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Rain, clouds to give way for sunshine this weekend

It looks like rain will wrap up the week, but sunshine should return to the Wyoming Valley this weekend.The National Weather Service indicated that it was 47 degrees as of 6:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Cloudy skies and a steady rain greeted morning commuters.Showers will continue to be likely before 9 a.m., followed by cloudy skies for the rest of the day. Today’s high will be in the lower 50s.There will be a 30 percent ch...

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Average gas prices for October 23

The area’s average gas price held steady overnight, but the state and national average dropped slightly.AAA Mid-Atlantic provided the following data for the average gas prices in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and nationwide:• Wilkes-Barre area gas average is at $3.21 today, unchanged overnight and down 5 cents in the last week. Diesel is at $3.76 today, unchanged overnight.• Pennsylvania gas average is at $3.22 today, down a penny overnight and ...

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Traffic report for October 23

Despite wet roads from this morning’s rain, it looks like the morning commute should be a smooth ride.Free-flowing traffic is reported on Interstates 81, 476 and 380 this morning. Traffic is also clear on Routes 315 and 115 this morning, as well as the North Cross Valley Expressway.Some traffic is reported on Route 309 this morning, as well as on Kidder Street and Wilkes-Barre Boulevard. Downtown, some minor traffic is reported on River and Academy Streets....

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Dallas duo dominates girls race

DIMOCK – A total of 238 girls in three different classifications completed the 3.1-mile Elk Lake course at Wednesday’s District 2 Cross Country Championships.Nobody did it faster than Ally Rome and Lindsey Oremus.Few even came close.The Dallas teammates finished 1-2 in the Class 2A race and led the defending state team champions to a second-place finish that secured one of the district’s two berths at the PIAA Championships in Hershey Novembe...

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Suspended Wilkes-Barre Area teacher submits alibi defense

WILKES-BARRE — A suspended high school administrator and longtime wrestling coach says he was at a funeral home at the time a former student claims they had a sexual encounter, and he has witnesses to prove it.According to papers filed Wednesday in Luzerne County Court, Stephen Stahl will present evidence he was attending a viewing at Clarke Piatt Funeral Home in Hunlock Creek on March 19, 2004. The document names four witnesses who will give testimony confirming Stahl’...

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Fire escape heats up dispute between neighbors at WB zoning hearing

WILKES-BARRE — Even with a change of plans, a dispute sparked by a fire escape built on West River Street house still smoldered between neighbors.At the prodding of the city’s Zoning Hearing Board Wednesday, former deputy Wilkes-Barre fire chief Donald Fiorucci agreed to redirect the landing at the bottom of the escape so it would comply with the city’s zoning and negate the need for a variance.“I’ll try it,” he said, adding that he sp...

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Wyoming Valley activist’s campaign means 250 new flags to fly along Veterans Day parade route

KINGSTON — There will be 250 American flags flying along the Veterans Day Parade route this year, thanks to Jim Walsh and his friends and associates.Walsh, a veteran of World War II, has been on a mission of patriotism for years, and he remains determined to ensure that honoring America’s veterans continues for generations. He unveiled the fruits of his labor Wednesday.Walsh, with help from the U.S. Flag Committee and NBT Bank in Kingston, secured the flags t...

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Jenkins Twp. officials want input on land use after flood buyouts

JENKINS TWP. — Jenkins Township supervisors held a special meeting on Wednesday night to receive public input on possible uses for land along River, Miller, Jennings, and Tennant streets purchased through the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood buyout program after the September 2011 flood.Township officials also are forming a committee of residents and business leaders to come up with ideas and explore their feasibility with the help of professional consultants....

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Medical marijuana debate making its way to King’s College, Wilkes-Barre

If medical marijuana eases suffering, then patients deserve access to it, First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said Wednesday.“To that extent, I don’t care what the substance. I’m 100 percent behind whatever helps them,” he said.The Luzerne County prosecutor will be among the presenters this evening during a seminar titled, “What You Need to Know about Medical Marijuana.” The seminar begins at 6:30 p.m. in King’s Col...

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Greater Nanticoke Area elementary school receives state grant

NANTICOKE — Christine Mash played the guitar and students in the K.M. Elementary School’s early education program sang their favorite Halloween songs.It was sort of a celebration of the school being one of 12 statewide selected to receive an Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zone grant that will be used to connect early childhood providers, families and schools.The Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zone Grants, awarded by the state t...

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