Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Daily Briefing, 4/13/2010

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

In Easton, city officials announced the receipt of a $200,000 state grant.  The grant will complete financing the first phase of the redevelopment of the Pomeroy Department Store.  In Bethlehem, the state has offered to assist the school district in hiring an engineering form to complete an energy audit.  Also in Bethlehem, a Farmers' Market is set to open on June 17.  In New Jersey, a bill by State Assemblyman John DiMaio would eliminate the minimum funding requirement for libraries.  If you suffer from seasonal allergies (and judging from your Facebook and Twitter updates, many of you do!), this will probably ring true: pollen levels in the Valley broke 2,000 last week, a record high for the area.  Three people were hurt, at least one seriously, in an explosion at a Victaulic plant in Lower Macungie.

Here's some good news on the federal side of things: the deficit is down 8% from where it was at this time last year.  In the search for a Supreme Court justice to replace the retiring John Paul Stevens, the White House says it has narrowed the list to about ten candidates.  Here's something you probably knew already: a new survey found that, if you kept your job during the recession, odds are you worked harder to do so, with 40% of employees believing that their workload had increased during the past year.  In an attempt to help build up its profitability, Twitter has announced that the company will soon start making money through "promoted tweets," or ads.

We have one Chamber event today: an Easton Hospital update with the Business and Commerce Association of Forks.

Business Matters aired yesterday, featuring a debate about whether or not the Lehigh Valley should form a regional health bureau.  The show will be available online later today, and you can check out the Business Matters blog to read more about the program.

That's it for now!  Have a great day!!

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