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Friday, November 21, 2014

Keeping the upcoming holiday season free of tragic vehicle crashes is the aim of "Operation Safe Holiday," a joint campaign by Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and local law enforcement. The holiday enforcement will focus on nighttime seat belt use and impaired driving.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The board of directors of the Monroe County Historical Association invites the public to participate in a planning survey which will be used to develop a Comprehensive Plan to assess the needs of the community and to better plan for the future of the organization.

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F98GPQD. Individual responses will remain strictly confidential and the association's leadership will use this data for planning purposes.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nesquehoning Borough Council is opposing one area business's request to have its taxes reduced.

On Wednesday, council voted 6-0 to join with Panther Valley School District in opposing Ametek Inc.'s tax assessment appeal, which requests a $1 million reduction in the fair market value of two properties, located along Route 54 in Nesquehoning, and would equate to a $42,049.32 in reduction of taxes.

Councilman Robert Marouchoc was absent.

Ametek's initial request for the reduction was denied by the Carbon County Board of Assessment Appeals on Nov. 4.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection is urging residents in the Center Valley area of Lehigh County to have their homes tested for radon.

This comes after recent tests by the department and a DEP-certified laboratory revealed that several homes in that area have record high levels.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Franklin Township fire officials have declared the large brush fire in the Sunny Rest nudist camp under control.

It was reported to be caused by a fallen utility pole, with live electrical lines setting the heavy brush and leaves on fire, fueled by high winds.

It is not known how many acres were burned in the fire.

Twice fire officials raced to the parking lot of the Blue Ridge TV 13 studio nearby when flames raced through the embankment traveling toward the structure in heavy brush and a nearby field.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — There is good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows.

The bad news: a lot more people will be driving.

During the holiday weekend, 46.3 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to car group AAA. That would be a 4.2 percent increase over last year. While promising for the travel industry, the figure is still 8.5 percent short of the 50.6 million reached in 2007, just before the recession.

The overwhelming majority of travelers — almost 90 percent — will be driving.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire early Thursday at a Florida State University library, sending hundreds of students who had been up all night studying for exams scrambling for cover in the book aisles and barricading themselves in with desks. Three students were wounded before police killed the gunman in a shootout, authorities said.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NFL has decided to move the Bills' home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit after a severe winter storm pounded western New York.

League spokesman Michael Signora announced the change on Thursday night.

More than 5 feet of snow have fallen in the Buffalo area since Monday, and another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by Friday.

The storm forced the Bills to cancel their past two days of practice. The team intends to travel to Detroit on Friday and practice at the Detroit Lions' facility.

The Lions are at New England on Sunday.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

Therese Serignese, now 57 and a nurse in Boca Raton, said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas. She said she went backstage and when the two were alone, Cosby gave her two pills and a glass of water, saying, "Take these."

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Schuylkill officials are tightening the county belt in order to avoid a tax increase.

Commissioners on Wednesday approved a preliminary 2015 budget that keeps the property tax rate the same as this year by siphoning $4 million from the reserve fund, but warned of looming austerity measures.