News Latest Stories from the Times Leader News en-us Copyright 2013 Civitas Media Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate holds at 5.3 percent for second month HARRISBURG — The latest report from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry shows the state's April unemployment rate holds steady for the second month.The Commonwealth's unemployment rate of 5.3 percent is a tenth of a percentage point below the national rate of 5.4 percent. Fri, 22 May 2015 12:35:13 EST West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival committee meeting May 31 WEST PITTSON — The West Pittston Cherry Blossom Festival committee will meet at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 31 in the school building behind Corpus Christi Parish. All committee members are asked to attend and wear committee shirts for pictures. Fri, 22 May 2015 12:30:22 EST When I Grow Up Childcare and Learning Center in Exeter receives visit from meterologist Tom Clark WNEP Newswatch 16 Meteorologist Tom Clark visited the When I Grow Up Childcare and Learning Center on April 23 as part of a Community Workers project where the students are introduced to different careers. Clark read a Dr. Seuss book called, “Oh Say Can You Say, What's the Weather Today?” to the preschool and pre-K classes,... Fri, 22 May 2015 12:05:20 EST LOCAL CHATTER: Richard Harth graduates from Wilkes’ pharmacy school Harth graduates from pharmacy schoolDr. Richard A. Harth, Pittston Township, recently graduated from the Nesbit School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University. Fri, 22 May 2015 11:30:11 EST Jamie’s Litter Crew keeping Greater Pittston beautiful AVOCA — In memory of Jamie Ann Baker, her family adopted a highway to honor her. The road is York Avenue which runs between Foote Avenue, Duryea and Main Street, Avoca. Fri, 22 May 2015 11:25:12 EST Average gas prices for May 22 The local and state average gas prices held steady overnight, while the national average rose by a penny.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for today's average gas prices: Fri, 22 May 2015 09:05:12 EST Memorial Day to bring chance of showers, thunderstorms Forecasts are now indicating that some rain is possible on Memorial Day.The good news, however, is that it does not look to be a complete wash out. Fri, 22 May 2015 08:00:11 EST Traffic report for May 22 Heading into work or school? Getting a head start on that holiday trek?Wherever your destination, traffic should not be an issue this morning, but downtown Wilkes-Barre is reporting some areas of heavy traffic congestion. Fri, 22 May 2015 07:25:11 EST SNL writer addresses local students KINGSTON — One of the head writers from Saturday Night Live had a simple message for Wyoming Valley West Middle School students on Thursday night. Thu, 21 May 2015 22:35:15 EST Tunkhannock Area School Board nixes contract, teachers to strike on Friday TUNKHANNOCK — Tunkhannock Area School District teachers will go on strike Friday.The teachers union announced the strike after the school board voted against a teachers contract Thursday night, according to a parent who attended the meeting and to televised reports. Thu, 21 May 2015 22:20:11 EST Business owners wary of proposed tax increases in Gov. Wolf’s budget LA PLUME — Pennsylvania already is a tough place to do business and if Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed tax increases pass it will be a lot tougher, panels of business owners and groups representing them told lawmakers Thursday at a hearing on jobs and the economy. Thu, 21 May 2015 20:35:11 EST Legal, postal service limitations complicate release of information on anti-George mailing A U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman said Thursday the agency does not have jurisdiction over the mailing of two political fliers targeting mayoral candidate Tony George. Thu, 21 May 2015 18:15:11 EST Penn State Wilkes-Barre grant will help Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber expand business services LEHMAN — Penn State Wilkes-Barre will provide a $50,000 block grant to the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce to expand business services in the Innovation Center. Thu, 21 May 2015 17:45:12 EST 13 arrested in fugitive roundup organized by Luzerne County DA, Sheriff WILKES-BARRE — Thirteen people were arrested today in a fugitive roundup organized by Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and Sheriff Brian Szumski. The operation was conducted by the DA's Advanced Tactical Anti-Crime Unit in Wilkes-Barre... Thu, 21 May 2015 17:30:12 EST Hugo Selenski files notice of appeal WILKES-BARRE — Convicted double-murderer Hugo M. Selenski is appealing his sentence.Court papers filed Thursday in Luzerne County Court through his attorney Edward J. Rymsza give notice of Selenski's intentions to challenge his sentence from his murder conviction before the state Superior Court. Thu, 21 May 2015 17:10:11 EST