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May 08. 2013 11:53PM

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Nurses rally for care bill

As the nation honors Nurses Week, dozens of nurses from across the state converged in Harrisburg on Wednesday to urge legislators to adopt the PA Nurses’ Prescription for Quality Care Bill, which calls for expanded funding to improve staffing levels and decrease workplace violence in hospitals and nursing homes across Pennsylvania.

The state House version of the bill is cosponsored by Rep. Phyllis Mundy, D-Kingston.


Air tower shift saved

The FAA will not eliminate midnight shifts at 72 airport towers this year as the agency had warned could happen due to the sequester, according to an email Federal Aviation Administration COO David Grizzle sent out late Tuesday night that was obtained by The Times Leader.

Among the towers on the FAA’s list that were facing overnight closure were those at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, the Lehigh Valley International Airport and the Harrisburg International Airport.

The email stated Grizzle is telling aviation groups that the 72 facilities initially identified by FAA for overnight closure will stay open.


Meuser to outline budget

State Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser will outline Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2013-14 proposed budget and discuss other administration initiatives at the Pennsylvania Economy League Issues Forum noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, Wilkes-Barre.

The forum is open to the public and starts with a luncheon buffet. Cost is $15. For registration information, go to

Meuser has served as Corbett’s revenue secretary since January, and before that he worked with the Luzerne County-based Pride Mobility Products Corp. for more than 20 years, serving as president of Pride USA.

He serves on the boards of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the Wilkes-Barre YMCA and Misericordia University.


Authority meeting canceled

A Luzerne County Redevelopment Authority meeting scheduled for May 21 has been canceled because the board will not have a quorum.

The board typically meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Redevelopment Authority building on Luzerne Street in West Pittston.


Horton St. sewer fix today

An emergency sewer line repair on Horton Street will begin today starting at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day, Mayor Tom Leighton’s Office announced Wednesday.

The city estimates that all repairs will be made by 4 p.m. Friday, but that is dependent on conditions.

Horton Street will be closed between Carlisle Street and Carey Avenue for the duration of the repair. Department of Public Works personnel distributed leaflets in the affected area Wednesday afternoon.

Anyone with questions or concerns should call the mayor’s office at 570-208-4152.


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