President Trump's campaign has filed another lawsuit in Pennsylvania. Trump campaign attorney Matthew Morgan says the suit aims to prevent Pennsylvania's election results from being certified. "So that we can do that meaningful review and discern whether or not there was different treatment for Republican voters and Democrat voters in this state and whether Democrat voters were disproportionately allowed to fix their ballots in some locations in this state and not others," Morgan says. President Trump vows to not stop fighting to uphold the integrity of the American election process.
Pennsylvania's attorney general has reacted to President Trump's latest lawsuit against the commonwealth. On Twitter, Josh Shapiro wrote, "The Trump campaign’s latest filing is another attempt to throw out legal votes. My team and I were already prepared for this. Sleep tight. We will protect the laws of our Commonwealth and the will of the people."
After reporting a two-day total of 6311 new cases of coronavirus, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says the statewide total now sits at 234,296. On the bright side, Levine says most of those are considered to be recovered. "Of those cases, 73-percent are now considered to be recovered, meaning that it has been more than 30 days since a patient's positive test or onset of symptoms," Levine says. The number of tests administered over the past seven days is 329,072 with nearly 21,000, or 6.3-percent, coming back positive.
Two Lehigh County high schools will be closed all week because of coronavirus cases. Parkland High School will be closed until next Monday after four COVID-19 cases were reported. Emmaus High School is also closed this week. It plans to bring students back next Tuesday.
Gov. Tom Wolf is vetoing a bill aimed to require county coroners to investigate COVID-19 deaths. The bill would have doctors report the deaths related to the virus to county coroners and they would investigate all those deaths and keep track of the data, instead of doctors directly reporting them to the Department of Health. Wolf says the current system works faster without county coroners.
New Jersey is cracking down on coronavirus restrictions as the state reports upticks in positive cases. The tightened rules are set to start Thursday, with Gov. Phil Murphy mandating restaurants to close their indoor dining rooms by 10 o'clock each night, but allowing them to keep outdoor dining open. Meanwhile, casinos are allowed to welcome gamblers past 10 o'clock, but can't serve food past this time.
New Jersey officials expect thousands of new coronavirus cases per day as caseloads continue to trend upward. Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli calls it a reality moving forward, saying the state will see between two-and-three thousand additional cases each day. It comes after the state reported 2075 additional cases Monday, the sixth consecutive day with at least 2000 new positive tests.
Sen. Cory Booker is joining New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in pushing for additional federal relief funding amid the coronavirus pandemic. The New Jersey Democrat argues the greatest obstacle towards passing a relief package in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, adding people need help immediately.
Four people, including one who died, were shot Sunday evening in Allentown. Police were called to the 400 block of W. Maple Street shortly after 6 o'clock Sunday night. They found 31-year-old Tajh Thomas, who had been shot. He died Monday afternoon from his wounds. Three other shooting victims also arrived at area hospitals. They are listed in stable condition and are expected to survive their injuries. Police are still investigating.
A 29-year-old man is dead after a crash in Lehigh County early this morning. A motorcycle crashed shortly before 1 a.m. on Kings Highway, next to Ontelaunee Park in Lynn Township. The Lehigh County coroner's office has identified the victim as Brandon Walbert, of New Tripoli.
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin is ruling that the police officers involved in a shooting of a man, who was angry over a mask-wearing policy and then opened fire, were justified. Police say Adam Zaborowski fired multiple shots at a cigar store clerk on July 31st following a dispute over the suspect's refusal to wear a face mask. Martin says the officers were justified in the shooting of Zaborowski the following day as he started firing shots at them during a traffic stop. Zaborowski survived the shooting and faces numerous charges.
New Jersey officials aren't seeing eye-to-eye as they work on a framework for the state's marijuana industry. The state Senate's Judiciary Committee held a hearing Monday, with progressive groups saying Sen. Nicholas Scutari's bill to regulate marijuana doesn't do enough to invest in communities. Activist Ed Forchion is also against the bill, claiming it only confronts the corporation of legalization and doesn't include people who grow and sell marijuana from their homes.