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    $1.4 Million Grant to Help Demolish Abandoned Homes

    GIRARDVILLE — On the 100 block of West Ogden Street in Girardville in Schuylkill County stands a crumbling property. One neighbor told Newswatch 16 he has lived next door for 56 years and says it has been abandoned for decades.”I waited for this a long time,” he said as he showed us the back of the property, which he claims is worse than the front. “I waited for this a long time,” he said as he showed us the back of […]

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    Shots Fired in Nanticoke, One Person Killed

    NANTICOKE — A person was killed after being shot multiple times in Luzerne County. Police say shots were fired on West Church Street in Nanticoke around 2 a.m. Wednesday. According to troopers, Brandon Smith, 20, was shot several times and apparently died as a result of the wounds. Troopers said Smith and another man were outside the home fighting and that’s when the unidentified gunman shot and killed Smith. State police believe the two people knew each other. For people who […]

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    Reports: George H.W. Bush Hospitalized

    Former president George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized, according to the Houston Chronicle and Houston TV station KHOU. Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, says he was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital after falling ill. Becker tells the Houston Chronicle and KHOU that Bush is “doing fine.” Bush, who served a single term as President from 1988 to 1992, was not expected to attend the inauguration of the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, in Washington on Friday due to health […]

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    Get Your Move On

    When it comes to Pennsylvania, it looks like more and more people are moving out! The results of a new survey from United Van Lines found that in 2016, the Commonwealth ranked among the top ten states people are leaving. A lot of them are going out West. The number one state people are moving to is South Dakota. No matter if you’re moving out of state or just down the street, Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey teamed up with Matheson Transfer […]

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    World Series Champion Cubs Heading to White House

    Spring training for major league baseball teams begins next month, but the Chicago Cubs and their manager from Hazleton are still celebrating last year’s world championship. The Chicago Cubs are scheduled to be at the White House on Monday to meet with President Obama. On Sunday night, the cubs began the first leg of their trip. The Cubs boarded buses outside Wrigley Field in Chicago. Players and team officials, including Manager Joe Maddon, were on board. Maddon’s the Hazleton native […]

  • Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis says he doesn't see President-elect Donald Trump as a "legitimate" commander in chief following Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

File-Georgia Democratic Representative John Lewis speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

    Trump rips ‘all talk,’ ‘no action’ civil rights icon John Lewis

    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump harshly responded to civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis on Saturday, calling him “all talk” and “no action” after Lewis said Trump was not a “legitimate” president. “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad,” Trump tweeted […]

  • The maker of the Italian confection is drawing focus to how it uses the product, which it says gives Nutella its creamy texture.

    Nutella Defends Use of Palm Oil, Deemed a ‘Potential Health Concern’

    NEW YORK — Palm oil is considered royalty among vegetable fat because it makes food easy to spread. Derived from the fruits and kernels of palm plants, it is consumed worldwide in baked goods, convenience foods (including chips, snacks and frozen foods) and candy, usually as a vegetable oil, shortening or margarine additive. It’s been getting some attention from the highly popular hazelnut spread Nutella. The maker of the Italian confection is drawing focus to how it uses the product, […]

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    Forest City Finally Receives Cell Phone Service

    FOREST CITY – “Can you hear me now?” A serious question, some folks in Forest City have been asking each other for years. Spotty cell phone service made keeping in contact with family and friends difficult. “I’m in school and I have another job as well so I am pretty busy and I need my phone to be working,” said Katie Knight of Forest City. About a year ago AT&T purchased a cell phone tower in Browndale from NEP Communications […]

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    Wilkes-Barre Area School Board Eyes New Locations for High School

    WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre Area School Board members met Monday night to discuss potential locations for the district’s new high school. This was the first meeting since the Wilkes-Barre Zoning Board rejected a proposal to build downtown on the site of Coughlin High School. Members discussed three new locations to be evaluated for the project, none of which is in Wilkes-Barre. The three potential locations are all in Plains Township. According to Board Solicitor Raymond Wendolowski, the sites include: about 100 […]

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    Luzerne County Prison Still Down To One Elevator Following Deadly Fall

    WILKES-BARRE —  An attorney with Kline and Spector, as well as engineers and others, met with Luzerne County Prison administrators for an inspection Wednesday morning.  It comes about six months after two men died in the jail. Authorities say inmate Timothy Gilliam got into a fight with Corrections Officer Kristopher Moules in July when Gilliam fell into the prison’s fifth-floor elevator. It gave way at its base, and he pulled Moules with him. Both fell nearly 60 feet. “This is […]

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    Police Officer Arrested for Threatening to Kill Wife, Kids

    LEWISBURG — A police officer in Union County finds himself on the other side of the law after he was arrested for threatening to kill his wife and her kids. According to court papers, the officer was drunk and taking prescription medication to help with an addiction. Officer Shawn Kuhns, 40, from the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department near Lewisburg is suspended from the force with pay while there is an investigation. According to court papers, his wife ran to […]

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    One Killed in New Year’s Eve Crash in Monroe County

    EAST STROUDSBURG — Business Route 209, also known as North Cortland Street, in East Stroudsburg is back open after a car crashed into a utility pole late Saturday evening. According to police, three people were inside the car when it struck a utility pole in the 300 block of North Cortland Street around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. One woman inside the car died as a result of the crash. Officials identified the victim as Shabasia Savinon, 25, of East Stroudsburg. Monroe County […]