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Sunday, July 27, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.

Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for thunderstorms today and tonight.

Some thunderstorms may produce heavy rainfall, damaging winds and hail.

Here is the forecast.

Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10am. Some of the storms could produce small hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ÿ The design standards for the Pennsylvania Turnpike were a marked change from previous highway construction efforts. The original limits were from Middlesex, west of Harrisburg, to Irwin, east of Pittsburgh, a distance of 160 miles.

Ÿ Plans called for a 200-foot right of way with two 12-foot lanes of travel in each direction with medians, berms, long entrance and exit ramps, banked curves and separated grade crossings. In order to get the project completed in 20 months, 1,100 engineers were employed.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Top 10 donors to Gov. Tom Corbett

1. Republican Governors Association $1.8 million

2. John M. Templeton Jr. (president and CEO of the John Templeton Foundation) $420,000

3. John S. Middleton (an owner of the Philadelphia Phillies) $300,000

4. H.F. Lenfest (owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer) $252,000

5. PA Future Fund PAC (business PAC) $152,500

6. Albert R. Boscov (chairman and CEO of Boscov's Department Stores) $150,000

7. Joseph Neubauer (chairman and CEO of Aramark) $125,000

Saturday, July 26, 2014

As a business leader and involved citizen in the Lehighton area, Allstate exclusive agency owner Kurt Ridgway of the John Kurtz Ridgway Agency has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2014.

The Allstate Premier Agency designation is bestowed on less than 48 percent of Allstate's nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country and 40 percent of Allstate's Pennsylvania agencies. This designation is being presented to Ridgway for his outstanding business performance and commitment to putting customers at the center of his agency's work.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Resident Andrew Jordan asks borough council how they plan to help residents who are affected by high flood insurance costs.

After years of frustration, a group of Palmerton residents are at their tipping point over flood insurance costs.

So much so that a crowd of about 35 residents came out to voice their displeasure with the situation before borough council on Thursday.

On hand to attempt to address some of their concerns were William F. Hanley, Senior Economic Development Specialist, who attended on behalf of 17th District Rep. Matt Cartwright, and Timm Berger, district office manager for state Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon).

Saturday, July 26, 2014
LARRY NEFF/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

A tree trimmer was seriously injured Friday morning when his truck rolled away while he was in the bucket trimming a tree. The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. along Walnut Drive in Northampton County. The worker was in the bucket of the truck on a hill of a private residence. Authorities believe the truck either rolled away while the worker was in the bucket of the truck or slid on the wet grass. The unit continued down the hill until impact with a tree. According to radio reports the worker was ejected from the bucket.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Some interstates will be seeing increased speed limits in the very near future, but local police officials see no such need for speed in their communities.

Tamaqua Chief of Police Rick Weaver and Rush Township Sgt. Duane Frederick share the same opinion on the news from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation that speed limits on certain sections of the turnpike and interstates will be increased to 70 mph.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Increases in speed limits on portions of interstates 80 and 380 could be just a start for highways across the state.

"After thorough analysis and reviewing other states' practices, (the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation) is piloting this speed limit so we can use the data to determine where else the maximum speed could be increased," said state Transportation Secretary and Turnpike Commissioner Barry J. Schoch earlier this week.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Cerra

W. Andrew Worthington, President and CEO of Bushkill Group Inc. and chairman of the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center Board of Directors welcomes Carmine Cerra, MD, and Richard Staneski, former vice president of finance and administration at East Stroudsburg University to the board.

"On behalf of our board, we look forward to working closely with Dr. Cerra and Mr. Staneski to continue to move this organization forward by always focusing on our patients and their needs," Worthington said.