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Dunmore native, priest Sica dies
Beloved local priest the Rev. Joseph F. Sica died today, the Diocese of Scranton confirmed. Remembered for his uplifting sermons and kindness toward others, Sica, 64, was the senior priest at Immaculate Conception Parish in Scranton.

US death toll from the virus eclipses China's official count
NEW YORK — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,500 Tuesday, eclipsing China's official count, as the deepening crisis in New York hit close to home for the governor when he disclosed, teary-eyed, that his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, has become infected.

Bishop: Area Catholics can eat meat this Friday
Bishop Joseph Bambera has granted a special dispensation to Catholics in the 11 counties covered by the Diocese of Scranton, allowing them to eat meat this Friday, a docesean spokesman said.

Walmart and Sam's Club will start taking employees' temperatures
Walmart and Sam’s Club announced Tuesday they have taken additional measures to protect the health and safety of their employees during the coronavirus pandemic. These measures will include taking employees’ temperatures as they report for work and asking them some basic health screening questions.

Gas pumps reopen at Kingston Twp. Sheetz but store remains closed
The gas pumps reopened Tuesday at Sheetz on Memorial Highway in Kingston Twp. but the convenience store remains closed temporarily after an employee there tested positive for coronavirus.

Virus surge continues as Luzerne County logs 4th death
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported Tuesday that the number of novel coronaviruses in Luzerne County jumped to 212 cases on Tuesday, as the county logged its fourth death.

Projection: More than 1,000 to die in Pennsylvania
Experts are predicting more than 1,000 people could die across Pennsylvania as the coronavirus outbreak continues spreading — resulting in 62 new cases and one additional death in Luzerne County as of Tuesday, according to health authorities.

How you can watch or participate in today’s county council meeting
The public will have several options to watch or participate in today’s meeting of Luzerne County Council, which will be held via video and teleconference to comply with social distancing guidelines related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Newport Twp. police chase suspect charged in 2018 carjacking
The man accused of leading police on a wild pursuit through a Newport Twp. cemetery, toppling tombstones and plowing through a fence, has a history of erratic behavior and once was arrested for a carjacking outside the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre.

Governor Wolf extends stay at home order to seven more counties
HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Governor Tom Wolf has extended the stay at home order to seven more Pennsylvania counties, bringing the total to 33 counties under the order. On Tuesday, Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon, and Somerset were added to the order. It takes effect at 8pm Tuesday and will continue until April 30. …

Evangelical Community Hospital reports first coronavirus-related death
LEWISBURG, UNION COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Evangelical Community Hospital has reported its first coronavirus-related death as of 11:00 on Monday morning. The hospital will not be releasing any additional information regarding the death at this time, including age, gender or place of residence. “Well, it concerns me that it has come into the county so far we …

Social service organizations face unprecedented situation
WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The uncertainty of the novel coronavirus pandemic and the shutdown of much of the nations’s economy has lead to an increase in calls to social service agencies that are dealing with an unprecedented situation. The United Way of the Wyoming Valley has dealt with the impacts of flooding, blizzards, 9/11 and …

PA Attorney General: Residents cannot be evicted during COVID-19 crisis
HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro wrote Tuesday that Pennsylvanians cannot be evicted from their homes at this time. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that all courts be closed to eviction proceedings due to COVID-19 and the associated State of Emergency. The order includes property owners, managers, landlords, mortgage brokers and …

Man arrested after police pursuit in the Poconos
COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) One man is in custody after police say he struck two vehicles, including a police cruiser during a pursuit in Coolbaugh Township Monday evening. Police say they received a call about a stolen vehicle in Coolbaugh Township Monday around 4:30pm after the victim’s son allegedly took the vehicle without permission. …

President Trump approves major disaster declaration for Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) President Donald Trump has approved Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s request for a major disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The declaration will provide federal funding support to the state, county and local response. “We are grateful for federal funding that will support all levels of government as we work …

Scranton Times

Indraloka Animal Sanctuary needs canned cat food donations
DALTON — The Indraloka Animal Sanctuary needs canned cat food donations. Any brand or variety will be accepted. Companies that typically donate canned cat food to the sanctuary are out of stock because of the coronavirus pandemic, said Indra Lahiri, sanctuary founder.

Dunmore native, beloved priest Sica dies
Beloved local priest the Rev. Joseph F. Sica died today, the Diocese of Scranton confirmed. Remembered for his uplifting sermons and kindness toward others, Sica, 64, was the senior priest at Immaculate Conception Parish in Scranton.

EPA: Don't flush disinfecting wipes
WASHINGTON, D.C. The federal Environmental Protection Agency is urging everyone to refrain from flushing disinfecting wipes or other sanitary materials down the toilet to protect wastewater management systems during the coronavirus pandemic.

Resource available to Wayne County residents
HONESDALE Wayne County residents seeking details on local food pantries, school lunch distribution, help offered by local faith-based organizations and more by visiting and clicking the “Food Assistance +” link.

Coronavirus cases surge by record number for third day in a row
For the third day in a row, coronavirus cases reported statewide surged by a record number. State Department of Health officials reported a fourth death in Luzerne County and a third in Lackawanna County among 15 new deaths statewide.

Projection: 3K to die in Pa.; billions in revenue lost
The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center has issued a memorandum to members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly warning that studies show more than 3,000 Pennsylvanians will die from the novel coronavirus and that the state could face a budgetary shortfall of nearly $10 billion as a result of a "COVID-19 driven recession.

Luzerne County Sheetz closes after worker tests positive for coronavirus
Sheetz convenience store and gas station on the Memorial Highway in Kingston Twp. temporarily closed Monday after an employee there tested positive for COVID-19, Sheetz spokesman Nick Ruffner said.

Garbage can fire damages Carbondale building
CARBONDALE A fire that sparked from ashes dumped in a garbage can damaged a building in Carbondale early Monday morning, state police at Dunmore said. Fire crews rushed to 77 Fallbrook St. shortly after 2 a.m. after a man sleeping on the second floor awoke to smoke filling the room.

Pike County jail worker tests positive for coronavirus
BLOOMING GROVE — A staff member at the Pike County Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19 six days ago and has been quarantined at home since March 18, according to a statement from the county commissioners. That staff member was not identified.

Woman found deceased in West Scranton home died from coronavirus, coroner says
SCRANTON A 50-year-old woman found deceased in her West Scranton home last week is the first prehospital COVID-19 death in Lackawanna County, Coroner Tim Rowland said Monday. Rowland declined to release the woman’s name.

Scranton to continue collecting commingled recycling
SCRANTON — City Department of Public Works crews will maintain the normal recycling schedule and collect commingled bottles, cans and jars placed in blue bins the week of April 6.

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Amazon fires warehouse worker who staged walkout
By ALEXANDRA OLSON and MAE ANDERSON NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon fired a worker who organized a walkout at a New York warehouse to demand greater protection against the new coronavirus, saying the employee himself [...]

Trump rollback of mileage standards guts climate change push
By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and TOM KRISHER WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s rollback of mileage standards Tuesday marks a win for Americans who like their SUVs and pickup trucks, but the government’s own estimates show [...]

The Latest: NJ Devils make donation for medical equipment
By The Associated Press The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The owners of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils have made a six-figure donation to the state’s [...]

Noah Smith: Coronavirus makes America seem like a civilization in decline

Crises such wars, depressions, natural disasters and pandemics can reveal differences in how effectively a society organizes itself. In the 1600s and 1700s, for example, Britain’s more advanced tax system allowed it to outspend Spain and France, while Prussia’s efficient army let it overcome larger opponents such as Austria. In the Civil War, the Union’s industrial prowess allowed it to outlast and overwhelm the agrarian Confederacy.


What you need to do to get your government stimulus check
By SARAH SKIDMORE SELL The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks. The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion signed into law [...]

The Latest: NHL extends self-quarantine recommendation
By The Associated Press The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ NASCAR star Joey Logano has established a $1 Million COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. The fund [...]

COVID-19 deaths climb in NY; Chris Cuomo tests positive
By MICHAEL R. SISAK and MICHAEL HILL NEW YORK (AP) — More than 300 New Yorkers died from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a somber-sounding Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday as temporary hospital [...]

Wolf places 7 more counties under stay-home order
By MICHAEL RUBINKAM and MARK SCOLFORO HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf added seven more counties Tuesday to his order to stay at home as the new virus expanded its reach and Pennsylvania reported [...]

Crosby, McDavid favorites again in NHLPA annual poll
By JOHN WAWROW Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is still regarded as the NHL’s top forward, while peers consider Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby the game’s most complete player. When it comes to game-day dress code, hockey [...]

Florida sheriff seeking tips in ‘Tiger King’ mystery
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It might be the biggest diversion from the pandemic: binge-watching the luridly fascinating Netflix documentary “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.” Now a Florida sheriff is for tips regarding one of [...]

Overcast and 49 F at Wilkes-Barre - Scranton, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport, PA
Winds are Northeast at 3.5 MPH (3 KT). The pressure is 1012.6 mb and the humidity is 59%. Last Updated on Mar 31 2020, 4:54 pm EDT.