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As Pennsylvania drug crisis worsens, state government and Lehigh Valley-area coroners disagree on number of deaths

Reviews of data on drug deaths for early 2020 in the Lehigh Valley region show a big discrepancy between state and county coroner data, but all the numbers point to a worsening drug crisis.

Northampton Area will start bringing students back for 4-day in-person instruction in March

Northampton Area School District wants to bring students back into the classroom four days a week beginning in March, starting with elementary schools.

Lehigh County seniors seeking vaccination appointment can call bilingual Allentown hotline

The Allentown Health Bureau has launched a call center to help city and Lehigh County seniors register for COVID-19 vaccinations.

NJ development company pitches ambitious plan to revitalize Allentown’s Front Street corridor, Lehigh riverfront

The Manhattan Building Co., A development company that previously helped revitalize Jersey City and Hoboken, is betting big on Allentown’s Front Street corridor and Lehigh riverfront.

Pennsylvania, federal officials reach $7.6 million settlement with American Zinc Recycling in lawsuit over pollution from Palmerton plant

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have reached a $7.6 million settlement with American Zinc Recycling over pollution from it’s Palmerton plant.

Watch live: Trump accused as ‘inciter in chief’ of Capitol insurrection in opening arguments of impeachment trial. ‘There was method to the madness that day.’

Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial said Wednesday they would prove that Trump was “inciter in chief” of the deadly attack at the Capitol.

10 ways to spruce up your home without leaving your house or buying anything

If you’re spending as much time as possible at home right now, you may suddenly feel inspired to redecorate. After all, there’s nothing like spending 15 hours in your living room to make you rethink that rug or give a cluttered corner some serious side-eye.

Sword-wielding man shot and killed by police in Pennsburg is identified as borough resident

An agitated man armed with a sword was shot dead by police in Pennsburg after threatening an officer, Montgomery County officials reported.

Pennsylvania outlines launch of COVID-19 relief program with grants up to $50,000 for restaurants, other hospitality businesses

Details of the Pennsylvania grant program for hospitality industry businesses hard hit by the pandemic were publicized Wednesday by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Lehigh Valley Mall loses more retailers, including Abercrombie, Littman Jewelers and Yankee Candle, as others prepare their exits

Four more retailers have closed at the the Lehigh Valley Mall amid the coronavirus pandemic, with two more set to close in the coming months.

Where’s the canned cat food? And the Freshpet? Lehigh Valley shoppers find bare shelves in pet food aisle

Lehigh Valley shoppers looking for canned cat food over the weekend found bare shelves at local grocery stores. What’s causing the pet food shortage and how long will it last?

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  • Bethlehem man set fire to rug at Comfort Suites Hotel, court papers allege

    The 32-year-old faces charges of arson and risking a catastrophe, according to court documents.

  • Your View: Biden should stick to his pledge not to ban fracking in Pennsylvania

    Op-ed: President Biden should keep Pennsylvania’s workers and energy industry in mind as he formulates his environmental agenda.

  • Penn State wrestling jumps to No. 3 in latest NWCA coaches poll after win over Wisconsin

    Penn State wrestling has jumped to No. 3 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association’s coaches poll, released Tuesday, after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers, 34-6, in their lone dual last week.

Restaurant rewind: More than 100 Lehigh Valley eateries that opened or closed in 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Lehigh Valley lost longstanding restaurants Ritz Barbecue and Bayleaf in Allentown, along with other beloved spots such as Bear Swamp Diner in Macungie, Paulie’s Family Restaurant in Coplay and Roma Ristorante in Hanover Township, Lehigh County. Still, despite all of the turmoil, hundreds of other local businesses persevered by adapting to the unstable conditions. Dozens even made their debut during the tumultuos time.

  • Are you a Musikfest super fan? Help plan this year’s festival

    Wanted: Musikfest super fans.If you fit the bill, ArtsQuest wants to hear from you to help them build the best festival this year.

  • Medical marijuana dispensary coming soon to Whitehall’s MacArthur Road

    Harvest of Whitehall, a medical marijuana dispensary, is expected open in the coming months at 1809 MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township.

Where to get fastnachts in the Lehigh Valley

Here’s where you can find fastnachts around the Valley.

Valentine’s Day dining: More than 35 Lehigh Valley area restaurants offering sweet deals for sweethearts<b><font color="#df2d1c">| Subscriber Exclusive</font></b>

The coronavirus pandemic can’t stop Cupid’s arrow. Whether you’re planning a romantic meal at home or a date night out on the town, dozens of Lehigh Valley restaurants are still open and serving up mouthwatering Valentine’s Day menus, food specials, cocktails and more.

When can I get the COVID vaccine in Pennsylvania and what are the phases?

Here are the phases of Pennsylvania’s updated COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Find out who is eligible to get vaccinated and when.

The Lehigh Valley’s biggest snowfalls of all time — and how The Morning Call covered them

Here are the Lehigh Valley’s largest snowfalls of all-time, as measured in Allentown.

Wearing masks in the Lehigh Valley | PHOTOS

PHOTO GALLERY: More people are wearing masks around the Lehigh Valley to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Many people are rushing to get coronavirus vaccine, but Black, Latino communities are unsure given history of mistreatment in health care system

“They’re going to have to sell me on it,” Michael Richardson of Allentown said about the Covid vaccine, which he and many other local Black and Latino residents distrust.

Was the Allentown teacher suspended after attending ‘Stop the Steal’ rally within his rights? First Amendment scholars weigh in

Legal experts weigh in on the First Amendment rights of Allentown School District teacher Jason Moorehead, who was suspended after attending a Stop the Steal rally in Washington, D.C.

Drug overdose deaths surge 19% in Lehigh Valley region as Pennsylvania coronavirus restrictions compromise addiction recovery

Evidence is mounting that the Pennsylvania drug overdose crisis has been made worse by coronavirus restrictions, and data collected from coroners by The Morning Call shows drug deaths in the eight-county Lehigh Valley region increased by 19% in the first six months of 2020.

Tale of two courthouses: Lehigh County facing possible two-year backlog of jury trials due to COVID, Northampton jurors eager to serve during pandemic

Residents remain reluctant to answer the call for jury duty at the Lehigh County Courthouse while COVID-19 is in the air, creating a backlog that one judge estimated could take up to two years to clear. But in neighboring Northampton County, the situation is exactly the opposite.

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  • The Morning Call Podcast: Has more than $1 billion of redevelopment changed how people view Allentown?

    Downtown Allentown has changed drastically in the last decade of development, thanks to more than $1 billion of investment from a special taxing district. Has it worked? We asked Lehigh Valley residents whether their perceptions of Allentown have changed.

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