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LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014

  THREE DAYS AFTER A STATE BUDGET WAS SUPPOSED TO BE APPROVED AND SIGNED, THE STATE STILL DOESN'T HAVE ONE IN PLACE AND GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SAYS HE AND THE LEGISLATURE OWE PENNSYVLANIANS BETTER THAN THAT.  "THE TAXPAYERS HAVE SENT ALL OF US HERE, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND MYSELF, TO GET A JOB DONE.  DOING NOTHING FAILS THEM AND FAILS OUR FAMLIES," CORBETT SAYS.  THE GOVERNOR HASN'T SIGNED THE BUDGET BECAUSE LAWMAKERS HAVEN'T PASSED A PENSION REFORM PLAN HE SUPPORTS.  IF THE BUDGET ISN'T SIGNED BY JULY 12, IT AUTOMATICALLY BECOMES LAW.


  PHILADELPHIA IS CELEBRATING A MAJOR VICTORY.  THE HOUSE VOTED LAST NIGHT TO PASS A BILL THAT WOULD AUTHORIZE A CIGARETTE TAX TO BENEFIT CITY SCHOOLS.  MAYOR MICHAEL NUTTER CALLS THE VOTE "POSSIBLY ONE OF THE GREATEST TURNAROUNDS" IN LEGISLATIVE HISTORY.  SINCE THE HOUSE MADE AN AMENDMENT TO THE BILL THAT'S NOT RELATED TO THE CIGARETTE TAX LANGUAGE, IT WILL HAVE TO BE VOTED ON AGAIN BY THE SENATE.


  AFTER ADMITTING FOR THE FIRST TIME TO SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A 14-YEAR-OLD KOREAN EXCHANGE STUDENT, RICHARD KIM SAW HIS PRISON SENTENCE REDUCED FROM FIVE TO 10 YEARS DOWN TO THREE-AND-A-HALF TO SEVEN YEARS.  KIM, WHO WAS A TUTOR AT THE NOW-CLOSED ACE ACADEMY, ADMITTED TO HAVING SEXUAL CONTACT WITH THE GIRL AT THE DORM THAT HOUSED KOREAN STUDENTS ATTENDING PIUS X HIGH SCHOOL BACK IN 2012.  AS PART OF THE DEAL, KIM'S PROABTION WAS EXTENDED FROM 10 YEARS UP TO 13 YEARS.


  A PALMERTON MAN HAS DIED, THREE WEEKS AFTER A CRASH IN NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP.  76-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH EBELEY DIED TUESDAY MORNING AT LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL-CEDAR CREST FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A JUNE 12 ACCIDENT AT ROUTE 145 AND RISING SUN ROAD.


  ACCU-WEATHER'S DEAN DEVORE SAYS YOU SHOULD EXPECT A HOT AND POSSIBLY STORMY DAY AND NIGHT.  "I THINK UNTIL 3 OR 4 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING COULD BE THE WORST FOR US," DEVORE SAYS.  ANY THUNDERSTORM COULD BRING TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS AND DAMAGING WINDS.  A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL FRIDAY MORNING.  AS FOR THE HOLIDAY FORECAST, DEVORE SAYS AFTER A POSSIBLE SHOWER SOUTH AND EAST OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY, TOMORROW SHOULD BE FINE AND FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO OFF WITHOUT A HITCH.


  IF YOU PLAN ON DOING A LITTLE SWIMMING UP AT BELTZVILLE LAKE THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND, YOU MIGHT HAVE TO THINK AGAIN.  THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES HAS CLOSED BELTZVILLE'S SWIMMING AREA BECAUSE OF HIGH BACTERIA LEVELS IN WATER SAMPLES TAKEN ON MONDAY.  THE SWIMMING AREA WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL THOSE BACTERIA NUMBERS RETURN TO THE ACCEPTABLE LEVEL.  OTHER ACTIVITIES AT BELTZVILLE LIKE BOATING, HIKING AND PICNICKING WILL CONTINUE.


  AS YOU WOULD EXPECT, THERE ARE PLENTY OF INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS SHOWS PLANNED IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY.  FIREWORKS WILL LIGHT UP THE SKY FRIDAY NIGHT IN ALLENTOWN, BETHLEHEM, COCA-COLA PARK, DANIELSVILLE, DORNEY PARK, EAST STROUDSBURG, LAKE WALLENPAUPACK AND IN QUAKERTOWN.  ALL OF THE FIREWORKS SHOWS ARE PLANNED IN THE 9PM TO 9:30PM TIME FRAME.


  THE FISH AND BOAT COMMISSION IS REMINDING BOATERS TO BE SAFE THIS FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND.  15 PEOPLE STATEWIDE WERE CHARGED WITH BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE LAST WEEKEND AND OFFICERS WILL BE PATROLLING THIS WEEKEND LOOKING FOR MORE.  DRUNK BOATERS FACE FINES AND JAIL TIME IF CONVICTED.


  THE NEWLY FORMED MEGAN'S LAW COMPLIANCE UNIT IS BEGINNING TO ROUND UP SEXUAL OFFENDERS.  TWO MEN WERE ARRESTED DURING ITS FIRST SET OF CHECKS ON CONVICTED OFFENDERS OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS.  THE UNIT WAS FORMED TO BETTER MONITOR SEXUAL OFFENDERS AND IS TASKED WITH PERFORMING SPOT CHECKS AND NOTIFYING LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS WHEN A SEXUAL OFFENDER IS SUSPECTED OF BEING IN NON-COMPLIANCE WITH MEGAN'S LAW.


  THE SPEAKER OF NEW JERSEY'S ASSEMBLY IS INTRODUCING A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE COLLEGE STUDENTS IN THE U.S. ILLEGALLY ELIGIBLE FOR STATE TUITION AID.  SPEAKER VINCENT PRIETO SAYS THE MEASURE DOES NOT CALL FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR FINANCIAL AID.  SUCH STUDENTS BECAME ELIGIBLE LAST YEAR FOR IN-STATE TUITION AT PUBLIC COLLEGES, BUT MANY SAY THAT THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO GO WITHOUT MORE FINANCIAL HELP.  GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE VETOED THE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PORTION OF LAST YEAR'S LAW TO GIVE STUDENTS IN-STATE TUITION.  THE DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE INCLUDED THE AID IN THE BUDGET BILL IT ADOPTED LAST WEEK.  BUT CHRISTIE USED HIS LINE-ITEM VETO TO DELETE THE PROVISION.

 

 

 

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