Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Daily Briefing, 4/6/2010

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

Mixed news on Lehigh Valley unemployment numbers, as unemployment in the Valley hit 9.8% last month, its highest number since 1983 and a higher total than the state (8.9%) and national (9.7%) average.  However, the rise was largely a result of an increasing workforce.  Easton's West Ward Neighborhood Partnership program has hired Esther Guzman to serve as the program's new director.  Guzman had previously served as the CEO of the Spanish American Federal Credit Union in Dover, New Jersey.  If you travel from New Jersey to Pennsylvania on Route 22, here's one for you: the gates at the toll plaza are now gone, replaced by cameras.  In political news, Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Majority Leader in Congress, will appear with Congressional candidate John Callahan at Muhlenberg College to hold a forum on education.

Published news reports have indicated that State Senator Jane Orie (R-Allegheny County), the Republican Whip in the State Senate, will soon be indicted on charges related to improper use of her office and related resources to assist in campaign work, specifically her sister's recent State Supreme Court campaign.

In national news, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has hinted that he will retire soon.  Stevens is 89.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be seeking the maximum fine of $16.4 million against Toyota as a result of the "sticky pedal" issue and Toyota's failure to inform the NHTSA of the problem for four months.  There is a new ranking for state crime rates: Nevada is the most dangerous state and Delaware had the biggest increase in crime.  In real estate news, we have a glut of office space in the United States, with 17% of all office space lying vacant, the highest number in 16 years.

Business Matters aired yesterday, featuring a one-on-one interview with Attorney General and Republican candidate for Governor, Tom Corbett.  The show will be online later today and you can check out the Business Matters blog for more information.

That's it for now!  We'll be back later in the day.  Have a good one!

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