UGI: Displaced Dunmore residents can return home, gas will be turned on (2:41PM)

DUNMORE — Residents displaced because their gas was turned off following Thursday’s explosion and fire on Smith Street in Dunmore are encouraged to return home so UGI Utilities can turn their gas back on. (read more)

Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:12:04 08:28:53 DUNMORE — An 86-year-old Dunmore woman died instantly Thursday morning when her home exploded and collapsed following a water main break and natural gas leak on Smith Street, state police fire marshals said. (read more)
Around 80 UGI customers were without gas service following the explosion early Thursday morning that destroyed a home on Smith Street and killed an 86-year-old woman. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The Dunmore neighborhood rocked by a natural gas explosion Thursday has experienced at least two others dating back more than a century. (read more)
DUNMORE — When firefighters told her gas was leaking into the neighborhood and she needed to immediately evacuate her borough home early Thursday, Regina Price had a lot to collect quickly. (read more)
Scranton City Council on Thursday voted 4-1 to approve Mayor Bill Courtright’s proposed 2015 budget that contains a 19 percent increase in property taxes but no union concessions on salaries or pensions. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A The unemployment rate in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area plunged four-tenths of a percentage point in October to 6.3 percent, the lowest rate in more than six years. The drop offered some encouragement. (read more)
Saddled with a budget deficit and stalled reimbursements from a state school expansion program, Mid Valley School District could use a cash infusion. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A Today, we spotlight 10 drinks to put some spirit in your holidays. Michelle Bonsick, director of marketing and communications for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, offers her suggestions on each cocktail. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:12:01 13:49:13 Joe Waters didn’t know whether he would play football again. Now he is on the ride of a lifetime. (read more)
Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2014:12:03 12:20:14 As the market for fresh Christmas trees tightens nationwide, cash-and-carry tree farms in Northeast Pennsylvania have held the line on prices and fresh tree aficionados shouldn’t see a price hike. (read more)
Jefferson Twp. residents will soon have the highest sewer fees in Lackawanna County. Starting next month, the sewer authority — strapped with at least $16.6 million in debt — is increasing the monthly fee for residents connected to the township’s sewer system from $75 to $95. The new fee equates to $1,140 annually, up $240 per year from $900. (read more)
Photo: AP, License: N/A SCRANTON — Eric Matthew Frein has been replaced on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Yaser Abdel Said replaced Mr. Frein on the list this week. (read more)

Photo: N/A, License: N/A For years, I’ve annoyed co-workers with pitches for Christmas-themed novels and screenplays that could generate the green that decorates driveways in shiny Lexuses and blood-red bows. — Thomas Lukasewicz, council president in Throop, which hosts 60 percent of Keystone Sanitary Landfill (read more)

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