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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Carbon County Veterans Day Parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Nesquehoning. The rain date is Nov. 16.

Henry Desrosiers, director of the county Department of Veterans Affairs, said this year's theme is "Honoring All Who Served" and is hosted by the Nesquehoning United Veterans Organization.

He urged all county residents to come support the parade because it is a great way for people to thank all those who served our country, protecting our freedoms.

The grand marshal

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Weatherly, Carbon County and state officials worked together to create a brochure that provides contact information for programs available for people with drug and alcohol problems.

Carbon County, Weatherly and state officials have teamed up to spearhead a campaign to try to combat the growing drug epidemic that is hitting our communities.

On Monday, representatives gathered at the Weatherly Borough Office to reveal a new brochure that is available to all Weatherly residents that provides information on getting help with drug and alcohol problems. Information includes a variety of resources, from local agencies and treatment options to area support groups.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ALLENTOWN (AP) A Pennsylvania utility says it's eliminating 450 jobs as part of cost-cutting stemming from a planned spinoff of its competitive generation business.

Allentown-based PPL Corporation says Tuesday severance packages and existing vacancies will keep the number of layoffs under 200.

PPL disclosed the planned job reduction in a third-quarter earnings report.

The company reported third-quarter earnings of $497 million, or 74 cents per share, an increase from $410 million, or 62 cents per share, a year ago.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SHEPPTON (AP) Police say the body of an elderly woman was found in the yard of her northeastern Pennsylvania home after emergency crews arrived to fight a brush fire.

East Union Township police chief Tony Harris told the (Hazleton) Standard-Speaker that the cause of the woman's death hasn't been determined.

Safety officer Dennis Antonelli Jr. of the Sheppton-Oneida Fire Company said crews were dispatched to the fire in woods in Sheppton at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MARC LEVY, Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrat Tom Wolf was elected Pennsylvania governor Tuesday after the businessman and first-time candidate spent $10 million of his own money on an early TV ad campaign that endeared him to voters and helped send unpopular Gov. Tom Corbett to a historic defeat.

When he takes office in January, Wolf will likely face a Republican-controlled Legislature and a yawning budget deficit as he tries to make good on a promise to dramatically increase the state government's share of public school costs.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Gas prices in the area have dipped below the three dollar price point at some local gas stations.
The Exxon and Sunoco stations in Lehighton are advertising regular unleaded for $2.99, while the Normal Square Mini-Mart's sign reads $2.98.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

With 99 percent of precincts reporting in Monroe County and Northampton counties, Republican Mario Scavello has won the new senate seat for the area, defeating Mark Aurand of Nazareth.
Scavello had 53,465 votes and Aurand had 36,287.

Check back for updates.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett says he called Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf to concede defeat and congratulated him on a well-fought fight for Pennsylvania's highest office.

Appearing at a post-election gathering at a Pittsburgh hotel Tuesday night, the Republican governor thanked his supporters and said he's proud his administration cut waste in the state government, reduced state spending for the first time in 40 years and put the state's economy on the right track.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

By Bill O'Boyle
boboyle@civitasmedia.com

WILKES-BARRE - Republican U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta and Democrat Matt Cartwright easily won re-election in their respective congressional districts Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township, also cruised to victory in the 10th Congressional District to win his third term.

Barletta, R-Hazleton, had to celebrate his victory in a hospital bed, having had a medical procedure done at Hershey Medical Center on Monday evening.

Barletta's office released the following statement, attributable to Communications Director Tim Murtaugh:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Republican Jack Rader Jr. has won his first state candidacy, defeating Hope Smith for the 176 district of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. With all precincts reporting. Rader has 7,321 votes and Smith has 4,760 votes.

Republican Rosemary Brown has defeated Liz Forrest, with 5,635 votes to Forrest's 3,412 votes in the race for the 189th district.