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LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014

  GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT HAS HELPED BREAK GROUND ON A SECOND PENNSYLVANIA MARCELLUS SHALE POWER PLANT THAT WILL CREATE 500 JOBS AND ADD ALMOST $6 BILLION TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY IN LYCOMING COUNTY.  "BY HARNESSING WHAT IS TRULY OUR WORLD-CLASS ENERGY RESOURCES HERE IN PENNSYLVANIA AND WORKING WITH ENERGY COMPANIES WHO DO WANT TO LOCATE HERE, WE ARE REVIVING AND REINVIGORATING COMMUNITIES ALL ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA," THE GOVERNOR SAYS.  SOME OF THOSE COMMUNITIES COULD BE HERE IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY.  PENNEAST PIPELINE CO. PLANS TO BUILD AN UNDERGROUND PIPELINE THAT WOULD STRETCH FROM WILKES-BARRE THROUGH NORTHAMPTON COUNTY BEFORE ENDING IN TRENTON, NEW JERSEY.  WHILE THE EXACT PIPELINE LOCATION HASN'T BEEN DETERMINED, IT'S EXPECTED TO CROSS BETWEEN EASTON AND BETHLEHEM.


  SAUCON VALLEY SCHOOL TEACHERS DIDN'T GET A LOT OF SYMPATHY FROM DISTRICT RESIDENTS AT TUESDAY NIGHT'S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING.  RESIDENTS CALLED THE TEACHERS, WHO ARE THREATENING TO STRIKE FOR THE FOURTH TIME SINCE 2005, THIEVES AND TANTRUM-THROWING CHILDREN.  ABOUT 70 OF THOSE TEACHERS, WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING WITHOUT A CONTRACT FOR TWO YEARS, ALSO ATTENDED THE MEETING TO STATE THEIR CASE THAT THEIR THREE-YEAR CONTRACT PROPOSAL THAT CALLS FOR 3 PERCENT RAISES EVERY YEAR IS AFFORDABLE.  THE SCHOOL BOARD SAYS THOSE RAISES ARE ACTUALLY CLOSER TO 7 PERCENT THAN 3.  THE UNION PLANS TO MEET NEXT THURSDAY TO DECIDE WHETHER TO STRIKE.


  TOM CORBETT'S SPECIAL ADVISER IS STEPPING DOWN.  RON TOMALIS SAYS HE'LL LEAVE THE POSITION LATER THIS MONTH, SAYING IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS, HE FEELS IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE ADMINISTRATION FOR HIM TO RESIGN.  CORBETT'S FORMER EDUCATION SECRETARY HAS FACED RECENT ACCUSATIONS THAT HE WAS A HIGHLY-PAID "GHOST EMPLOYEE."  IN A STATEMENT, CORBETT THANKED TOMALIS FOR HIS WORK.  TOMALIS WAS PAID $140,000 DESPITE NO INDICATION HE DID VIRTUALLY NOTHING.


  A MAN IS IN CUSTODY AFTER HE THREATENED TO KILL HIMSELF AND A THREE-YEAR-OLD CHILD.  POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SANDS CASINO RESORT BETHLEHEM TUESDAY FOR REPORTS OF A MAN THREATENING TO THROW THE CHILD OFF THE TOP OF A CASINO PARKING GARAGE AND THEN KILL HIMSELF.  POLICE TRIED TO TALK THE MAN OFF THE LEDGE.  THEY EVENTUALLY CONVINCED HIM TO SET DOWN THE CHILD.  ONCE HE DID, POLICE TACKLED THE MAN AND TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY.  THE CHILD WAS NOT HARMED.


  CHARGES ARE BEING FILED AGAINST A WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP MAN WHO DROVE THE WRONG WAY ON ROUTE 22 IN SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP LAST MONTH.  36-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH HOCH IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AMONG OTHER CHARGES.  LAST MONTH HOCH ALLEGEDLY DROVE HIS TRUCK THE WRONG WAY UP THE CEDAR CREST BOULEVARD EXIT WITHOUT HIS HEADLIGHTS ON, HITTING TWO ONCOMING CARS HEAD ON.


  AN ALLENTOWN COUPLE IS FACING CHARGES AFTER POLICE RAIDED THEIR 13TH STREET HOME.  26-YEAR-OLD PEDRO RODRIGUEZ-DELGADO AND 19-YEAR-OLD MYRAIDA NIEVES WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF COCAINE AND OTHER OFFENSES.  POLICE SAY THEY FOUND 181 GRAMS OF COCAINE, PRESCRIPTION PILLS AND $27,000 IN CASH.  THEY WERE BOTH SENT TO JAIL UNDER $100,000 BAIL.


  WEST NILE VIRUS HAS FOUND ITS WAY TO THE LEHIGH VALLEY.  THE STATE D.E.P. SAYS MOSQUITO SAMPLES GATHERED IN TWO LEHIGH COUNTY MUNICIPALITIES AND ONE BOROUGH IN NORTHAMPTON COUNTY TESTED POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE.  THE VIRUS WAS FOUND FOR THE SECOND TIME IN MOSQUITOES TESTED IN WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP AND WIND GAP AND FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SUMMER IN UPPER SAUCON TOWNSHIP.  THE LOCAL POSITIVE SAMPLES ARE AMONG 28 COLLECTED ACROSS THE STATE.


  THE TOPIC OF SUICIDE IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF ACTOR ROBIN WILLIAMS AND IT'S PARTICULARLY RELEVANT IN PENNSYLVANIA.  THE STATE RANKS IN THE TOP-TWENTY FOR SUICIDE DEATHS AND THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL IS REPORTING A RISE IN SUICIDE RATES NATIONALLY.  HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS REMIND PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM DEPRESSION THAT HELP IS AVAILABLE BY CALLING 1-855-HOPE-611.


  HERSHEYPARK WILL BE SPENDING $14 MILLION ON A NEW ROLLER COASTER THAT WILL HARKEN BACK TO A POPULAR ATTRACTION FROM 50 OR 60 YEARS AGO.  THIS FUNHOUSE WILL BE CALLED LAFF TRAKK AND WILL BE THE NATION'S FIRST EVER INDOOR, SPINNING GLOW COASTER.  IT'LL BE BUILT INSIDE A 130 FEET WIDE-BY-75 FEET HIGH BUILDING IN THE MIDWAY AMERICA SECTION OF THE PARK.  THE NEW RIDE, WHICH SHOULD BE READY BY NEXT MAY, WILL REACH SPEEDS OF 40 MILES PER HOUR.


  THE FINANCE DIRECTOR OF THE PENNSYLVANIA LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD IS RECOMMENDING AN INCREASE TO THE MARKUP OF LIQUOR AND WINE.  AUGUST HEHEMANN SAYS THE AGENCY'S NET INCOME IS EXPECTED TO SHRINK THIS FISCAL YEAR AND IS PROPOSING RAISING THE MARKUP FROM 30 TO 35 PERCENT.  THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST INCREASE IN NEARLY 20 YEARS.  THE CHAIRMAN OF THE L.C.B. SAYS THE BOARD HAS DISCUSSED THE RECOMMENDATION, BUT IT WOULD BE A LAST RESORT.


  ATLANTIC CITY'S REVEL CASINO IS SHUTTING ITS DOORS NEXT MONTH AFTER FAILING TO FIND A BUYER IN BANKRUPTCY COURT.  REVEL WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE CROWN JEWEL OF ATLANTIC CITY WHEN IT OPENED IN APRIL 2012 BUT NEVER MANAGED TO MAKE A DIME AFTER TURNING OFF SENIORS BY REFUSING TO OFFER THEM BUFFETS AND BUS DEALS.  WHEN IT CLOSES ON SEPTEMBER 10, MORE THAN 3000 PEOPLE WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS.  IT'S THE FOURTH ATLANTIC CITY CASINO TO ANNOUNCE ITS CLOSING THIS YEAR.


  AS GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE RAMPS UP TRAVEL TO STATES LIKE IOWA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, HIS OVERALL JOB APPROVAL AT HOME HOVERS AT JUST ABOVE 50 PERCENT.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEW RUTGERS-EAGLETON POLL AND THE NUMBER IS WELL BELOW HIS POST-SUPERSTORM SANDY HIGH 73 PERCENT APPROVAL RATING.  A MAJORITY OF THOSE POLLED BELIEVE CHRISTIE WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016.  ALMOST HALF OF THOSE POLLED SAY THE REPUBLICAN'S DECISIONS ON STATE ISSUES ARE MORE ABOUT HIS POTENTIAL CANDIDACY THAN WHAT IS BEST FOR NEW JERSEY.

 

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