A 39-year-old New Jersey man has been arrested in Bethlehem for fatally shooting a Jersey City school teacher. Lucas Cooper has been charged with the murder of Temara King Tuesday morning in Jersey City. Authorities are calling the shooting a domestic violence incident. Officials haven't specified the relationship between Cooper and King, nor have they given any indication why Cooper was in Bethlehem.
The average price for a gallon of gas in Pennsylvania went higher in the seven days ending Tuesday. According to AAA East Central, the average price jumped up six cents to $3.71, which puts it 19 cents higher than last January 24th. In the Lehigh Valley, that same gallon of gas costs an average of $3.62, which is 11 cents more than the previous week and 13 cents more than the same date in 2022.
A company spokesman for PPL says there's a reason why many customers saw their electric bills double for the month of January. Regional Affairs Director Tracie Witter says a technical issue made the usual usage information temporarily unavailable, so the system that generates bills sent out estimated results based on past usage. She asks that customers pay the estimated bill amount and that any difference between that bill and actual usage will be evened out when the next bill is issued.
Nearly two years after it closed because of a roof cave-in due to a heavy snowfall, the Hampton Lanes in Northampton has reopened. Owner Karl Lauchnor says he's pleased bowlers are so happy to be back. "All of them are very happy to be back here, which is kind of nice to hear. They're all excited about everything, so everything is going very well," Lauchnor says. The rebuilt Hampton Lanes has increased its size from 16 lanes to 24.
The Great Allentown Fair has booked not one, but two, classic rock bands to open the Grandstand lineup at this summer's fair. REO Speedwagon is coming to town the night of August 30th and they'll be joined by Styx. Tickets cost $69 and $89 and go on sale February 3rd. The REO Speedwagon/Styx show is the second grandstand show announced so far. Country superstar Keith Urban is at the Grandstand on September 3rd.
In a now-deleted memo released on Monday, Republican Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano said he planned to introduce legislation that would ban drag shows on public property or in areas where minors could see. Mastriano said the proposed legislation would place drag shows under the “adult-oriented business” classification, which would put restrictions such as “permitted locations for performances, age of the intended audience, and the scope and appeal for prurient interest.” The memo was posted to the State Senate website and later taken down on Monday evening.
The Berks County Republican Committee is appealing a judge's decision concerning ballot counts in the November elections. The committee filed an appeal in Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court this month to overturn a judge's order that stated the committee had failed to "plead and verify" specific acts of fraud or error. Committee Chairman Clay Breece said in a statement that they appealed because they believe that a manual recount should be granted under the state election code.
State Police have announced the end of a 35-year-old mystery. On October 22nd 1987, a tractor-trailer crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike killing the two people inside. The driver, a man from California, was quickly identified, but the identity of the other victim has remained a mystery for all of these years. Authorities yesterday announced that forensic DNA testing has led to the unknown victim being identified as Linda Jean McClure. McClure of Indiana County, was 26-years-old at the time of the accident.
New Jersey state lawmakers have advanced a bill that would make it easier for students to use their preferred names on their diplomas. The measure would apply to all public and private schools. They could deny requests only if someone misrepresented their identity, avoid a legal obligation or used inappropriate language. Critics say it would trouble them to change names on a diploma and Christian groups say it would infringe on their religious freedoms. The bill passed out of the Assembly Higher Education Committee Monday.
Former Phillie third baseman Scott Rolen is the lone player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by baseball writers. He tells the MLB Network the idea of being a Hall of Famer never occurred to him during his career. "You don't think about this. You about doing the best you can and play for your team and play the game the best you can. It's a long road. I never thought the Hall of Fame was going to be the answer," Rolen said. Rolen played his first 844 games in with the Phillies, hitting .282 with 150 home runs and 559 runs batted in. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1997.