Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Business News in the Lehigh Valley, 12/4/12


Some of the area's hospitals have been awarded specific letter grades from the Hospital Safety Score run by an independent group. The purpose of these is to recognize their commitment to patient safety. Lehigh Valley Health Network's Allentown and Muhlenberg campuses both received an A, and St. Luke's University Health Network received two B's and an A.

Emmaus residents learned that they will not see a tax increase in 2013, but they will face a slightly higher costs when it comes to water, sewer and trash fees. The proposed budget for 2013 is scheduled to be approved at the borough's next meeting on 12/17.

State Representative Mike Fleck (R-Huntingdon) publicly acknowledged on Saturday that he is gay, making him the first openly gay lawmaker in Pennsylvania and the only currently sitting openly gay Republican state legislator in the entire country. He also added that he is still a person of faith and his party affiliation remains strong.

Sales of automobiles in the United States skyrocketed in November after Hurricane Sandy and the Presidential election, up 15% from last year.
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