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Open or contorted US House districts may see biggest changes

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s high court last month became the first state court to throw out a congressional map because of partisan gerrymandering, a decision that has ignited a scramble to redraw district boundaries as dozens of candidates watch and wait. Now, the boundaries for ...

Trump to unveil $1.5 trillion national infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday will unveil his long-awaited infrastructure plan, a $1.5 trillion proposal that fulfills a number of campaign goals, but relies heavily on state and local governments to produce much of the funding. The administration’s plan is centered on ...

LEGISLATIVE TALLY: House passes budget deal

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The House voted 280-131 to pass the Mortgage Choice Act of 2017. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, R-Howard. • The House voted 240-186 ...

Dems see partisanship in GOP state district map

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Democrats on Saturday described a revised congressional district map being proposed by Republican leaders as too partisan, citing as evidence the results of the 2016 presidential campaign. A spokesman for state House Democrats said their analysis of the GOP ...

Drug costs: Modest steps after Trump’s big promises

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump makes big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer rebates. Those ideas would represent tangible change and they have a realistic ...

Come visit: South Korea’s leader invited to North Korea

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — A rare invitation to Pyongyang for South Korea’s president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty’s southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerating diplomatic thaw that included some Korean liquor over lunch and the shared joy of watching a ...

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Julie “Jewles” Brown, left, and her husband-to-be, Donald Jett, of Williamsport, smile and laugh together as they say their wedding vows at their home Friday.

Dying city man marries his beloved

Julie “Jewles” Jett’s wedding wasn’t like the glamorous affairs so often shown on TV. But, for Jewles, it was a dream come true. Her now-husband, Donald Jett, is dying. He is on a left ventricular assist device, a machine that assists with cardiac circulation, working in place of a ...

Baker will not seek re-election

WELLSBORO — One of the most senior members of the state Legislature is winding down his career. State Rep. Matt Baker, R-Wellsboro, announced this week he will not seek re-election. Baker, who has served in the House for more than 25 years, authored more than 30 state laws during his long ...

Longtime Montoursville mayor to be honored

John Dorin may not have put Montoursville on the map, but he certainly stood as the face of the community for the past few generations. Dorin, who served as the borough’s mayor for more than 35 years, is to be honored on consecutive weekends this month. The unveiling of the newly named ...

City fire satellite office may be coming to City Hall

A city fire satellite office may be established in City Hall in coming weeks, if the mayor’s decision to have the three public safety department chiefs in the same building as a point of contact comes to fruition. Earlier this week, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said he wanted to have the fire ...

State, local funds bring playground improvements to Nippenose site

State and local officials couldn’t find enough positive words to say about the further development of a playground at a former elementary school in rural Lycoming County. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn was among the dignitaries to talk ...

Lock Haven nearing demolition bid award

LOCK HAVEN — Bids ranging from about $65,000 to $300,000 were received for the burned-out building, formerly a furniture store, at 37-41 Bellefonte Ave., Gregory J. Wilson, city manager, told council Monday night. ADM Logistics of Port Carbon submitted the low bid of $64,499, he said. The ...

Penn College sets new strategic goals

The Pennsylvania College of Technology board unanimously approved new strategic goals this week. The three goals are part of an overall strategic plan for the 2018-19 through 2021-22 academic years. The goals include: • Cultivate a holistic and hands-on student experience that prepares ...

State to require paper backup in voting devices

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday ordered counties that plan to replace their electronic voting systems to buy machines that leave a paper trail — a safeguard against hacking — but his budget doesn’t include any money to fund the replacement of the state’s aging, increasingly ...

GOP say they’ve revised district map

HARRISBURG (AP) — Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature said Friday they reached internal agreement on a proposed new map of the state’s 18 congressional districts to replace the one thrown out last month. House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe ...

Warden: Number of juvenile prisoners declining

Juvenile commitments to the Lycoming County Prison have “slowed down,” Warden Kevin DeParlos told the prison board on Friday. The prison released its annual report for 2017, indicating there are no juveniles, or youths tried as adults, currently committed to the prison. In 2017, there ...

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Brandon Love, 22, of the city, is escorted by the sheriff’s deputies following day three of his homicide trial at the Lycoming County Courthouse Thursday.

Verdict near in trial for alleged getaway driver of fatal shooting

A jury in Lycoming County Court will have the entire day today to decide whether Brandon Love knew his backseat passenger almost three years ago was going to pull the trigger of an assault rifle aimed at Jamil M. Bryant 17 times. Thirteen of those rounds hit Bryant in the head, torso, hand and ...

District receives $1.2 million for paving project

Among 22 of the 67 counties statewide, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that in Lycoming County, Williamsport Area School District will receive a grant for nearly $1.2 million for work on Millionaire Drive in front of the high school. Through the state Department of Transportation Multimodal ...