Police are investigating a Thursday evening murder in Palmer Township. Police were called to the parking lot of the AutoZone on 25th Street around 7 o'clock last night. When they arrived, they found a male victim inside a vehicle with gunshot wounds to the head. Northammpton County DA John Morganelli says police know who did it. "At this time, there is a person in custody who is a suspect," the DA says. Morganelli hasn't released the name of the suspect and the Northampton County Coroner's office hasn't identified the victim.
There's another Republican candidate looking to become the next mayor of Allentown. Luis Garcia announced his candidacy Thursday outside his childhood home on Greenleaf Street. Garcia is an Allentown policeman and is the third Republican candidate and tenth overall to announce a run for mayor. The city has never had a Hispanic mayor.
A 32-year-old Lehigh Township man is accused of having child pornography. Sean Reichart allegedly downloaded over 30 images and nearly 20 videos of child porn. He was arraigned Thursday and taken to Northampton County Prison. Reichart was identified as one of dozens of users sharing photos and videos through an instant messenger.
A new poll of 816 Pennsylvania residents indicates the majority of us aren't pleased with the direction the state and the nation are headed. 66 percent of those surveyed say the country is on the wrong track, while 52 percent say Pennsylvania is headed in the wrong direction. The poll also gauged the job approval numbers for President Trump and Gov. Wolf. Only 32 percent of those polled rate Trump's performance as excellent or good, while 67 percent grade his work as fair or poor. 38 percent give Wolf an excellent or good rating, while 54 percent assign him a fair or poor grade.
Governor Wolf is making a big public push to emphasize the number of people getting insurance under the 2010 Federal Health Care Law. The governor's arguing that many in the commonwealth would suffer if congress makes good on a promise to repeal the medicaid expansion that's currently insuring about 700-thousand Pennsylvanians. The Wolf administration was making the case anew Wednesday at an event in the Capitol rotunda, after top house Republicans last week unveiled a rough sketch of a plan that could mean dramatic changes to the law. The law's advocates are holding town hall events to discuss its benefits and are inviting Republican members of Congress to attend. so far, they're not showing up.
Philadelphia officials are sharing new numbers regarding revenue from the city's new sweetened-beverage tax. The city now says $5.7 million was taken in for the month of January, which is well above the city manager's original projection of $2.3 million. Soda distributors have claimed the tax has resulted in a deep sales cut and have threatened layoffs this week as a result. Revenue from the tax is earmarked to fund Philadelphia's new pre-K education program, along with other initiatives.
A former state senator is switching jobs and getting a huge pay bump. Sean Logan resigned Thursday as chair of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission only to be appointed to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. His salary also jumped from about $30,000 to $145,000. He replaces Greg Fajt, who served the maximum of three, two-year terms. Logan was named to the turnpike commission in 2013 and took over as the chairman in 2015.
Hillary Clinton is coming back to Pennsylvania. The former Democratic presidential candidate will be the keynote speaker for the Society of Irish Women's annual dinner in Scranton on March 17th. Clinton's late father was a Scranton native.
The number of flu cases is up in New Jersey. Flu activity across New Jersey is more than 13 times higher than it was in the middle of February last year. Health officials are reminding residents that they can still get flu shots. Those especially at risk of coming down with the flu include children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.
You better hold onto those balloons in Atlantic City or you could find yourself forking over $500. City council approved that fine for anyone who releases helium-filled balloons in the city. The bill aims to keep the ocean clean and to protect animals that can eat them after mistaking them for jellyfish. It's already illegal to release balloons in Ventnor, Margate and Longport.
The Philadelphia 76ers are saying goodbye to a first-round draft pick after Thursday's NBA trade deadline. The Sixers sent power forward Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks Thursday in exchange for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a conditional first-round draft pick. The Sixers did not deal center Jahlil Okafor, who had also been a subject of trade rumors for quite a while.