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Jenkins Township fields ideas for buyout areas

JENKINS TWP. — The Board of Supervisors opened the floor to public comment on Monday night, moving toward finalization of plans for a grant application to be submitted to Department of Conservation and Natural Resourced (DCNR) by mid-March.The application will address the use of land along River, Miller, Jennings and Tennant streets purchased through the Federal Emergency Agency flood buyout after the September 2011, as well as recreational sites throughout the township....

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Report: Income gap growing in Northeastern Pennsylvania

The income gap between the wealthiest 1 percent and everyone else in Luzerne County has nearly doubled since 1978, according to a new report. Back then, 8 percent of total income went to the 1 percent; in 2012, it was 14.7 percent.The gap widened even more in Lackawanna County, from 8.9 percent of total income to 17.2 percent going to the wealthiest 1 percent.The data was compiled and released by the Keystone Research Center, which bills itself as a research and policy d...

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Hazleton-made Cadbury products score win over the Brits

A few weeks ago, we shared a story about the backlash Kraft Foods received from outraged U.K. fans after they decided to change the type of chocolate used in the Cadbury Creme Eggs manufactured in the U.K.Now, U.S. fans may never have the fortune (or misfortune) to see what all the hype was about.

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Cordaro hearing begins in federal court

WILKES-BARRE — Testimony began in U.S. District Court on Monday in a hearing over whether convicted former Lackawanna County commissioner Robert C. Cordaro should be granted a new trial.Cordaro, who was sentenced to more than a decade in prison following his 2011 corruption conviction, argues that he did not receive adequate legal representation.The hearing before U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo will continue Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Max Rosenn Federal Cou...

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Penn State continues recruiting push, flips tight end from Pitt

Nick Bowers visited Penn State over the weekend. Penn State returned the favor Monday.Nittany Lions coach James Franklin was joined by top assistants Bob Shoop and John Donovan in a trip to Bowers’ house in Kittanning, ultimately landing a verbal commitment from the tight end.Bowers confirmed the pledge via Twitter, becoming the 23rd member of Penn State’s nearly completed 2015 recruiting class. He can officially sign with the Lions on Feb. 4.He is...

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Brunt of Nor'easter snowfall to narrowly miss Luzerne County

WILKES-BARRE — It looks like Old Man Winter is giving the Wyoming Valley a pass. Expected snowfall accumulations in Luzerne County from this winter season's first Nor'easter have dwindled as the storm is expected to form further off the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service. The eastern half of Luzerne County may rec...

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Snowfall accumulations lowered for Luzerne County

WILKES-BARRE — Expected snow fall accumulations in Luzerne County from this winter season’s first Nor’easter have dwindled as the storm is expected to form further off the East Coast, according to the National Weather Service.The eastern half of Luzerne County may receive three to five inches of snow while the county’s western region may only one to two inches of snow.A clipper moving across the region today is expected to merge with another storm...

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Wilkes-Barre among nation’s ‘cheapest’ college towns, according to new study

WILKES-BARRE — Tuition, books and direct spending aside, Wilkes-Barre is among the 30 cheapest places to go to college nationwide, according to a new analysis. The big reason: Housing is dirt cheap — about 30 percent of the national average.Wilkes-Barre was 26th in the list, which was topped — or bottomed, cost-wise — by Memphis Tennessee, where the overall cost of living is 26.7 percent less than the national average. Don’t bother asking for the colle...

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Kingston Post Office will share space with Peoples Security Bank & Trust, which bought landmark building

KINGSTON — The U.S. Post Office in Kingston will soon be sharing space with the building’s new owner, Peoples Security Bank & Trust.According to documents filed at the Luzerne County Courthouse, Peoples Security Bank and Trust purchased the 18,4460-square foot building located at 432 Wyoming Ave., on the corner of Pierce Street in Kingston for $495,000 on Jan. 16.Lynn Field, spokeswoman for Peoples Security Bank & Trust said plans for the 79-year-old building...

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Tonight’s Royalty Owners’ meeting moved due to inclement weather

TUNKHANNOCK — Tonight’s Royalty Owners’ meeting hosted by the MacDonald Law for the those involved in the Chesapeake Energy Class action suit originally to be held at the Tunkhannock High School has been moved to 6 pm at the Hampton Inn, 209 East Tioga St., because of the school’s closure due to inclement weather.

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