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On with the show!

Apr 22

Cole Lucinski eats some blue cotton candy Tuesday while watching the Hanneford Circus at the 109th Armory.Brittany Lefkoski and Virginia Morrow, 17, take a 'selfie' with Ruffles at the Irem Shrine Circus.

King's students clean up

Apr 22

King's College students Cory Tobin of Pittston, right, and Kellie Kopko of Wilkes-Barre pick up debris in Nesbitt Park on Tuesday during a spring cleanup project involving members of the King's College community who were cleaning up the park and Public Square...

Kane seeks to dismiss ex-PSU official's request

Apr 22

Ex-Penn State president Graham Spanier failed to provide an adequate reason a federal court should stop his criminal prosecution on charges from the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane argued in court papers last week.

PSP releases Easter weekend traffic stats

Apr 22

Troopers statewide investigated 397 crashes during the three day Easter holiday weekend.Two people were killed and 128 others were injured.

Local supervisor elected to state board

Apr 22

Jackson Township Supervisor John “Jay” Wilkes Jr. was elected to the executive board of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors during the association's 92nd Annual Educational Conference April 13-16.

Trees to light up on Public Square

Apr 22

Nearly 17,000 LEDs strung around 31 trees will get their official lighting debut Thursday evening on Public Square. The event begins at 7 with the switch flicked at sundown.

Environmental grants go to 5 local groups

Apr 22

Two school districts and three local conservation groups will get at total $14,028 in environmental education and stewardship grants through the state Department of Environmental Protection, Gov. Tom Corbett announced.

Volunteers in Medicine expanding services

Apr 22

Volunteers in Medicine will open a new free clinic in Scranton and expand services in Wilkes-Barre thanks to two grants from the state Department of Health.

'Ghost riders' kill LCTA marketing plan

Apr 22

KINGSTON — A local marketing firm has recommended that the Luzerne County Transportation Authority abandon a $75,000 marketing campaign because of negative publicity surrounding the “ghost rider” scandal.

City Council will consider gas line change

Apr 22

WILKES-BARRE — City Council on Thursday will consider entering into an easement agreement with UGI to install a 12-inch natural gas transmission line in the city's Brookside section.

Cartwright announces $10K grant to help support ADA post

Apr 22

WILKES-BARRE — A $10,000 juvenile accountability block grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency will continue to provide partial funding for an assistant district attorney (ADA) working on juvenile cases in Luzerne County, U.S. Rep. Matt...

Return $10M to HUD? No so fast, officials told

Apr 22

County holds conference call about agency's demand
Federal officials may take months or even years to reach a final decision on whether Luzerne County will be forced to repay $10 million in loans for projects that have not created jobs, county Community Development Director Andrew Reilly told County...

Police get phone records in woman's death

Apr 22

Postal workers take part in funeral procession
WILKES-BARRE — City police obtained cellphone records of a former Wilkes-Barre Township police detective to determine if he was in contact with Laurie Merritt before she died in a fire at her Wyoming Street house last week, according to two search warrant...

Victim of shooting is sought in rape case

Apr 22

Daniel Maldonado suffered multiple wounds in Plymouth triple homicide
WILKES-BARRE — A man who survived multiple gunshot wounds in a triple homicide in Plymouth nearly two years ago now is wanted for allegedly raping a teenage girl.

Ouster attempt reaffirms Lawton's position

Apr 22

Council divisions over manager remain
Some Luzerne County workers expected county Manager Robert Lawton to come to work cranky Tuesday because five of the 11 County Council members had asked him to resign the night before.But his mood was upbeat.

Parking Authority gets extension to produce records

Apr 22

WILKES-BARRE — The city Parking Authority was granted a 20-day extension to produce records subpoenaed by the FBI last week.

Group seeks candidates' pledge for fracking moratorium

Apr 22

The international organization Food & Water Watch Fund does not believe it's too much of a stretch to stop drilling for natural gas until operators have a proven safe way to do it.

Earth Day rally reminder to respect planet

Apr 22

Fracking a focus for gathering
WILKES-BARRE — Mother Earth brought them together, and then she chased them out.

E-cig industry awaits federal regs

Apr 22

RICHMOND, Va. — Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They're about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices.

GM, lawyers fight over bankruptcy protections

Apr 22

DETROIT — General Motors Co. and a battalion of trial lawyers are preparing for an epic court fight over whether GM is liable for the sins of its corporate past.

Co-signer's death could put student on hook

Apr 22

A new report released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is warning borrowers of a catch that is pushing private student loans into default even if the loan is in good standing.

Duda's lawyers argue no malice in vehicle fatality

Apr 22

WILKES-BARRE — Vehicular homicide suspect Tyler Duda's actions “do not amount to the mental state of malice required for a third-degree murder conviction,” his attorneys argued in documents filed Tuesday in Luzerne County Court.

Wyoming Area sets more negotiations next month

Apr 22

EXETER —It began with harmony.

Dead body identified as missing Trucksville woman

Apr 22

The body of a woman found in a pond in Lackawanna County on Saturday has been identified as a Kingston Township woman who has been missing since November.

Poll: Education funding key for Pa. voters

Apr 22

Public education funding has become “the single most important priority” for voters in Pennsylvania, political pollster Terry Madonna said during a Tuesday teleconference unveiling results of his new survey.

NEPA Networkers to host Spring Mixer

Apr 22

NEPA Networkers will host its Spring Mixer on Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Best Western East Mountain Inn, 600 Wildflower Drive, Wilkes-Barre.The $15 admission includes appetizers and light refreshments, and a cash bar will be available.

Lottery numbers for Tuesday, April 22

Apr 22

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Police reports for Tuesday, April 22

Apr 22

HAZLETON — City police reported the following:• A PlayStation 3 video game system, an Android Galaxy I cellphone and a food stamp card were stolen from a residence in the 300 block of West Fourth Street on Tuesday.

FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash

Apr 22

(AP) The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a...

Hundreds in Mexico protest telecommunications law

Apr 22

(AP) Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico's capital Tuesday to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the...

Survey: China manufacturing shrinks again in April

Apr 22

(AP) An early survey says factory activity in China shrank at a slightly slower rate in April.

Missouri man facing execution denied clemency

Apr 22

(AP) Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declined a death row inmate's clemency request Tuesday evening, clearing the way for his execution hours later barring an unforeseen development...

VIM plans to open free Scranton clinic

Apr 22

WILKES-BARRE — Volunteers in Medicine has been awarded two grants by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, one to expand services at the Wilkes-Barre location and a second to establish a free clinic in Scranton.

Duke: Moving coal ash would cost up to $10 billion

Apr 22

(AP) Duke Energy told North Carolina lawmakers Tuesday that removing all of the company's coal ash away from the state's rivers and lakes would take decades and cost up to...

LinkedIn to anchor new San Francisco high-rise

Apr 22

(AP) San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee says the professional networking site LinkedIn will expand its presence in the city by anchoring a high-rise office building under...

At mudslide scene, Obama mourns with survivors

Apr 22

(AP) Swooping over a landscape of unspeakable sadness and death, President Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people perished...
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