Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Daily Briefing, 3/30/2010

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

St. Luke's announced yesterday that it will start screening all new applicants for nicotine and rejecting any smokers.  The move was announced as an attempt to improve the health of employees.  In the ongoing dispite between the Mayor of Macungie and Police Chief, the Mayor has filed a complaint in Lehigh County Court, saying that he is entitled to access to police department records and a key to the station. 

In state-wide news, Speaker of the House Keith McCall gave his staff pay raises despite a prohibition against raises this year.

Here's some good economic news: consumer spending rose for the fifth straight month, increasing the Dow Jones industrial average yesterday.  National Race to the Top education funding was awarded yesterday to two states out of fourteen finalists: Pennsylvania was not among the two winners, Tennessee and Delaware.  President Obama will sign the health care "fix" bill into law later today, bringing an end to his push health care reform.  Meanwhile, a new poll shows that 56% of American's disapproves of the recently passed health care legislation, but opposes a repeal by 50-47%.

In Chamber news, the late Susie Olewine is the winner of the Greater Northern Chamber of Commerce's Spirit Award.

Business Matters aired yesterday, featuring a discussion on how to save our cities.  The show will be available online later today, and you can also check out the Business Matters blog to read more about the program.

That's it for now!  Have a great day, and we'll see you later.

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