Friday, August 7, 2009

Daily Briefing, 8/7/2009

Good morning everyone - here is your Daily Briefing on this Friday.

In Northampton, the county has hired a special assessor to determine the value of the Bethlehem Sands casino. Bethlehem got some goo news, as a federal grant has come through in the amount of $900,000 for asbestos removal at Martin Towers. More good grant news, as the Delcaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is set to award $230,000 in grants to local projects. PPL is now offering customers the option of voluntarily enrolling in a green energy program. For an extra $2.50 a month, customers can enroll in a program that will purchase 100kilowatt-hour blocks of renewable energy. And in political news, Democrats have found their candidate to run against Rob Wonderling - Lansdale councilwoman Anne Henning Scheuring.

In state-wide news, 300 state employees will be laid off, victims of budget cuts at the state level. The cuts could rise to 800 or more.

In national news, the U.S. Senate voted yesterday to confirm Sonya Sotomayer by a vote of 68-31. And, some good financial news, as insurance giant AIG posted its first profit in almost two years. Meanwhile, today will be a big day for unemployment numbers, as the latest figures will come out at 8:30am today.

That's it! Have a great weekend and we'll catch you on Monday.

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