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Katherine Reinhard

Katherine Reinhard

Katherine Reinhard, a veteran journalist, is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Lehigh Valley Correspondent and a co-editor of Armchair Lehigh Valley, a Substack newsletter focused on politics in the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton region.

ACLU, disability advocates call on Lehigh Co. DA to halt drop box monitoring plan

By: - May 6, 2022

District Attorney Jim Martin's plan crosses the line into voter intimidation, they argue

Lehigh County DA to monitor ballot drop-off boxes for violators

By: - April 27, 2022

Voters could face charges for delivering more than one ballot, Lehigh County's top prosecutor has said.

Democrat Enid Santiago survives petition challenge in Lehigh Valley’s 134th House District seat 

By: - April 13, 2022

She will face incumbent Democratic state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, who was among her petition challengers.

Lehigh DA: Hundreds illegally dropped off more than one ballot in drop boxes; No prosecutions planned

By: - April 5, 2022

ALLENTOWN — An investigation by the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office found that there were “likely hundreds of instances” where people deposited more than one ballot in a voting drop box last fall – a violation of state election law. But District Attorney Jim Martin said there will be no prosecutions because it is impossible […]

Allentown City Council quashes controversial contractor apprenticeship bill 

By: - April 1, 2022

An ordinance requiring contractors on large city projects in Allentown to be part of apprenticeship programs was “postponed indefinitely” by City Council on Thursday.  The 6-0 vote means the bill has been quashed and must be reintroduced again.  The apprenticeship provision for construction projects worth more than $100,000 was part of a Responsible Contractor Ordinance […]

Redrawn districts prompt primary battles in at least five Lehigh Valley House, Senate seats

By: - March 30, 2022

See who is running and which incumbents have primary challengers on May 17.

In Allentown, controversial law requiring contractor apprenticeships on city projects hits snag

By: - March 6, 2022

Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk, who supports the ordinance, has sent it back to city council for additional fine-tuning.

Allentown Police in line to undergo active bystander training. We found out what it’s all about

By: - January 17, 2022

It's all 'about people stepping up and stepping in if they see something that shouldn't be happening,' an official said.

A bridge demolition was a headache in the Lehigh Valley. The infrastructure bill will fix it & more

By: - January 11, 2022

A new Fifth Street Bridge is among the projects being funded by the $1.2T infrastructure law that President Joe Biden signed into law.

Meet Charles Roca, Allentown’s first Latino police chief

By: - December 21, 2021

Roca, who speaks Spanish, is taking over at a time when Blacks and Latinos in Allentown and across the U.S. are fed up with a system that funnels minorities into the criminal justice system at higher rates and labels students in underfunded schools as failures.

New area code coming to Lehigh Valley, suburban Philadelphia

By: - December 7, 2021

Make room 610 and 484. A new area code is in the works for the Lehigh Valley and suburban Philadelphia counties. Area code 835 is expected to make its debut in 2023, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The impacted areas include Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Delaware and Chester counties, along with a portion of […]

Bethlehem dangles tax breaks in special zone to developers who include affordable housing

By: - December 5, 2021

To get the break, developers would have to set aside every 10th unit for persons deemed low, very low or extremely low income.