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    Anthracite Heritage Parade in Shamokin

    SHAMOKIN — The city of Shamokin kicked off Memorial Day weekend a little early. The annual Anthracite Heritage Parade made its way through the downtown. The parade is the traditional kickoff to Saturday’s Anthracite Heritage Festival of the Arts, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Market Street in Shamokin.

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    Fire Damages Home in Hazleton

    HAZLETON – Fire forced three families from a home in Hazleton Friday. Flames broke out around 6 p.m. at the place along North Vine Street. The families that were displaced are being helped by the Red Cross. The fire chief thinks the fire started on the porch. There’s no word how it started. Crews had to shut off utilities in the area while firefighters worked to knock down the flames.

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    Talkback 16: Superbug, Harveys Lake Safety, School Budget Cuts

    Callers in this edition of Talkback 16 touch on a super-strong strain of bacteria here in Pennsylvania, safety issues at a popular area lake, and budget problems in some school districts and where cuts should be made.

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    Men Accused of Using Stolen Credit Cards

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — Two men caught on security cameras are suspected of using stolen credit cards at Target and the Wyoming Valley Mall in the Wilkes-Barre area and the Mall at Steamtown in Scranton. Police think they were driving a Jeep when they committed the crimes. If you recognize the men, call Wilkes-Barre Township police at 570-208-0874.

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    Talkback Feedback: Watch Your Words

    A national organization has some choice words for us here at WNEP, and it’s not even our fault! It’s kind of your fault… As you’ll see in this edition of Talkback Feedback.

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    Man Accused of Raping 8-Year-Old Girl

    NANTICOKE — Authorities in Luzerne County arraigned a man on Friday who they believe repeatedly sexually assaulted an 8-year-old girl. Michael Sansone, 29, of Nanticoke is charged with rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, and several other related charges. Police say the alleged assaults started in July of 2015 and continued on until April 2016.

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    Motorcyclist Killed in Crash in Wyoming County

    MESHOPPEN TOWNSHIP – A man was killed after a car and motorcycle collided in Wyoming County. State police say around 8:30 a.m. Friday, a car crossed into the other lane on Route 6 near Meshoppen and hit a motorcycle going the other way. The motorcycle driver, John Machinshok, 64, of Wilkes-Barre was killed. The driver of the car had minor injuries. State police are investigating the crash.

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    Governor Signs New Law Affecting First-Time DUI Offenders

    HARRISBURG — Governor Tom Wolf signed a measure into law Wednesday that changes the way some first-time drunk drivers are punished. The new law applies to people convicted of driving with a blood alcohol level of .10 to .15. They could avoid having their licenses suspended by having an ignition interlock installed in their vehicles for a year. The driver blows into the device to check if he or she has been drinking. If there is alcohol detected on the […]

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    Jessup Firemen’s Carnival Kicks Off

    JESSUP — It was a perfect night for a carnival and a big one kicked off in Lackawanna County Wednesday night. The Jessup Hose Company’s annual carnival opened up at 6 p.m. with rides, games, and lots of good food. The carnival runs through Memorial Day, and as always, it coincides with the borough’s popular St. Ubaldo festivities this weekend.

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    Woman Hit While Riding Bike Dies

    FISHING CREEK TOWNSHIP — A woman is dead after she was hit by a pickup while riding a bicycle in Columbia County. Caroline Shauger, 60, was sent down an embankment on Winding Road near Bloomsburg  just after 8 a.m. Wednesday. The driver of the pickup did stop. No charges have been filed.

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    Local Spellers Head to National Spelling Bee

    The 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee kicked off Wednesday morning in Maryland. Two students from our area were selected to join in the competition. Jake Montgomery attends D.H.H. Lengel Middle School in Pottsville and Peter Khoudary of Dallas attends Good Shepard Academy in Kingston. Scripps is Tweeting updates from the competition. We learned Jake lost, misspelling numismatist, which is a term for a coin collector. #speller208 7th grader Jake Montgomery (PA) spelled the word numismatist (coin collector) incorrectly #spellingbee — […]

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    Talkback 16: Student Protests, Weather Forecasts, Healthwatch Reports

    Topics in this edition of Talkback 16 include students protesting program cuts at their school, weather statistics, and our Healthwatch 16 reports.

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