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Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:12:30 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 16:12:30 GMT

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LIVE: Easton Public Market holds grand opening

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:49:00 GMT

The Easton Public Market, 325 Northampton St., opened to the public for the first time at 11 a.m. Friday. The market features dining options and more than 15 vendors selling locally sourced and produced food and beverages. The market is inside a building once home to Rader's Dry Goods and H.L....


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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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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 14:23:24 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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These hospitals are doing something shocking: Giving refunds to unhappy patients

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 14:03:00 GMT

At Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, hospital officials want to keep their customers happy. So when patients are upset about a long wait in the emergency department, or a doctor's brusque manner, or a meal that never arrived in a room, Geisinger is doing more than apologizing.

It's offering...




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Three big airlines just trashed your cheap fares

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:34:00 GMT

Airline executives hate few things more than super-cheap ticket prices, which they often dub "junk fares" and "trash fares."

Yet the industry has been awash in these deals for more than a year, as Spirit Airlines Inc. and Frontier Airlines Inc. expanded aggressively, and Southwest Airlines Co....




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Mars to label some pasta sauces as an occasional treat

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 12:28:00 GMT

Mars Food, the maker of Dolmio and Uncle Ben's, says some of its pasta sauces will soon carry labeling suggesting they should only be an occasional treat due to high content of sugar, salt or fat.

The company says it's helping consumers to shift taste preferences to lower sodium foods and supporting...




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McDonald's stores targeted by protests for $15/hour, union

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 11:40:00 GMT

Protesters calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union were at McDonald's restaurants around the country and overseas Thursday as part of an ongoing push targeting the world's biggest hamburger chain. The "Fight for $15" campaign says low-wage employees including airport workers, adjunct professors...




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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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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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Microsoft sues U.S. over secret demands for customer data

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 01:19:00 GMT

Microsoft is suing the government over a federal law that lets authorities examine its users' email or online files without their knowledge.

It's the latest conflict between the tech industry and U.S. officials over individual privacy rights. Law enforcement officials want freedom to view a treasure...




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Schuylkill Health System joins LVHN

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:20:20 GMT

The Lehigh Valley's biggest health care network is getting a little bigger.

Schuylkill Health System will become part of Lehigh Valley Health Network, both organizations announced Thursday. Their respective boards of directors recently approved the merger, which is expected to be completed by the...




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How did the Lehigh Valley housing market do in March?

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 00:09:42 GMT

For the past few years, sales prices have been the Lehigh Valley housing market's immovable object. That didn't change much in March.

Though the number of homes for sale continued to shrink, the median price for a home sold in March was $165,000, up just 1 percent from $163,155 one year earlier,...




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Judge limits picketing by striking Verizon workers

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:17:00 GMT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has established rules for picketing by striking Verizon workers in Pennsylvania.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1VsNyI3) reports an injunction signed Thursday in Philadelphia common pleas court says only six spaced strikers at a time can picket outside Verizon...




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Summer gas prices could hit 12-year low

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:55:21 GMT

While it might be hard to believe now as the cost of gas continues to spring forward, drivers could soon be paying the lowest summer prices in 12 years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The EIA, using its Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook, forecasted Wednesday that...




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Upcoming business events in the Lehigh Valley

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 20:39:03 GMT

SATURDAYAPRIL 16

GREATER NORTHERN LEHIGH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will host the 22nd annual Spirit Award Dinner and Dance, 5-10 p.m., Northern Valley EMS Building, 2375 Levans Road, North Whitehall Township. $35 per person. Tickets: 610-799-0460.

TUESDAYAPRIL 19

FIRST COMMONWEALTH FEDERAL CREDIT UNION...




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Poll: Americans prefer low prices to items 'Made in the USA'

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:16:00 GMT

The vast majority of Americans say they prefer lower prices instead of paying a premium for items labeled "Made in the USA," even if it means those cheaper items are made abroad, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.

While presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are vowing...




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U.S. extends limited reduction of mortgage principal for stressed homeowners

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:06:00 GMT

A top federal regulator on Thursday announced a long-awaited initiative to allow some homeowners facing foreclosure to reduce the principal on their mortgages.

But the plan is limited and comes years after advocates began pushing for much broader relief in the wake of the housing market crash.

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Verizon and you - what the strike means

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:23:00 GMT

Hundreds of Verizon workers in the Lehigh Valley and Berks County have gone on strike, joining nearly 40,000 unionized employees who walked out Wednesday after the unions and communications company failed to reach an agreement.

How could the Verizon strike affect you?

•Verizon said that wireline...




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

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 13:34:37 GMT

LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP — Some old sycamores along Hamilton Boulevard will 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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