Wilkes-Barre Fire A Fatal


A fire that started late last night in Wilkes-Barre has turned out to be a deadly one. 51 year old Laurie Merritt was unconscious when she was taken from her home at 276 Wyoming Street and she was pronounced dead early this morning at Wilkes-Barre General. The woman was found in the attic of the home. An autopsy will be performed and the cause of the fire is under

School Property Tax Elimination In Spotlight Again


A bill to eliminate school property taxes could see action in the State Senate this spring, even though a similar measure failed to gain traction in the house. The house has approved a targeted approach that would leave the decision up to school districts on whether to keep, reduce or replace their property taxes. But the sponsor of a senate plan says there's bipartisan backing in his chamber

Doc Supply Adequate So Far


The increased demand for primary care physicians by the newly insured under the Affordable Care Act does not appear to be placing a strain on Pennsylvania yet, but  the state has not seen the full effect. Until the Corbett Administration and federal government come to terms over Healthy PA, there are still people uninsured. But a University of Pennsylvania study that examined primary care

Priest Probe Deepens In Lackawanna County


It looks like Reverand Philip Altavilla's alleged interests went beyond the feet of teen girls. The suspended former pastor of Saint Peter's Cathedral in Scranton said he goes on the internet to hunt for images of women being strangled, cholorformed and sexually abused. Altavilla was arrested on April 3rd and accused of sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl after

Organ Donor Month Is Here


The U S Department of Health and Human Services is trying to raise awareness about the need for organ donation. April is Donate Life Month and Assistant U S Health Secretary Howard Koh says over 120 thousand people are on a waiting list for donor organs. He says 18 people die every day on that list. The campaign "Made Possible by Organ Donors" is telling the stories of what recipients