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    Virginia cop indicted in teen's death

    A grand jury has indicted Portsmouth, Virginia, police Officer Stephen Rankin on a first-degree murder charge related to the shooting of an unarmed teen in a Walmart parking lot, according to public Virginia court records.

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INSIDE YOUR TOWN

Easton mayor schedules meeting on West Ward plan

Easton Mayor Sal Panto
EASTON, Pa.

A West Ward Neighborhood Improvement Plan will be presented during a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of Paxinosa Elementary School in Easton.

Strip search exposes drugs on state prison inmate

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MAHANOY TWP., Pa.

Baggies containing marijuana dropped from the buttocks of an inmate being stripped searched on the day after Christmas inside the state prison in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County.

Lawyer asks DA to drop charges against singing man

James Ochse
ALLENTOWN, Pa.

A lawyer representing the Allentown man who was busted while singing a Beach Boys song outside a center city restaurant last month is asking Lehigh County's district attorney to drop the charges against him. 

Allentown police chief a finalist for second job

Allentown s top cop a finalist to head department in Wichita
ALLENTOWN, Pa.

Already a finalist for a position in Kansas, Allentown's police chief is also a finalist to head a department in Texas.

City Council approves new Allentown finance director

Brent Hartzell (on left) and Mayor Ed Pawlowski before City Council

Allentown City Council unanimously has approved hiring Brent A. Hartzell, Detroit’s former budget director, as the city’s next finance director.

Kerry in Philadelphia: Iran deal 'will get the job done'

John Kerry in Philadelphia

Matt Slocum/AP

United States Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Philadelphia on Wednesday, seeking public and congressional support for the Iran nuclear deal.

Public hearing scheduled on Martin Tower property

Martin Tower

A public hearing has been scheduled before Bethlehem City Council on the controversial proposal to rezone the 53-acre Martin Tower property.


Local unemployment climbed slightly in July

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The Lehigh Valley's unemployment rate increased to 5.6 percent in July, slightly higher than the state and national rates, according to the state Department of Labor & Industry.

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