Dave Mattei? No Way!

Mattei at a picnicEarlier this year, State Rep. Joe Emrick was well on his way to another two years in office in the 137th state house district. For a second time, Democrats had failed to field someone to run against a hardcore conservative Republican …

Should Pa Try Ranked Choice Voting?

Though I’m unaware of any movement in that direction here, voters in Maine will decide this November whether to adopt something called ranked-choice voting. Under our current system, the person with the most votes wins, even if it is only a plurality. …

Who’s the NIZ Arson Bug?

September 25, 2016. A fire breaks out in center city Allentown at 20 S Hall Street. It is ruled an arson. Same thing for a 2014 fire at 27 S 8th St and a 2015 blaze at S 8th Street, near Walnut.What do these arsons have in common?All are smack dab in t…

Why Joanne Jackson Will Lose to Justin Simmons

Justin Simmons is a hard-core conservative Republican representing people from three different counties who have been thrown together in the 131st District. Since he first upset Karen Beyer in 2011, he has been targeted by Democrats and Republicans ali…

$476,000 in Casino Grants For Local Municipalities

Karen Collis and Jay FinniganIn April, Northampton County’s nine-member Gaming Authority awarded nearly $2.2 million in grants to communities surrounding the Sands Casino, including $407,000 to help fund a regional crime center. But because it failed t…

When’s the deadline to register to vote in PA, Jersey?

We’ve rounded up the important deadlines for you.

Voter registrationA voter registration sign is seen before a viewing event for the first 2016 presidential debate Getty Images 

If you want to vote in the presidential election Nov. 8, but you’re not yet registered to vote, time is running out.

Pennsylvania’s voter registration deadline is Oct. 11. while in New Jersey it is Oct. 18. The mail-in absentee ballot deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1  in Pennsylvania and Nov. 1 in Jersey.

If you are now 17 but will turn 18 on or before election day you can register to vote in either state.

Poll: Who won the first presidential debate?

Pennsylvanians can register online with the Department of State here or send a form postmarked by Oct. 11 to their county voter registration office. Download a blank form here. (Active duty military or hospitalized or bedridden veterans can register at any time.)

New Jersey residents must fill out a voter registration form and/or a party affiliation form and return it to their county commissioner of registration or superintendent of elections. Find your county’s form here.

In Pennsylvania, you are not officially registered until your registration form is processed and accepted by your county voter registration office.

In New Jersey, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older on election day, lived in the county for 30 days and not currently be serving a sentence, probation or parole for a felony conviction.

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Easton shooting suspect in custody in Pa. 7 months after N.J. arrest

The Newark man, formerly from Easton, is accused in a shooting during a drug deal-turned-robbery, police say.

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The suspect in a March shooting in Easto…

Attorney: Drop sex assault charges against ex-Children’s Home staffer

The 33-year-old former staffer is accused of sexually assaulting three teens at the Wilson Borough home.

A defense attorney for a former staff member accused of sexually assaulti…

Live wires: PPL trains rescuers on electrical safety (PHOTOS)

A new exhibit features a mini electrical distribution system that shows the dangers of contacting live wires.

PPL Electric Utilities is unveiling a new tool that it says dem…

Lawnmower in garage sparked devastating Stewartsville fire

Warren County Fire Marshal Joe Lake determined the blaze that destroyed a Greenwich Township home was accidental.

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A fire that destroyed a Greenwich To…

Lehigh County man charged with 500 counts of child porn

A tipster alerted police about the man downloading the images, detectives said.

A tipster led police to a Lehigh County man who had hundreds of images of child pornography, inves…

Severely burned survivor of deadly crash to stay in county prison

Prison officials say they weighed their options when it came to treating the 27-year-old.

The man who was severely burned in a deadly crash that police say he caused while drunk …

Charges reduced in stolen plush dog case at Dorney Park

Jameelah Harrison, of the Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, and prosecutors dropped charges of theft and resisting arrest.

A woman accused of stealing a…

Allentown fire in building at redevelopment site is arson

The three-story structure at 20 S. Hall St. was to be demolished.

A fire that destroyed an abandoned building targeted for redevelopment was intentionally set, according to the A…

Judge allows ex-Easton Area administrator’s lawsuit to stand

Stephen Furst claims he was forced out of the Easton Area School District.

A Northampton County judge will allow a former Easton Area School District administrator’s lawsuit…