Lehigh Valley Business Morning Roundup http://www.lvb.com/section/Roundup Morning Roundup News News en-us Copyright 2016 Lehigh Valley Business Journal Thu, 26 May 2016 22:18:32 EST Thu, 26 May 2016 22:18:32 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529903&source=RSS World oil prices back at 50 World oil prices have just passed a key milestone on their long journey out of the doldrums, hitting 50 for the first time in six months. Thu, 26 May 2016 08:17:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529903&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529904&source=RSS Bethlehem zoners turn down Lehigh U. apartments request BETHLEHEM, Pa. - In a move one member referred to as &#8220just following the law&#8221, the Bethlehem Zoning Hearing Board Wednesday denied a request from Lehigh University to build a three-story apartment building on a 9,100 square-foot lot located at the southwest corner of West Packer and Montclair Avenues to house newly hired staff,. . . Thu, 26 May 2016 08:14:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529904&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529905&source=RSS Solar-powered flight around the world touches down in Lehigh Valley Solar Impulse 2 landed Wednesday night at Lehigh Valley International Airport, having traveled two-thirds around the world fueled only by solar energy. Thu, 26 May 2016 08:12:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529905&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529906&source=RSS Energy companies lead the way as US stocks keep rising NEW YORK AP -- U. S. stocks are continuing to climb Wednesday as energy companies rise with the price of oil. Mining and chemical companies are trading higher and banks continue to climb. Hewlett Packard Enterprise agreed to sell a business to Computer Sciences, and both stocks are jumping. Wed, 25 May 2016 15:22:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529906&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529907&source=RSS Estate tax not worth eliminating, according to think tank's report A new report released Wednesday by New Jersey Policy Perspective is questioning the wisdom of a recent legislative push to phase out the state's estate tax, given that just 4 to 5 percent of all New Jersey estates are taxable annually. Wed, 25 May 2016 15:18:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529907&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529908&source=RSS Weis to buy five Baltimore-area Mars stores Weis Markets has entered into a deal with Mars Super Markets Inc. to purchase five Mars stores in Baltimore County, Md. Wed, 25 May 2016 15:10:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529908&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529909&source=RSS Corporate takeovers, more cremations and endless maintenance, but compassion remains at the core of the cemetery industry It's two weeks before Memorial Day, and Michael Nally and his staff at Charles Evans Cemetery in Reading are hard at work to ensure the graves and grounds around them are as manicured as possible. Wed, 25 May 2016 15:06:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160526/LVB01/160529909&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529920&source=RSS CEO pay climbs again, even as their stock prices don't NEW YORK AP -- CEOs at the biggest companies got a 4. 5 percent pay raise last year. That's almost double the typical American worker's, and a lot more than investors earned from owning their stocks - a big fat zero. Wed, 25 May 2016 08:19:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529920&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529921&source=RSS Realtors unhappy with Easton's buyer notification inspection program EASTON, Pa. - Real estate agents may have a reputation for putting a positive spin on just about everything, but on Tuesday night before an Easton City Council committee meeting on the city's buyer notification inspection program the Realtors gave Easton a bottom of the barrel rating compared to Bethlehem and Allentown. Wed, 25 May 2016 08:17:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529921&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529922&source=RSS Air Products employees treated for chemical exposure Two employees were taken to an area hospital for treatment following a chemical exposure Tuesday afternoon at Air Products' corporate headquarters in Lehigh County, the company said. Wed, 25 May 2016 08:15:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529922&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529923&source=RSS GoPro surges after Red Bull invests in it Good news for all you Tony Hawk wannabees with a camera strapped to your head and an energy drink in one hand while you skateboard down the half pipe. GoPro just entered into a partnership with Red Bull. Tue, 24 May 2016 15:41:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529923&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529924&source=RSS Demand for big industrial space soars past even surging supply, CBRE says at roundtable It wasn't long ago that developers saw a need for big box industrial space in New Jersey and responded in a big way, unleashing a surge of speculative construction that continues today. Tue, 24 May 2016 15:39:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529924&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529925&source=RSS Audit planned for business-focused state grant program A state grant program used largely by businesses to drive economic development projects and create jobs is coming under the microscope. Tue, 24 May 2016 15:37:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529925&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529926&source=RSS Berks company hopes to score with football launcher With a degree in physics from Kutztown University, Fred Hafer Jr. and his father in 2005 bought Omnitech Automation in Emmaus, which builds robotic medical and manufacturing equipment. Tue, 24 May 2016 15:35:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160525/LVB01/160529926&source=RSS http://www.lvb.com/article/20160524/LVB01/160529935&source=RSS Fiat Chrysler names new head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati MILAN AP -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced that its U. S. sales chief will take over the premium Italian Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands. Tue, 24 May 2016 08:21:00 EST http://www.lvb.com/article/20160524/LVB01/160529935&source=RSS