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McConnell: No gov’t shutdown this week over immigration

WASHINGTON — Testing the resolve of Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Sunday there won’t be a government shutdown this week over the question of protecting immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, describing it as a “non-emergency” to be ...

Soaring costs, declining ranks major challenges of volunteer companies

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The future of volunteer firefighting appears bleak, with dwindling ranks and soaring costs. Today the Sun-Gazette begins a three-day series on the volunteer fire service.) When the first volunteer fire department opened in Lycoming County in the 1800s, no one could have ...

From bucket brigades to fire service rivalries

The first “fire department” in Williamsport, according to a publication celebrating the 100th anniversary of the city’s fire service, was every man, woman and child who could carry a bucket. The bucket brigade consisted of two lines, one with buckets filled with water headed toward the ...

Tax bill clears Senate in big boost for Trump, GOP

WASHINGTON — Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration on other fronts. “Just what the country needs to ...

In Flynn, Mueller unearths more lies — and a key witness

WASHINGTON (AP) — More smoke but no smoking gun. Michael Flynn’s guilty plea Friday revealed a new layer of lies unearthed by the far-reaching investigation into ties between President Donald Trump and Russia, and put heightened scrutiny on the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. But ...

Animal welfare topic of meeting

Kristen Tullo, state director for the Humane Society of the United States, will speak next week at an animal welfare legislative event of the Animal Care Sanctuary, East Smithfield. The Animal Care Sanctuary plans to review recent statewide legislation at the event at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the ...

Local crowds share in annual Festival of Lights

It was the first Festival of Lights in Brandon Park for Jeff Wolfe and Alyssa Eckert, both of Williamsport. The couple were among several hundred adults, youngsters, tots and infants who were gathered under a full moon to watch the trees light up in Christmas colors. “Definitely,” Wolfe ...

Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI, is cooperating in Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn, the retired general who campaigned at Donald Trump’s side and then served as his first national security adviser, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about reaching out to the Russians on Trump’s behalf and said members of the president’s inner circle ...

GOP nears Senate OK of tax bill

WASHINGTON — Republicans used a burst of eleventh-hour horse-trading to edge a $1.4 trillion tax bill to the brink of Senate passage Friday, as a party starved all year for a major legislative triumph took a step toward giving President Donald Trump one of his top priorities by ...

HIV and AIDS resource groups aim to fight stigmas

Stigmas and ignorance still run rampant in rural Pennsylvania when it comes to people living with HIV or AIDS, said Jay Grandis, a founding member of the central Pennsylvania chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, or ACT UP. To fight stereotypes, raise awareness and remember loved ...

Short of goal, United Way focused on helping people

Rounding the corner into December, the Lycoming County United Way says it has been able to raise only enough money so far in this year’s campaign to “impact” 10,000 people, a far cry from its goal of “impacting” 55,000 lives. That’s according to Ronald A. Frick, president of the ...

SLIDESHOW: Construction continues on Airport terminal

Construction crews work to install steel beams as the Williamsport Regional Airport’s new terminal begins to take shape Wednesday afternoon. The roughly $16.8 million terminal project began in September and is expected to be competed sometime in the spring. The airport welcomed its first ...

Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Flynn was President Donald Trump’s favorite general, rapidly vaulted to prominence by his fiery speech at the 2016 Republican Convention and Trump’s decision to reward him with a plum job as his top national security aide. Flynn’s plunge was even faster. He ...

County approves $11 million bond request

The Lycoming County commissioners voted to enact an ordinance Thursday allowing the county to initiate a bond not to exceed $11 million, including interest rate and fees, to help pay for the construction of Field 12 at the county landfill, aid in leachate management and more. The bond will ...

Marino introduces bill to address sexual harassment in Congress

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, said it’s time something is done about sexual harassment, and he’s willing to start with members of Congress. Marino introduced legislation to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used to pay settlements involving federal lawmakers. House Bill 4485 ...

Sexual misconduct allegations stir up Congress democrats

WASHINGTON — As allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful lawmakers roil Congress, House Democrats on Thursday delivered their strongest rebuke yet with calls for Michigan Rep. John Conyers’ resignation, while those in the Senate reserved judgment for their embattled colleague, ...

City recreation receives praise in budget talks

In under two years, the city Recreation Department has outperformed expectations, according to several on City Council during a budget work session. Jessie Novinger, department director, was lauded Wednesday at the meeting for her management of the department, specifically meeting budgets and ...

GOP pushing plan to avert gov’t shutdown on Dec. 8

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders are looking to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown next week and keep the government’s doors open through Dec. 22. With the additional time, the GOP hopes talks with Democrats over spending and immigration could produce the ...