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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Some area schools are closing ahead of the storm that is supposed to hit overnight.
According to The National Weather Service, the area may see 6 to 10 inches of snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain near morning. The storm is expected to move out of the area Monday afternoon.
So far schools closed on Monday are:
Carbon Career & Technical Institute
Jim Thorpe
Lehighton
Marian Catholic
Our Lady of the Angels
Palmerton
Panther Valley
Pleasant Valley
St. Jerome's, Tamaqua
St. John Neumann, Palmerton
St. Joseph Regional, Jim Thorpe
Tamaqua

Sunday, February 1, 2015

It's been smooth sailing for the Jim Thorpe contractor in charge of an asbestos abatament project at Lehighton Area Middle School.

Project manager Jeff Miller, of JMSI Environmental Corp., said Thursday that the abatement, which began over Thanksgiving break, left no airborne asbestos structures or elevated fiber levels when air sample checks were conducted.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl ad games have so far delivered a nod to the Brady Bunch, voiceovers from Muhammad Ali and John F. Kennedy and Mindy Kaling trying to steal a kiss from fellow actor Matt Damon.

Skittles, a first-timer to the big game, got some extra publicity early on when Marshawn Lynch popped some of his favorite candies into his mouth on the sideline. And Chevrolet grabbed some attention with a fake-out before the game even started.

Here's a look at the ads so far. Check back throughout the night for updates.

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JAMES BOND DRIVING A KIA?

Sunday, February 1, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) — Celebrities are offering their support and prayers for Whitney Houston's daughter, who authorities say was recently found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in a suburban Atlanta townhome.

Police said 21-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown was taken Saturday to a hospital in the northern Atlanta suburb of Roswell, Georgia.

La Toya Jackson is one of several celebrities who used Twitter to express her support Sunday.

"Let's All Send Love Light & Prayers to Bobbi Kristina Brown!" Jackson tweeted. "Wishing Her A Healthy & Speedy Recovery!"

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doctors say a dog is recovering after surgery to remove a pair of calf-high leather boots the animal had eaten.

The Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center in Philadelphia says the 4-year-old mixed breed male named Vince ate the women's boots Friday afternoon.

Officials said the volume consumed was so large that the dog's stomach was unable to pass the material into the small intestines, so the pet underwent surgery Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Kickoff is inching closer for Sunday's Super Bowl and so is a potential storm that could drop up to 10 inches of snow across the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. tonight through 1 p.m. Monday.

Predictions call for 6-10 inches and a trace amount of ice.

Snow is expected to start late Sunday and continue through Monday morning, moving out of the area by early afternoon.

Sleet and freezing rain could also enter the mix Monday morning, making the commute a slick one.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Parts of a firearm were found Jan. 23 at Country Junction in Towamensing Township and state police are looking for the owner.

Police said the gun parts were collected for processing.

Anyone with information can call 610-681-1850.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Rush Township Police have released details of a crash late Saturday in which one person was injured.

According to Sgt. Duane Frederick, Edward Farley, 47, Sugarloaf, was traveling east driving a 2011 Ford Taurus on East Main Street at Ginthers and as he approached the fork in the road at the intersection with Claremont Avenue, Route 309, Farley's vehicle crossed over the double yellow line and traveled north on the southbound ramp.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

State police at Lehighton are looking for a suspect in the theft of copper wire from a cell phone tower in Ross Township.

The tower, in the 700-block of Route 115, belonged to Verizon Wireless.

Police said the theft occurred between Nov. 3 and Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call 610-377-4270.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A violent, two-vehicle crash Saturday in Rush Township injured 11 people and brought seven medical helicopters to the scene.

According to Sgt. Duane Frederick, Rush Township Police, Jarih Martinez Fermin, 23, Summit Hill, was operating a 2014 Subaru Forester southbound on Claremont Avenue, Route 309, in an area known as the Mile Hill, six miles north of Tamaqua.