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Markets looking for another lifeline from the Fed

Source: CNBC

Markets are looking for another handout from the Fed, so whatever Fed Chair Janet Yellen says or does not say Friday will be a big deal Read More »»

Small property with big commercial ramifications rejected for zoning change

Source: WFMZ News

A request to rezone a 5.34-acre property along the north side of Spring Creek Road, where it intersects Route 100 and Trexlertown Road in Lower Macungie Township, was rejected in a 3-2 vote by township commissioners Thursday night. Read More »»

Pennsylvania medical marijuana proposal dead for now

Source: The Express-Times/Lehigh Valley Live

Pennsylvania efforts to create a medical marijuana program have been vaporized, for now. Read More »»

Sports betting bill heads to Christie’s desk after Assembly approval

Source: NJ Biz

The Assembly resoundingly voted 73-4 in favor of legislation Thursday that would lift the state’s ban on sports betting and effectively pave the way for casinos and racetracks to begin taking wagers on games. Read More »»

Survey: Two-thirds of Obamacare marketplace enrollees will change plans in 2015

Source: Central Penn Business Journal

Two-thirds of people who have health insurance via the Obamacare marketplaces say they'll change plans in 2015, according to a new survey by Radius Global Market Research. Read More »»

New Ventures: Well-known silversmith opens new shop

Source: Lehigh Valley Business

A well-known Lehigh Valley retailer held a grand opening Sept. 26 in its new location. Read More »»

Can we forget about a Fed rate hike in 2015?

Source: CNBC

With global equities seeing severe bouts of volatility and some major European indexes entering bear market territory, traders and investors have thrown down the gauntlet to the U.S. Federal Reserve, which had been edging towards a period of tighter monetary policy. Read More »»

Berkheimer tax collector out in South Whitehall Twp.

Source: WFMZ News

The South Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners adopted a motion to terminate their tax collection contract with Berkheimer Tax Administrators during Wednesday night's meeting. Read More »»

Lower Saucon officials debate over public or private meeting with gas pipeline proposer

Source: The Express-Times/ Lehigh Valley Live

Lower Saucon Township officials want to meet with the company looking to build a natural gas pipeline through the township but they got in a heated debated Wednesday night whether that meeting should be public or not. Read More »»

Market 'freak out': Stocks rebound from scary plunge

Source: CNN Money

Don't blink. Otherwise you're bound to miss a wild swing in this increasingly-violent stock market. Read More »»

Bill would put alternative-energy vehicle taxes toward Transportation Trust Fund

Source: NJ Biz

As it stands now, electricity-, natural gas- and hydrogen-powered vehicles drive on the same roads as regular cars, but contribute to New Jersey’s transportation maintenance and improvement almost none at all. Read More »»

Toomey, Perry urge comments against EPA proposal

Source: Central Penn Business Journal

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and Rep. Scott Perry railed against a federal rule proposal they said would bring virtually every piece of water under federal jurisdiction. Read More »»

ON THE FRONT LINE Adam Fairchild of Easton Outdoor Co.

Source: Lehigh Valley Business

Adam Fairchild owns Easton Outdoor Co. (, an independent outdoor specialty store that sells apparel, footwear and equipment, specializing in products for hiking, camping, climbing, running and casual. Read More »»

Europe could save up to $80 billion in energy imports as prices plunge

Source: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union could save up to $80 billion (50.21 billion pounds) in energy imports if oil prices remain low, providing some relief to households and companies in a region that has been laid low for the last five years. Read More »»

Proposal for age-restricted community tabled in Lower Mac

Source: WFMZ News

Developers of a proposed age-restricted housing development were looking for some green lights from the Lower Macungie Planning Commission Tuesday night, but could not tell planners how many homes they intend to build. Read More »»

Lower Saucon Council to hear report on ways to draw, keep business

Source: The Express-Times/Lehigh Valley Live

Wednesday night, Lower Saucon Township Council is expected to hear a report from its Economic Development Task Force that's been more than nine months in the making. Read More »»

Keyless 'smart lock' space gets more crowded

Source: MSN Money

Technological advancements in the home are nothing new. But now homeowners can get keyless access to their homes via the August Smart Lock, which uses Bluetooth low energy technology in conjunction with Apple (AAPL) iOS and Google (GOOGL) Android platforms. Read More »»

The GoPro bubble has burst

Source: CNN Money

GoPro founder and CEO Nick Woodman talks with CNNMoney's Cristina Alesci about the company's strategy against smartphone competitors and its gains as a newly public company. Read More »»

Through changes and challenges, libraries still offer businesses a lot

Source: Central Penn Business Journal

Yes, funding and technology changes are reshaping the public library landscape. Read More »»

Dormant quarries could see new industry

Source: Lehigh Valley Business

Do long-dormant quarries in the Lehigh Valley have potential for bringing back manufacturing and industrial jobs and economic growth to blighted, vacant properties? Read More »»

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