One person is dead after a weekend shooting in Upper Mount Bethel Township. Northampton County DA Terry Houck says initial indications are the shooting may be the result of domestic violence, however it's still early in their investigation. "We're in the process of investigating this and talking to people and identifying who's who here," Houck says. Houck isn't saying a lot about the incident, which happened very early Sunday morning.
At least one person was killed in a motorcycle crash on Route 248 in Carbon County. The crash happened shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday in Palmerton. There's no word yet on what may have led to the crash.
For the first time in school district history, Allentown School officials say every student has been vaccinated. They say for the past two weeks, the district has been 100 percent in compliance with state immunizations. Nurses from the district and the City of Allentown worked together to accomplish the goal to get all students up-to-date, which they say they met by adding vaccine clinics in the schools. Officials from the Allentown Health Bureau say they'll continue to help the school district in administering the vaccines every two weeks to try to keep students on schedule, as well as to vaccinate students as they enter the district.
Data from real estate site Zillow shows the average price for rental homes is steadily increasing in Pennsylvania. Experts say contractors' costs are being passed on to potential renters due to increasing prices for materials, insurance and utilities. The average price in all of Pennsylvania is about 15-hundred dollars per month.
Pennsylvania's municipal primary election is set for tomorrow. As always, polls will be open from 7am until 8pm.
A Republican state senator is pushing a bill that would require a personal finance course in high school. "Every student in Pennsylvania, whether you're in public school or private school, would be required to take a half-credit course in order to graduate," says Chris Gebhard. He says the course would include learning about credit cards, credit scores, how to get a car loan and how to get a mortgage. The bill has passed through committee and is now being considered in the full Senate.
Governor Phil Murphy is expected to name an immigration lawyer and former public defender to the state's highest court today. Several state media report the governor will name Michael Noriega to the New Jersey Supreme Court today. Noriega is currently practicing for the firm Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold and Mangan LLC. The seat has been vacant almost ten months. It would be Murphy's fourth pick to fill a seat on the seven-member court. The ACLU of New Jersey and an immigration rights group called Make The Road New Jersey have praised the choice of Noriega.
With the COVID-19 emergency officially declared over, nurses across New Jersey are pressing for a safe staffing law. The law would be similar to one passed in California almost 20 years ago. It mandates nurse-to-staffing ratios. Supporters say it has greatly improved patient outcomes, workplace safety, nurse retention and infection control. Nurses rallied this past week in Trenton to push for passage of Senator Linda Greenstein's bill that would set safe staffing levels at New Jersey hospitals. Mandates would include requiring one nurse for every five patients in a medical/surgical unit. The measure would also cover surgical facilities and developmental centers.
For the third time in six seasons, the Boston Celtics have eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers from the playoffs. Sunday, the Celtics buried the Sixers 112-88 in game seven of their series. Sixers star Joel Embiid is disappointed to fall in the second round yet again. "It's hard. It's tough losing, especially this way," Embiid says. The 76ers have not advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs since 2001 when they lost in the NBA Finals to the Lakers.