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Housenick Park mansion break-in try causes $1K-plus in damage, cops say

A 21-year-old from Bethlehem is charged with trespass and criminal mischief in the incident.

Michael P. Ohm (Courtesy photo | For 
A Bethlehem man wa…

Police: College student had jar filled with marijuana

The 26-year-old also was charged with having a prohibited weapon, an expandable baton.

A 26-year-old college student was charged with drug crimes after police said they found mar…

Moravian College student accused in armed robbery faces more charges

The Moravian College student is accused of robbing another student at gunpoint.

A Moravian College student accused of robbing another student at gunpoint is facing two addit…

‘Phantom’ vehicle’s swerve leads to 2 I-78 wrecks, police say

Two people were hurt, authorities said.

Pennsylvania State Police say two vehicles crashed at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 78 East in Lower Saucon Township, before a se…

Find out how much NCC tuition is going up next year

The college’s Board of Trustees passed the 2017-18 budget Thursday night.

Northampton Community College students will see a slight tuition jump next year.

Thursday evening the NCC Board of Trustees approved the college’s $85.4 million 2017-18 operating and capital budget and set the school tuition rates for next year.

Due to funding uncertainty, the college held off on announcing tentative tuition rates, as it typically does, when it released its budget draft in January.

The final spending plan hikes tuition for Northampton County students by almost 3 percent. It means that full-time students will pay $2,115 a semester to take up to 18 credits. The per credit rate will rise $4 to $141.

Think you’re adventuresome? There’s a degree for that at NCC

Currently, tuition is $137 per credit for in-county students, or $2,055 for full-time students who pay the flat tuition rate.

The operating budget increased 1.8 percent over last year’s spending plan.  Last year, trustees voted to increase tuition by 3 percent — lower than the 4.5 percent proposed — or $4 more a credit. It was the college’s lowest hike in six years.

The budget was approved by the college’s eight sponsoring school districts, which were collectively asked to increase their contribution by 1.6 percent. However, each district’s share of the budget is determined by a formula that looks at how many of its graduates attended NCC in recent years.

The budget includes no new jobs but does add several new proposed programs.

The college is adding an ecotourism program at the Monroe County campus.

The college is also expanding its public safety offerings with three homeland security tracks: global, public health and cybersecurity.

Northampton wishes to enhance its online courses with a public health and emergency services administration program and add in a summer theater program.

Sponsoring school districts’ shares

Eight school districts pay a share of the operating budget determined by a formula that takes into account how many of each district’s graduates attended the school in the past five years.

NCC’s 2017-18 budget:

  • Bangor Area: 0.56 percent increase to $411,499.
  • Bethlehem Area: 1.17 percent increase to $2.42 million.
  • Easton Area: 2 percent increase to $1.3 million.
  • Nazareth Area: 1.65 percent increase to $618,732.
  • Northampton Area: 3.1 percent increase to $773,728.
  • Pen Argyl Area: 0.62 percent increase to $247,832.
  • Saucon Valley: 1.88 percent increase to $285,480.
  • Wilson Area: 2.5 percent increase to $306,759.

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Rt. 22 East briefly shut by 4-vehicle crash in Bethlehem Twp.

Two minor injuries are reported.

Route 22 East was shut for about 20 minutes early Friday afternoon after a four-vehicle accident just east of the Route 33 entrance ramp, au…

Paramedic meets baby he helped revive 27 years later

A former paramedic with the Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Co. was reunited Sunday with a patient from May 1990.

A.J. Heightman calls it nothing short of a miracle 27 years ag…

2 charged after 90 mph police pursuit follows Wegmans theft, cops say

They are accused in a theft spree that spanned two Northampton County municipalities.

Two men face charges after their arrests following Wednesday’s police pursuit from Wegmans …

New McDonald’s will be unlike any other in Lehigh Valley, Philly

The fast-food fixture is getting a complete overhaul, from curb to kiosk, complete with pica de gallo and artisan bread.

An area fixture for 37 years, McDonald’s on Nazareth Pike…

Grading the Lehigh Valley’s hospitals for safety

The Leapfrog Group used 28 measures of hospital safety data to issue hospital safety scores.