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Young adults make up growing share of Luzerne County's population

Luzerne County is bucking a national trend — in a good way, according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The segment of the county's population with the most money to spend is not only growing, it's slowly becoming a larger proportion of the county's overall population, according to data culled from the latest five-year estimates of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey....

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Pens wrap up weekend with win

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — After missing the last two games due to an illness, Nick Drazenovic knew that even though he still felt under the weather, just getting into a game would make him feel better.But first, he had to prepare.“I just had to get to the rink, hydrate and get some food in me,” he said. “It was just a matter of getting out there.”

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Pittston Twp. residents may hear blast Monday during silo implosion

PITTSTON TWP. — People in the area may hear a loud blast Monday morning as two concrete coal silos are imploded at the Interstate Distribution Center along Industrial Drive, the state Department of Environmental Protection has announced.The company handling the blast will have barricades up preventing people from getting near the blast site. DEP is encouraging people to not go near the industrial park area during the work. Two long warning sirens will sound at 8:58 a.m. A cou...

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Luzerne County Council chairmanship up for grabs

Luzerne County Councilman Rick Morelli said he supports another colleague filling the chairmanship role in 2015, but it’s unclear which council member could muster up majority support.“I’m definitely in favor of opening it up and giving it to someone else,” Morelli said.The county’s home rule charter requires council to meet the first Monday of January in the even-numbered year following a council election to organize and select a chair and ...

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Service at Trucksville Methodist Church helps those coping with grief

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Except when it isn’t.Although the hustle and bustle of the holiday, buying of presents, decorating of trees and preparing of holiday treats make it seem as if the whole world shares in the joy that defines the season, those who have experienced grief or loss often feel displaced amid the joy of others.The recent Trucksville United Methodist Church Holiday Remembrance Service provided a safe haven for those gathered to...

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Gap between rich, poor schools doubled in 4 years

HARRISBURG — The gap between what wealthy districts and poor districts spend to educate children has widened dramatically in the four years since GOP Gov. Tom Corbett took office, amid deep budget-balancing cuts in state aid under Republican-controlled Harrisburg and long-delayed pension obligation payments coming due.Gaps that existed when Corbett took office have now more than doubled, according to an Associated Press analysis of state data on spending, income and attendanc...

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Another strong finish for Lions’ Lewis

Eugene Lewis beat his man to the spot on the goal line slant. The Boston College defender got a few fingertips on the pass anyway.That’s how the last two months had gone for the former Wyoming Valley Conference star. Just a fraction off here and there, costing him some big plays.Only this time, Lewis’ fortunes turned around.Keeping his eye on the ball the whole time, the Penn State wideout watched as the tipped pass floated up in the air, following...

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Arizona police officer killed; suspect dead

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A 24-year-old police officer died after being shot by a domestic violence suspect who then killed himself Saturday afternoon in Arizona.Officer Tyler J. Stewart, 24, died at Flagstaff Medical Center, police said. Stewart is the second Flagstaff police officer ever to be killed in the line of duty. On June 21, 2000, Officer Jeff Moritz, 30, was killed after he pulled over a teenager as the teen drove around his neighborhood in a truck playing loud rap m...

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State police investigating early-morning Christmas Eve shooting

SLOCUM TWP. — State police are investigating a shooting that resulted in one man being injured.State police in Shickshinny received a report of gun shots in the area of 1175 Blue Ridge Trail in Wapwallopen at 1:29 a.m. on December 24. Police found Dillon Tyler Gommer, 20, who had sustained gunshot wounds.Gommer was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital for treatment of his wounds. The severity of his injuries, or how many gunshot wounds he sustained, was...

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Jet carrying 162 lost over stormy Indonesian waters

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Aircraft and ships that spent several hours searching Indonesian waters turned up no sign of an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said.Aircraft searching for AirAsia Flight 8501 called off the effort for the night and will resume at Monday morning, said Achmad Toha of Indonesia’s search and rescue agency. Some ships were contin...

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