “accessory” in passing radical leftist agenda items from President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Bognet said Cartwright has allowed the Biden-Pelosi agenda to pass through Congress and has been a helping hand in doing it. Cartwright has voted with Pelosi 99 percent of the time, helping her pass the Democrats’ partisan items such as the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and the $1.75 trillion reconciliation infrastructure bill. It was revealed last month that the reconciliation bill would add three-quarters of a billion dollars to the American deficit over five years. The Pennsylvania Republican said that Cartwright and Biden were a helping hand in the UPS layoffs, which affected hundreds of families, including those laid off from Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Bognet has also called for UPS to reverse its decision to cut jobs, especially during the holiday season, and rehire the people. Bognet assessed that Democrats “don’t care about America’s hard-working workers.” Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and their lapdog...
    A rare gene variant that typically appears in Amish communities may hold the key to preventing heart disease, according to researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The study found that those that have this particular gene, known as B4GALT1, appear to have lower levels of heart-damaging cholesterol, as well as a blood-clotting protein called fibrinogen.  Less than one in 10,000 people have this gene, yet amazingly 12 percent of the Pennsylvania Amish community in Lancaster County carry the gene variant.   Past studies on the gene revealed that certain mutations can change one's cholesterol levels, too much of which can cause clogged arteries and cardiovascular diseases, which remains the leading cause of death worldwide.  Researchers involved in the study claim this is the first time scientists have isolated a gene that lowers two different yet equally important heart disease risk factors.   Amazingly, 12 percent of the Pennsylvania Amish community in Lancaster County, pictured, carry the gene variant Those that have this particular gene, known as B4GALT1, pictured, appear to have lower levels of heart-damaging cholesterol, as well as a blood-clotting...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff DERRY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Pennsylvania State Police are searching for Ray Shetler for violating probation. READ MORE: Man Acquitted In St. Clair Twp. Police Officer's Death To Be Released From PrisonShetler, a 37-year-old man, was acquitted in 2018 in the shooting of a St. Clair Township Police officer in 2015. While he was acquitted of the shooting, he still was found guilty of theft and receiving stolen property. For that, he was sentenced to 11.5-23 months in prison and credit for time served along with five years probation. Now, his probation violations “stem from the incident in 2015 with the officer-involved shooting,” according to state police. He is believed to driving a red, Dodge Ram pickup truck with Pennsylvania license plate number ZRS-7375. Police say he is known to frequent the Derry and New Florence areas. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or state police at 724-832-3288. This is a developing story, stay with KDKA.com for more information as it develops.
    The best gifts for women who have everything College football Week 14: Best photos from conference championship games Lock In Refi Savings Before Rates Get Too High Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/9 SLIDES © Stewart Cook/REX/Shutterstock Senate run OZ wants D.C. Dr. Mehmet Oz, better known as the star of TV's "Dr. Oz," announced on Nov. 30 that he's running for Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican. "During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That's why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal," he wrote in an op-ed published in the conservative Washington Examiner. "Pennsylvania needs a conservative who will put America first." He'll have some stiff competition in his quest to get the Republican nomination. Due to equal time rules, the Senate run has already affected airings of his show, as TV stations in Philadelphia, New York...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 10,127 new coronavirus cases and 97 deaths. READ MORE: First Case Of COVID-19 Omicron Variant Confirmed In PennsylvaniaThis brings the statewide total to 1,763,796 cases and 33,746 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 3,928 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, with 837 in ICUs. The state says 15,557,620 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 6,664,274 people are fully vaccinated. A total of 199,803 pediatric vaccines doses have been administered in kids ages 5 to 11. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Native Mark Cuban Buys Small Texas TownAll Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10. Eligibility expanded to children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There have been 68,507 cases among residents and 50,779 cases among employees of licensed nursing and personal care homes statewide. Out of all total...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PHILADELPHIA (KDKA) – The first case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant has been detected in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health said a man in his 30s tested positive for the variant. The department is working to get more information on his case and coordinating with the state and CDC. Cases have now been identified in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota and New York, but the Philadelphia Department of Health said so far all symptoms have been mild.
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Rich, Republican and want to be a U.S. senator? Pennsylvania might as well hang a welcome sign. The presidential battleground state’s high-stakes race for an open Senate seat is seeing candidates with big bank accounts and big-time connections exchanging their blue-state mansions for decidedly purple Pennsylvania, and pursuing an opportunity they might never have at home. Introducing Carla Sands, Mehmet Oz — best known as the host of TV’s “Dr. Oz Show” — and David McCormick, all three of whom seem prepared to spend millions of their own dollars to win a Senate seat. Their arrival seems to be a testament to Republican optimism about winning in Pennsylvania, a bellwether state and one of the nation’s biggest presidential electoral prizes, backing Democrat Joe Biden in last year’s election and former President Donald Trump in 2016. It’s also a test in an increasingly nationalized political environment of whether voters care about how deeply their representatives are tied to the state — or whether carpetbagging will be a pivotal issue in next year’s contest to replace retiring two-term...
    Gov. Tom Wolf (D) vetoed legislation Thursday that would have removed the state’s requirement that law-abiding Pennsylvanians get a permit before carrying a gun for self-defense. On November 17, 2021, Breitbart News reported that legislation to make Pennsylvania the 22nd constitutional carry state was headed to Wolf’s desk. Wolf’s opposition to the legislation was well known, and NBC Philadelphia noted that he vetoed constitutional carry on Thursday. He called the bill “dangerous,” adding, “This legislation, which eliminates the requirement for individuals to obtain a license before carrying a concealed firearm, will only exacerbate gun violence and jeopardize the safety of all Pennsylvanians.” PennLive pointed out that constitutional carry sponsor Sen. Cris Dush (R-Jefferson County) countered Wolf’s claim, saying, “No criminal has ever said, ‘I want to go commit assault and murder – but I have to wait for my license to carry to come in.’” A person has his fingerprints taken as part of a Utah concealed gun carry permit class, at Range Master of Utah, on January 9, 2016, in Springville, Utah. Utah’s permits, available for a fee to non-residents who meet certain...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Get ready to dial some new digits for some phone numbers in Pennsylvania. People in Delaware, Chester, Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties will soon see a new area code. That also goes for parts of Montgomery County. READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Killed In Road Rage Shooting On Roosevelt Boulevard, Police SayThe state’s Public Utility Commission approved new area code 835. All the phone numbers in the affected counties currently start with either 610 or 484. READ MORE: Dr. Jill Biden To Visit COVID Vaccination Clinic At CHOP On FridayThe approval comes as those areas are expected to run out of the current phone numbers by early 2023.   MORE NEWS: North Philadelphia House Fire Sends 56-Year-Old To The Hospital 
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s the holidays and that means it’s also the giving season. READ MORE: PennDOT Asking For Public Input Ahead Of Bridge Work In Westmoreland CountySo, are we Pennsylvanians generous or greedy? According to search volume data from Google, phrases such as “gift ideas,” “wrapping paper” and other holiday phrases, North Dakota came in first. READ MORE: Man Being Charged After Stabbing His Boss During A MeetingIt was followed by Utah, Idaho, New York, and South Dakota. Pennsylvania came in at 9th. Our neighbors to the west, Ohio and West Virginia, came in 11th and 18th, respectively. MORE NEWS: Raising Cane's Chicken Tenders Reportedly Coming To PittsburghAlaska ranked 50th.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Chick-Fil-A, KFC, and Popeyes all may have some competition in the near future. READ MORE: PennDOT Asking For Public Input Ahead Of Bridge Work In Westmoreland CountyAccording to a report from the Trib, Raising Cane’s is looking at opening some locations here in Pittsburgh. Raising Cane’s is expected to open restaurants in Keystone State in 2022 and that includes Pittsburgh. READ MORE: Man Being Charged After Stabbing His Boss During A MeetingThe restaurants in the Pittsburgh area could be open by the end of 2022 or early in 2023, but an exact location is not yet known. The chain has expanded rapidly in the past several years, opening nearly 600 locations in 31 states. MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Ranked In Top 10 Most Generous StatesWhile they have yet to expand into Pennsylvania, they do have 60 locations in our neighbors to the west in Ohio.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When local candidate Sean Parnell dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate last week, it seemed to open the field to many other candidates. One of those candidates was Dr. Mehmet Oz, who announced on Tuesday. READ MORE: PennDOT Asking For Public Input Ahead Of Bridge Work In Westmoreland CountyWhen Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey announced he was retiring at the end of next year, Republican insiders knew the battle to replace him would be long, contentious and expensive. What was not predicted was how many newcomers to politics and, frankly, recent residents of other states would seek to represent Pennsylvania. There’s already been lots of talk about Oz, who was born in Ohio, raised in Delaware and lived in New Jersey for most of his adult life until he recently rented a home near his in-laws in the Philadelphia suburbs. But Oz is not alone. Long-time Californian Carla Sands, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Denmark — she gave $250,000 to the Trump campaign — has returned to Pennsylvania where she was born and grew up...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 9,143 new coronavirus cases and 128 deaths. READ MORE: PennDOT Asking For Public Input Ahead Of Bridge Work In Westmoreland CountyThis brings the statewide total to 1,753,669 cases and 33,649 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 3,939 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, with 858 in ICUs. The state says 15,482,008 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 6,650,102 people are fully vaccinated. A total of 189,882 pediatric vaccines doses have been administered in kids ages 5 to 11. READ MORE: Man Being Charged After Stabbing His Boss During A MeetingAll Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10. Eligibility expanded to children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There have been 68,415 cases among residents and 50,604 cases among employees...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 653 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths. READ MORE: PennDOT Asking For Public Input Ahead Of Bridge Work In Westmoreland CountyOf the new cases, 589 are confirmed cases and 64 are probable. READ MORE: Man Being Charged After Stabbing His Boss During A MeetingThere have been 9,343 total hospitalizations and 151,539 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 2,463. MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Ranked In Top 10 Most Generous StatesMore information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pennsylvania SPCA is investigating a horrific act of animal cruelty along the Delaware River waterfront. Someone shot and killed two cats at the Pier 80 Colony in South Philadelphia. READ MORE: Family, Friends Hold Candlelight Vigil For Slain Temple University Student Samuel CollingtonCaretakers feed those cats and provide veterinary services. READ MORE: Jolly Trolley And Main Street Light Spectacular Bring Joy To Manayunk Following Ida Flooding, PandemicThey found the dead cats on Nov. 8. MORE NEWS: Girl Attacked By Man On Way To School In Atlantic County, Police SayAnyone with information is being asked to call the PSPCA.
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf followed through on his veto threat Thursday, rejecting Republican-penned legislation to allow people to carry a firearm openly or concealed, without a permit, adding to his total for Pennsylvania’s chief executive with the most vetoes in more than four decades. Wolf, a Democrat, called the bill “dangerous.” Wolf’s veto comes amid rising gun violence in Pennsylvania’s cities, particularly Philadelphia, and political finger-pointing over blame. READ MORE: Family, Friends Hold Candlelight Vigil For Slain Temple University Student Samuel CollingtonWolf has said it is a top priority of his to address what he says is a gun violence crisis affecting largely minority communities, but the Republican-controlled Legislature has largely rejected his proposals since he took office in 2015. According to online state records, Wolf has penned his 52nd veto with 13 months left in his second term, more than any other governor since Milton Shapp, who left office in 1979. Wolf has passed Democrat Robert P. Casey, who had 50 vetoes. READ MORE: Jolly Trolley And Main Street Light Spectacular Bring Joy To Manayunk Following...
    UPS is laying off hundreds of workers in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Louisville, KY, and President Joe Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. “UPS is transitioning some of the work currently done at one of our Global Business Services offices in Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Louisville, KY, and Scranton, PA to another location,” UPS said. “We are having one-on-one meetings with the affected employees to discuss their next steps with the company, which includes the opportunity to apply for open positions at UPS.” 232 employees will work through the holiday season until their final day of work on February 25. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Scranton, PA. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) “This layoff will be permanent, and ‘bumping rights’ (that is, the right to avoid termination by displacing another employee) do not exist,” UPS said in a letter to affected employees. Employees told local news outlets they feel like “we don’t matter” and that it is “just a terrible blow” for those who have worked for the company for years. As Newswatch...
    A lottery ticket that won in the New Year’s Millionaire Raffle has yet to be claimed and soon it will expire, according to a release by the Pennsylvania Lottery. The ticket worth $100,000 was sold in York County for the Jan. 2 drawing. The winning ticket number is 00355147. The prize claim must be filed with the Pennsylvania Lottery by Dec. 30 otherwise the Lottery Fun will donate the unclaimed prize to programs benefiting older Pennsylvanians. The winners can claim the ticket and receive the prize money by signing the back of the ticket and making an appointment to visit a Pennsylvania Lottery office by calling 1-800-692-7481.
    Pennsylvania state police were called to Northern Lebanon high school for a report of sexual abuse, according to a release by police on Thursday. Police were called to the school in Bethel Township on Nov. 9 at approximately 7:43 p.m., the release states. A 17-year-old student told police her stepfather had been touching her inappropriately, according to the release. Pennsylvania state police continue to investigate. Follow Daily Voice for updates.
    The Pennsylvania SPCA is looking for the public's help identifying the person or persons responsible for fatally shooting two stray cats in South Philadelphia.  The bodies of the cats were discovered by a caretaker of a feral cat colony at Pier 80 on the Delaware waterfront, who notified the SPCA, the organization said in a Thursday release. "The colony caretakers were suspicious as both cats had been otherwise healthy and vaccinated against common environmental illnesses," the PSPCA said. The cats were discovered right next to another feral cat colony that had been the site of several arson attempts in 2017, according to the organization. The cats were taken to the PSPCA’s Philadelphia headquarters by an officer, where they underwent necropsies to confirm their cause of death and collect evidence, the organization said. Bullets were found in both cats, and are being sent for further processing through the Philadelphia Police Department. Information about the identity of the individual, or others involved, can be reported anonymously to the Pennsylvania SPCA’s cruelty hotline, 866-601-7722 or cruelty@pspca.org. “These acts of cruelty are especially monstrous,” Julie Klim, CEO...
    Dr. Kevin Baumlin, who is also running for Senate in Pennsylvania, said Oz's past comments on COVID-19 are 'offensive and borderline malpractice.' Dr. Mehmet Oz — the cardiothoracic surgeon and talk show host — announced this week that he's officially running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican. Oz joins a crowded race to fill the open seat currently held by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), who is set to retire next year. In the past, Oz promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, advocated for the reopening of schools in the midst of the pandemic, and downplayed the human cost of the virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 780,000 Americans. In Oz's first campaign ad, he argues that Washington politicians got the coronavirus response "wrong," and claimed that they "took away our freedoms without making us safer." Running through his biography, Oz notes his television program "took on the medical establishment to argue against costly drugs and skyrocketing medical bills." With unmatched name recognition and funding,...
    This week, Dr. Mehmet Oz officially announced that he has entered the GOP primary in Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate race. The former cardiologist, who hosts “The Dr. Oz Show” and has often been the butt of jokes because of the unscientific “miracle cures” he has promoted, will be competing for the Senate seat presently held by Republican Pat Toomey. Journalist Liz Skalka discusses Oz’s widely criticized love of “quack science” in an article for HuffPost, but she also points out how important this Senate race will be. Pennsylvania, a key swing state, has a Democratic U.S. senator — the centrist Bob Casey, Jr., who unseated Rick Santorum in 2006 and won a third term in 2018 — and hard-right Toomey, who infuriated MAGA Republicans by voting “guilty” in former President Donald Trump’s second impeach trial. Rather than face an aggressive primary challenge from MAGA Republicans who now consider him a RINO, Toomey decided not to seek reelection in 2022. “Now that Oz, a Republican, has joined the fray in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race,” Skalka observes, “the celebrity doctor’s most out-there...
    Stephen Colbert kicked off his run of jokes about Dr. Mehmet Oz’s big campaign announcement on Tuesday with a bit of a softball: “Turns out, running for Senate is the one weird trick to reduce belly fat.” It thankfully got harsher from there. “Now, this is Dr. Oz’s first time running for office,” the Late Show host said of the TV doctor’s announcement that he will be running as a Republican for the open seat being vacated by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA). “So he’s staying humble with his promises.” As an example, he pointed to a line from Oz’s campaign website that promises he will “help re-light the ‘divine spark’ inside every American.” “I’d settle for cheaper gas,” Colbert replied, “but sure, Doc, check the pilot light on my ‘divine spark,’ just like they taught you at med school.” Before he entered the political sphere, the host noted that Oz had a “lucrative career as a liar, peddling questionable health advice on TV” before highlighting some of his most egregiously irresponsible claims, from bogus weight-loss products to repeatedly pushing...
    Cardiothoracic surgeon and television host Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke about his recently-declared candidacy for United States Senate in Pennsylvania during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday. Oz, who went to grade school in President Biden's hometown of Wilmington, Del., and who has lived for many years in New Jersey before moving back to Pennsylvania last year, announced earlier Tuesday he will seek to replace retiring Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey. Oz told "Hannity" that as the son of Turkish immigrants who was afforded "unparalleled opportunities" by the United States to become the successful doctor and television personality that he is, "it is time to repay my debt." "America is in crisis, that’s not news, our values are under attack – so I want to serve America in its time of need," said Oz, adding that Pennsylvanians deserve better solutions to crises from their elected leaders than they are currently afforded. Oz spoke about his medical expertise and how he recognized that the now long-surpassed "two weeks to stop the spread" socioeconomic restriction period placed on Pennsylvanians and...
              more   Dr. Mehmet Oz, the famous television health talk-show host, has entered the 2022 Republican U.S. Senate primary in Pennsylvania.  In an announcement on his website, Oz touted foremost his background as a heart surgeon and blasted elite mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “In our time of need, we want to be surrounded by people of action more than armchair intellectuals, because a great surgeon never censors ideas and never shuts off the light that shines on our wounds, which is what happened while our nation battled the pandemic,” Oz insisted. “Witnessing our nation’s failings of COVID, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for United States Senate—to help fix the problems and to help us all heal.” In particular, he condemned the heavy-handedness of the lockdowns and distancing rules imposed by government in response to the viral outbreak. He also lamented constraints enjoined on doctors regarding the prescription of treatments for the coronavirus, precluding him from funding clinical trials to utilize the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine.  A part-time Columbia...
    Doctor Mehmet Oz, who is known for his television shows, has officially launched his campaign for US Senate. The announcement about Oz entering the already crowded field of candidates was made via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement reads: "I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now!" Oz's team had previously hinted that he might consider running for senate, as reported by TMZ. Oz is running as a Republican for the seat soon to be vacated by Pat Toomey. The announce comes just over a week after former-President Trump backed Sean Parnell withdrew from the race.
    Liberals are voicing their opinions on the Senate bid of Dr. Mehmet Oz after the cardiac surgeon and TV host announced his candidacy on Monday. "I’m running for the Senate to empower you to control your destiny, to reinvigorate our great nation, and to reignite the divine spark that we should always be seeing in each other," he wrote for the Washington Examiner. I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now! pic.twitter.com/yLhKsZm9sl— Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 30, 2021 Many critics questioned the legitimacy of Oz's candidacy. YOUTUBE DEMONETIZES SONG ABOUT 'SAD LITTLE MAN' FAUCI "So on-brand for Republicans. Dr. Oz is running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania," Hollywood's self-proclaimed ultimate insider, Mike Sington, posted to Twitter. "The same Dr. Oz who has made false medical claims over and over, advised Trump, and has been labeled a 'quack'. He makes things...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) –  Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show after rocketing to fame on Oprah Winfrey’s show, announced Tuesday that he is running for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican. He issued the following message on why he is running: “Today, America’s heartbeat is in a code red in need of a defibrillator to shock it back to life. Many of us feel like we’re in the adjacent operating room, armed with insights and already scrubbed up but reluctant to leave our quiet, serene setting for the chaos next door. But for me, stepping into the political arena is the right thing to do. In our time of need, we want to be surrounded by people of action more than armchair intellectuals, because a great surgeon never censors ideas and never shuts off the light that shines on our wounds, which is what happened while our nation battled the pandemic.” READ MORE: Health Officials Push COVID-19 Boosters As Concern Grows Over Vaccine Effectiveness With Omicron...
    Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Global Lyme Alliance Dr. Mehmet Oz announced on Tuesday that he’s running to be the next U.S. senator from Pennsylvania. Oz will seek the 2022 Republican nomination to replace Sen. Pat Toomey (R) who is retiring at the end of his term. As a political newbie, the celebrity doctor will face all kinds of questions about various policy positions he holds, but before that happens, he may have to answer a much more basic question from Pennsylvania voters: “Do you actually live here?” The answer appears to be “no.” For the last two decades, Oz has lived in Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Only last year did he actually register to vote in Pennsylvania, and he used his in-laws’ address in suburban Philadelphia to do so. Oz declared his candidacy, not in a Pennsylvania publication, but instead in an op-ed in the Washington Examiner. At certain points, he hit vague notes that will likely resonate with Covid-19 vaccine skeptics. “Over 750,000 in the United States have died from the virus, a devastating toll for families...
    Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and the long-time host of The Dr. Oz Show, will enter the Republican primary to replace retiring Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, he announced Tuesday. “Pennsylvania needs a conservative who will put America first, one who can reignite our divine spark, bravely fight for freedom, and tell it like it is,” Oz said in a video posted to Twitter. The campaign marks Oz’s first foray into electoral politics, but he previously served on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now! pic.twitter.com/yLhKsZm9sl — Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 30, 2021 Oz cited the federal mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic as a key part of his decision to run for office. “COVID has shown us that our system is broken,” he said. “We lost too many lives, too many jobs, and too many opportunities...
    Dr. Mehmet Oz, the hydroxychloroquine-pushing TV doctor widely known for promoting pseudoscience and fake treatments has decided to use his expertise to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican, and if not fully-embrace Donald Trump, certainly align himself with the disgraced former president. In an op-ed exclusive to the right-wing national website the Washington Examiner and in a just-released video (below), Oz announces his run, citing the nation’s response to COVID and its ramifications as a primary factor for entering politics. It’s unclear why he did not announce via a Pennsylvania publication. “We are angry at our government and at each other,” his op-ed begins. “We have not managed our crises as effectively as past generations. During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal.” Like more and more Republicans entering the political landscape, Oz has precisely zero experience in government, but that once-presumed prerequisite is no longer in vogue. “Oz...
    Dr. Oz visits "Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner" at Fox News Channel Studios on March 09, 2020 in New York City.Roy Rochlin | Getty Images Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz will run for Senate as a Republican in Pennsylvania next year, adding intrigue to one of the races that will determine control of the chamber. The 61-year-old host of "The Dr. Oz Show" will enter a crowded swing-state race where no clear frontrunner has emerged on the GOP side. Oz, who has never held elected office, will try to leverage his name recognition and wealth in the bid to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. The television personality announced his candidacy in an op-ed in the conservative Washington Examiner on Tuesday. In it, Oz — who has faced criticism for promoting unproven or alternative medicine over the years — promoted himself as a steady hand to combat the coronavirus pandemic as he criticized policymakers' handling of the crisis. "During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That's why I am running...
    By Michael Warren | CNN Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality, is running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, according to an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative Washington Examiner. “During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal,” Oz wrote. The 61-year-old Oz will join a Republican primary field that already includes Philadelphia-area businessman (and 2018 lieutenant governor nominee) Jeff Bartos and Carla Sands, who served as US ambassador to Denmark in the Trump administration. Another potential Republican candidate is David McCormick, a former official in the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush. The race in Pennsylvania to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has been shaken up in recent weeks, primarily by the departure of GOP candidate Sean Parnell, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Oz is an Ohio native who attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He rose...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An order requiring masks inside Pennsylvania’s K-12 schools and child care facilities will remain in place while the state Supreme Court considers the governor’s appeal of a lawsuit that overturned the mandate, the high court ruled Tuesday. The justices in a 5-1 decision put on hold a lower-court order that said the mask mandate would not remain in place as litigation over it continued. If the justices hadn’t acted, the mask mandate would have ended on Saturday. READ MORE: Man Who Slammed 3 Delaware State Police Troopers With Stolen Tow Truck Charged With Attempted MurderThe high court said its decision was not the last word and may be reconsidered after it hears oral argument in the case next week. One of the court’s two Republicans, Justice Sallie Mundy, dissented, while the other, Justice Thomas Saylor, did not participate. In a 4-1 ruling Nov. 10, Commonwealth Court sided with a top state Senate Republican leader and others who sued over the masking order by the state’s acting health secretary, which took effect in early September amid rising...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An order requiring masks inside Pennsylvania’s K-12 schools and child care facilities will remain in place while the state Supreme Court considers the governor’s appeal of a lawsuit that overturned the mandate, the high court ruled Tuesday. The justices in a 5-1 decision put on hold a lower-court order that said the mask mandate would not remain in place as litigation over it continued. If the justices hadn’t acted, the mask mandate would have ended on Saturday. READ MORE: Gov. Tom Wolf Not Considering Additional Containment Measures Amid Omicron ConcernsThe high court said its decision was not the last word and may be reconsidered after it hears oral argument in the case next week. One of the court’s two Republicans, Justice Sallie Mundy, dissented, while the other, Justice Thomas Saylor, did not participate. In a 4-1 ruling Nov. 10, Commonwealth Court sided with a top state Senate Republican leader and others who sued over the masking order by the state’s acting health secretary, which took effect in early September amid rising coronavirus cases and concerns about...
    (CNN)Dr. Mehmet Oz, the cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality, is running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, according to an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative Washington Examiner.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician best known as the host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” is jumping into the Senate race in Pennsylvania as a Republican.  “We are angry at our government and at each other,” Oz wrote in an op-ed published by the Washington Examiner on Tuesday.  “We have not managed our crises as effectively as past generations. During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal.” Oz begins his campaign with broad name recognition earned over a years-long television career, a valuable asset in an otherwise crowded and contentious Republican primary field.  He also enters the race at a particularly fluid moment in the GOP nominating contest. Republican Sean Parnell, whose Senate bid had been endorsed by former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf suggested Tuesday that he is not considering additional containment measures as the omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads overseas, but continued to urge people to get vaccinated. Wolf said there is no cause for panic, noting that no cases of the omicron variant have been discovered in the United States. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 534 New Cases, 4 Additional Deaths“In Pennsylvania and around the country, the vaccine is still our strategy, so get your shot,” Wolf said on a regularly scheduled appearance on KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh. “Get your vaccine. That’s our strategy and it seems to be working.” Infections, hospitalizations and intensive-care unit cases are rising in Pennsylvania and many other states. About 3,600 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, according to Department of Health figures. Wolf called that “very few” and said he doesn’t “see any need for Pennsylvania to do anything draconian at this point,” such as limiting elective surgeries to clear up hospital space. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Reports 5,766 New Cases,...
    Two winners will each receive $50,000 after their tickets were randomly selected as part of the Pennsylvania Lottery's weekly raffle drawing. The winning ticket numbers, 00057427 and 00080262, were randomly drawn from among more than 45,000 New Year's Millionaire Raffle ticket numbers sold between Nov. 16 and 22, state lottery officials announced Tuesday. The tickets were sold at Sheetz on Ritner Highway in Carlisle (Cumberland County), and Bridge Street Cigar on East Bridge Street in Morrisville (Bucks County). The raffle features eight weekly drawings that each award two prizes of $50,000, leading up to the Jan. 8, 2022 drawing. Winners should make an appointment to visit a Pennsylvania Lottery office in order to claim their $50,000 weekly drawing prize in person and cannot claim the prize at a retailer or by mail. "Be sure to keep your ticket for the Millionaire Raffle drawing on Jan. 8," officials said. "It is possible for a ticket to win in both drawings."
    Gov. Tom Wolf's school mask mandate has been reinstated by a temporary order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday, according to court records. The mandate which requires all students, teachers and staff inside schools to wear face masks at all times, was scheduled to end on Dec. 4, but inlight of a pending court case the mandate will remain in effect, according to the order. Arguments in the case are scheduled to beginning Dec. 8.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 534 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Reports 5,766 New Cases, 113 More DeathsOf the new cases, 477 are confirmed cases and 57 are probable. All for people died in November and were 65 or older. READ MORE: FBI Investigates Slew Of Threats At Pittsburgh-Area School DistrictsThere have been 9,261 total hospitalizations and 150,179 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 2,443. MORE NEWS: AP Sources: Dr. Oz Plans To Join Pennsylvania US Senate RaceMore information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — A trial resumed Tuesday in Harrisburg that could impact how Pennsylvania funds public schools. The lawsuit was filed by a handful of districts several years ago. The case centers on spending disparities among Pennsylvania’s 500 districts and the comparatively low percentage of K-12 education that is paid for by the state government — the plaintiffs say it is about 38%, compared to 47% nationally. Spending figures and test scores are among a dizzying array of statistics and studies expected as evidence. The trial could last well into January. READ MORE: Teen Victim Speaks Out For First Time Following Racially Motivated Attack Aboard SEPTA TrainThe plaintiffs, a handful of districts in neighborhoods with comparatively lower property values and family income, argue the reliance on property taxes and what they consider inadequate state subsidies means richer districts spend much more per student, calling it “a system of haves and have nots.” The result is that underfunded districts are more likely to have larger class sizes, less qualified faculty, outdated textbooks and other shortcomings, they claimed in the 2014 complaint. READ...
    Mehmet Oz, the celebrity physician, is expected to announce a campaign for Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, according to multiple news reports.  Oz would be the latest in a long line of Republicans who are vying to succeed retiring Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyBlack women look to build upon gains in coming elections Watch live: GOP senators present new infrastructure proposal Sasse rebuked by Nebraska Republican Party over impeachment vote MORE (R-Pa.) next year. While he’s never run for public office before, his celebrity status means that he would likely enter the race with broad name recognition.  An announcement could come as soon as Tuesday. During the Monday night airing of his Fox News show, host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityVigilantes are not patriots Trump says Rittenhouse met with him in Florida Cheney knocks Ted Cruz: 'A real man would be defending his wife' MORE teased an upcoming appearance by Oz on Tuesday night, saying that the celebrity doctor would be making a “huge announcement.” “Hint: Think midterm election,” Hannity said. That Oz is planning to enter the hotly...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 5,766 new coronavirus cases and 113 deaths. READ MORE: FBI Investigates Slew Of Threats At Pittsburgh-Area School DistrictsThis brings the statewide total to 1,736,920 cases and 33,421 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 3,734 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19, with 836 in ICUs. The state says 15,356,253 total vaccine doses have been administered, and 6,623,497 people are fully vaccinated. A total of 169,661 pediatric vaccines doses have been administered in kids ages 5 to 11. READ MORE: AP Sources: Dr. Oz Plans To Join Pennsylvania US Senate RaceAll Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated, and eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine expanded to children ages 12 to 15 on May 10. Eligibility expanded to children ages 5 to 11 on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There have been 68,183 cases among residents and 50,181 cases among employees of licensed...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show, is planning to run for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican, according to two people familiar with his plans. Should Oz run, he would bring his unrivaled name recognition and wealth to a wide-open race that is expected to among the nation’s most competitive and could determine control of the Senate in next year’s election. Oz — a longtime New Jersey resident — would enter a Republican field that is resetting with an influx of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to voters loyal to former President Donald Trump, now that the candidate endorsed by Trump has just exited the race. Oz, 61, in recent days has told associates and Republicans in Pennsylvania of his plans, according to the two people who spoke to The Associated Press. One person was told by Oz directly, while the other was briefed on a separate conversation. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Publicly, Oz...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Celebrity surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz plans to run as a Republican for Pennsylvania’s open US Senate seat, sources tell AP. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s Dr. Oz Show, is planning to run for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican, according to two people familiar with his plans. Should Oz run, he would bring his unrivaled name recognition and wealth to a wide-open race that is expected to among the nation’s most competitive and could determine control of the Senate in next year’s election. Oz — a longtime New Jersey resident — would enter a Republican field that is resetting with an influx of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to voters loyal to former President Donald Trump, now that the candidate endorsed by Trump has just exited the race. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Should You Expect Another Relief Payment?Oz, 61, in recent days has told associates and Republicans in Pennsylvania of his plans, according to the two people who spoke to The Associated Press. One person was told by Oz directly, while the other was briefed on a separate conversation. Both people spoke...
    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV's Dr. Oz Show, is planning to run for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican, according to the Associated Press, who spoke with two people familiar with his plans.Should Oz run, he would bring his unrivaled name recognition and wealth to a wide-open race that is expected to among the nation's most competitive and could determine control of the Senate in next year's election.Oz - a longtime New Jersey resident - would enter a Republican field that is resetting with an influx of candidates and a new opportunity to appeal to voters loyal to former President Donald Trump, now that the candidate endorsed by Trump has just exited the race.Oz, 61, in recent days has told associates and Republicans in Pennsylvania of his plans, according to the two people who spoke to The Associated Press. One person was told by Oz directly, while the other was briefed on a separate conversation. Both people spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.Publicly,...