Dems, labor push severance tax, GOP balks

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Democratic local state legislators and union leaders argued Friday in favor of a broader state natural gas extraction tax to avoid devastating cuts to education and social services. With the deadline for a new state budget just two weeks away and the current budget at least $1.2 billion short, state Rep. Mike Carroll, D-118, Avoca, said an adopted House Republican budget blueprint could lead to the cuts without extraction tax revenues.

Biden disses Clinton: ‘I never thought she was a great…

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Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Hillary Clinton greets Vice President Biden on the tarmac at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pa., on Aug. 15, 2016. Appearing at the SALT hedge fund conference in Las Vegas, the possible 2020 presidential candidate weighed in on Hillary Clinton's 2016 candidacy in a way that Clinton supporters sure won't like.

Back Roads Backed Up as Roadwork on I-81 in Luzerene County Continues

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Drivers on part of Interstate 81 northbound were seeing nothing but brake lights again Tuesday morning as week two of roadwork continues. Some drivers in Luzerne County said they felt they had no escape from the traffic because even the back roads were backed up with other roadwork projects.

Spring fever: Doctors see surge in seasonal allergies

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“Itchy eyes. Scratchy throat. Terrible sinus headache. I didn't want to get out of bed.

NEPA under tornado watch until 10 p.m.

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Drivers Prepare for Backups with Scheduled Roadwork on I-81

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With warmer weather moving in, road projects and construction are getting underway, including an extensive one along Interstate 81 in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties. PennDOT says a stretch of Interstate 81 from Drinker Street in Dunmore to the Avoca exit in Luzerne County is the busiest stretch on the interstate in northeastern Pennsylvania, with 80,000 cars passing through every day.

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Avoca native Mary Pat Julias wants to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Mayfield and Wilkes-Barre as part of a larger ambition: to offer a holistic approach to helping people become healthy and lead productive lives. Julias is among hundreds of applicants statewide seeking 39 state permits to become part of Pennsylvania's new medical marijuana industry.

Drivers Dreading Major PennDOT RoadWork Project That Will Affect Interstate 81

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INTERSTATE 81 – Folks who drive Interstate 81 in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties should plan for extra travel time for most of the month of May. On Monday, the highway will be down to a single lane, alternating in both directions as PennDOT does extensive maintenance work during a 3-week period. The work will take place in between Exit 186, the Drinker Street exit to Exit 178 A, the Avoca exit.

Community Pool Demolished, Makes Way for New Park

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The community pool in West Pittston used to be a place to soak up the sun in the summer, but after years without use, it is being demolished. Council members plan to use the space for a pavilion that is perfect for movies and concerts in the park.

Regional police force could be coming to Pittston area – someday

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Financial and procedural concerns have delayed plans that began about two years ago, and three other boroughs in the region have dropped out of the process. Those who remain are hopeful the proposed Northeast Regional Police Department will bring a well-trained, full-time, professional police presence to the region.

Community digest

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CORVETTE CLUB: The Corvette Club of NEPA will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the Tipsy Turtle, Avoca. New members are welcome.

Turnpike toll hike due soon

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Come Sunday, the most common toll – a trip between two interchanges – will rise from $1.80 to $1.95, about 8.3 percent, the ninth consecutive year the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission voted to raise rates. The turnpike, which raised rates only five times in its first 68 years, will keep raising them annually for the foreseeable future unless the state acts, turnpike Chief Executive Officer Mark Compton said at a House Democratic Policy Committee meeting in September in Moosic.

Pa. driver’s license not compliant with Real ID Act

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MICHAEL J. MULLEN / STAFF PHTOGRAPHER Bob Logan of Old Forge waits for a flight at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. Pennsylvanians won't be able to use a driver's license as identification for air travel as of 2018 unless state legislators act to resolve a dispute with federal authorities.

Clinton backers ignored Pennsylvania’s center, lost winnable votes

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The final months of 2016's election season on Pitt's campus were rather blue – and by blue, I mean pro-Clinton. As I made my way through campus, I'd see students sporting the Clinton campaign logo on stickers and buttons.

Local gambling share funds still uncertain

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Lawmakers left municipalities that receive local gambling share money in the lurch Thursday over whether that aid will be restored any time soon. The House and Senate each approved different bills to restore a state casino tax recently declared unconstitutional and maintain the system for distributing nearly $140 million annually in local share money from casino revenues.

Bridge work will disrupt traffic on I81 tonight

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Three taken to hospital, one into custody after Old Forge crash

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A 32-year-old Old Forge man was turning a pickup truck from Oak Street left onto Bluff Street when he hit the gas instead of the brake, and the front of the truck collided with the driver's-side door of the sedan at about 11:15 a.m., Police Chief Jason Dubernas said. The truck driver and two Avoca residents in the car, a 58-year-old woman and her mother, were taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center for treatment.

Drivers Warned of Traffic Delays on I-81 in Luzerne County As Crews Work to Remove Bridge

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Crews are continuing their work to remove the Wyoming Avenue bridge that passed over Interstate 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. PennDOT said beginning on Sunday, October 2, there will be lane closures on Interstate 81 in both directions between Exit 175 and Exit 178 .

Grandfather Threatens to Shoot School Bus Driver, Students

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A 41-year-old grandfather from Duryea is locked up in jail after an attempt to defend his granddaughter may have gone too far. Because a threat was made, the Pittston Area School District made sure a resource officer and police officer were at the bus stop on Main Street in Avoca for each student picked up and dropped off even after the grandfather was arrested.

Police: Duryea man threatened to shoot bus driver, student

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport water main break affects restaurants, homes

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The restaurant at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport had a limited menu today and airport workers flushed airport toilets with buckets of water because of a water main break. Susan Turcmanovich, a Pennsylvania-American Water Co.

Officials unveil new industrial park road in Pittston Township

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Fagotti looked on as state officials touted the safety and economic development benefits Wednesday of the new – and somewhat controversial – $52 million Interstate 81 interchange at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and Avoca. For two decades, increasing numbers of trucks have rumbled up and down steep Suscon Road to enter and leave the Grimes Industrial Park.

Shelby Bodnar to student-teach at

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Seated : Miranda Bellas, Dupont, Pa.; Kristin Stuffick, Harveys Lake, Pa.; Amielia Barhold, Melbourne, Fla., and Shelby Bodnar, Milford, Pa.; second row: Whitney Ellenberg, Rockaway, N.J.; Joseph DePue, Pringle, Pa.; Michele Jeffries, Tunkhannock, Pa., and Danielle McDonald, Avoca, Pa. – Shelby Bodnar of Milford is among eight teacher education majors at Misericordia University to receive her student-teacher assignment for the fall semester.

Emergency Landing at AVP

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Officials from the Airport in Avoca told Newswatch 16, a United Airlines plane had to make that stop after the pilot reported a fuel in-balance.

Community digest

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LABOR DAY TRIDUUM, MASS: The Oblates of St. Joseph Religious Congregation will host their annual Labor Day Triduum and Mass in honor of St. Joseph the Worker during the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-5, at the Oblates' Seminary chapel, Route 315, Laflin.

Retired Pennsylvania Marine seeks return of fallen comrades

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U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ed “Zimmo” Zimmerman, right, of Bear Creek Township, Pa., returns from a one-week trip to Vietnam to guide a search team to where he last saw two fallen soldiers in 1968, and is welcomed back to Pennsylvania by friends and family including a fellow U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, Don Wilmot of Sterling, Pa., second from left, on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pa. Members of a U.S. government Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command search team will spend up to 30 days excavating the site where U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ed “Zimmo” Zimmerman, in 1968, last saw U.S. Marine Corps Pfc.

Live coverage: Find out what Clinton and Biden are saying in Scranton

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets Vice President Joe Biden on the tarmac at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca, Pa., Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, before traveling together to a campaign event in Scranton, Pa. Vice President Joe Biden is joining Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during a campaign stop in Scranton, a northeastern Pennsylvania city where they both have roots.

Avoca resident needs Facebook votes to move on in Miss Jetset Magazine 2016

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Pennsylvania's representative in the Miss Jetset Magazine 2016 contest has made it to the online competition's top 25, but the next eliminations come at midnight Aug. 5 and Avoca's Teresa Ann Ceccoli needs to climb into the top 10 from No.

PSP promotes 3 Luzerne County natives

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He most recently served as the gaming office commander at Sugarhouse Casino in Philadelphia. Brown enlisted in the state police in 1998.

Namedropper, June 7, 2016

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At the opening lunch of the women's golf association at the Scranton Canoe Club, are, in front from left: Bette Connell, Francine Gallagher and Rachel Winebrake. Second row: Gerri Ferguson and Gloria Ross.