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Kentucky Man Faces Drug Charges After Fatal I-78 Crash

A used syringe could lead to more charges for the Kentucky driver involved in the I-78 crash that killed a father and son.
Reading Eagle -Investigators found used hypodermic needles near the steering wheel of the SUV driven by a Kentucky man that struck another SUV on Interstate 78 over the weekend, killing a father and his son from Schuylkill County, state police in Hamburg said Monday.
Christopher A. Cornelius, 41, of Louisville was charged Saturday with possessing and intending to use drug paraphernalia. The investigation of the crash itself continues. | go to source

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Snow Days Become Homeschool Days if Bill Is Signed by PA Governor

In a move that’s sure to please kids, Governor Tom Wolf might just be signing a bill that could lead to homeschooling for public school kids on snow days.  The move is intended to give scho9l districts more options to avoid extra summer days at the end of the year to make up for missed snow days.
WFMZ – Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign a new law that could lead to school work on snow days.   School districts will have the option to implement flexible instructional days. Basically, schools could assign work to be completed on a snow day so it wouldn’t count as a day off. | go to source

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Northampton County Residents May Get Big Water Bill Increase of 17 Percent

Facing a potential significant water bill increase, Northampton County residents have been given a time and place to voice their views of this proposed water increase by Community Utilities of Pennsylvania.
Mcall – Customers in Hanover Township, Northampton County, who get their water from Community Utilities of Pennsylvania can sound off next month on a proposed rate hike. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. July 15 at the Hanover Township Community Center, 3660 Jacksonville Road. F. Joseph Brady, an administrative law judge assigned to the case, will take testimony during the hearing, the PUC said Tuesday. A PUC decision is expected by Jan. 1. | go to source

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Easton’s Kindergartners Exceed Expections

Easton Kids are hitting their marks and then some. The latest performance tracking numbers show the kindergartners are exceeding last year’s results by significant margins.
Allentown Morning Call – Easton Area School District’s youngest students excelled this year, with 91% hitting their benchmarks at the end of the year, a growth of 40% from the beginning of the year. Last year, 88% of students hit their benchmarks by the end of the year, compared with 73% the prior year. No school was below the 85% mark this year. Tracy Piazza, the district’s director for teaching and learning for kindergarten through fifth grade, said the growth could be attributed to a number of factors, including the staggered rollout of full-day kindergarten starting in 2015 and intensive training and professional development with a consulting firm to personalize learning for students. | go to source

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After Newborn Found in Paint Bucket, Mother Faces Murder Charges

WFMZ – . – Pennsylvania State Police have charged an Allentown woman with homicide after a 2017 search of her former North Whitehall Township home turned up her newborn baby in a five-gallon paint bucket.  State police charged Ashley Caraballo, of East Fairview Street, with homicide, concealing the death of a child and abuse of corpse in connection to the death of her newborn son. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 30-year-old Wednesday morning. She’s being held without bail. | go to source

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Trials, Convictions Wrap Up for Last of PSU Beta Theta Pis

WTAJ -Bellefonte, Centre County, PA- Tuesday, one of the final former Penn State Beta Theta Pi Brothers tied to the fraternity hazing case was sentenced in the Centre County Annex Courthouse.

20-year-old Jonathan Kanzler from Coopersburg, PA, was sentenced to six months probation and $3,500 in fines. This sentence, from Judge Brian Marshall, comes after Kanzler pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to minors. Kanzler, in May 2018, also faced two counts of hazing, but those charges were dropped when he pled guilty. | go to source

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After Tax Increase Approved, Bethlehem Teachers Get Pay Raise

Lehigh Valley Live –  The Bethlehem Area School District teachers got a new four-year contract on Monday. It’s approval comes 12 days before the previous pact was due to expire.  The board voted 8-0 to approve the pact with board member Rogelio Ortiz absent.  Superintendent Joseph Roy noted the contract was approved in a year where the board approved a budget with no tax increase. | go to source

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Perkasie Stunned with Sudden Death of Police Chief

Mcall Online -Condolences flooded Perkasie Borough offices Monday after the sudden death of police Chief Steven Hillias on Sunday. He was 49.  The nature of the medical episode he suffered while off duty had not been determined, but officials said it was unexpected and he had not been battling illness. | go to source

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Fight for 15 Gets Big Dem Boost in PA House

Pennsylvania Capital-Star – As Democratic leaders in the U.S. House work to reach the magic threshold of 218 votes needed to pass a bill hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, they won’t have to worry about winning over their colleagues in Pennsylvania’s U.S. House delegation.

All nine Keystone State Democrats support raising the federal minimum, which now stands at $7.25 an hour. House Democrats are eyeing a July vote on the bill, which faces steep hurdles in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate. | go to source

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Time to Pay the State Police, Small Town Pennsylvania

Lawmakers push for Pennsylvania State Police protection fee – WPMT FOX 43

Some Pennsylvania state lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that would allow the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) to charge municipalities which rely on their service…..

The winners: Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT, and contractors for PennDOT, according to Governor Tom Wolf….The losers: Municipalities, which haven’t paid in years, that could suddenly be facing a huge expense. | go to source

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Fountain Hill Shooting Leaves one Man Dead

Coroner: Man shot dead in Fountain Hill – Allentown Morning Call

Jonathan Diaz-Santos was shot about 8:45 p.m. on the 900 block of Seneca Street. He was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital and pronounced dead about 9:18 p.m., according to a news release issued by Coroner Scott Grim. | go to source

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Family Loses Home After Spontaneous Combustion Ignites Palmer Township Fire

Spontaneous combustion caused Palmer Township fire which displaced family of five – 69News WFMZ-TV

Spontaneous combustion caused a fire which displaced a family of five early Sunday morning.

The house fire on the 3700 block of Timberlane Drive in Palmer Township, Northampton County was ruled accidental, according to the office of Deputy Chief Jim Alercia. | go to source