Lightning Causes Chemical Fire, School Closings and Business Evacuations in Bucks County

Plus: A guy sues Walmart over a racist announcement, US Airways mulls PHL-to-Asia service, Romney takes Nebraska, and more of what the city is buzzing about today.

Lightning Causes Bristol Chemical Fire. All schools in the Bristol Borough School District are closed today after lightning struck a Dow Chemical plant. Employees of nearby businesses were evacuated as firefighters and Hazmat crews worked to control the situation. [6 ABC]

Guy Sues Walmart for Racist Announcement. Two years ago,  a man was in a Gloucester Township Walmart when a 16-year-old kid got on the intercom and said that all black people had to leave the store. The man is now suing Walmart for $1 million citing emotional distress and mental afflictions spurred by the incident. [Inquirer]

PHL to Asia? Philadelphia International Airport might become US Airways’ hub for flights to Asia. That is if the company decides to offer non-stop flights to China, Japan, and/or Turkey. [Inquirer]

Romney Wins Nebraska Primary! Clearly Mitt Romney was able to win Nebraska’s primary yesterday thanks, in large part, to a resounding endorsement from President George W. Bush, who said, “I’m for Mitt Romney” while essentially cornered in an elevator. [Politico]

Obama, DNC Raised $43.6M in April. President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee worked together to raise $43.6 million in April. That’s a bit less than they hauled in for March. [USA Today]

Oops! PA Congressman Joe Pitts sent a letter to a constituent urging Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon toward peace. Thing is that Arafat is dead and Sharon is in a coma. A staffer says the old letter was accidentally returned to outgoing mail circulation. [Newsworks]

KIPP Charters Nabs Penn. KIPP charter schools announced last year a plan to double the number of its students who graduate college. The plan called for the KIPP Foundation to partner with universities to encourage its students to apply, and then support those who enroll. Today, Penn will become the 10th school to become such a partner. [Inquirer]

Kyle Kendrick to Start for the Phils. Vance Worley is experiencing some soreness in his throwing arm, so the Phils will put Kyle Kendrick out on the bump tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, your fifth starter. [MLB]

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