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    Fundraiser Benefits Luzerne County Animal Refuge

    WILKES-BARRE — A fundraiser to help Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge is going on in Wilkes-Barre. A group from Leadership Wilkes-Barre partnered with Cork Bar and Restaurant for the event. Anyone who brings an item to the restaurant to donate to the animal refuge in Dallas gets a half-priced appetizer. If you donate two items, then the appetizer is free! The event at Cork Bar and Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre runs Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday.

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    Woman Arrested for Armed Robbery in Bradford County

    RIDGEBURY TOWNSHIP — A woman has been arrested for an armed robbery in Bradford County. Andrea Ingram is accused of holding up Judy’s Country Store in Ridgebury Township last month. State police say the woman from Gillett got away with cash and cigarettes. She’s locked up in New York for a robbery there a few days after the one in Bradford County.

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    Planting Trees for Earth Day at Marywood University

    DUNMORE – On this Earth Day, about 50 trees were planted at Marywood University. By the end of the weekend, the environmental club will have planted roughly 100 trees to replace many that have been lost to building projects on the campus in Lackawanna County.

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    Trump to Visit NEPA on Monday

    Newswatch 16 has learned that the Donald Trump campaign plans to stop in our area on Monday. The details surrounding his visit have not been released. Newswatch 16 will have more information as it becomes available.

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    Talkback 16: Prince’s Passing, Traffic Backups, Backyard Fire Pit

    In this Talkback 16, callers comment on the passing of music legend, Prince, traffic backups on Interstate 81 and the new fire pit in our backyard. First, one caller wants the presidential campaign to come to her hometown.

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    Blossom in Full Bloom for Annual Festival

    WILKES-BARRE — It’s not every year the cherry blossoms are out for Wilkes-Barre’s annual spring festival. The blossoms are in full bloom here at Kirby Park. Newswatch 16 found workers setting up rides and food stands for the city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The fun kicks off Saturday and lasts all weekend at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre.

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    Invenergy Set to Break Ground on Power Plant

    JESSUP — A groundbreaking is set for Saturday on a controversial power plant in Lackawanna County. Chicago-based Invenergy is building a natural gas-fired electric power plant off the Casey Highway in Jessup. Many fought the plant fearing the emissions and noise would outweigh any benefits. That lawsuit was dropped in January. This week, Invenergy bought two tracts of land for almost $5 million. The company plans to have the plant running sometime in 2018.

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    Liquidation Sale Begins at Sears in Viewmont Mall

    SCRANTON — A liquidation sale started Friday at Sears in Lackawanna County. The chain announced earlier this month that its store at the Viewmont Mall in Scranton is closing in July. Newswatch 16 found long lines inside Sears Friday as people took advantage of markdowns. Managers at the Viewmont Mall say Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field and Stream will fill the space hopefully by the 2017 holiday shopping season.

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    Talkback 16: James Tallarico, Dangerous Road, Medical Marijuana, Pay to Recycle

    In this Talkback 16, callers are angry about the sentence given to James Tallarico, a former superintendent who admits stealing from the Mid Valley School District. They also discuss a dangerous road, strong feelings about medical marijuana, and having to pay to recycle.

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    Strike Called Off for Blue Ridge School District

    NEW MILFORD — Teachers in the Blue Ridge School District in Susquehanna County have called off the strike planned for later this month. The school district posted online that after a negotiating session this week. The two sides are working together and have three more bargaining sessions set for next month. Blue Ridge teachers had set a strike date for April 25, but that strike is called off.

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    Police Reconstruct Deadly Motorcycle Crash

    ARCHBALD — Police were on the scene Friday of a deadly motorcycle crash in Archbald. Authorities were re-constructing the scene of Wednesday’s wreck that took the life of Shane Rivenburgh, 18, of Mayfield. Police believe the driver of an SUV turned directly into the path of Rivenburgh’s motorcycle along Business Route 6.

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    Delays Expected in Wilkes-Barre for Road Work

    WILKES-BARRE — Drivers traveling through one part of Wilkes-Barre can expect delays for the next two weeks. PennDOT is closing the north and southbound passing lanes of River Street. That’s because crews are building two concrete islands in the center of the roadway to control traffic. West Market Street in Wilkes-Barre was also closed Friday because of paving work.

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