Here's what's trending for May 1.

Police are investigating a shooting that happened in Carbon County Saturday afternoon. It happened along Hahn's Dairy Road in Lower Towamensing Township. A vehicle pulled up outside the home, and when the victim went out, there was a confrontation that led to the shooting. The suspect then fled. There is no word on the victim's condition. Officials say this was an isolated incident, and there is no danger to the public.

Sunday marked the 32nd annual Lehigh Valley Workers' Memorial Day at the Bethlehem Rose Garden. Nine people who died in Lehigh Valley workplace accidents over the past year, were remembered, including Amy Bedocs' son, Isiah. "You never expect to send your son to work and then not to come home," Bedocs said during the ceremony. 17-year-old Isiah Bedocs died last August after getting caught in a wood chipper while working with a tree removal crew in North Whitehall Township.

A small bridge in Northampton County could be closed until November after a recent inspection found deterioration. PennDOT says the South Hokendauqua Drive bridge over Hokendauqua Creek was closed last Thursday because an inspection found deterioration to the main bridge members. The bridge was built in 1937 and sees about 500 vehicles travel on it every day.

Lots of rain in the Lehigh Valley Sunday. "It looks like yesterday was 2.35 inches of rain and that was in addition to what fell the previous two days. So, it's been a wet stretch of things here the last couple days," says Accu-Weather's Brandon Buckingham. He says nearly three inches of rain fell at the airport over the weekend, while some listeners are reporting more than four inches since the rain began Friday afternoon.

A bill recognizing a major South Asian holiday called Diwali as a state holiday in Pennsylvania may soon reach the governor's desk. Versions of the bill about the celebration based on the Hindi Festival of Lights have passed both the House and Senate. Representative Arvind Venkat of Pittsburgh, who is of Indian descent, has sponsored the measure. He says such a state holiday would reflect the increasing diversity of Pennsylvania, including the growing Indian and South Asian communities.

A lawmaker from Mercer County wants to change the way ticks can be removed from students while they're at school. State Senator Rosemary Brown, whose district is in the Poconos, wants to notify parents about a tick removal, as well as symptoms of Lyme disease. If a school nurse is available, the tick would be removed by them. The nurse would then store the insect for seven days while waiting for parental contact with a recommendation and information on how the tick can be tested. Senator Brown says about 40 percent of the nation's Lyme Disease cases are in Pennsylvania, which places the population at a higher risk for the illness.

A nonpartisan policy group has ranked Pennsylvania 41st in the country for road quality and cost-effectiveness. The report by the Reason Foundation suggests the state could benefit from adopting a design-build approach to road construction, which it says could reduce building and maintenance costs by as much as 30 percent. In comparison to neighboring states for road quality, Pennsylvania outperformed New Jersey and New York, but still trailed behind others, such as Ohio.

A new method being tried out by Red Knob Farms in Lancaster County is seeing the operation feeding leftover Hershey's chocolate to its cows. The dairy near the Maryland state line, is home to more than 1500 cows which are being fed powder that's been ground down from Kit Kats, Reese's Pieces, Milk Duds. Dairy manager Jared Galbreath says the Cargill food company is using leftover chocolate as an additive for the livestock feed. Officials say the biggest reason for recycling the chocolate, which is known as "candy meal," is to cut back on waste, as if it weren't fed to the cows, the chocolate would be sent to a landfill.

Nearly three dozen police departments across New Jersey are getting grants to combat auto thefts. Attorney General Matthew Platkin says at least one law enforcement agency in each county will receive up to nearly 600-grand to implement or expand license plate reader technology. New Jersey State Police is receiving three-million-dollars to implement readers along major roadways throughout the state. These devices have helped New Jersey reduce the number of vehicles stolen statewide in the past six months by 16-percent.

During last night's Phillies-Astros game, ESPN asked Phillies manager Rob Thomson about Bryce Harper's rehab status after off-season elbow surgery. "He'll see the doctor Monday and we have to get him cleared to head-first slide. He can feet-first slide, but you know Harp, he's a gamer. He's not going to slide feet-first. He's going to slide head-first. When gotta make sure that okay. Once we get that, then he's okay to DH," Thomson said. That means Harper could potentially return to the lineup as soon as Tuesday night against the Dodgers.

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