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Monday, May 11, 2015

We could get some wet relief from tropical storm Ana today. Here's the forecast:

Today: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. Light south wind increasing to 6 to 11 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Trying to gauge the best and worst places to be a working mom, a new report looked at — among other things — child care availability and cost, gender pay gaps, number of female company executives and the average length of a woman's workday.

When the numbers were crunched, Pennsylvania's rating was, well, mediocre.

Monday, May 11, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A newly expanded medical marijuana bill is expected to pass the Pennsylvania Senate, although its prospects remain unclear in the House.

The medical marijuana bill was scheduled for a Senate vote Tuesday. The Senate passed a similar bill last year, 43-to-7, but it passed late in the legislative session and died in the House.

Monday, May 11, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who stored images of himself sexually abusing a girl on a computer tablet and then sold it at a flea market has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison.

New Castle resident Donald Miller was sentenced Friday in federal court on a child pornography charge.

Prosecutors say Miller recorded himself sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl before saving the images on the tablet. A woman who bought the tablet from him at an Ohio flea market in late 2013 discovered the images and notified authorities.

Monday, May 11, 2015
JARRAD HEDES/TIMES NEWS Sgt. Derek Pagan's casket is lifted into a hearse following a funeral service on Sunday at Gower Funeral Home in Gilbert. The hearse made the 3-mile trip past Pagan's  Kunkletown home before returning to the funeral home. The Kunkletown native was killed April 26 in a hit-and-run in Austin, Texas.

Still searching for answers regarding his death, Sgt. Derek Pagan's family and friends paid their respects during a funeral service with full military honors Sunday in Gilbert.

The 29-year-old Kunkletown native and Fort Hood soldier was killed by a hit-and-run driver in the early morning hours of April 26 in Austin, Texas.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Carbon Community College Center for Leadership & Workforce Development, and the Business Enterprise Center are sponsoring a "Wantrapeneur Expo" to be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Business Enterprise Center at 234 High St., Tamaqua.

The Expo is open to anyone who wants to start their own business or for those who have a business and need help.

The Expo will feature various exhibitors and vendors in the areas including business plan writing, accounting, financing, marketing, mentoring and legal.

Monday, May 11, 2015

It could cost Northern Lehigh School District nearly $220,000 to replace the boiler system and closed circuit cooling tower at Peters Elementary.

Three companies submitted bids to the district on Thursday, with Elliott-Lewis Corporation, of Nazareth, turning in the apparent low bid of $218,790.

That was $117,210 less than the next lowest bid turned in by JBM Mechanical Inc. of Nazareth ($336,000), and $121,210 less than Worth and Company Inc. of, Bucks County ($340,000).

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture inspectors are asking that biosecurity practices be implemented by anyone who owns or works with poultry, whether they are at a commercial farm or a hobby farm.

Examples of biosecurity measures include:

Ÿ Keeping all areas around the flocks clean.

Ÿ Ensuring that new birds added to the flock are free of any signs of disease.

Ÿ Observing flocks for any signs of sickness.

Ÿ Reporting signs of sick birds

Monday, May 11, 2015

ALLENTOWN (AP) An autopsy is scheduled for Monday on the 1-year-old Allentown boy who died six days after authorities allege he was thrown into the Lehigh River by his mother.

Zymeir Perry died shortly before noon Saturday, according to the Lehigh County coroner's office. An autopsy would be done to determine the cause of death, Coroner Scott Grim said.

Monday, May 11, 2015

St. Luke's Miners Hospital in Coaldale is offering support groups for local residents dealing with diabetes or neurological issues.

The diabetes support group meets quarterly, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the hospital's community room.

Each meeting, a different diabetes topic is explored.

Topics are based on ways to improve blood sugar control and quality of life. Meetings include a question-and-answer period.

The next meeting will be on June 2. Reservations are not required and there are no fees. For more information, call 570-645-8107.