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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:29:09 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:29:09 GMT

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Document shredding widespread at VA, audit says

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:19:46 GMT

There's more disturbing news about how poorly our government treats veterans seeking benefits related to their military service.

Benefits claims centers, including the one in Philadelphia that serves veterans in the Lehigh Valley, were allowing important documents to be shredded, which could have...




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Medical marijuana bill signing

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:05:00 GMT

Gov. Tom Wolf will sign a bill creating the Medical Marijuana Act at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Capitol Rotunda and then at night the front of Capitol will be bathed in green lights to celebrate.

Once the Democratic governor signs the bill in front of up to 200 people, including the parents of ill children...




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OraSure adds new chief science officer

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:47:56 GMT

BETHLEHEM—OraSure has hired a new chief science officer.

Michael Reed has been named the company's senior vice president of research and development and chief science officer. He replaces Stephen Lee, who left OraSure in 2014 and is now an independent consultant in the field of In Vitro diagnostics.

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Skirmish grows over Social Security ad in Senate race

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:30:00 GMT

The skirmish in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate primary over Social Security has shifted to a legal fight over an ad claiming that Democrat Joe Sestak supports cuts to the benefit program.

After a flurry of letters to one Lehigh Valley station, that ad is still on the air. And it’s soon to be hitting...




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Guns at play in Bucks County's congressional primary

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:41:29 GMT

Gun control is an issue in Bucks County's Democratic congressional primary, despite there being few differences between the candidates on the matter.

State Rep. Steve Santasiero and Shaughnessy Naughton, a real estate magazine publisher and a former research chemist, are fighting to be the Democrat...




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Pennsylvania unemployment rate inches higher as more people seek work

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:23:00 GMT

Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose three-tenths of a percentage point to 4.9 percent in March as the number of people working or looking for work hit a record level.

Even with the jump, the state's jobless rate remained below the national level, which was 5 percent.

The state Labor and Industry...




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Allentown looks to create alternative education option, add staff members

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 13:27:35 GMT

ALLENTOWN – In response to the string of violence that rocked the Allentown School District in the fall, administrators are looking to spend $2 million to create an alternative setting for special education students and an additional nearly $2 million to increase staff.

At Thursday's Education Committee...




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Pa. school district: 'Squirt gun assassin' game dangerous

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:35:55 GMT

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania school district say a game known as Squirt Gun Assassin is getting out of hand.

Officials in the Hempfield Area School District tell KDKA-TV (http://cbsloc.al/22z5Rtq ) students are chasing school buses and one another in cars, and stalking one another.

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Foodies rejoice: Easton Public Market debuts

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:10:00 GMT

From artisan chocolates and wood-fired pizza to Asian noodle dishes from the mind of a James Beard Award-nominated chef, the offerings at the Easton Public Market promise to make it a foodie heaven.

The market, at 325 Northampton St., debuts at 11 a.m. today, featuring dining options and more than...




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Allen Township, developer at odds over road maintenance

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:36:17 GMT

Road improvements will need to be made by a developer before further building phases of an Allen Township community can proceed.

Approved in 2013, Stone Ridge, on Graystone Circle and consisting of 26 twin homes west of Savage Road and south of Nor-Bath Boulevard, is poised for additional construction.

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Salisbury residents complain of Susquehanna Street flooding

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 03:25:45 GMT

SALISBURY TOWNSHIP — Two Salisbury residents told township commissioners Thursday they are tired of flooding from a stormwater pipe that runs under Susquehanna Street, sending water into their yards and basements.

Sandra Yodzio, who lives on Byfield Street, said the rainwater from the pipe floods...




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Bethlehem police horses get new ride

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:59:11 GMT

BETHLEHEM — Bethlehem's four police horses have a set of new wheels.

Mayor Robert Donchez and police Chief Mark DiLuzio on Thursday announced the purchase of a new trailer for the city's Mounted Unit. The trailer is big enough to carry the city's recently expanded unit of four horses.

The $26,000...




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Chamber audience hears of commercial real estate challenges

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:54:00 GMT

ALLENTOWN — Speakers at a commercial real estate outlook Thursday dished plenty of dirt, figuratively, about the Lehigh Valley landscape, and their news was mostly positive.

But two presenters during a Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce event held at PPL Center in Allentown also cited challenges,...




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Upper Milford Township asks for feedback on possible open space tax referendum

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:42:38 GMT

UPPER MILFORD TOWNSHIP — Upper Milford Township has the lowest real estate tax rate and some of the best soils in Lehigh County.

Officials want to know if residents are interested in ponying up to preserve agricultural and wooded land.

The Board of Supervisors and Open Space Committee held a forum...




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Movie Tavern plan takes another step forward; future of sycamores still in question

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:39:20 GMT

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP — Some old sycamores along Hamilton Boulevard would have to coexist with PennDOT-required deceleration lanes into a proposed commercial development featuring the Lehigh Valley's first Movie Tavern.

Jaindl Land Co.'s Trexler Business Center was back before the Lower Macungie...




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Bethlehem's SteelStacks celebrates a birthday

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:20:00 GMT

BETHLEHEM — From the balcony at Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest CEO Kassie Hilgert probably had the best seat at SteelStacks last summer.

She could clearly see music legend David Crosby on stage, his shock of white hair flowing over a dark suit as the rusted blast furnaces formed the backdrop through...




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Bethlehem makes it official: Goodman Furniture building blighted

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:16:00 GMT

BETHLEHEM — The long-deteriorating former Goodman Furniture store on East Third Street was certified blighted by the Bethlehem Planning Commission on Thursday.

Among the problems are holes in the roof, bricks falling out and cracked windows, according to Craig Hynes, the city's chief building inspector,...




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Sorely missed Rite Aid coming back to downtown Allentown

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 02:15:55 GMT

ALLENTOWN — For the past four years, Joanne Young could look out of the window of her apartment at the Center Square senior apartments and see one of a half-dozen construction projects going on in downtown Allentown.

Yet, despite the dozens of businesses that arrived with all the new development,...




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Judicial ballot question may be headed for court fight

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:28:00 GMT

HARRISBURG — A politically charged court fight loomed Thursday over whether Pennsylvania's primary election voters can choose to raise the mandatory retirement age for more than 1,000 state judges or whether it will be postponed until the November general election.

The Pennsylvania Department of...




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Ex-student details abuse at hearing for 3 Franciscan friars charged with child endangerment in Pa.

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:21:48 GMT

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Records from a Franciscan religious order show three former leaders knew a friar had been accused of child sex abuse before he was allowed to work at a high school and other jobs where he was later accused of molesting more than 100 children, an investigator testified Thursday.

Jessica...




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