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Alcohol and Gambling at the Bloomsburg Fair

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Typically when we think of the Bloomsburg Fair, we think of food, animals, and rides, but this year we can add alcohol and gambling to that list.
For the first time ever, you can buy alcohol at the Bloomsburg Fair. There are also wine samples. But don't worry, people are not getting drunk at the fair. The samples are very small and heavily controlled.
Juniata Valley Winery from Mifflin is offering tastings, up to six per person.

How You Can Help Victims of Hurricane Florence

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- You don't have to travel to the Carolinas to join the effort in helping thousands of families waiting for relief after Hurricane Florence.
Disaster services from across the country are on the front lines in the Carolinas, helping thousands of families whose homes have been destroyed or damaged.
"The Salvation Army is on site now in both North Carolina and South Carolina," said Tony Perrotta, Salvation Army.
While sometimes supplies are needed, right now the Salvation Army in Williamsport is asking people to donate money.

Staples Reopening Three Months After Tornado

WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Recovery continues for stores at the Arena Hub Plaza after a tornado damaged several retail outlets in June.
Chain-link fencing still closes off part of the Arena Hub shopping center near Wilkes-Barre. Small signs alert customers to the stores that have reopened.
Staples office supply store plans to reopen Saturday.
"It's been a challenge. I will say that," Melissa Blanchard, store manager.

New Foods at the Bloomsburg Fair

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The 163rd Bloomsburg Fair is in full swing. The fair draws thousands of people each year for entertainment, rides, and of course, food.
Many vendors try to come up with the newest, tastiest foods that will have people talking.
It's always such a tough job taste testing the food. It was perfect fair weather on Monday--not too hot and not too cold--so that means nothing is off limits food-wise at the fair.

After Rainy Summer, Environmental Experts Talk Fall Foliage Forecast

JIM THORPE, Pa. -- Plenty of people can be seen biking and hiking at the Lehigh Gorge State Park near Jim Thorpe.
Joy Myers is from Harrisburg. She comes to this area to use the trails and to see the fall foliage, though she admits she's a little early this year.
"You know what, if we are here a little early and it's not crazy crowds, we can just enjoy the peace and quiet a little more and not the hustle bustle, and that's what it's about anyway," said Myers.

Backpacks Fill Campus Quad at ESU for Suicide Awareness

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EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Amanda Long is a freshman at East Stroudsburg University.  On her way to class, she noticed a lot of backpacks scattered on the campus quad.
She got a bit emotional when she realized the display was for suicide awareness.
"It's actually very sad. I am actually trying not to cry right now," said Long.
As part of National Suicide Awareness Month, ESU is partnering with an organization called "Send Silence Packing."
The traveling exhibit brings awareness to mental health issues.

Remembering Recent High School Graduate Killed in Crash

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CARBONDALE, Pa. -- Grief counselors were Carbondale Area High School Monday for students and teachers who knew the teenager killed in a crash over the weekend.
Joe Maddage, 18, died Friday night on his way home from a football game. Now, his loved ones are doing what they can to keep his memory alive.
A memorial to Maddage at the intersection of Chapman Lake Road and Rushbrook Road in Scott Township has grown since the weekend.
The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday. Maddage and another driver collided. The teen's car then hit a utility pole.

Man Charged After Knife Fight in Hazleton

HAZLETON, Pa. -- A man is facing aggravated assault charges for allegedly slashing two people during an argument in Hazleton.
According to police, Darnell Jackson, 29, got into a fight and cut a man and woman along North Laurel Street around 10 p.m. Sunday.
The woman had a cut on her face, and the man had been cut several times.
Jackson was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and resisting arrest.
Investigators say the fight broke out over a custody dispute.

PA Lawmakers Vote to Amend Bill on Statute of Limitations for Sex Abuse Victims

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives debated legislation that would broaden the statute of limitations for sex abuse victims.
The bill is the result of the attorney general’s report on sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
After a vote held on Monday by the House, 171-23 voted to amend the bill to lift.
It would eliminate limitations on child abuse prosecutions, no matter how long it takes for the victim to come forward, and a predator could be criminally prosecuted regardless of how many years have passed.

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