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Friday, December 9, 2022

Wilkes-Barre City Council OKs 2023 budget, votes on service contracts

WILKES-BARRE — The city will have a balanced budget next year after City Council Thursday night approved the second and final reading of the ordinance to adopt the $53.2 million spending plan Mayor George Brown presented back in October.

Biden: ‘We are not giving up’ on Whelan

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s surprise announcement last July lacked any detail, but its meaning was crystal clear.

Crop One to open vertical indoor farming facility; bring new jobs to NEPA

HAZLE TWP. — Gov. Tom Wolf Thursday, in conjunction with CAN DO, announced that Crop One, an industry-leader in technology-driven indoor vertical farming, is opening a vertical farm in the Humboldt Industrial Park in Hazle Township, bringing 40 new full-time managerial and farm production jobs to the region.

Bill protecting same-sex, interracial unions clears Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House gave final approval Thursday to legislation protecting same-sex marriages, a monumental step in a decadeslong battle for nationwide recognition of such unions that reflects a stunning turnaround in societal attitudes.

Troopers: Hunlock Township man illicitly recorded sexual encounter

HUNLOCK TWP. — State police at Shickshinny charged a Hunlock Township man with recording a sexual encounter with a woman without her knowledge and consent.

A new Orloski’s Car Wash to be built in Kingston Township

KINGSTON TWP. — A new Orloski’s Car Wash is expected to open by late summer 2023 on the Memorial Highway in Kingston Township.

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Phillies introduce Trea Turner after finalizing 11-year, $300M contract

PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper lobbed Philadelphia’s first recruiting pitch over the summer when the injured All-Star used a guest stint in the broadcast booth to advocate for the future free agent and his former Washington teammate.

WNBA star Griner freed in swap for Russian arms dealer Bout

\WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia freed WNBA star Brittney Grine r on Thursday in a high-profile prisoner exchange, as the U.S. released notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout but failed to win freedom for another American, Paul Whelan, who has been jailed for nearly four years.

Local roundup: Crestwood boys basketball defeats Lake-Lehman

Drew Sechleer (14) and Chaz Wright (13) combined for 27 points as the Crestwood boys basketball team defeated Lake-Lehman 44-27 on the road on Wednesday.

WBS Penguins’ Sam Poulin taking leave of absence for personal reasons

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins forward prospect Sam Poulin is taking a leave of absence from the club’s AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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