Monday, April 19, 2010

Daily Briefing, 4/19/2010

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

The Pennsylvania Preservation Board has nominated Martin Tower, former headquarters of Bethlehem Steel, to the National Register of Historic Places.

A new Pennsylvania unemployment report had mixed news; on one hand, jobs in the state rose by 22,600, but the unemployment rate rose from 8.9 to 9% - however, that increase was driven by more people returning to the work-froce, so the news isn't all bad.  The New Jersey Education Association has warned that up to 30,000 teachers could retire rather than face changes to their benefits if Governor Christine proceeds with his proposed changes.

In national news, Toyota has agreed to pay a $16.4 million fine.  The fine comes after Toyota allegedly delayed in reporting its gas-pedal issues to the government.  More than 60% of motorists now use the E-ZPass when paying at highway tolls.  A new BBC poll shows that positive world-wide views of the United States have increased over the past year.

Business Matters airs tonight at 8pm on WFMZ-TV.  Tonight's program deals with whether or not state police should have the primary responsibility for protecting suburban or rural townships.

That's it for now!  Have a great day!

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