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Tamaqua man charged with defrauding elderly couple

Alfonso Picone
RUSH TWP., Pa.

Police charged a Tamaqua man with swindling an elderly couple out of over $315,000.

Quakertown Community SB to ask districts to join them in PSERS fight

Quakertown School Board
QUAKERTOWN, Pa.

The Quakertown Community School District School Board has decided to formally disseminate to all school districts across the state its intention to create a pension crisis.

Valley planners hear transportation plan

ALLENTOWN, Pa.

Details of the Lehigh Valley's Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) were unveiled to members of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) at its monthly meeting Thursday evening.

Goats gobble up invasive plants clogging stormwater basin

SALISBURY TWP., Pa.

Three goats named Winky, Blinky and Nodd soon will be feasting on Japanese knotweed that has taken over a stormwater basin next to the Salisbury Township municipal building, which is along Pike Avenue just south of Allentown.

Former US House Speaker Hastert indicted

Dennis Hastert

Susan Walsh/AP

Former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert has been indicted on federal bank-related charges, The Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

Members of Congress to flock to Taylor Swift concert

Taylor Swift, 2014 Grammys

CNN

There's plenty of bad blood between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, but on July 13, one woman will bring them together: Berks County native Taylor Swift.

Gov. Christie calls for end to Common Core in New Jersey

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling for an end to the Common Core standards in New Jersey, saying that the system isn't working for students in the state.

Sale of Rest Haven proceeds in Schuylkill County

Rest Haven to be sold to a new buyer

Schuylkill County commissioners unanimously approved the sale of the county's Rest Haven nursing home for $10.9 million Thursday.