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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A threatening phone call to a Carbon County business is being investigated.

State police at Fern Ridge said a 31-year-old Albrightsville woman received a call at her place of employment, Dollar General Store, in Penn Forest Township, at 12:45 p.m. on May 2. The caller threatened to shoot her if she didn't comply with his demands. He also identified himself as a serial killer.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call troopers at 570-646-2271.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Martha Moyer of Jim Thorpe stands and recites the Pledge of Allegiance during the opening ceremony on Tuesday.

It was off to the races Tuesday morning as more than 200 area senior citizens and volunteers gathered to celebrate the opening of the 2014 Carbon County Senior Games.

The kickoff celebration for the 26th annual event was held at the Lehighton Recreational Center, Eighth and Iron streets. This year's competitors include seniors from Panther Valley, Lehighton, Palmerton, Weatherly and Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder senior centers.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Following an extensive executive session and a tied vote that required Mayor Christian Morrison to cast the deciding yes, Tamaqua Council approved a lengthy list of lifeguards and clerks for the summer season at the Howard D. Buehler Memorial Pool.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A contract between the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Weissport gives PennDOT workers permission to work 24 hours a day starting June 6 to rehabilitate the McCall Bridge.

The bridge takes traffic over Weissport, the Lehigh Canal, railroad and Lehigh River.

Gene Kershner, president, said that according to the contract with PennDOT, Weissport needed to grant permission for PennDOT to work 24 hours on the project.

"We needed to grant the permission so they could work the 24 hours a day," said Kershner.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

KEMPTON, Pa. (AP) — The wheels of justice are turning for a longtime volunteer and appointed treasurer of the Wanamaker, Kempton and Southern Railroad in eastern Pennsylvania.

WFMZ-TV (http://bit.ly/1ux59yG) said 43-year-old James Krause of Schnecksville, Lehigh County, is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 in a year's time from the scenic railroad in Berks County.

Authorities claim Krause stole more than $36,000 from the railroad's checking and savings accounts in 2013.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the nation's gun culture has gotten "way out of balance" and the U.S. needs to rein in the notion that "anybody can have a gun, anywhere, anytime."

The former secretary of state and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate said the idea that anyone can have a gun is not in the "best interest of the vast majority of people." But she said that approach does not conflict with the rights of people to own firearms.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania lawmakers are sending the governor a bill designed to improve reporting by school employees of suspected child abuse.

The House voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of the measure that the prime sponsor says puts school workers under the same reporting requirements as people employed in other types of work environments.

Gov. Tom Corbett's office says he plans to sign it. The sponsor, Berks County Republican Rep. David Maloney, says he became aware that the standards were different while serving as a school board member.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A conservative Republican lawmaker who wants to impeach Democratic state Attorney General Kathleen Kane presided over nearly two hours of testimony sympathetic to his cause Tuesday after Democrats on the House State Government Committee walked out in protest.

"Happy kangaroo court, pal," Rep. Michael O'Brien, a Philadelphia Democrat, remarked to Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, the panel's chairman and sponsor of the proposed resolution, as the 10 Democrats filed out of the hearing room.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The question of whether it is constitutional to require juveniles to register as sex offenders was in the hands of Pennsylvania's highest court on Tuesday after the justices heard from a county prosecutor who defended the mandate and a lawyer for seven defendants who challenged it.

The court did not indicate when it would rule in the appeal, which hinges on whether the registration requirement is cruel and unusual, whether it illegally harms the juveniles' reputations and whether it violates their due process rights.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — The Vatican released comprehensive statistics for the first time Tuesday on how it has disciplined priests accused of raping and molesting children, saying 848 priests have been defrocked and another 2,572 given lesser sanctions over the past decade.

The Vatican's U.N. ambassador in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, revealed the figures during a second day of grilling by a U.N. committee monitoring implementation of the U.N. treaty against torture.