Monday, December 28, 2009

Daily Briefing, 12/28/2009

Good morning everyone, and welcome back from the holiday weekend!  We hope you enjoyed it.  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

In Forks Township, the municipality has announced plans to build one of the greenest municipal buildings in the Valley with the construction of its new $3.7 million public works building.  Lehigh County has been awarded a $2 million grant to enhance the energy efficiency of county buildings.  The grant will be used to pay for new lights, solar energy and boilers.  Speaking of stimulus money, the city of Easton will be spending about $80,000 to equip its police officers with new radios, using a grant that came from stimulus funds.  Two studies are ongoing to examine passenger rail in the Lehigh Valley - one by PennDOT and the other from the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.

In state-wide news, with climate regulations becoming more stringent, it now appears that the state will be examining a process known as carbon capture and sequestration, whereby carbon dioxide is injected into rocks underground and sealed off. 

In national news, with informal health care negotiations set to begin shortly on reconciling the House and Senate versions of the Health Care Reform bill, House Democrats have said they they are not optimistic about the chances of a public option surviving the Senate.

Business Matters airs today, featuring a one-on-one interview with Robert Miller of Pegasus Advisers.  The show will discuss what Massachusetts has experienced during their time with government health care and what we can learn from them.  The show airs tonight, 8pm on WFMZ-TV.

That's all for now!  We'll be back with at least one entry later today, featuring another guest post.  See you then!

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