A fire has forced people from a home in Whitehall Township. Firfighters were called to the 1000 block of North Poplar Street shortly after 5 o'clock Monday afternoon. It's unclear what caused the fire.
The island lifestyle is coming to the Poconos. A Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville Resort Village will be built on the site of the old Pocono Manor in Monroe County. President of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Chris Barrett says it's a big deal. "It's a major investment in the Poconos by a very strong brand. It's not just going to be a hotel," Barrett says. The project will include a hotel, luxury camp, homes, live entertainment and plenty more. Construction is expected to begin in 2023 with a projected opening in the middle of 2024.
Monday into Tuesday LVIA saw nearly two inches of rain. Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, snow was the problem. "The highest report I've seen is up in Sullivan County. A measurement there came in at 12 inches," says Accu-Weather's Joe Lundberg. He says several inches of snow fell up in the Poconos as well and two school districts are running on a two-hour delay as a result.
A federal judge is overturning the extension of the CDC's mask mandate on public transportation. The Lehigh Valley International Airport website is sending mixed messages. At the top of the airport's webpage, it says "masks are not required when traveling through ABE." However, elsewhere on the website, there's a message that states, "people must wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or disembarking public conveyances. People must also wear masks when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub in the United States." That ruling also applies to public transit, including LANTA. Despite the ruling, a message on LANTA's website says "Masks are required while riding LANTA as ordered by the Transportation Security Administration."
Face masks are still required inside Philadelphia International Airport. That's despite a federal judge overturning the extension of the CDC's mask mandate on public transportation. Officials at the TSA announced they will no longer be looking for people to wear face coverings on airplanes. Via Twitter, the airport says "In accordance with the Philadelphia government's indoor mask requirements, masks must be worn inside Philadelphia Airport’s terminals."
A York County state representative wants the state's voting rolls to get cleaned up before the May 17th primary. Republican Seth Hrove has proposed that Pennsylvania join 31 other states to be a part of "ERIC," the Election Registration Information Center. The national database compares death certificates, addresses and personal information to make sure voter registration is accurate. But some say because of the time to get the measure through the legislative process, even if it's passed, the provision will not be in place for the May 17 primary.
Two employees of the Philadelphia Flyers are suing the team owners after receiving critical health diagnoses that they say came from carcinogens from the team's zambonis. The director of medical services and an assistant athletic trainer say their conditions stem from performing their jobs for many years next to the room where the ice-clearing-machines are kept idling at the team facility in Voorhees, New Jersey. They say their research for the lawsuit found there are alternative machines that can be used that don't require gas fuel that spew out carcinogens in tight quarters.
Hershey is offering the chance for Reese's fans to win free Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. The theme of the contest is a play on the recognition of National Lover's Day and it's called the Reese's Loves You Back promotion. People can win a year's supply of the candy or even a lifetime supply. You can enter the contest through July via specially-marked packages of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups or send a 3 by 5 card with your information into the company.