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    Oz For A Cause

    Break out your ruby red slippers! It’s a chance to take a trip down the yellow brick road and it’s all in the name of helping a nonprofit school in Luzerne County. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey visited the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association (WVCA) in Forty Fort Monday for a closer look at the “Journey to Oz” event. The money raised from the upcoming gala benefits the nonprofit school. The facility helps children with or without developmental delays. It also offers children […]

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    Scranton Schools Dismiss Early Due To Heat

    SCRANTON — Another hot humid day means more schools dismissing early because of the heat. Hundreds of students are starting their weekends early because it was so steamy in school. Two school districts had early dismissals Friday morning because of the hot weather. Officials at Tunkhannock Area and Scranton both decided it was too warm for the kids to stay in class. Teachers at John Adams Elementary School in Scranton have bus duty down to a science. It’s just a […]

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    With PA Rape Kits Backlogged, Many Urge More Has To Be Done

    EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY — While some students played Frisbee and walked to and from classes Wednesday evening, others gathered in a dark auditorium on campus to watch an award-winning documentary about sexual assault on campuses, called “The Hunting Ground.” “It’s a really, really eye-opening documentary and it also highlights how oftentimes schools are actually deliberately covering up cases of sexual violence,” said Sofie Karasek, Director of Education and Co-Founder of End Rape on Campus. Karasek was featured in the documentary […]

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    Can a Baby’s Motor Skills Predict Future Success?

    The moment when a baby crawls or walks for the first time is something most of us document in our family scrapbooks for sentimental reasons, but a new study suggests that the milestone could provide valuable foresight. Scientists have long known that certain motor milestones, such as crawling or walking, can help parents and clinicians track early childhood development. Now, it turns out that those milestones might be tied to a child’s future development, according to the study, which published […]

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    Slow Start to Memorial Day Weekend for Some Travelers

    LACKAWANNA COUNTY — Some drivers hoping to get a jump on travel this Memorial Day weekend were caught in back-ups Friday on Interstate 81 in Lackawanna County. Near the Scott exit, the highway is down to one lane. There are no workers there, but its part of an ongoing project. “A little hot and sweaty and slow. Slow. We’ve been on the road since 2, and we haven’t made it very far. It feels like there’s more people on the road,” […]

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    Luzerne County Expects State to Refund Interest

    WILKES-BARRE — The announcement from the governor about a budget has local governments now breathing a sigh of relief. The past several months have been chaotic for Luzerne County agencies. At one point, there was the threat of the county partially shutting down until it decided to borrow $20 million. Now with a state budget passed, Luzerne County leaders expect the state to pay back some of the interest the county had to pay. Officials at Luzerne County Human Services […]

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    Pennsylvania 4-H Programs in Jeopardy of Being Eliminated

    TUNKHANNOCK — It has been more than eight months without a state budget and money is running thin for organizations throughout the state. According to Penn State University president Eric Barron, the university is facing financial struggles due to the ongoing budget battle in Harrisburg. The university president said that the budget stalement on the university’s Agricultural Research and Extension programs may result in job cuts. Barron said 1,100 positions could be lost statewide. According to Penn State’s College of […]

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    Early Dismissal Before the Snow Arrives

    JIM THORPE — Classes were cut short on Tuesday at Jim Thorpe Area School District as a precaution due to snow moving into the area. When high school students were dismissed from school it wasn’t snowing yet. Students say it was a good decision from the district to dismiss early. “It happens because at the mountain it tends to be worse than it is here in town. Even though it’s not snowing and it’s not that bad down here, it […]

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    Cleaning Up After the Winter Storm

    TAMAQUA — These plow truck drivers in South Tamaqua have had a busy weekend preparing for and cleaning up the foot and a half of snow the storm left behind in this part of Schuylkill County. “We are going on about 40 hours. It’s been fun, but one good storm is just enough though now we are done,” said Rich Lehr, New Ringgold. All throughout Tamaqua, we found people clearing snow from cars and sidewalks. On Spruce Street, it took […]

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    School Closings and Delays

    Click HERE for the latest list of school closings and delays. On the go?  Choose to get school closing push notifications in the My WNEP section of the free WNEP app.

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    Cyber Monday Draws People Online and In Store

    DICKSON CITY — What we now know as Cyber Monday got its start 10 years ago, and now it has become a regular part of the holiday shopping routine. In our area, there were plenty of people heading online, but the stores themselves were busy too, including some shoppers taking part in what’s becoming a more common part of the Cyber Monday tradition. While the Target store in Dickson City remained busy after the Black Friday weekend rush, saw […]

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    Work on Controversial School Construction Project Begins

    MONTOURSVILLE — After a few setbacks–including a lawsuit–a $36 million renovation and reconstruction project is officially underway at Montoursville Area High School. A construction crew began moving dirt behind Montoursville Area High School Monday. School officials are relieved to see the project in motion and neighbors we spoke with are ready for the controversy surrounding this project to be behind them.   Construction equipment scraped top soil off the field behind Montoursville Area High School. This begins the first phase […]