Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Daily Briefing, 7/8/2009

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

In Lower Macungie, the township is apparently reconsidering their policing options. The township, which relies on state police for police protection, would be charged $4.7 million under a proposal currently under examination at the state level. In a sign of the economic times, another Lehigh Valley company is freezes wages for the year in an attempt to save money - this time, it's St. Luke's Hospital. Employees will instead be given a $1,000 bonus, with part-time employees receiving a pro-rated bonus. There was good news for the Sands over the holiday weekend, as the holiday gave the Sands its second best week ever, 2nd only to its opening weekend. And, in other Valley-wide news, the Lehigh Valley rail study is underway. The study will determine if it is feasible to link the Valley to the New Jersey rail network.

In state budget news, the Governor yesterday announced another $72 million in budget cuts, but there is still no word on an agreement coming anytime soon.

In national news, Al Franken was sworn in as the 60th Democratic Senator yesterday. Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, finally took his seat after a protracted legal battle against incumbent Republican Norm Coleman. And here's an interesting story - thanks to the weakened economy, there is less traffic and Americans are using less gas. The reason? There are less people going to work.

And that's it! Have a great day and we'll catch you later.

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