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Talking Business with Tony Iannelli: College debt is crushing middle class America

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 06:45

I know a typical American family, let's call them the Weebles. It's a real family but I changed the names to protect the innocent, as they say on TV. The dad always worked two jobs for the good of his family. He didn't spend nights out drinking with his buddies or complaining about what a hard...

Driver knocked out, passengers scream after Salisbury crash

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 21:50

A man was knocked out Friday night in Salisbury Township when his car smashed into a tree, police said.

The driver, who had five passengers, was going east on Susquehanna, just past Ueberroth Avenue, at 8:40 p.m. when the car hit a tree in front of 1230 E. Susquehanna St.

“There was a huge bang...

Reports: Man falls 50 feet from railroad trestle over the Lehigh in Weissport

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:55

WEISSPORT — A man fell 50 feet from a railroad trestle to rocks Friday night along the Lehigh River at Weissport, according to emergency radio reports.

The fall was reported at 8:35 p.m. at the trestle between Lehighton and Weissport. Early reports indicated it happened on the Weissport side of...

Penn State frat prosecutor faces disciplinary hearing over her texting, Facebook account

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:15

HARRISBURG — The lead prosecutor handling the case against Penn State fraternity members charged after a pledge died faces a hearing of her own in front of the state board that deals with complaints about lawyers.

The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court this week scheduled the Nov. 29 hearing...

Two more arrested in fatal Allentown home-invasion robbery

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:30

Two more suspects in Sunday’s home-invasion robbery in Allentown in which a man was shot and killed in front of his daughter have been arrested, the Lehigh County district attorney’s office announced.

An arrest warrant was filed Thursday, charging Sasha M. Vargas and Brandon Lee Eanes, both 23...

What drove Talen to change plans for Allentown headquarters?

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:25

ALLENTOWN — In December, Talen Energy CEO Ralph Alexander said the company would keep its headquarters in Allentown and open a “small office” near Houston.

Fast-forward to this week, when Alexander told employees in an email reviewed by The Morning Call that Talen’s Allentown headquarters would...

Months after complaint to IRS, couple's home still being used in tax fraud scheme

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:25

It’s been more than two months since Deborah Shaffer told the IRS she was a victim in a tax fraud scheme.

For reasons unknown, crooks trying to claim refunds on fake tax returns that were filed using stolen identities, had selected Shaffer’s home in South Whitehall Township as the delivery address...

Easton area kids can get free back to school haircuts Monday

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:45

Easton area kids will be able to get a free back to school haircut and supplies Monday during “No Child Left Behind,” an event organized by stylist Stephen Flowers, owner of Suddenly Samantha salon in Easton.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Third Street Alliance at 41 N....

Pennsylvania Senate defends budget 'earmarks' criticized by conservative group

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 14:05

Cleft lips, poor rural students, a city rehab hospital.

Those are just three of six dozen entities or issues selected to share $65 million in taxpayer money in a state budget-related bill passed by the Senate, according to the Commonwealth Foundation, a right-leaning Harrisburg advocacy group.


Bon-Ton posts $33M loss, plans to close a few stores

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:55

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., a struggling department store chain in this day and age of struggling department store chains, posted a second-quarter net loss on Thursday and said it would close a few more locations this year as it attempts to navigate a difficult retail climate.

The company, co-headquartered...

Bethlehem church to distribute free backpacks, school supplies

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:45

Wesley Church in Bethlehem is continuing a five-year-old tradition of charity this year, handing out more than 1,800 backpacks and hundreds of bags of socks and underwear to families in need this Saturday, August 19.

Ahead of the new school year, more than a hundred volunteers will hand out supplies...

Trump adviser Steve Bannon is out as White House chief strategist, sources say

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:14

Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump's White House, is leaving.

Trump accepted Bannon's resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist, the latest to depart from the president's administration in turmoil.

White House spokesman...

Easton announces cruise night, comedy show and concert this Saturday

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:55

Several free events will be held this Saturday in Easton.

Cruise Night, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Centre Square featuring entertainment by the Main Street Cruisers and the Swing Time Dolls. *Event is weather permitting. Easton Municipal Band and School of Rock concert, 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the Riverside...

Lawyer: New Jersey woman not high in I-78 crash that killed two granddaughters

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:35

The lawyer for a 55-year-old New Jersey woman charged with driving under the influence of marijuana in an accident that killed two of her granddaughters said his client was not high the night of the crash on Interstate 78.

State police allege Nadine Walton of Newark was high on marijuana shortly...

Lehigh Valley under flash flood watch; excessive rainfall expected again this afternoon

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:05

A flash flood watch has been posted by the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. as another round of severe weather is expected to move through the area this afternoon.

Round One came early this morning as Doppler radar indicated an area of showers and thunderstorms moving east at 30 mph....

3 ways to prevent being scammed when buying eclipse glasses

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:00

You’re running out of time to buy the special glasses or viewers that you need to safely watch Monday’s solar eclipse. You can’t use just any sunglasses. They must be a special kind, and you have to be wary of counterfeits and scams. Follow these tips to make sure you buy the real thing.

1. NASA...

Allentown NIZ properties could pop up across the city under Senate bill

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:50

Here a NIZ, there a NIZ, everywhere a NIZ in Allentown?

It could be that way if Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh, gets his way with a pending bill in the Legislature.

With the Neighborhood Improvement Zone having spurred $1 billion in new projects downtown and along the Lehigh River, Browne is looking to...

Here's the precise weather forecast for the Lehigh Valley's solar eclipse

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:50

Good news: The National Weather Service is forecasting mostly sunny — or more accurately, only partly cloudy — skies in the Lehigh Valley for the afternoon of the solar eclipse Monday.

The forecast charts show temperatures of 85-87 degrees for the 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. window, with 22-26 percent sky...

Man surrenders after 3-hour standoff in Allentown

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:25

Allentown vice officers were conducting a drug raid early Friday in the 500 block of North 10th Street when the suspect barricaded himself in a third-floor bedroom, police said.

The suspect held police at bay for more than three hours before finally surrendering around 10:30 a.m., Chief Glen Dorney...

Lane restrictions in place all weekend on I-78, US-22

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:50

A lane restriction impacting Interstate 78 westbound will cause traffic delays beginning tonight and continuing nonstop through Monday morning, August 21.

Concrete patching work will begin 7 p.m. tonight between Route 100 and the Berks County line, as part of the ongoing Interstate 78 Improvement...