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Yudichak bill aims to make water safer

Apr 16

State Sen. John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, said the state Senate unanimously passed his legislation that would enhance the quality and safety of drinking water by lowering the maximum lead content of plumbing products.

Deadline extended for nuke installation

Apr 16

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved an extension for the nuclear power plant near Berwick to complete the installation of a hardened containment wetwell vent at both Units 1 and 2.

Barletta unveils redesigned website

Apr 16

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, on Wednesday unveiled his redesigned official website, featuring a new appearance and streamlined features that make access easier for users. The website may be found at its familiar address: barletta.house.gov.

Cold snap fails to break record low

Apr 16

Temperatures dipped in the Wyoming Valley, but not enough to shatter the record for the date.

Schwartz talks education in class visit

Apr 16

WILKES-BARRE — As U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz read “Stripes of All Types” to a group of pre-schoolers at Head Start Monday, she said students who receive early education succeed early and are successful throughout life.

Casey backs bill to aid families of disabled

Apr 16

SCRANTON — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey came back to his hometown on Wednesday to try to help the families of disabled children across the country.

Almost 300 missing after Korean ferry sinking

Apr 16

MOKPO, South Korea — A ferry carrying 462 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of...

Court Briefs

Apr 16

KINGSTON — A body piercer accused of selling gift certificates stolen from a tattoo business waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Paul Roberts on Wednesday.

Ford Mustang: 50 years young

Apr 16

NEW YORK — Ford is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mustang with a limited-edition model and a display atop the Empire State Building.

Another smooth(ie) opening

Apr 16

Joe Mazzarella stands in front of his new Planet Smoothie franchise inside his Auntie Anne's Pretzels in the Walmart Supercenter in the Wilkes-Barre Township Marketplace. Mazzarella and his wife, Tiziana Mazzarella, also own the Auntie Anne's and Planet...

In brief

Apr 16

Google's 1Q earningsdisappoint as ads slip

Hazle Mart robbed for 4th time in 3 months

Apr 16

WILKES-BARRE — The Hazle Mart bandit has struck again.

Police reports for Wednesday, April 16

Apr 16

HAZLETON — A man accused of holding a woman captive and sexually assaulting her in October was extradited from New Jersey Tuesday and brought to Luzerne County to face charges.

Attorney sentenced for tax evasion

Apr 16

WILKES-BARRE — An attorney who represented children in Lackawanna County Family Court was sentenced Wednesday to one year in prison for filing false tax returns for two years with the Internal Revenue Service.

Leniency plea for Mericle runs 357 pages

Apr 16

Quest backed by letters, photos and charity
SCRANTON — If the weight of character testimony, charitable contributions and community service can tip the scales of justice, developer Robert Mericle's attorneys unleashed a heavy load: 295 pages of letters touting Mericle's qualities, nine pages...

HUD: Investigators were at Sherman Hills

Apr 16

Representative for new owners vows upgrades, says probe 'concerns the prior owner's financial practices'
WILKES-BARRE — The troubled Sherman Hills housing complex is under a federal microscope once again, but an official representing the property's new owners told a task force they are vowing to make upgrades at the property.

Shell says Pa. gas plant not even certain

Apr 16

ALIQUIPPA — A plan to build a huge new petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania is making progress, Shell Oil Co. officials said Wednesday — but there's still no guarantee the multibillion-dollar project will actually be constructed.

County court non-union employees to get a raise

Apr 16

Some officials raise objections
About 90 non-union Luzerne County Court branch employees are poised to get raises Friday, setting off complaints from some county officials about the timing and rationale.

Wyoming Area teachers picket; seniors in class

Apr 16

EXETER — Wyoming Area School District teachers showed up in full force outside the secondary center Wednesday morning, walking a picket line with the temperature in the 20s while seniors inside participated in life-after-high-school lessons intended to keep...

Courthouse cafeteria proposals due

Apr 16

Owners of a few local delis told Luzerne County Purchasing Director Mark Zulkoski they're interested in setting up eateries in the vacant county courthouse basement cafeteria, but they were unable to meet Tuesday's deadline to submit proposals, he...

Church looks to dance to spread its message

Apr 16

WILKES-BARRE — Moving River Ministries wants to use the spoken, motion and music to tell the story of the Gospel.

Car gets stuck in historic cemetery

Apr 16

PLYMOUTH — While the rain and temperatures fell steadily Tuesday, John A. Wolfe of Plymouth and two others, reportedly family members, found themselves hopelessly stuck in Shawnee Cemetery along Mountain Road in Plymouth.

Northwest looks at tax hike to erase expected deficit

Apr 16

UNION TWP. — Although a proposed 2014-15 budget wasn't mentioned specifically, comment at Wednesday night's meeting was that the Northwest Area School Board continues to look at a tax increase in order to reduce a deficit of $630,000 in its preliminary...

Dallas Twp. announces gas line upgrade project

Apr 16

DALLAS TWP. — A project to upgrade the natural gas lines in the Elmcrest subdivision began last week, Roadmaster Martin Barry announced at Wednesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

URS tells workers agency is closing

Apr 16

Aid for mentally disabled seeking work uncertain
WILKES-BARRE — After a series of ups and downs, it appears United Rehabilitation Services Inc. will be shuttered after all.

Streetscape project in Pittston moving forward

Apr 16

PITTSTON – The next phase of streetscaping on South Main Street is moving forward.

Boston Marathon organizers confident of safe race

Apr 16

(AP) The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure...

Police charge Canadian in Internet privacy breach

Apr 16

(AP) Police have charged a 19-year-old Canadian man in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from Canada's tax agency website.

Home sales of $10 million rise in Connecticut town

Apr 16

(AP) Connecticut's Gold Coast is living up to its name, with a record $120 million sale of a waterfront estate in Greenwich leading an increase in sales of homes for more...

Man to plead guilty in Disney insider info case

Apr 16

(AP) A man will plead guilty to securities fraud and pay regulators around $801,000 for using insider information to profit from Disney's $4 billion acquisition of Marvel...

Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work

Apr 16

(AP) Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15...

uFly fires flight instructor who appeared on CNN

Apr 16

(AP) A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to...

West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine

Apr 16

(AP) Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the...

Fake grenade in luggage disrupts New York airport

Apr 16

(AP) A fake hand grenade in a passenger's luggage has disrupted operations at an airport in New York's Hudson Valley.

Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work

Apr 16

(AP) Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15...

Yahoo nominates co-founder, 2 others to join board

Apr 16

(AP) Yahoo co-founder David Filo is vying to rejoin the Internet company's board after an 18-year absence.
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