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  1. ROTCRead the original story

    Monday Feb 16 | Times News

    Peter Makhlouf, a Brown University student, ticked off a lot of people recently when he wrote in an article for The Brown Daily Herald that the ROTC is an "organization of criminals" and "state-sanctioned violence." He said the thought of "extending the poisonous branches of the armed services to our campus should be wholly denounced" and favored "outlawing ROTC and its byproducts on our campus."

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  2. Rest Haven sells for $12MRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Feb 5 | Times News

    Schuylkill commissioners on Wednesday agreed to sell the county nursing home, Rest Haven, to Nationwide Health Care Services for $12.25 million. That's a good deal for the county, as the average price per bed from the past five sales of county nursing homes was $76,000, according to Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, the Harrisburg law firm the county in August hired for $250,000 to handle the sale.

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  3. Schuylkill nursing home sold for $12.25 millionRead the original story

    Wednesday Feb 4 | Times News

    "The strong interest in Rest Haven is not surprising, and it is indicative of the high quality of care the facility and its employees have provided for our residents," Commissioners' Chairman Frank J. Staudenmeier said in a prepared statement. Rest Haven has 113 full-time and 130 part-time workers, and 142 residents.

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  4. 'Free' wine kiosks cost Pennsylvania $300K in legal feesRead the original story

    Jan 26, 2015 | Times News

    The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has spent almost $300,000 defending a claim by a company that supplied the supermarket wine kiosks in a program that was aborted because the machines were unpopular and allegedly didn't work properly. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported the legal fees in a story Sunday updating the status of the litigation by Simple Brands LLC. The Montgomery County company is pursuing the matter before the LCB's Board of Claims in Harrisburg, claiming the LCB decisions forced it out of business at a loss of $81 million.

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  5. Burned jail must be torn downRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 16, 2015 | Times News

    AP Photo/The News-Item, Mike Staugaitis The Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury is seen the day after the massive fire that gutted the prison on Thursday. One day after a fire ripped through the jail and prompted the evacuation of more than 200 inmates, county officials said the nearly 140-year-old facility must be torn down.

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  6. Firefighters back on scene at Northumberland County PrisonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 15, 2015 | Times News

    AP Photo/News-Item, Larry Deklinski Flames shoot through the roof of the Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury on Wednesday. Dispatchers say the blaze was reported just after 2 p.m. at the nearly 140-year-old jail.

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  7. Area lawmakers sworn in TuesdayRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 6, 2015 | Times News

    Special to the Times News State Rep. Doyle Heffley, left, is sworn in Tuesday in Harrisburg. This is Heffley's third term in office, after his election to the House in 2010.

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  8. Central Pa. police looking for...Read the original story

    Jan 6, 2015 | Times News

    Police are looking for a man who ate, drank and freshened himself with a stick of deodorant before taking off from a central Pennsylvania supermarket without paying.

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  9. Rolling along on better roadsRead the original story

    Jan 3, 2015 | Times News

    Lower gas prices have eased the sting of the state's wholesale gasoline tax and allowed us to appreciate the good work being done with our money. As Harrisburg reporter John Finnerty detailed in a Dec. 21 story, Pennsylvania turned the gas tax into 682 bridge improvement projects and numerous road upgrades in 2014, with more on the way in 2015.

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  10. Gap between rich, poor schoolsRead the original story

    Dec 29, 2014 | Times News

    HARRISBURG The gap between what wealthy districts and poor districts spend to educate children has widened dramatically in the four years since GOP Gov. Tom Corbett took office, amid deep budget-balancing cuts in state aid under Republican-controlled Harrisburg and long-delayed pension obligation payments coming due. Gaps that existed when Corbett took office have now more than doubled, according to an Associated Press analysis of state data on spending, income and attendance.

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  11. PPL can keep outage details secretRead the original story

    Dec 4, 2014 | Times News

    A Pennsylvania Commonwealth appeals court judge on Wednesday ruled that PPL can keep secret certain information about an October 2011 snow storm power outage that left more than 1,000 people in the dark. Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter overturned a decision by the state Office of Open Records, ruling that the Public Utility Commission is entitled to withhold information under the Public Utility Code and the Right-to-Know law.

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  12. Pa. employee fatally stabbed blocks...Read the original story

    Nov 3, 2014 | Times News

    Police say a state employee was stabbed to death in an apparent robbery a half-mile from the Pennsylvania capitol. Harrisburg police tell PennLive a jogger found Richard McQuown's body Saturday morning near a park along the Susquehanna River.

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  13. Issues facing the 122nd District Heffley, Borger say property taxes the main concernRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 1, 2014 | Times News

    Both candidates for the 122nd district seat in Pennsylvania's House of Representatives agree that the state's property tax system needs to be addressed. Republican incumbent Doyle Heffley stands firmly behind House Bill 76, which shifts from a property tax to a higher sales or income tax, while Democratic challenger Patti Borger wants to see the math before backing the plan.

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  14. Governor race claims examinedRead the original story

    Oct 31, 2014 | Times News

    Some of the most prominent claims being made in the race for Pennsylvania governor between Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democrat Tom Wolf, and a look at the facts behind them. ANALYSIS: Wolf has proposed raising the state's 3.07 percent income tax, then excluding a certain portion of income as part of a plan to increase what higher earners pay and cut what some in the middle class pay.

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  15. Eleven first-time offenders placed in...Read the original story

    Oct 14, 2014 | Times News

    Eleven first-time offenders in the criminal justice system were placed in Carbon County's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition probation program recently by Judge Steven R. Serfass. If a person successfully completes all conditions of the program, their record his wiped clean.

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  16. Parents charged in starvation death of son found in homeRead the original story

    Sep 30, 2014 | Times News

    A central Pennsylvania married couple have been charged with homicide in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son, whose decomposing body was found when police were called to their Harrisburg home two months ago. Police said in documents charging Kimberly and Jarrod Tutko Sr. on Monday for the death of Jarrod Tutko Jr. that the 17-pound child had been living in a bare room smeared with a thick layer of feces, and had suffered from several painful conditions.

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  17. LawmakersRead the original story

    Sep 25, 2014 | Times News

    As Pennsylvania legislators come your way this fall, courting your vote in November's election, here's a question you may want to ask them: Given the scandal involving the four Philadelphia Democratic legislators who were secretly recorded taking cash gifts from a lobbyist, why haven't you passed a law banning the practice? Pennsylvanians were shocked to learn that as long as the legislator doesn't promise anything in return for a gift of cash, and discloses taking more than $250 from any one influence-seeker, it's perfectly legal. When asked, your friendly legislator running for re-election may blow you some smoke, saying "We did something about cash gifts."

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  18. Alzheimer's exacts heavy toll in...Read the original story

    Sep 6, 2014 | Times News

    Alzheimer's disease is going to be an increasingly acute problem both around the world and in this country as life spans stretch even further and the large cohort of baby boomers march into senescence. But all the practical and emotional problems that accompany Alzheimer's, both for victims of the disease and their families and friends, will perhaps be felt even more pointedly in Pennsylvania. 1 comment

  19. Why they're sellingRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 21, 2014 | Times News

    Schuylkill County has tried its best to keep its nursing home, Rest Haven. But as costs continue to rise and revenues to fall, the county has finally decided to seek a buyer.

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  20. Corbett, Wolf agree on 3 gubernatorial debatesRead the original story

    Aug 13, 2014 | Times News

    Pennsylvania's gubernatorial candidates don't see eye to eye on most campaign issues, but they have agreed on where and when they will hold their debates.

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