Thursday, January 10, 2013

Business and Local News in the Lehigh Valley, 1/10/13

Good morning and happy Thursday, Lehigh Valley! Today is the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground, the world's oldest underground railway, and on this day in 1776 Thomas Paine published the pamphlet "Common Sense."

St. Luke's University Health Network's Anderson Campus of Bethlehem Township is doubling the size of its ER department to meet increasing demand. The addition will add 11,000 sq. feet to the current department and 17 extra exam rooms.

Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest has added an auxiliary tent outside the hospital to treat the rising number of flu cases this season. It may take up to two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, but it's still not too late if you're worried about getting the flu. Patients with flu-like symptoms should report to the main emergency department first for triage.

Residents in Easton will see an overhaul in the parking system due to changes soon to be implemented. Roughly 500 parking meters will be replaced with state-of-the-art meters that will allow drivers to pay with their credit cards as well as the traditional method of coins. Enforcement hours will also be extended to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon - 6 p.m. on Sunday.

A 16 year-old Allen High School student attempted to bring a loaded handgun into school on Tuesday, but the gun was found on the student by Allentown police and school security officers as he attempted to re-enter the school without being buzzed in. The boy had just enrolled at Allen and Tuesday was his first day of classes.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced new regulations aimed to loosen the choking loan standards that have prevailed since the housing crash by defining a "qualified mortgage," which is one that a borrower can be expected to pay back.



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