Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Daily Briefing, 5/12/2009

Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.

In local news, the Women's Golf Championship at Saucon Valley Country Club is now less than two months away (to be held from July 6 - 12). The LPGA and Saucon Valley Country Club says that they are ready for the event. And there is some more good news, as it appears that the stimulus cash is going to the counties in PA that need it most, based on unemployment figures. This is not the case in many other areas of the country, however. There is bad news across the river in New Jersey, as the Phillipsburg School Board voted to cut nine tenured and sixteen non-tenured staff. The decision could be reversed if the district is awarded additional funding.

In state-wide news, Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) now says that he is open to a government-sponsored health care plan, a reversal of his earlier position.

It seems that gas prices are rising again, up about 9% in two weeks. The spike is attributed to an increase in demand as the U.S. enters peak driving season.

Business Matters aired last night, and the show featured an interview with the Speaker of the PA House of Representatives, Keith McCall. You can watch the show online later today.

We have two Chamber events today: an Executive Women's Council/Women in Business scholarship luncheon and the annual Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce dinner.

And that's it! Have a great day.

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