The Lehigh Valley saw some big names visit Wednesday. At the Barristers Club in Allentown, Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz brought a message of law and order. "I pledge that I will do everything I can to bring a sense of security and safety back to the people of Pennsylvania. It's the right thing for Pennsylvania. It's the right thing for the country," Oz said. Oz was joined by among others, the man he wants to replace, outgoing Sen. Pat Toomey. At Muhlenberg College, the campaigns of congresswomen Susan Wild and Madeleine Dean got a boost from First Lady Jill Biden. "We need these incredible women in Congress so that we can keep going," Biden said. While Mrs. Biden campaigned for Wild, Wild's opponent in the tight 7th Congressional District, Lisa Scheller, welcomed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to an event in Allentown.
Democrat John Fetterman's shaky performance in last month's debate with Republican Mehmet Oz has led to a much tighter Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race less than a week before Election Day. The latest USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll of 500 likely voters or those who've already voted shows Fetterman leading Oz 47-percent to 45-percent. In late September, Fetterman had a 46-to-40 percent lead over Oz. An unusually high 19-percent of independent voters say they haven't decided who they'll vote for.
The Northampton County Council will vote Thursday night on a Habitat for Humanity project in Forks township. The eleven-and-a-half-acre site could allow some 65 homes to be built near Kesslersville Road. The county would spend two-million-dollars to buy the land and prepare it for building. The money would come from federal COVID relief funds.
For the tenth straight year, former Easton Area School Board member and current Easton Planning Commission member Frank Pintabone is organizing a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway for those in need. You can pick up your free turkey at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at the corner of Second and Northampton streets in Easton.
East Stroudsburg University is welcoming their new president and they're not going out of their way to do so. The university announced yesterday they've promoted interim president Kenneth Long to the full-time position. Long is the first Black president of E-S-U and the school's 14th leader.
Hersheypark is planning its all-new Wildcat Revenge, a hybrid coaster, which is planned to join the other 14 coasters in the summer of 2023. Wildcat Revenge is a hybrid steel and wood coaster. The coaster will be a 2-minute and 36-second ride with a 140-foot hill that plunges into a drop hitting maximum speeds of 62 mph. Riders will also experience four inversions, one of which is the "World's Largest Underflip," the parks says. An inversion beginning with an upward climb and ending with a counterclockwise 270 degree roll with a dive down the side.
With the state assembly adjourned until after the midterm elections, Governor Tom Wolf has been left with a stack of bills to sign. He has already signed a measure requiring audits of state contracts involving pharmacy benefit managers. Lawmakers wanted more oversight of the so-called PBMs, which some say were driving up Medicaid costs and hurting small pharmacies. Another bill to be signed would create a multibillion-dollar tax credit program to spur development of clean hydrogen. There's also one awaiting a signature that would update regulations for driverless vehicles.
For just the second time in World Series history, a no-hitter was thrown. Four Houston pitchers combined to no-hit and beat the Phillies 5-0 in Game Four of the World Series. Phillies manager Rob Thomson is confident his hitters will leave last night behind. "We were no-hit earlier in the year in New York against the Mets. We came back the next day and won. These guys have a short memory and they're going to go home tonight, go to bed, come back in here tomorrow and prep," Thomson said. The series is now tied 2-2 with Game Five tonight in Philadelphia.