Last week, David McCormick threw in the towel in his Republican U.S. Senate primary against Mehmet Oz. Monday, Pat Browne did likewise in his Lehigh Valley state Senate primary against Jarrett Coleman. Browne issued a statement conceding the race to Coleman, saying "After a thorough review and careful consideration, we are confident that all votes cast in the Republican primary election for the 16th Senatorial District were counted properly." Unofficial tallies have Coleman defeating Browne by just 19 votes out of more than 34,000 cast last month. The 32-year-old Coleman currently serves on the Parkland School Board and is an airline pilot. In November's general election, he'll face Democrat Mark Pinsley, who is the Lehigh County controller. Browne loses his job after having been a state lawmaker for the past 28 years.
It is primary election day in New Jersey. Today, there are races to determine who will represent the Republicans and Democrats in all 12 of the Garden State's congressional districts. State election officials say around 20,000 people voted early and close to a quarter-million have voted by mail.
Three homes were damaged in a fire Sunday afternoon in Upper Nazareth Township. Two families were displaced by the fire in the 2000 block of Lynnwood Drive that began around 4 p.m. No one was injured and The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Pocono Township commissioners voted 4-1 Monday to approve a plan to build Pennsylvania's largest solar field on a mountain slope on top of Bear Mountain. Swiftwater Solar wants to build a $111 million, 80-megawatt project that would include about 200,000 solar panels on 644 acres of private land. The vote came despite pleas by some residents to reject that project for environmental concerns, or at least delay it. Construction could start as soon as this summer.
It could take up to a year to determine what caused an explosion that killed five people in Pottstown last month. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission said it realizes people want answers, but it calls the investigation 'complex' and asks for patience.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has tested positive a second time for COVID-19. The governor announced through social media on Monday that his symptoms are mild. He credits the mild cast due to receiving a second vaccine booster. The governor also says he'll be isolating at home in observance of CDC guidance.
Philadelphia's district attorney says his office will be issuing charges against at least two people connected to this weekend's mass shooting that left three dead and 11 more injured. "No less chilling is that it happened in more than ten places around the country in the space of a few days. It is enough. We have come to the point where it is enough," says Larry Krasner. He says he visited the site of the shooting the morning after and described the scene as chilling.
A former U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to fraudulently stuffing ballot boxes for Democratic candidates. Federal prosecutors say Michael "Ozzie" Myers admitted to violations of election law, conspiracy, bribery and obstruction. U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams says the 79-year-old Myers admitted guilt in committing the illegal acts in Pennsylvania elections from 2014 to 2018. He also admitted to conspiring to commit election fraud with a former judge of elections for a ward in south Philadelphia.