Business

Baltimore police overhaul OK’d over objections from Trump

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal judge on Friday approved an agreement negotiated under the Obama administration to overhaul the troubled Baltimore police force, sweeping aside objections from the Trump Justice Department. President Donald Trump’s attorney general, Jeff Sessions, promptly ...

New ways to return online purchases that just aren’t right

NEW YORK (AP) — As online shopping surges, so do the returns — and the hassles for shoppers trying to get rid of items that aren’t right. A few startups dedicated to online returns as well as changes at some big stores may make it easier. With the contest for shoppers’ loyalty ...

Accused Yahoo hacker says he’ll live with parents

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails said Wednesday he’ll live with his parents and forgo access to phones and any electronic equipment if he’s allowed out on bail. Officials allege that Karim Baratov poses an “extremely high flight risk” ...

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Families United Network will relocate from this Muncy location to a site on the campus of Ashler Manor once the new building is complete.

Project will expand Muncy-area day care

Families United Network is expanding its day care services with a move into a new building at the campus site at 276 Ashler Manor Dr., Muncy to accommodate 150 children. “We do about 30 (kids) currently. In our new facility, we will not only have traditional day care, but also before- and ...

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Amie Palmer, who recently started a pet-sitting business, holds her cat.

New business spotlight on A+ Palmer Pet Sitter

There are dog sitters and there are cat sitters. Then there’s Amie Palmer — she’s a pet sitter. Palmer will look after all sorts of animals — cats and dogs, farm animals, even snakes. “I love animals. I’ve always loved animals,” said Palmer. Her business, A+ Palmer Pet ...

People in business

3 LHU alumni in business hall of fame Three Lock Haven University alumni recently were inducted into the Business Hall of Fame. The Business Hall of Fame recognizes alumni for their professional success, distinguished service, and upstanding character, according to a news ...

Events and seminars

Seminar examines selling to government Business owners have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with SEDA-Council of Governments Procurement Technical Assistance Center staff to get expert insight into selling to the government in a sessions scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, ...

Electric utility, union reach deal

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1600 in Pennsylvania have ratified a new five-year labor contract, PPL Corp. announced recently, a news release said. The agreement, which will run through May 15, 2022, includes a wage increase of 2.5 percent in the first ...

Staffing services firm wins award

Spherion Staffing Services recently earned the Safety Standard of Excellence mark, according to a news release. The Safety Standard of Excellence Program, developed by the American Staffing Association and the National Safety Council, promotes the safety and health of temporary employees placed ...

Lewisburg company recognized for certification program

ISO 9001 Certified is not exactly a household phrase, but it’s one which many businesses are becoming more familiar. Scott Dawson, president of Core Business Solutions, has more than an inkling of what it means. His Lewisburg-based company helps other business become ISO 9001 ...

State’s jobless rate reaches 7-year low

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped in February for the third straight month, hitting a post-recession low of 5 percent as payrolls climbed to a record high. Following a five-year revision to employment data, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate issued Friday by the ...

People in business

Man recognized for leadership David Cooper, of Penn Group Insurance Services, Montoursville, recently was recognized for professional leadership and advanced knowledge by the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, according to a news release. Cooper was awarded a certificate marking ...

Events and seminars

Seminar examines selling to government Business owners have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with SEDA-Council of Governments Procurement Technical Assistance Center staff to get expert insight into selling to the government in a sessions scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., April 6, ...

Rural hospitals unsure on GOP health care bill

CLAXTON, Ga. (AP) — Talmadge Yarbrough had just sat down at his desk and opened a box of pecans when he let out a gasp that could have been his last breath. He’d gone into cardiac arrest in his office, a co-worker called 911 and an ambulance drove him 2 miles to the small hospital that ...

Target hires grocery veteran for food division

NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. has named a grocery industry veteran to help recharge its sluggish food division. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based chain said Monday that Jeff Burt will assume the title of senior vice president, grocery, fresh food and beverage on April 10. Burt replaces Anne ...

New business spotlight on Mattresses by Appointment

Nate Troisi is more than happy with his new business, Mattresses by Appointment. Since opening at 562 Hepburn St., Williamsport last June, he’s been selling plenty of mattresses. “It’s been phenomenal,” he said. Troisi and his girlfriend, Helen Westmiller, do everything at the ...

People in business

Financial adviser makes top 50 list The March Barron’s Magazine issue announced its 2017 Top 1200 Financial Advisors list, ranking Barbara B. Hudock, CEO and founding partner of Hurlock Capital Group, as one of a select group of financial advisers nationwide and one of the top 50 financial ...

Leaders want Pittsburgh neighborhood to diversify beyond eateries

PITTSBURGH — In a Golden Triangle teeming with restaurants, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has set its sights on adding more retail — unique, one-of-a-kind shops it hopes will lure shoppers from regional malls. Jeremy Waldrup, the partnership’s president and CEO, sees a future in ...

Events and seminars

Inventor’s club meeting planned The March Williamsport Inventor’s Club is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 22. The March meeting of the Williamsport Inventor’s Club will be a general discussion meeting. “Come prepared to discuss lessons learned and/or problems you may be having moving ...

Regional electric utility firm recognized for efficiency

PPL Electric Utilities has made its smart grid smarter, according to a news release, and is using technology and data to enhance operations-improvements that have been lauded by an electric utility trade association. The Southeastern Electric Exchange has recognized PPL with two Industry ...