With fears the past couple of days surrounding a dam in California the Pennsylvania DEP says there are no dams in the commonwealth showing major signs of deterioration. Roger Adams is the DEP's dam safety officer. "Dam owners are required to inspect their dams once every three months. DEP inspects all dams also. If there's a possibility of a loss of life with a dam failure, DEP inspects those once a year," Adams says. Pennsylvania has more than 3000 dams that are reaching their design life expectancy of 50 years. However, none of them are currently showing any major signs of deterioration.
A former Lehigh County corrections facility could be undergoing some changes. The Allentown Planning Commission reviewed a proposal Tuesday to turn the building into 18 one-bedroom units. The city's zoning board will look over the plan next month. The building was most recently used as a work-release facility, but it hasn't been open since 2011. The units on North Sixth Street would cost between $600 and $750 per month.
A former Lehigh County hotel has been destroyed by a Tuesday night fire. The blaze at the old Rockdale Hotel in North Whitehall Township was reported last night just before 7 o'clock. Several crews were on hand to put out the fire. One person was trapped, but was rescued and no injuries are reported. Not much of the structure was left standing after the fire devastated the former hotel that had been converted into a house.
A 39-year-old Easton man is charged for allegedly beating his stepfather during an argument. Jason Bailey is accused of punching and kicking the man while intoxicated on North Union Street late Monday night. Bailey faces assault and harassment charges and sent to Northampton County Prison. His stepfather suffered a swollen eye and a bloody nose.
After less than a month on the job as President Trump's National Security Advisor, Gen. Michael Flynn resigned Monday night. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey says Flynn's resignation probably had to happen. "It certainly appears that somebody was losing confidence in the information that was coming from Gen. Flynn and you can't have that situation," Toomey says. Flynn found himself in hot water for discussing sanctions with Russia's ambassador before President Trump took office and then not being completely truthful with the vice president after the issue came to light.
Democrat Sen. Bob Casey says Gen. Michael Flynn did himself in when he wasn't completely truthful with Vice President Mike Pence. "When the Vice President of the United States sits you down and asks you for information about a dialogue with the Russians prior to you taking the office of national security adviser, you've gotta tell the truth. Apparently that didn't happen," Casey says. Flynn reportedly spoke with a Russian ambassador about lifting US sanctions against Russia before Flynn became President Trump's National Security Advisor. Casey tells MSNBC the story isn't over just because Flynn resigned. He hopes the White House agrees to an independent investigation into the entire issue.
Gov. Tom Wolf continues to push his budget. His latest focus is his proposed 40-percent increase for early childhood education programs. "We've gotta invest in our children early on so we can get them started on the education they need. There isn't anybody here who's going to say that's not true. Everybody understands it," Wolf says. The governor says the money will allow more than 8400 kids from lower-income families to get into subsidized, high-quality pre-kindergarten programs.
Penn State University is confirming two cases of the mumps on campus. Administrators made the announcement this week, saying the infected students have been isolated. Mumps is highly contagious and is passed through respiratory secretions.
Donald Trump's name is being erased in Atlantic City. It's been removed from the Boardwalk entrance to the now-closed Taj Mahal Casino Resort, but the President's name is still featured on the hotel's tower, as well as its front entrance. According to a 2015 settlement, the Trump name had to be removed if new owner Carl Icahn didn't bring the hotel up to a "Required Taj Standard" by March of this year.
Revenue is looking good for Atlantic City casinos to start off 2017. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement released data Tuesday showing gambling revenue up 7.7 percent last month compared to January 2016. Atlantic City's seven casinos took in about $204 million from gamblers last month, with nearly $19 million coming from online gambling.
The Villanova University Board of Trustees has approved a plan to renovate The Pavilion. The plans call for a $60 million makeover that will be funded entirely by donors. The renovation on the 31-year-old building begins this year and be finished in time for the 2018-2019 season. The Wildcats will most likely play next basketball season's home games at the Wells Fargo Center.