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Companies using state roads to test self-driving vehicles

Self-driving cars powered their way across tens of thousands of miles on Pennsylvania roads last year as some of the world’s largest tech companies tested experimental vehicles on the same highways state residents use to shop, commute and get to school. But while the state has no hard laws ...

Virtual Mall to aid brick-and-mortar stores opens Monday

What may be the first Virtual Mall in the United States is slated to open Monday. According to a news release, this venture into virtual reality is the brainchild of entrepreneur Art Lieberman, who owns several companies in Central Pennsylvania, many of which deal with credit card ...

Pandemic garbage boom ignites debate over waste as energy

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — America remains awash in refuse as new cases of the coronavirus decline — and that has reignited a debate about the sustainability of burning more trash to create energy. Waste-to-energy plants, which produce most of their power by incinerating trash, make up only ...

Miles Welby a Candle Company opens downtown

You “might as well” stop on by downtown Williamsport if you are in the market for unique candles. Miles Welby a Candle Company, owned by South Williamsport graduate Tyler Spooner, sells 100% soy, non-toxic candles. “We try to be as natural as possible,” Spooner said. The idea ...

Knoebels raises pay to lure staff

ELYSBURG (AP) — Knoebels is hiking its starting pay rate by up to $1 as it seeks to hire several hundred more workers at its understaffed park this summer. The amusement resort also will give employees and new hires 16 and older a chance to win a 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer valued at more ...

National shortage hinders firework sales

Some would think that firework and sound ordinances within local municipalities would hurt the local firework tents and businesses but the reality for most businesses this year is that shipping delays and lack of supply is more of a hindrance, but still manageable. “There is a national ...