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Several counties north of New York City have entered the first phase of the state’s four-part reopening process as the coronavirus pandemic eases. Tuesday's development came after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the region had met the criteria for reopening. Those include declining deaths and hospitalizations. Also, Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city has hired 1,700 coronavirus contact tracers. That's a crucial step in getting the city closer to meeting reopening requirements. And the trading floor of the New York Stock exchange is open for the first time in two months. Traders must wear masks and stay 6 feet apart. Read more

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NESQUEHONING, Pa. - Four people are facing charges after allegedly letting a three-year-old boy get a hold of a fatal dose of fentanyl in Carbon County earlier this year. Read more

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BERWYN, Pa., May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Triumph Group, Inc. [NYSE: TGI] announced that Triumph Systems & Support was recently awarded a six-year contract extension for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services on an international CH-47 Chinook fleet. Triumph's Systems, Electronics and Controls operating company will provide product repair and overhaul services for the fleet's EMC-32T hydromechanical fuel control, technical support and product investigations as part of the long-term agreement. Read more

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The Pac-12 Conference says it is allowing voluntary workouts on campus for all sports beginning June 15, subject to the decision of each school and where allowed by local and state guidelines. The decision was made by the presidents and chancellors of the conference schools and followed an announcement by the NCAA that schools can reopen for voluntary activities beginning next Monday The conference's COVID-19 medical advisory committee created a series of guidelines and protocols for schools to follow once they decide to open for individual workouts.  Read more

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Stocks have risen as the New York Stock Exchange opened its trading floor for the first time in more than two months. The reopening Tuesday is a largely symbolic move but an important one as the world strives to kick-start the economy during the pandemic. It comes as the U.S. braces for a grim milestone: at least 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus. And infections are mounting rapidly in places like Brazil and India. A top global health official warned that the crisis is far from over as the coronavirus continues to rage around the globe. Read more

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Officials in the House and Senate said Tuesday they expected votes on a roughly $25.8 billion package this week. Read more

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A rookie at the major league minimum would make a higher percentage of his salary than multimillionaire stars like Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole under a sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely disappointing.” Major League Baseball made the proposal to the players’ union rather than the 50-50 revenue-sharing plan that owners initially approved for their negotiators on May 11, several people familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press. The union said “the sides also remain far apart on health and safety protocols” aimed at starting the pandemic-delayed season around the Fourth of July. Read more

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(The Center Square) - Pennsylvania lawmakers unveiled a two-part budget strategy this week as uncertainty over the state’s tax revenues grows. Read more

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People in the Lehigh Valley have been repeatedly encouraged to stay home. For divorced families, that's raised some questions about if and how that impacts joint custody agreements. Read more

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More than 30,000 letters have been mailed out, notifying voters of the changes ahead of an unprecedented primary election. Read more

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In a post-COVID-19 world, development in the Lehigh Valley might have an opportunity to grow. Read more

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Virgin Orbit engineers are analyzing data to find out what caused the maiden flight of its air-launched satellite booster to fail. The problem occurred soon after the LauncherOne rocket was released Monday from a Boeing 747 jetliner off the Southern California coast. Virgin Orbit says the launch was not terminated by the autonomous flight safety system, which would have been triggered if the rocket left its flight corridor. The company says there was a “clean release” from the jet and the rocket lighted its engine as planned. What happened next remains to be determined.  The company is building six other rockets. Read more

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Walt Disney World is presenting its plans for reopening after being shuttered since mid-March because of the new coronavirus. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings says Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando will present their proposals for phased reopenings before an Orange County task force on Wednesday. If Demings signs off on them, the plans will be sent to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for approval. Earlier this month, Disney World allowed third-party businesses at its dining and shopping complex to open with new restrictions. Crosstown rival, Universal Orlando, presented its reopening proposal last week to county officials, saying it would reopen June 5.  Read more

The main budget bill squeaked by the House, 103-99, just hours after it was unveiled Tuesday. Every Democrat and six Republicans opposed it. Senate votes were expected this week. Read more

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The Trump administration says most people with Medicare will have access to prescription plans next year that limit their copays for insulin to a maximum of $35 a month. Tuesday's announcement comes as President Donald Trump returns to the issue of drug prices to woo older people whose votes will be critical to his reelection prospects. Insulin is used by millions of people with diabetes to keep their blood sugars within normal ranges. The administration helped insulin manufacturers and insurers reach a deal. Democrats including presidential candidate Joe Biden want to go much further and authorize Medicare to negotiate prices for all prescription drugs.  Read more

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(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania’s unemployment trust fund, the mechanism used alongside the federal CARES Act to provide benefits to unemployed residents amid COVID-19, could face insolvency if the number of claimants remains high into the summer. Read more

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The state of California is suing CBS, Disney and producers of the long-running series “Criminal Minds,” alleging that the show’s cinematographer engaged in rampant sexual misconduct against crew members for years. The suit filed Tuesday by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing says the show’s production team condoned the behavior of cinematographer Gregory St. Johns throughout the 14 years he spent on “Criminal Minds,” and fired more than a dozen men who objected to his unwanted groping and sexual harassment. Emails to representatives for the defendants were not immediately returned.  Read more

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The exhibition is out of the way. Now it's time for real golf from Colonial when the PGA Tour season resumes. And AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson says it won't be nearly as much fun. For one thing, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady won't be playing. And the players won't be wearing microphones. The “Champions for Charity” match Sunday was a big hit because it was a hit-and-giggle event that raised some serious money for COVID-19 relief funds. But viewers can't expect the same level of entertainment when players put a scorecard in their pocket and every shot counts. Read more

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Police in Carbon County are on the scene where two bodies were discovered in a home Tuesday afternoon. Read more

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BERWYN, Pa., May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE: TGI) ("Triumph" or the "Company") today provided an update on the current impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the business and the steps the Company is taking to mitigate it. Read more

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Dangerous blood clots that can cause strokes and other life-threatening problems are increasingly being reported in coronavirus patients. Even tiny clots that can damage tissue throughout the body have been seen in hospitalized patients and in autopsies. This feature of the disease is confounding doctors’ understanding of what was once considered mainly a respiratory infection. It's also raising questions about prevention and treatment. Some conditions that make some COVID-19 patients vulnerable to severe complications, including obesity and diabetes, can increase clot risks.  But many authorities believe how the virus attacks and the way the body responds play a role.  Read more

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The author of a federal report that found U.S. hospitals faced severe shortages of coronavirus test supplies says she is not intimidated by criticism from President Donald Trump. That's even after Trump moved to replace her as chief watchdog of the Department of Health and Human Services. Christi Grimm, who has served as acting inspector general since January, told a House panel that there was no “chilling effect” from Trump’s criticism of her last month and his subsequent move to replace her. She told the oversight panel that "we are plowing ahead” with 14 new reports and audits on health spending.  Read more

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Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure said he's tired of the county not getting its fair share of funding for road and bridge improvement projects. Read more

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PHILADELPHIA, May 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Please see below for links to each of the Aberdeen Standard Investments U.S. closed-end monthly factsheets including performance and portfolio composition as of April 30, 2020. Read more

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The two candidates -- Dr. Gary Wegman and Laura Quick -- are looking to flip the seat occupied by first-term Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser.  Read more

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The NHL says it will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams if it is able to resume play. Commissioner Gary Bettman says the decision is not a guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and its players' union must still figure out safety protocols and other issues, including where to play in two host cities. Under the expanded format, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series. The league has been shut down since March.  Read more

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WHITE TWP., N.J. | New Jersey State Police arrested a Warren County man last week on animal cruelty charges after the alleged abuse was caught on film. Read more

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The Hunterdon County woman was sentenced to probation in child endangerment case Read more

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