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    Israel: Ball 'is in Hamas' court'

    Hamas and Israel blamed one another for the lack of a cease-fire in a conflict that has left more than 1,200 people dead, raising questions about just what it will take to end the fighting in Gaza.

    The violence continued Wednesday morning, when Israel...

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INSIDE YOUR TOWN

DA’s call for no driver’s licenses for “illegal aliens” gets little attention in Palmer

Palmer Township supervisors
PALMER TWP., Pa.

Township officials heard a plea Tuesday night not to endorse the idea of giving driver’s licenses or any kind of ID cards to “illegal aliens” from Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli, but township supervisors took no action and quickly moved onto other business.

Easton's Strong Foundations charter school rejected for second time

Easton Area School Board meeting
EASTON, Pa.

For the second time in four months, the Easton Area School Board has said no to the idea of a charter school opening within the school district.

Road closure in Whitehall Township

Generic Route 145 sign
WHITEHALL TWP., Pa.

Whitehall Township announces that effective Wednesday, July 30, 2014 until further notice Center Street a Township owned street will be closed from S. R. 145/MacArthur Road to Ruch Street for road reconstruction.

Daniel Devitt of Palmerton waives theft hearing

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EASTON, Pa.

Daniel Devitt, the UPS worker accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the company, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

Local Politics

Toomey wants faster road, bridge repairs after disasters

U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) wants disaster-damaged roads and bridges repaired faster --  by exempting those repair projects from now mandated environmental reviews.

Town meeting sets up tough crowd for Rep. Paul Clymer

Pa. State Sen. Paul Clymer town meeting in Quakertown.

State Rep. Paul Clymer faced a small but cantankerous audience Thursday night when he held a town meeting in Quakertown’s public library.

Lawmakers examine local housing of minors entering US illegally

Lawmakers news conference at Bethany

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Three members of Berks County's delegation to the House of Representatives gathered Tuesday in an effort to learn more about the local housing of Central American children who entered the United States illegally.

Probe of Reading mayor's campaign finances ongoing, AG says

69 News

The investigation of alleged finance violations by Vaughn Spencer's 2011 campaign for Reading mayor is ongoing, a spokeswoman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Tuesday.

Charter presented for new Berks County community

Antietam Valley meeting

Mount Penn and Lower Alsace Township officials presented a home rule charter for the proposed municipality of Antietam Valley during a meeting Monday night.