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Senate OKs bill to toughen gun laws in domestic abuse cases

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HARRISBURG — The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate gave unanimous approval Wednesday to a bill to force people with a domestic violence ruling against them to more quickly forfeit their firearms, a bill that includes last-minute changes negotiated by the National Rifle Association ...

Lawmakers release huge spending plan

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WASHINGTON — Congressional leaders finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill Wednesday that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant “Dreamers,” deprives President Donald Trump some of his border wall money and takes only incremental ...

10 accused of DUI in Tioga County

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TIOGA — Ten motorists recently have been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants or controlled substances, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Jennifer Lynn Spedding, 38, 1320 Stewart St., Northampton; Wellsboro police at ...

Fed raises key rate and foresees 2 more hikes this year

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WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate Wednesday in a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy’s durability while signaling that it plans to continue a gradual approach to rate hikes for 2018 under its new chairman, Jerome Powell. The Fed said it expects to raise ...

Countywide police activities

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Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: TUESDAY 6:17 a.m., criminal mischief, 300 block of Smith Street, Jersey Shore Borough. 10:22 a.m., theft, 1000 block of Commerce Park Drive, ...

SLIDESHOW: Youngsters play with the varsity team

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The Muncy High School varsity basketball team visited 19 of its biggest fans on Wednesday afternoon at Ward L. Myers Elementary School in Muncy. Maura Sleboda's Kindergarten class has been following and cheering on the team all season, from making cards to giving advice and attending the ...

Zuckerberg apologizes for ‘major breach of trust’

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NEW YORK (AP) — Breaking five days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for a “major breach of trust,” admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm. “I am really sorry that ...

Liberty post office renamed to honor veteran who died in Iraq

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LIBERTY — Legislation has been signed into law renaming the U.S. post office in Liberty as the Staff Sgt. Ryan Scott Ostrom Post Office. Ostrom, a native of Wellsboro, was a combat veteran killed in action Aug. 9, 2005, while serving in Iraq. This week, President Donald Trump signed the ...

Survey response slim; commission seeks employee participation

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The Williamsport Charter Commission’s separate studies for city employees and the public remain available to take until March 30. So far, 45 of the 220 city employees have completed the optional survey for a return of a little less than 25 percent, according to discussion Wednesday by the ...

Parking Authority approves loan for new building

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The Williamsport Parking Authority approved the borrowing of a $216,000 loan from Woodlands Bank at a meeting Wednesday to purchase a parcel of land for the its newest location. The building, at 270 W. Third St., is rented out to Raup & Sholder and the authority will continue to rent it ...

Gamble Township supervisor resigns

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TROUT RUN — Gamble Township supervisor Ken Schriner resigned from his position as vice chairman at a meeting March 13. Schriner, who has served as a supervisor since 2013, announced at the meeting that he would be leaving for personal reasons, effective March 31. “He was instrumental in ...

Montgomery school program gets perfect score

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MONTGOMERY — The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program team announced at Tuesday night’s Montgomery Area School Board meeting that the program, which is in the Tier 1 phase, had received a score of 100 percent for its evaluation by the state in February. The program is a ...

Woodward Township seeks to comply with flood plan requirements

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LINDEN—Woodward Township’s Board of Supervisors voted to authorize Zoning Officer Gary Knarr to review and sign a municipal floodplain management consistency report, which is required in conjunction with proposed work on the new Route 220 corridor. Because the construction includes ...

Conflict with the Constitution

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In a March 7 column published by the Sun-Gazette, Scott Rasmussen discussed the coming 2018 midterm elections. In it he made a surprising statement about the current standoff between our state legislature and state supreme court on redistricting. He said: "It's worth pointing out that the ...

Peace in the city? Officials vow end to rowdy behavior

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Residents of Newberry want assurance they will be safe and can live in peace without nuisances perpetrated by youths. Frustrated by repeat incidents of pellet guns aimed at house windows, vandalism of vehicles and obnoxious teenagers, some riding bicycles in the street and dodging vehicles, ...

Hit-run crash leads to drug arrest

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Locating a 2008 Nissan Altima minutes after it was involved in a hit-run accident in the city resulted in police seizing in excess of $50,000 of suspected drug money as well as 15,000 pills and other drugs that were found in the vehicle. Todd Jacob Parker, the 26-year-old owner and admitted ...

City school director resigns

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The Williamsport Area School Board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of member Jerene Milliken during its meeting on Tuesday. “She definitely served our district well and our community. She will definitely be missed,” said Lori Baer, board president. Milliken’s term would ...

Firefighter’s condition improves, officials say

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The condition of the injured Hepburn Township volunteer firefighter struck by a township fire truck on Sunday afternoon during a field fire has been upgraded from stable to fair, according to investigators. The 62-year-old female firefighter continues to improve at Geisinger Medical Center, ...

Congressional seat attracts 7 candidates

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Seven candidates are seeking nomination in the spring primary for the 12th Congressional District. They include six Democrats and one Republican. U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, is the incumbent candidate for the former 10th District. The Democratic candidates are Aaron Anthony, ...