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April 18. 2013 12:01AM

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Peebles sets grand opening

The grand opening of a Peebles department store will take place this morning at 8:30 near Tunkhannock. The retailer will open in the former Fashion Bug store location in the Route 6 Tioga West Plaza.

Houston, Texas-based Peebles has more than 800 stores throughout 40 states. Though there are no stores in Luzerne County, the company operates several retail sites in this region including in Carbondale, Daleville, Brodheadsville and Coal Township. This will be the first location in Wyoming County.

Amazon viewers call shots

Amazon is letting viewers help choose its new lineup of TV shows, scuttling a secretive, wasteful process once reserved for Hollywood taste-makers.

The online retailing giant will let visitors from the United States, United Kingdom and Germany watch, rate and critique 14 pilot episodes the company has bankrolled. Viewer comments will help the company decide which shows — if any — get the green light.

Amazon’s foray into TV production is unique in the way it saves money. Every spring, traditional TV networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox order dozens of pilots and show them to focus groups. Executives pick only a handful to make into series. Then, they commission 13 episodes of each promising show, with each one potentially costing a few million dollars. Many episodes won’t ever air if the first few don’t attract big audiences.

Carnival invests in safety

Carnival Cruise Lines on Wednesday announced a $300 million program to add emergency generators, upgrade fire safety and improve engine rooms on all 24 of its ships.

The announcement could help the brand begin rebounding from a wave of bad publicity that began in February, when an engine fire knocked out power on the Carnival Triumph. Passengers endured filthy conditions as the Triumph was towed to Mobile, Ala., resurrecting stories of a similar incident from 2010 aboard the Carnival Splendor. Cruise sellers say prices for Carnival cruises have dropped as minor incidents with other Carnival ships have also made headlines.

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