Thursday, July 2, 2009

Daily Briefing, 7/2/2009

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

In Allentown, the SEIU narrowly rejected a proposal by the mayor to defer a previous pay increase of 8.9%. According to the Mayor, this will likely lead to layoffs. In other news, WFMZ runs a story on Lehigh County's foreclosure diversion program, a last second attempt to save homes from foreclosure.

In state-wide news, Pennsylvania ranked as the 22nd most obese state in , moving up two rankings. Government officials are working with local non-profits and other government agencies to try and acquire funding to find the obesity epidemic. In political news, Congressman Patrick Murphy, and Iraqi war veteran and a Bronze Star recipient, is now the lead sponsor of legislation that would repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in regards to allowing homosexuals to serve in the military. And, contradicting what we noted he said earlier, Governor Rendell said yesterday that budget talks could go on into August.

In national news, a new unemployment report is due out today. Economists predict that the June jobless rate will rise to 9.6%.

And that's it! We are off tomorrow and will see you again on Monday. Everyone have a great 4th of July!

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