The Allentown School Board is approving the district's proposal to move some students to new locations due to a lack of space. Thursday, the board voted unanimously to move 212 Lincoln Elementary kindergarteners and 100 from Ramos Elementary to the Jackson Building. Dozens of alternative students who are currently using that building will be transferred to the William Penn Building. That building is currently used by high school students in the alternative education program.
The 2017 Freddys were handed out Thursday night at the State Theatre in Easton. Emmaus High School's work on 'Miss Saigon' earned the night's most Freddys with seven. Parkland High School won the night's second-most awards, bringing home five for 'Pippin.' Moravian Academy won the Freddy for Overall Production by a Smaller School.
Two more drug suspects arrested during an early-morning raid in Salisbury Township earlier this month are being detained. They appeared in court for a hearing Thursday after they were arrested in a raid by Township police, Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI at a home on Emmaus Avenue near South 12th Street. Prosecutors say five suspects have had hearings and are being held following the raid that targeted cocaine and heroin dealing.
More than two-million vehicles are expected on the Pennsylania Turnpike over the Memorial Day weekend and they will find no road work. Crews have suspended maintenance work until 11 o'clock Tuesday night. The busiest times on the turnpike will most likely be this afternoon and Monday evening.
The Pennsylvania Senate's advancing legislation to allow online casino-style gambling as lawmakers look for ways to deal with the state's deficit issues. PA senators voted 38-to-12 to approve the just-unveiled bill Wednesday. It would make Pennsylvania the first state to allow both its casinos and lottery to take games online in a quest for money from new and younger players. House approval is still required. The Senate estimates the state would reap more than $100 million next year, primarily from casinos paying for one-time online gambling licenses. It also would allow online gambling parlors in airports, and reinstate a requirement that casinos pay millions of dollars to local governments.
Philadelphia is no longer one of the five biggest cities in the country. For the tenth-consecutive year, Philadelphia continued to grow after decades of population decline. However, in 2016, Phoenix grew to 1,615,017 while Philly now has 1,567,872 residents. Census figures show Philadelphia is adding eight people each day while Phoenix is swelling by 88 people per day.