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UGI Announces Price Cut, Average Customer Will Save $1.81 a Month

Residential heating customers of UGI Utilities Inc.’s Gas Division will see their monthly gas bills decrease by an average of $1.81 beginning July 1 due to a tax relief credit, the company said Thursday. The price cut came after the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission directed utility companies to provide a credit to customers based on the decrease in federal corporate tax rates and other tax changes under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Township Reminds Residents Not to Leave Kids, Pets in Hot Cars

It’s a sad reality, but each year dozens of children and pets die when they are either purposely or accidentally left inside hot cars. Lower Saucon Township officials are doing their part to help prevent these tragedies from occurring locally by reminding residents not to leave kids and dogs in hot cars in the township’s 2016 summer newsletter.

Expanded DNA Collection Bill Pits Public Safety Against Privacy

State Sen. Dominic Pileggi thinks allowing investigators to collect DNA after an arrest could remove violent criminals from Pennsylvania’s streets. The Delaware County Republican is lobbying to expand the state’s DNA-collection law, arguing police could stop repeat offenders if the authorities didn’t have to wait for a conviction before swabbing a suspect, as current law requires. “We’re really behind the curve here in law enforcement,” Pileggi said this week after his bill allowing for post-arrest DNA sampling passed the Senate. Law-enforcement groups have coalesced behind the bill, but the proposal to place Pennsylvania among 28 other states with similar laws isn’t without controversy. Where Pileggi sees the possibility for safer communities, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania sees an erosion of due process rights.

Residents Urged to Apply for Heating Assistance Program

PPL is urging area residents who qualify for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program–colloquially known as LIHEAP–to apply for funds that are still available to help cover the costs of home heating this winter. LIHEAP “is a federally-funded program that helps pay the home energy bills of PPL Electric Utilities customers who meet income-eligibility requirements,” the utility company said in a message shared by the Borough of Hellertown on its Facebook page. “We want customers who fall within income limits to apply,” PPL officials said. “The bitter cold, aka the polar vortex, has stayed away for the most part so far this winter. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t folks out there who couldn’t use this help and it doesn’t mean arctic air won’t decide to visit for a while.”