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LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013

  LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER THE SENATE APPROVED THE MEASURE, THE HOUSE HAS OK'D A BILL ENDING THE FAA'S FURLOUGHS OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS.  PENNSYLVANIA SENATOR PAT TOOMEY CO-SPONSORED THE BILL AND SAYS IT'S SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE COPIED ELSEWHERE.  "THIS BILL PRESERVES THE ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND CUTS LOWER PRIORITY SPENDING.  THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED TO DO ACROSS THE ENTIRE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT," TOOMEY SAYS.  THE REPUBLICAN SAYS SPENDING CUTS IN THE SEQUESTER ARE MANAGEABLE IF THEY'RE DONE IN A SENSIBLE WAY.

  IF YOU'VE GOT COUGH MEDICINE FROM 5 YEARS AGO OR SOME OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION YOU'LL NEVER USE AGAIN, SATURDAY'S NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAY GIVES YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET RID OF THEM.  STATE POLICE SPOKESMAN ADAM REED SAYS THERE ARE 29 LEHIGH AND NORTHAMPTON COUNTY DROPOFF SITES TAKING UNUSED OR EXPIRED MEDICATION FROM 10 TO 2 ON SATURDAY.  "IF YOU HAVE SOME AROUND THE HOUSE AND YOU'RE JUST NOT SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THEM, IT PROVIDES A SAFE AND CONVENIENT WAY TO DISPOSE OF THEM," REED SAYS.  THEY'LL EVEN ACCEPT PET MEDICATIONS.  HOWEVER, NO SHARPS OF ANY KIND WILL BE ACCEPTED.  FIND THE COLLECTION LOCATION NEAREST YOU BY ENTERING THE KEYWORD "DRUG".

  THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY HAS HELD THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF MEETINGS ON CURRENT SCHOOL SAFETY PROCEDURES.  REPUBLICAN GARY DAY, WHO REPRESENTS PART OF LEHIGH COUNTY CHAIRS THE COMMITTEE.  "THE CHARGE OF THIS COMMITTEE IS TO LOOK AT SCHOOL SAFETY AND DRAW ON THE EXPERTS IN STATE GOVERNMENT," DAY SAYS.  THE MEETINGS WILL LEAD TO RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE FULL HOUSE FOR CONSIDERATION.

  THERE ARE THREE PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITALS ON A LIST OF SAFE U.S. HOSPITALS ACCORDING TO THE LATEST EDITION OF AARP THE MAGAZINE.  ONE OF THEM IS IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY.  THE AARP AND THE LEAPFROG GROUP STUDIED 26 SAFETY MEASURES INCLUDING SECONDARY INFECTIONS AND OTHER HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED CONDITIONS AND DETERMINED LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL IS ONE OF THREE PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITALS TO MERIT INCLUSION ON ITS LIST OF SAFE U.S. HOSPITALS.  THE OTHER TWO PENNSYLVANIA HOSPITALS TO MAKE THE LIST ARE IN PITTSBURGH AND DANVILLE.

  GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE HAS VETOED A BILL REQUIRING MORE OVERSIGHT OF SANDY RECOVERY FUNDING IN NEW JERSEY.  CHRISTIE SAYS IN THE WRITTEN EXPLANATION OF HIS VETO THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION IS ALREADY TAKING STEPS TO MAKE SURE MONEY IS NOT WASTED AND THE ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CALLED FOR BY LAWMAKERS WOULD BE REDUNDANT AND WASTEFUL.  CHRISTIE HAD ALREADY SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO DEAL WITH OVERSIGHT OF RECOVERY MONEY AND SIGNED A BILL REQUIRING MONITORS.  THE GOVERNOR SAYS THE LEGISLATURE'S PLAN TO TASK THE STATE TREASURY DEPARTMENT WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS WAS UNNEEDED.  DEMOCRATIC STATE SEN. BARBARA BUONO, WHO IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR, SAYS IT'S "INCOMPREHENSIBLE" THAT THE GOVERNOR WOULD VETO THE BILL.

 

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