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Police: Deadly plant explosion appears accidental

A deadly explosion at a manufacturing plant in Berks County appears to have been accidental, but investigators are still seeking the exact cause.

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2-alarm fire heavily damages family's home in Cumru

A fire heavily damaged a family's home in Berks County on Monday.

Reading iRequest City launches customer service app

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Reading iRequest: City launches customer service app

Do you have a pothole that needs repair or graffiti that needs to be removed? Well, now there is an app for that.

Mission BBQ ribbon cutting

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New restaurant serves up more than just food

A new restaurant in Berks County is serving a helping of gratitude to those who have served our country.

Bottom Dollar in Reading

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ALDI announces plans for shuttered Bottom Dollar stores

ALDI has completed its purchase of 66 former Bottom Dollar Food stores throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio.

Fire at 214 Jefferson St., Muhlenberg Twp.

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Crews battle blaze at home in Muhlenberg Township

Crews fought a two-alarm fire at a home in Berks County Monday morning.

Band member honored at concert

Ringgold band member honored at concert

A musical librarian and member of Ringgold Band of Reading was honored at the group's concert Sunday night

Fire damages mobile home in Berks

Mobile home fire in Tilden Township causes $80,000 in damages

Fire officials say a fire in Tilden Township, Berks County has gutted a single-story mobile home.

Two homes heavily damaged in Schuylkill County fire

Officials say two homes were heavily damaged by a fire in Blythe Township, Schuylkill County.

Police investigating home invasion robbery in St. Lawrence

The Central Berks Regional Police Department is investigating a home invasion-style robbery in the borough of St. Lawrence.

 

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Kids take a train ride with Easter Bunny

Train rides with Easter Bunny in Berks
KUTZTOWN, Pa.

The Easter Bunny led a series of train rides in Berks County Sunday.

Bernville residents told to boil water through weekend

Boil water image (generic)
BERNVILLE, Pa.

UPDATE: Boil water advisory no longer in effect as of 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Six local residents honored with nation's highest civilian award

Local residents receive Congressional Gold Medals
READING, Pa.

Congressional Gold Medals were presented to members of the Civilian Air Patrol who served in the Pennsylvania Wing during World War II.

Timet industrial plant explosion kills one person, injures others

Timet plant explosion
CAERNARVON TWP, Pa.

An explosion inside of an industrial plant in Berks County kills one man and injured three others.

Uber up and running in Reading

Uber up and running in Reading
READING, Pa.

The taxi wars in Berks County are heating up.

Tulpehocken Area School District superintendent to retire

Tulpehocken Area School District superintendent to retire
JEFFERSON TWP., Pa.

A superintendent who spent nearly four decades in education said he's ready to retire.

Route 61 bridge repairs near Hamburg to start Monday

Route 61 bridge repairs near Hamburg to start Monday
TILDEN TWP., Pa.

Long-term lane restrictions are set to go into effect on Route 61 in Tilden Township next week.

4 men heading to trial in connection with drug raid in Reading

Nilson Villar-Carmona, Alberto Arias, Jesus Brito-Laboy and Rene Rosario-Arregui
READING, Pa.

Four men charged in connection with one of the recent drug busts in Reading are heading to trial.

Stolen guns recovered during drug bust in Reading

Reading drug, guns bust

Patrick Manwiller/69 News

READING, Pa.

Authorities have conducted yet another drug bust in Reading, but the significance of it, officials said, is not the drugs, but the several firearms that were recovered.

Reading mayor announces series of town hall meetings

Reading Mayor, Vaughn Spencer

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READING, Pa.

Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer and members of his administration are taking City Hall on the road.

Woman injured when minivan rams building in Muhlenberg

Minivan into building

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MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa.

Police are investigating an accident involving a minivan that struck a building in Berks County.

Activists call on attorney general to close immigration facility

Activists call on SAG to shut down immigration facility
READING, Pa.

A group of attorneys and activists are calling on Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane to shut down an ICE residential center.

Ambulance groups team up for 'Operation Safe-Walk'

Ambulance groups team up for Operation Safe Walk
KUTZTOWN, Pa.

In the wake of several reports of child luring cases in Berks County, a unique effort aims to keep kids safe as they head to and from school.

Pair sought in rash of thefts from CVS stores in Berks

Pair sought in rash of thefts from CVS stores in Berks
KUTZTOWN, Pa.

Police are trying to identify a man and woman in connection with a series of thefts at CVS stores in Berks County.

Firefighters battle 'fully involved' blaze in Brecknock

Brecknock fire

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BRECKNOCK TWP., Pa.

Firefighters have gotten control of a blaze in Berks County.

Students using K'Nex face off in challenge

Students face off using K Nex
MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa.

Future engineers are facing off using K'Nex.

Community rallies behind Exeter survivor

Community rallies behind Exeter survivor
EXETER TWP., Pa.

The Berks County community is rallying behind an Exeter Township man who recently survived two brushes with death.

Berks-Lehigh drug ring dismantled in $2.2 million bust

Berks drug bust

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READING, Pa.

Federal and local authorities have dismantled a drug ring that, they said, was operating throughout Berks and Lehigh counties.

Stokesay owners to invest $3M in SunnyBrook Ballroom

SunnyBrook Ballroom

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READING, Pa.

Owners of the Stokesay Castle in Berks County are set to make their mark on another landmark in neighboring Montgomery County.

Reading Royals mark milestone with 1,000th game

Reading Royals

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READING, Pa.

The Reading Royals will celebrate another major accomplishment Wednesday night when the team takes the ice for its 1,000th regular season game.

Fire destroys garage, damages other buildings in Birdsboro

Fire destroys garage damages other buildings in Birdsboro
BIRDSBORO, Pa.

Fire destroyed a large garage and damaged two nearby buildings in Birdsboro on Wednesday.

Berks, 26 other Pa. counties under drought watch

Blue Marsh - drought

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HARRISBURG, Pa.

Berks County residents are now being asked to conserve water.

Smog leads police to mobile meth lab in Hometown

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HOMETOWN, Pa.

Smog coming from a car parked in Hometown led police to discover the 1997 Honda CRV was being used as a mobile meth lab.

Man killed in rollover accident on I-78 in Bethel

Police lights file
BETHEL TWP., Pa.

A Cumberland County man was killed after being ejected from his car during a crash on Interstate 78 in Berks County late Tuesday night.

Tombstone-toppling vandals strike cemetery again

Tombstone-toppling vandals strike cemetery again
MOUNT PENN, Pa.

A cemetery in Berks County has been hit by vandals again.

Fire destroys garage near Hamburg, 3 vehicles inside

Fire destroys garage in Windsor Twp
WINDSOR TWP., Pa.

A fire in Berks County destroyed a garage and the vehicles inside.

"Hero" German Shepherd saves master

Hero German Shepherd saves master
BECHTELSVILLE, Pa.

A dog took on the role of smoke detector and alerted his master to a fire inside their home in Berks County early Tuesday morning.

Reading man behind bars for theft at The Inn at Reading

Reading man behind bars for theft at The Inn at Reading
WYOMISSING, Pa.

A Berks County man is behind bars for his alleged role in a pair of armed robberies.

Wyomissing will appeal judge's ruling on stadium fence

Wyomissing will appeal judge s ruling on stadium fence
WYOMISSING, Pa.

The Wyomissing School Board is continuing the battle to put a fence around the high school football field.

Man admits to causing deadly crash on Bingaman Street Bridge

Man admits to causing deadly crash on Bingaman Street Bridge
READING, Pa.

A man has admitted to his role in a deadly crash in southwest Reading.

 
 
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  • President Ronald Reagan's assassination attempt, 1981

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    On this day: March 30

    Henry VIII divorces his first wife, Vincent van Gogh is born, America agrees to buy Alaska from Russia, and President Reagan survives an assassination attempt, all on this day.

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