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Saturday, August 16, 2014
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS Glenn Miller of M&S Hardware takes a break in the power equipment section of the store.

Imagine or remember the average household in 1964. The home would have cost about $20,000, with its inhabitants making at least the $1.15 minimum wage. One hour's pay would have netted you enough to buy a gallon of milk and a stamp.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) Coca-Cola is suing a company that allows customers to use debit or credit cards to purchase items from vending machines over nearly $1 million in fees.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Coca-Cola recently filed a lawsuit in federal court in Atlanta. Coca-Cola Refreshments, the Atlanta-based company's bottling and fountain operations division, says USA Technologies Inc. of Malvern, Pennsylvania, continued collecting monthly fees on vending machines after the two firms parted ways two years ago.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Friday that a criminal information was filed, charging a Monroe County resident with participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the information alleges that Tamika Davis, 33, of Effort, conspired with others to possess and distribute heroin in Monroe County and the surrounding areas between November 2013 and April.

The charge stems from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A total of $5.7 million is headed to Carbon County to help pay for two railroad bridge projects.

Details were sketchy as of late Friday, but according to a news release issued by the state Department of Transportation, a rail bridge over the Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe proposed by Reading Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad will receive $5 million, and bridge repairs by the Horsehead Corp. Palmerton will receive $700,000.

Efforts to reach officials from both companies were unsuccessful, as were efforts to reach PennDOT spokesman Ron Young for additional information.

Friday, August 15, 2014
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

Work is progressing on the two bridges that carry thousands of vehicles over Pohopoco Creek, Pohopoco Drive and Route 209 daily.

On Thursday night, two cranes lowered four beams into place for the bridges.

They began setting beams at 9 p.m. and continued through early morning hours. New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company Inc. of New Enterprise, Pennsylvania, is the contractor for the $22.1 million project, which is slated to be complete by June 2016.

Friday, August 15, 2014

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — NASCAR added a rule Friday ordering drivers to not approach the track or moving cars after accidents. The announcement comes less than a week after a driver was struck and killed during a dirt-track race in New York.

If a car is involved in an accident and can no longer keep going — and no extenuating circumstances exist such as smoke in the cockpit or fire — the driver should not loosen any personal safety equipment until directed to do so by safety personnel or a NASCAR or track official.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered Pennsylvania organizations to pay $118,000 in back wages to workers with disabilities since 2011, according to records PublicSource obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

These include: CTC Manufacturing in Beaver Meadows and Providence Service Corporation (The ReDCo Group) in Pottsville.

At CTC, 58 employees were affected, and the agency was ordered to pay $18,835. At Providence, 36 employees were affected, with $2,986 ordered in back wages.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Two defendants in pending driving under the influence cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Thursday and were immediately sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Saul Tapia Ortiz, 27, of Avondale, Chester County, was arrested on Feb. 7 along Main Road, in Franklin Township, by state police at Lehighton, following a vehicle stop. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance. Ortiz also pleaded to one count of possession of a small amount of marijuana and a summary count of driving without a valid license.

Friday, August 15, 2014
DONALD. R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

With three months to a targeted completion date, lighting piers have been pouredat the East Broad Street restoration project seen here Thursday. When the bridge reopens to pedestrians and traffic in November, the main street will no longer be divided in half, detour signage will be removed, and traditional traffic patterns will be restored for the first time since June 2013.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Four people charged with driving under the influence were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program for first-time offenders on Thursday.

If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record will be wiped clean. However, if they fail to complete it, or are revoked from it, they will then face trial on all pending charges. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II placed the four for a year.