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LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014

  IT WILL LOOK LIKE A DISASTER HAS HAPPENED AT LEHIGH VALLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TODAY, BUT THE AIRPORT'S ASHLEY HARI SAYS THAT'S EXACTLY THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE.  "WE HAVE HAVING A FULL-SCALE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE.  THAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9AM AND 1PM," HARI SAYS.  ABOUT 150 PEOPLE FROM 32 AGENCIES WILL BE ON HAND FOR THE DRILL THAT IS DONE AT THE AIRPORT ONCE EVERY THREE YEARS.  SHE STRESSES THAT WHILE IT WILL LOOK LIKE SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAS HAPPENED, IT IS ONLY A DRILL AND PEOPLE SHOULD NOT CALL EMERGENCY OFFICALS.


  A NATURAL GAS ODOR CAUSED THE ALLENTOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT TO EVACUATE THE ARENA CONSTRUCTION SITE FOR ABOUT A HALF-HOUR BEGINNING AT 9 O'CLOCK FRIDAY MORNING.  THE EXACT SOURCE OF THE ODOR IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION BUT UGI OFFICIALS SAY IT DOESN'T SEEM TO HAVE COME FROM ANY OF ITS EQUIPMENT AND MAY HAVE COME FROM A FUEL LINE.


  LEHIGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE CONSIDERING CHANGING THE NAME OF LEHIGH COUNTY PRISON TO LEHIGH COUNTY JAIL.  CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR ED SWEENEY WANTS THE NAME CHANGED TO MORE ACCURATELY REFLECT ITS MISSION AS A SHORT-TERM, RATHER THAN LONG-TERM CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION.  SWEENEY SAYS EX-INMATES ARE FORCED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS HAVING SERVED PRISON TIME, WHICH SWEENEY SAYS SOUNDS HARSHER THAN SERVING JAIL TIME.  THE COST OF THE PROPOSED NAME CHANGE IS EXPECTED TO BE MINIMAL.


  MACK TRUCKS SAYS IT'S HIRING 100 ASSEMBLY LINE WORKERS FOR ITS LOWER MACUNGIE TOWNSHIP PLANT.  THROUGH FEBRUARY, MACK DELIVERIES WERE UP 31 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR AND MACK OFFICIALS SAY THE INCREASED DEMAND REQUIRES HIRING MORE WORKERS.  MACK WILL PROBABLY FILL THE JOBS FROM AN EXISTING POOL OF APPLICANTS.


  LAGGING BEHIND IN THE POLLS, DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE ALLYSON SCHWARTZ HAS RELEASED HER FIRST TV AD OF THE CAMPAIGN.  THE AD STRESSES HER ROLE IN CREATING THE STATE'S CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM.  "IT'S THE KIND OF BIG IDEAS, THE KIND OF EXPERIENCE, THE KIND OF LEADERSHIP I'LL BRING AS YOUR NEXT GOVERNOR," THE AD CONCLUDES.  SCHWARTZ, WHO HAS SERVED IN CONGRESS SINCE 2005 AFTER SPENDING 14 YEARS IN THE STATE SENATE, IS THE LAST OF THE FOUR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR TO TAKE TO THE AIRWAVES.  THE AD WILL RUN INITIALLY IN THE PITTSBURGH AND PHILADELPHIA MARKETS.

 

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