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    Illegal Immigration Relief Act Costly for Hazleton

    HAZLETON — An already financially troubled city in Luzerne County is in even more debt now over a decision made nearly a decade ago. A federal judge has ordered Hazleton to pay $1.4 million to lawyers who battled the city over a controversial illegal immigration ordinance. It’s money that will be paid by taxpayers. City […]

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    Land Banks: An Effective Tool to Fight Blight?

    PLYMOUTH — Several area communities are starting, or are considering starting, land banks as a way to demolish or fix up decaying and abandoned buildings. But how do land banks work and can they get the results that communities want? Can land banks turn blighted properties into wanted properties? The answer may be yes, but […]

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    Elderly Woman Killed Crossing the Street in Scranton

    SCRANTON —  An elderly woman was killed when she crossed the street and was hit by a car in downtown Scranton Sunday afternoon. According to officers, a Dodge Challenger was turning onto Lackawanna Avenue in front of the Mall at Steamtown when the driver hit Loretta Kempinski, 82, of Scranton, as she was crossing the […]

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    Bit by a Squirrel? There’s Now a Medical Code for That (W53.21XA)

    WASHINGTON — If you get hurt in a close encounter with a sea lion, injured at the library or burned when your water skis catch on fire for the second time, you are now in luck. Before today your doctor had no way to code for these specific injuries (W56.19XA, Y92.241 and V91.07XD, respectively), but […]

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    Prosecutors Play Blame Game over Evidence in Eric Frein Case  

    MILFORD — 24 hours after having no comment following a conference with a judge in Pike County, prosecutors from Pike and Lackawanna Counties are now setting the record straight. Both prosecutors changed their tunes Wednesday and spoke with Newswatch 16 about the new twist in the death penalty case in Pike County against alleged cop […]

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    PennDOT: Haunted House Signs Must Go

    RALPHO TOWNSHIP — Next weekend the Elysburg haunted house opens for its 39th year. For many of those years, signs advertising the event were put up along a busy intersection near Elysburg, but this year that’ll be different. Suzie Woodruff wants people driving by her home to know about the annual Elysburg Haunted House. She […]

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    Dunmore Zoning Board: Height Restriction Does Not Apply To Landfill

    DUNMORE — An expansion plan for a landfill in Lackawanna County cleared another hurdle Monday night. The Dunmore Zoning Board said a height restriction in a borough ordinance does not apply to the Keystone Sanitary Landfill. The Keystone Sanitary Landfill’s plan for expansion cleared that hurdle, allowing the Louie Denaple-owned garbage site to move forward. In […]

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    Netflix Arrivals, Departures October 2015

    Netflix is adding a long list of movies and shows this October. Here’s a list of everything that’s coming and going this month: Arrivals: Avail 10/1/15 A Christmas Carol (1938) Briskly helmed by Edwin L. Martin, this adaptation of Charles Dicken’s yuletide classic stars Reginald Owen as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets a last chance to […]

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    NASA Announces ‘Mars Mystery Solved’

    Potentially life-giving water still flows across the ancient surface of Mars from time to time, NASA scientists said Monday in revealing a potential breakthrough in both the search for life beyond Earth and human hopes to one day travel there. While the discovery doesn’t by itself offer evidence of life on Mars, either past or […]

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    Smell Causes Evacuation at St. Joseph’s Center

    SCRANTON — It was a rude awakening for some people in Scranton on Friday. A building at St. Joseph’s Center on Adams Avenue had to be evacuated because of an odor just after 3 a.m. About 19 residents of the facility that cares for the severely disabled had to be moved to another building. Fire […]

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    Man Accused of Child Abuse, Baby in Critical Condition

    SHAMOKIN — A 1-year-old baby boy is in a hospital with serious injuries that police say were the result of child abuse. Police in Shamokin say that child is fighting for his life. Authorities say his mother’s boyfriend admits to being mad over a video game and annoyed by the child’s crying. He told police […]

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    Plea Deal for Alleged ‘Ghost Rider’ Architect

    WILKES-BARRE — He is accused of being the mastermind of the so-called “Ghost Riders” scandal at the Luzerne County Transportation Authority and cheating the state out of millions of dollars. Newswatch 16 has learned of a plea deal that could keep LCTA Executive Director Stanley Strelish out of prison. Lawyers for Strelish will recommend he […]