Friday, April 23, 2010

Daily Briefing, 4/23/2010

Good morning everyone, and a happy Friday to you all!  Here is today's Daily Briefing.

In Easton, a capacity-crowd attended yesterday's school board meeting to protest proposed layoffs and cuts to middle school sports.  Speaking of school boards, the Allentown School District announced and approved the hire of the Secretary of Education, Gerald Zahorchak, to serve as the district's new superintendent.  The National Cancer Institute yesterday awarded $3.8 million in cancer research grants to two Pennyslvania Hospitals; one of them was Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown and Salisbury.  In Macungie, the dispute between the Mayor and Chief of Police is apparently over, with both parties coming to a settlement.  97 laid-off Vitaulic workers were recalled yesterday to Vitaulic's Forks facility.  The move was related to shut-downs to the Lower Macungie plant.

Nationwide, home sales jumped 6.8% and prices rose as well.  There were also fewer first-time jobless claims.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has scheduled a vote on the financial reform industry package.  Democrats need at least one Republican to vote with them to break a Republican filibuster.

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

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