Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Daily Briefing, 8/26/2009

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

In local news, Congressman Charlie Dent held a town hall meeting in Lower Saucon. This one featured a relatively divided audience on health care, but one that was still comparatively civil. Revenue at the Sands Bethlehem held steady over the past week, continuing to keep the casino as the 4th busiest in the state (behind only Philadelphia and Pittsburgh casinos), despite the opening of a new casino in Pittsburgh. When it comes to school districts, there are two interesting stories. First, in the Easton Area School District, the district's secretaries have gone on strike over their contract negotiations. The strikes takes place one day before the school year was to start. Meanwhile, in the Saucon Valley, a group of parents have asked for a meeting with the teacher's union after attacking the group at the most recent school board meeting. In Easton, an "aggressive letter writing campaign" geared towards collecting delinquent taxes is working: the city has collected over $1 million in back property taxes. In Bethlehem Township, St. Luke's announced yesterday that they are scaling back the plans for their Riverside medical complex. The new plan has 40% less square footage than the first one.

In state news, Pennsylvania has received $11.9 million from the federal government to give rebates for the purchase of energy efficient appliances, like refrigerators.

In national news, the lead story, of course, is the death of Senator Ted Kennedy from brain cancer. Kennedy died today at about 2:00am.

In other national news, in a story that will likely affect many of us, Anheuser-Busch has announced that rising commodity prices are forcing it to raise beer prices in the near future.

We have two Chamber events today: a meeting of the GLV team 100 and the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Township clambake.

That's it for now - have a great day!

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