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69 News week in review

By Gina Johnson, Web Producer
Published On: Feb 09 2013 11:16:03 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 10 2013 05:35:31 PM CST

Week in Review

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

It's time to take a look back at the stories making headlines this week in the 69 News week in review.

On Monday and Tuesday two local philanthropists who made a major mark on the Lehigh Valley passed away.

Linny Fowler of Bethlehem passed away Monday.

She gave to many educational and arts-related groups, and was a self-taught stained glass artist.

Fowler served on the boards of many Lehigh Valley mainstays, including ArtsQuest, the DaVinci Science Center and Easton's State Theatre.

She was 73 years old.

Marlene "Linny" Fowler, local philanthropist dies

Tuesday, Priscilla Payne Hurd passed away.

Her name is featured on a lot of buildings across the region, including Moravian College and the Baum School of Art.

Part of Moravian's campus was named after her.

She was the first woman to chair the board of trustees at Moravian College and at St. Luke's Hospital.

Payne Hurd was 93.

Philanthropist Priscilla Payne Hurd dies at 93

On Tuesday, Governor Tom Corbett unveiled his budget plan for 2013.

In it, he proposed an increase of $5.5 billion to basic education funding, starting with early childhood programs and going all the way through grade 12.    

He also wants to raise the wholesale tax that gas stations pay on gasoline over five years, which he said would help fund a $5.4 billion transportation initiative.

Corbett also proposed big changes to pensions including reducing future benefits for current state workers and school employees.

And he wants all new hires to be enrolled in a 401-K style retirement plan while paying at least 6.25 percent of their salary.

The plan doesn't raise taxes on families and keeps the personal income and state sales tax the same.

Governor Corbett proposes budget

On Wednesday, Reading police charged a man with attempted homicide for a nightclub stabbing that sent 5 people to the hospital.

They say Luis Ramos, 29, was already behind bars on homicide charges in another incident.

The stabbing happened in December at Club 809.

Homicide suspect charged in unrelated stabbings of 5 people

Thursday, three more victims of an alleged serial rapist in Northampton County came forward.

On Wednesday, Police say David Martinez, 20, of Bethlehem, admitted to authorities that he was a sex addict who sexually assaulted two teens he met on Facebook.

Court documents show Martinez would send girls he met online text messages, then arrange to meet them at his home on Maple Street in Bethlehem.

He's facing sexual assault charges for the first two victims, but officials have yet to file charges on the new allegations.

Martinez is locked up in Northampton County prison.

DA investigating 3 more claims against alleged serial rapist

And that's your 69 News week in review.