What You Need To Know

What You Need to Know

“What You Need to Know” began as a weekly feature that focused on the 2020 Election, where WLVR’s Brad Klein and News Director Jen Rehill discuss the top stories in the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania surrounding the election so you could understand the process.

Now, the feature continues every Friday to cover COVID-19, politics and policy, and other top stories from the Lehigh Valley.

Get answers and find out “What You Need to Know” every Friday at 7:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. on 91.3 WLVR News.

Mask mandate ends, restaurants can open all the way, and some big summer festivals return

May 28, 2021

The primary election, vaccinations for kids, and Catholic churches open to full capacity

May 21, 2021

CDC Guidance leads to loosening of Pa. Masking Mandate, Vaccines for teens, Thursday’s Bethlehem Mayoral Debate

May 14, 2021

Pa. open to gathering again, vaccines for county jails, CACLV gets a new executive director, and a visit from the second gentleman

May 6, 2021

Derek Chauvin’s verdict, shooting in Upper Macungie, May primaries

April 23, 2021

Dr. Levine is confirmed, the American Rescue Plan money is coming, and a mayoral forum focusing on LGBTQ issues 

March 26, 2021

The Pa. primary election, hopeful news on COVID-19 vaccines, and ‘The Future is Female’

March 12, 2021

Looking back one year to the first COVID-19 cases, the approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and vaccinating teachers, and looking ahead to Pennsylvania’s primary election

March 5, 2021

WLVR’s Brad Klein and Jen Rehill begin with a look back to one year ago this weekend. That’s when the first COVID-19 cases were detected in Pennsylvania. This week, the big story was the approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and plans to make it available to teachers and school staff in an effort to reopen schools in the Commonwealth. And a look ahead to the May 18th primary. The last day to register is May 3. And the last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot is May 11.

Vaccine doses to the rescue, Dr. Rachel Levine is questioned, and Black History Month tributes

February 26, 2021

There may be some good news on the vaccine front, with 400,000 doses on the way to the state. Former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine appeared before the Senate Health Committee. And as we come to the end of Black History Month, Rehill suggests programs at the Allentown Art Museum and the program, heard on WLVRBlack Radio: Telling It Like It Was, a program that airs at 9 p.m. Sunday nights on WLVR through mid-March.

Vaccine shortages, election season, and the sale of The Morning Call

February 19, 2021

 The story of COVID-19 vaccine supply became even more complex this week, with serious shortages of the Moderna vaccine announced on Wednesday. Local politicians have begun collecting signatures for candidacy petitions, complicated by weather and the pandemic. And the owner of The Morning Call is being acquired by a venture capital firm, whose commitment to local journalism has been questioned in the past.

Impeachment, vaccine shortages, and the May Primary

February 12, 2021

WLVR’s Brad Klein and Jen Rehill discuss the proceedings of the impeachment trial, vaccine shortages in the Lehigh Valley and looking forward to the spring elections.

Snowstorm, Lehigh County Jail vigil and vaccine distribution

February 5, 2021

WLVR’s Brad Klein and News Director Jen Rehill discuss the record-setting snowfall on Monday, issues of pandemic safety at the Lehigh County Jail, and Pennsylvania’s below average performance in vaccinating its population against COVID-19. 

COVID-19 vaccines & how to get yours

January 29, 2021

WLVR’s Brad Klein and Jen Rehill discuss the COVID-19 vaccine. The state of the supply; the leadership from the Biden administration, the governor and the new acting Health Secretary; the locations and procedures available locally.

Impeachment and fall out from Capitol riots

January 15, 2021

A Capitol riot, a new coronavirus strain, and Allentown’s changing leadership

January 8, 2021

This week, WLVR’s Tyler Pratt and WLVR News Director Jen Rehill discussed the top stories from this week: Storming of the U.S Capitol, a new COVID-19 strain in Pa. and Allentown’s new City Council leaders.

Electoral vote, COVID vaccine & snow storms

December 18, 2020

This week saw the Electoral College counts, plus the first COVID-19 vaccine shots in the State and the Valley, and a notable December snowstorm.

Pa. COVID restrictions and remaining litigation over the presidential election

December 11, 2020

This week, the big news is the new round of Statewide restrictions to control the surging Covid-19 pandemic. And a look forward including remaining litigation over the presidential election, and the steps toward Joe Biden’s assumption of the presidency. 

COVID spikes in the Lehigh Valley & possible vaccine in Pa.

November 20, 2020

COVID-19 numbers continue to rise here in Pennsylvania, much like the rest of the nation, and we are seeing a record number of cases. Yesterday, Nov. 19, there were more than 7,000 cases reported in Pennsylvania. The state has broken records every day over the last two weeks.

Where the Presidential Election Stands & Update on Pa. Auditor General

On this week’s episode of What You Need to Know – a series about voting in the coming election, Brad and Jen discuss where the presidential race lies in Pa. and the mail-in ballots that remain to be counted and the blue shift expected to come. And the update that Timothy DeFoor has been elected to become auditor general, Pennsylvania’s elected fiscal watchdog. DeFoor campaigned on his record of spending three decades conducting governmental audits and fraud investigations.

Late Arriving Ballots, the US Supreme Court, and the Blue Shift

October 30, 2020

On this week’s episode on What You Need to Know – a series about voting in the coming election, Brad and Jen discuss tensions rising before election day, the number of votes being cast in this election and the possibility that late-arriving mail-in ballots may not be counted in the official Pa. state results. 

October 30, 2020

Watch the replay above of the Facebook live Q&A special edition of What You Need to Know: Decision 2020 with WLVR news directors and reporters as we answer your questions about Election 2020. 

Panelists include:
Jen Rehill, News Director WLVR
Genesis Ortega, Community Correspondent WLVR
Tyler Pratt, Reporter WLVR
-Jim Deegan, VP of News Lehigh Valley Public Media

Safety changes for in-person voting for COVID, making sure your ballot is counted & Live Q&A event

October 23, 2020

On this week’s episode we talked about how to make sure your ballot is counted, how in-person voting will be changed by COVID-19 and our Monday evening What You Need to Know live Facebook event.

Registering to vote, early in-person voting and mail-in ballots

October 16, 2020

This week, Brad Klein and News Director Jen Rehill discuss everything you need to know about registering to vote, early in-person voting and how to successfully cast your mail-in ballot.

Read the full story with links to resources.

Pa. Secretary of State asking for more time before the election to process ballots & local Lehigh Valley races

October 9, 2020

This week, Brad Klein and News Director Jen Rehill discuss calls from the state’s top election official, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar asking legislature to give county officials more time before election day to process mail in ballots. And the still disputed races for State House between incumbent Peter Schwyer and primary challenger Enid Santiago. After her defeat she has declared as a write-in candidate in the election.

New mail-in drop boxes & the mistake of discarded ballots in Luzerne County

October 2, 2020

This week, WLVR’s News Director Jen Rehill talks with Brad Klein about the new drop boxes for mail-in ballots in Northampton County, the mistake of the discarded ballots in Luzerne County, and rules for poll watchers.

Read the full story HERE.


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