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Saturday, November 15, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors on Friday announced the appointment of Megan J. Brennan, the current chief operating officer of the Postal Service, as the 74th Postmaster General and CEO.

Brennan is the first woman to hold the job.

A Pottsville native, she graduated from Nativity BVM High School in 1980. She'll replace Patrick R. Donahoe, who will be retiring in early next year.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) Wal-Mart Stores Inc. eked out a rare gain in an important sales measurement during the third quarter as it reported profits that beat Wall Street expectations Thursday.

But the world's largest retailer issued a fourth-quarter profit outlook that missed Wall Street expectations because of expected fierce holiday discounting. The quarter also marked two full years of traffic declines at U.S. Wal-Mart stores.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Meetings

Rep. Doyle Heffley is sponsoring a meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Penn Forest No. 1 Volunteer Fire Company's Whispering Pines Banquet Hall, Route 903 in Jim Thorpe.

PennEast Pipeline Company is holding an open house from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Aquashicola Volunteer Fire Company, 290 Little Gap Road.

Interactive map

PennEast Pipeline Company has developed an interactive mapping tool to assist landowners, neighbors and community leaders on the proposed route of the pipeline.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) BB&T, a commercial bank based in North Carolina, is buying Susquehanna Bancshares in a deal that will broaden the bank's reach into the Mid-Atlantic region.

News of the deal, which is worth $2.5 billion in cash and stock, sent Susquehanna's stock price soaring. Based on Susquehanna's closing price Tuesday, BB&T is paying a 39 percent premium.

Shares of Susquehanna, which is based in Lititz, Pennsylvania, jumped 33 percent to $13.15. BB&T's shares fell 2 percent to $37.55.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gas Safety USA operator Bob Ackley suggests owners of land under which the pipeline would run should ask these questions:

1. What pressure is allowed, and what is the pressure expected to run at?

2. How often is it checked for leaks or patrolled and what is the procedure?

3. How close is it allowed to dwellings?

4. Any compensation to landowners?

5. Any plan to expand with more pipelines?

6. What rights do landowners cede to the pipeline operator?

7. How will the pipeline operator keep (people) from excavating near the pipe?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

If you could personally give a message to the new Gov. Tom Wolf, what

would it be?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

According to documents filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by the PennEast Pipeline Company on Oct. 7, the route of the proposed 108-mile PennEast natural gas pipeline from Luzerne County to Hunterdon County, New Jersey, will run the entire length of Carbon County from north to south, and cross through privately owned land in Lower Towamensing, Towamensing, Penn Forest and Kidder townships.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
AP Photo/Pizza Hut This product image provided by Pizza Hut shows the restaurant chain's new specialty pizzas, from left, Sweet Sriracha Dynamite, Cherry Pepper Bombshell, and Pretzel Piggy. The atypical flavors and new ingredients are part of a menu overhaul set to be hit stores Wednesday.

NEW YORK Pizza Hut is letting customers play mad scientist, giving them the freedom to make pies with honey Sriracha sauce or add curry flavor to the crusts.

The reworked menu is one of several major moves at old-standby restaurant chains, including Red Lobster and Olive Garden, as they try to adjust to changing tastes. Many customers, especially millennials, have turned their backs on chain restaurants and are demanding more variety, exotic flavors and higher-quality food.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Palmerton will spend nearly $40,000 to replace screening at its wastewater treatment plant.

Borough council on a 5-0 vote on Thursday agreed to award a bid to Westech Corp. of Aston, Delaware County, in the amount of $39,545. Councilmen Jason Behler and Jeremy Barbosa were absent.

Westech was the lone company to turn in a bid for the project, which borough Manager Rodger Danielson said was no surprise because it's a very specific type of equipment.

The bid came in about $10,000 less than the borough had originally anticipated.