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Northampton residents oppose power plant's proposed emission increase

Residents say they fear lead emissions from the facility have contributed to a higher incidence of autism among children who live nearby.

Health Beat: Best bet for back pain?

An estimated 400,000 Americans over the age of 60 struggle with back pain caused by lumbar spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal. For many patients, surgery is not the only option, and a new study shows other treatments may be just as effective for long-term relief of chronic pain.

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White House begins its crackdown on colleges

The Obama administration is cracking the whip on for-profit colleges.

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Pottstown Memorial Medical Center names new CEO

The Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in Montgomery County will soon have a new leader at the helm.

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Apple upgrades its education features

Unless they have a particularly large and hungry dog, some kids just lost an excuse for not turning in their homework.

Apple updated its iTunes U app on Thursday, adding a new feature that lets students turn in their homework directly from their iPad ...

Berks Pa.'s biggest winner under new school funding formula

A new public school funding formula being considered by the Pennsylvania Legislature would create winners and losers as it seeks a way to link the distribution of state aid more closely to need.

Health Beat: CI therapy for aphasia

During a stroke, blood flow to the brain is cut off, and the damage that occurs can affect a person's movement and speech. In the past, therapists believed that most patients' language skills would improve only in the first few months or the first year after stroke, but researchers are now finding that a special kind of therapy is producing results for patients even years later.

Seven Generations must improve its "grade"

Seven Generations Charter School in Emmaus, Lehigh County, must correct problems with non-compliance with the state ethics law and errors in reporting employee pension data, according to the first state audit done on the school.

Health Beat Sleep drunkenness

Health Beat: Sleep drunkenness

When it comes to sleep, Americans are suffering. In fact, about 70 million of us have a chronic sleep problem. Now, there's a new condition that you may not have heard of.

Department of Justice sexual harassment an issue in ASD

Allentown schools to fight DOJ ruling on sexual harassment

Solicitor John Freund says the U.S. Department of Justice plan to continue monitoring the school district is unnecessary. Also Thursday, the board approved a 2015-16 budget that holds the line on taxes.

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Does poetry still matter?

Quick: Name a famous living poet. Somebody. Anybody. No, not Maya Angelou. She died last year.

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