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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PPL Electric Utilities is asking a for delivery charge increase to pay for ongoing reliability improvements for its customers.

The company filed the request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Tuesday. The total increase, spread across all of the company's 1.4 million customers, would be $167.5 million per year.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Pleasant Valley and other Monroe County schools are on a two-hour delay today.

Palmerton, Lehighton and Jim Thorpe are on two-hour delays.

Weatherly is also on a two-hour delay.
Use caution on side roads this morning.

Temperatures are below freezing now but today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

Check back for updates.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ALLENTOWN (AP) An Alabama woman who blamed the death of her infant son on her toddler daughter has been sentenced in Pennsylvania to 15 to 30 years in prison.

Thirty-two-year-old Wendi Stanford, of Florence, wept and trembled in court on Tuesday as she again professed her innocence in the November 2003 death of 2-month-old Christopher Harbin in Allentown, where she used to live. She called herself "a mother who has suffered, not a violent monster."

But a judge imposed the maximum term, saying he was disturbed that she blamed another child.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Northern Lehigh School District could soon have a new trash agreement in place.

Four vendors turned in proposals to the district on Monday for a five-year agreement, with JP Mascaro turning in the apparent low amount of $119,092.

That amount was $13,784 less than the next lowest proposal of $132,876 submitted by Waste Management.

Other companies that bid were Advanced Disposal ($144,948) and Berger Sanitation ($188,664).

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News

Snow quickly coated the roads Tuesday afternoon, causing many travel issues. Maury Road in Jim Thorpe was just one example where drivers faced difficult travel. Cars and trucks were pulled to the side of the road around 5 p.m. Most drivers were able to navigate up the hill, although many chose to turn around and attempt an alternate route.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General is staying silent on its investigation into a fatal crash involving a Nesquehoning police officer on May 12, 2014.

"We have no comment. Thank you for your inquiry," spokeswoman Carolyn Myers wrote in an emailed response.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The annual Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter, will be extended to this afternoon from 2 to 4:30 p.m., due to Tuesday's snowstorm.

The sale is taking place at Penn's Peak in PennForest Township.

Most dresses are $10. There is also a variety of accessories, including shoes, bags and jewelry.

Cash only.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Tuesday lost a challenge in the state's highest court over an investigation that recommended she be charged criminally in the leaks of secret material.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a county judge outside Philadelphia had the authority to appoint a special prosecutor to look into grand jury leaks tied to the state attorney general's office.

Kane had argued that special prosecutor Thomas Carluccio's appointment was unlawful and sought to repress the grand jury report that suggested charges against her.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS PVHS freshman Robin Krajcir smiles after receiving a positive Post-it note she found stuck to her locker early Tuesday morning.

Standing proudly at the Route 209 entrance to the Panther Valley High School, a simple marquee bears a bold message to students, teachers and passers-by alike: Be kind today.

That is the message that Save Our Bubble group organizer and 1992 PVHS graduate, Andrea Davis would like students (and everyone) to hold close to their hearts every day.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Charges will be filed against a Panther Valley School District bus driver following an incident last month in which nearly two dozen middle school students were sent home after their school bus was suddenly stopped while in Summit Hill.

Contacted this morning, Summit Hill Police Chief Joe Fittos said that "charges are forthcoming against a Panther Valley School District bus driver pending the results of further investigation."

District Superintendent Dennis Kergick also said this morning that the bus driver was relieved of her duties.