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Defining Evidence Down

ssir.org — Each year governments spend billions of dollars on programs addressing poverty, education, health, and other social issues. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of these funds are being spent on programs with strong evidence that they work. Evidence-based policy-sometimes called "Moneyball for Government"-is a small, but growing, effort to change this.

Republicans Seek a New Tool in Combating Poverty: Evidence

govexec.com — House Republicans staked their claim to a share of the evidence-based policy movement last week. The proposals were embedded in a larger Republican framework for addressing poverty, the first in a series of such reports that are expected to be released over the next few weeks.

Obama Administration’s New Performance Grade: Improved, But Work Remains

govexec.com — The Obama administration has made substantial progress in measuring federal program effectiveness, but more needs to be done to shift federal funding to programs that work, according to a scorecard released Monday by Results for America, a bipartisan advocacy organization that supports greater performance in government.

Patrick Lester - GovExec.com

govexec.com — Government news resource covering technology, performance, employment, telework, cybersecurity, and more for federal employees.

There’s New Hope for Proponents of Evidence-Based Policy

govexec.com — Architect of the U.S. Capitol Efforts to broaden the use of data and research in federal policymaking may receive a substantial boost from a commission created by Congress last month. The new Evidence-based Policymaking Commission, established by legislation signed by President Obama on March 30, is charged with identifying ways to increase the use of such information.

Church Lane bridge in Lower Macungie to be closed Friday

mcall.com — The Church Lane bridge in Lower Macungie Township will be closed Friday - earlier than previously expected - in preparation for repairs that the state is requiring to improve the safety of the span.

Hidden In the Partisan Budget Divide: An Agreement on Evidence-Based Policy

govexec.com — A joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives in 2014. Drop of Light/Shutterstock.com Presidential budgets are often greeted with little enthusiasm when Congress is controlled by the opposite party. This year's Obama budget is no exception. But buried within the president's $4.15 trillion budget are recommendations on evidence-based policymaking that may prove more influential than some expect.

Whole Foods becomes second Costco center store with liquor license

mcall.com — Whole Foods Market Group on Thursday received approval for a liquor license transfer that will allow the company to serve alcohol at its first Lehigh Valley store in Lower Macungie Township. Commissioners unanimously approved the transfer to the future Whole Foods store at the planned Costco-anchored Hamilton Crossings shopping center between Hamilton Boulevard and the Route 222 bypass at Krocks Road.

Driver nearly hits Allentown police captain road crew on Lehigh Street

mcall.com — As Allentown police and emergency workers tried to detour traffic Tuesday so repair crews could fix a gaping sinkhole on Lehigh Street, a 38-year-old man tried to take a shortcut, driving through the barricaded street and almost running them down when they tried to stop him, according to court records.

Hellertown man falls victim to Microsoft phone scam

mcall.com — A 73-year-old Lower Saucon Township man fell victim to an over-the-phone computer scam this week, Lower Saucon Township police said. The victim, who told police that he was contacted Tuesday by a man claiming to be a representative of Microsoft conducting an update on his computer.
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Jan 23, 2016

RT @UDPD_SgtSteveO: Conditions in Upper Darby require thinking outside the box to get around. https://t.co/Ecfvy8VPne

Jan 23, 2016

RT @PPLElectric: If you're running a generator, remember not to use it indoors or in any other enclosed or partially enclosed space, including your garage.

Nov 10, 2015

RT @jess_long: .@PPLElectric's Chris taught 1st responders how to be safe around electricity.#1 always assume downed wires are live https://t.co/JR3G94aepb

Oct 13, 2015

RT @RoyHalladay: Chase Utley plays the game the way it was meant! If Joe Torre knew him he would know he made a mistake! #FreeUtley http://t.co/m0fMAwknRY

Sep 24, 2015

RT @TheGoodPhight: the last time the phillies lost 100 games, they were bad

Sep 03, 2015

RT @PPLElectric: This week in 1882, Thomas Edison turned on the nation’s first electric lighting system, in NYC. It was one of his brighter ideas. #tbt

Sep 02, 2015

RT @jess_long: #LLWS has us all in the baseball spirit! @PPLElectric employees volunteered their Sat. to help Garrett Field in Lanc. http://t.co/fED1TDwpDR

Aug 24, 2015

RT @PPLElectric: Our linemen see a lot out in the field. And when they see an emergency, they're ready to help:  http://ow.ly/RiVUw 

Aug 15, 2015

RT @PhillySportPast: 8/15/1990: Terry Mulholland pitched a no-hitter for the #Phillies at the Vet in a 6-0 win vs the #Giants (VIDEO)  http://bit.ly/1a6lx11 


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