Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Daily Briefing, 7/1/2009

Good morning everyone! Here is what we have for you today.

The Morning Call runs a story on the new owners of the Americus hotel, the downtown property that has plagued the city for years. New census numbers show that, for the first time in years, growth is slowing in the Lehigh Valley while rising in other American cities. Local planners cited a slowing economy and rising fuel costs and at least two of the reasons. In Northampton County, three have applied for the vacancy on Northampton County Council caused by Diane Nieper's resignation - former County Councilman Ron Heckman, former County Executive Gerry Seyfried and former Bethlehem Township Commissioner Councilman Robert Birk. In local tax news, the Bangor Area School District raised taxes yesterday by .7 mills, or 1.5%.

In state-wide news, its no surprise, but the budget deadline has come and gone and no budget has been passed. WFMZ runs a story on how the impasse could effect state employees. The only potential good news here is that Governor Rendell predicts a budget agreement may be two weeks away.

In national news, after a prolonged court battle and a unanamous ruling against him, Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman (R) conceded yesterday to Senator-Elect Al Franken, who beat Coleman by 312 votes out of 2.9 million cast. Wal-Mart yesterday came out in favor of mandatory health insurance.

And, speaking of Wal-Mart, we have one event today - the grand re-opening of a Wal-Mart in Bethlehem.

That's it for the blog today - have a great day and we'll see you later.

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