• Presidential debates are about ideas, tough questions -- and gaffes.The impact of one line zingers can fade after the moment, but gaffes can linger, altering a race and shifting the momentum.

    8 Unforgettable Presidential Debate Blunders

    Presidential debates are about ideas, tough questions — and gaffes. The impact of one line zingers can fade after the moment, but gaffes can linger, altering a race and shifting the momentum. Mistakes happen in almost every debate. And as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump meet for their first clash Monday — 56 years to the date after the famous showdown between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy — viewers will be on alert for any stumbles that might seal […]

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    Parishioners Fight to Reopen Catholic Church in Carbon County

    LANSFORD — Outside St. Katharine Drexel Roman Catholic Church in Lansford, instead of pews, people sat in fold-up chairs while they prayed and read scriptures. Kelly Kisenwether’s family joined the church three years ago and when it closed, they had to find another place to worship. “My kids are now at St. Jerome’s in Tamaqua. It was hard looking at the building. I look over at the school and I look at and think there was no reason to close […]

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    Plant in Danville to Close; People’s Futures Unclear

    DANVILLE — Metso Corporation designs equipment for the mining, oil, and gas industries. There are between 60 and 70 employees who work at the plant on Railroad Street in Danville. But early next year, the company is closing its Danville facility and moving operations to its plant in York. Montour County Commissioner Ken Holdren calls this a huge hit for Montour County. “We’re not talking about manufacturing line-type jobs. We’re talking about professional engineers who work there, who spend money […]

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    Severe Storms Leave Behind Damage in Central Pennsylvania

    LYCOMING COUNTY — Severe thunderstorms blew through central Pennsylvania Sunday afternoon, knocking down trees and leaving behind a mess for people to clean up. The heavy winds toppled trees and power lines, closing roads and knocking out electricity to thousands in the Muncy area. The damage is so bad that the Muncy School District cancelled classes for Monday. Lycoming County officials said storm damage was reported from the Elimsport area through Montgomery and into Muncy. One man who lives in the […]

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    Burglary at Garden Drive-in Forces Early Closure for the Season

    PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — Damage from vandalism and a burglary at the Garden Drive-in in Luzerne County has forced an early closure for the season. Someone broke into the place earlier this month, vandalized equipment including the movie projector, and stole items from the concession stand. Even though the drive-in is closing early, the flea market will stay open through the end of October.

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    Man Charged with Attempted Murder Following Chase

    DICKSON CITY — A man involved in a police chase over the weekend in Lackawanna County now faces attempted murder charges. Joshua Skivington, 26, of Factoryville, faces felonies in two counties following a crime spree that started in Wyoming County and ended in Lackawanna County and put lives at risk. According to court papers, Skivington with drunk and angry when he called his wife’s workplace, M.C. Nailbar in Dickson City. Employees there knew the wife had a protection from abuse […]

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    New York City bombing: Investigators search for suspects, motive

    NEW YORK — A day after a bombing injured 29 people in a New York City neighborhood, surveillance videos show the same man near the site of the explosion and another location where a pressure-cooker device was found four blocks away, multiple local and federal law enforcement sources told CNN. Saturday’s explosion shook New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, packed with restaurants, subway stations, shops, businesses and art galleries, and sent panicked people scrambling for cover. Police continued to scour the area […]

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    Longtime Hanover Township Business To Close at End of Month

    HANOVERTOWNSHIP —  A business in Luzerne County that’s been open for more than seven decades is closing at the end of the month so its owners can retire. The Fred Schuler Incorporated building on the Sans Souci Parkway near Wilkes-Barre has had several names and various businesses over the years. “We had a body shop, we had a service on cars, we had a Nissan franchise for a while, so just about everything,” said Robert Schuler, now a co-owner. But at the […]

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    Talkback 16: Dog Abuse, Deadly Crashes, Day Care

    Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include an abused dog, deadly crashes on Route 220, the president campaigning for Hillary in Philly, and the state closing a day care.

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    Day Care to Close, Operator And Parents Angry

    EYNON — The state wants to shut down a day care center in Lackawanna County that’s been around for 38 years. Parents are crying foul, calling the Department of Human Services heavy-handed and unfair. State inspectors have found several violations at Andrea Vladika’s home day care center in the past three years, but parents of the kids cared for at her house in Eynon say these violations should not put her out of business. Over the past four decades, operating […]

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    Plans to Close Intersection in Monroe County Put on Hold

    STROUD TOWNSHIP — Plans to close an intersection in Monroe County have been put on hold. PennDOT planned to close Shafers Schoolhouse Road where it meets Route 209 near Stroudsburg sometime this year, but now it is looking at other alternatives. PennDOT officials wanted to make sure they did their due diligence before completely shutting down the intersection. There have been many crashes where Shafers Schoolhouse Road intersects with Route 209. Some drivers don’t know there is a traffic light […]

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    Business Booming on The Golden Strip

    LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP — While some businesses are closing their doors, it seems like more and more stores, banks, and restaurants are opening in one part of Lycoming County. Construction continues on a car wash on East Third Street — better known as The Golden Strip — in Loyalsock Township. It seems the community near Williamsport is the place to go for shopping, eating, and banking. The three-mile stretch of roadway is filled with stores, hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and banks. […]