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Ellwood City Medical Center Facing Layoffs Amid Closure Of Emergency Room - Nearly 100 people are being laid off amid the closure of the emergency room at the Ellwood City Medical Center. Ninety-two people were laid off, officials said on Thursday. The emergency room was shut down last week by the State Department of Health, which said there were serious violations.

Dallas' undefeated season ends in PIAA Class 4A championship vs. Thomas Jefferson HERSHEY - Through temperatures near freezing, tears flowed and hugs were exchanged. Dallas' season of 15 consecutive victories came to a crashing conclusion at the hands of Thomas Jefferson on Thursday night at Hersheypark Stadium. Jefferson had an offense too powerful, a defense too quick - both unlike Dallas had seen all year.

Krampus Helps Pittsburghers Celebrate Darker Side Of The Holidays PITTSBURGH - A darker side of the holidays was front and center at Market Square's Christmas Village on Thursday. Dozens of people lined up to celebrate Krampusnacht and take photos with Krampus, a half-demon, half-goat figure. Krampus is a creepy character that is part of Krampus Nights.

Sokoloski: Dallas football denied a gold, but undeniably special Showing the fight, the heart and the spirit that delivered the most dynamic high school football season Dallas has seen in decades, Danny Meuser put his head down and headed for the end zone. Twenty-six yards later, he scored.

Shots Fired During Undercover Child Predator Investigation ROBINSON TOWNSHIP - Officials were involved in a shooting with a suspect during an undercover child predator investigation, the Attorney General's office said. The office said on Thursday that no one was injured during the incident. The suspect was apprehended, and officials are investigating.

State audit flags WVW for disappearing fund balance, reporting error KINGSTON - The state auditor general's office has flagged Wyoming Valley West School District for a disappearing fund balance and for transportation reimbursement reporting errors over a four year stretch. The district has not been hiding the depletion of reserves, done frequently over the last decade to control tax increases.

Four new members take seat on Crestwood School Board - In what arguably was the most significant reorganization meeting held among Luzerne County's 11 school Districts, Crestwood School Board swore in four new members to the nine-member board, replacing incumbents who either lost their reelection bids in the primary or opted not to seek another term.

LSA grant applications approved, venue change requested for Wilkes-Barre sewer sale presentation WILKES-BARRE - The proposed sale of the city's sewer system was not on the agenda Thursday for city council to discuss, but Mayor-elect George Brown recommended changing the time and place for a public meeting when it comes up again later this month.

Ruling: West Side CTC bargained with union in bad faith The West Side Career and Technical Center has bargained "in bad faith" with the union and has been ordered to return to the bargaining table by a hearing examiner for the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board. The last contract expired in August 2016, but the two sides agreed to an extension through August 2017.

Lackawanna College football falls short in NJCAA championship game Lackawanna College put the nation's longest winning streak on the line in the NJCAA national championship game on Friday. But for the first time in more than two years 2017, the Falcons were held in check and lost the title to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, falling 24-13 on the campus of Pittsburg State in Kansas.

93-Year-Old Toymaker From Fayette County Makes 300 Wooden Trucks As Holiday Toys FAYETTE COUNTY - A 93-year-old toymaker is helping make sure hundreds of local kids are getting handmade toys for the holidays. Ed Higinbotham made 300 wooden trucks in his home workshop in Georges Township, Fayette County. A state trooper picked the toys up on Thursday.

'We Are Definitely Not Close To Being Done Yet': Pitt Volleyball Has High Hopes Headed Into NCAA Tournament PITTSBURGH - Pitt volleyball has high hopes headed into the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers were awarded a No. 6 seed for the tournament after winning their third ACC title in three years. "This season has been awesome. It has been really special…. We are definitely not close to being done yet," outside hitter Kayla Lund said.

National Christmas Tree Lighting: How to Watch, Road Closures to Know The National Christmas Tree outside the White House was illuminated during a ceremony with President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump Thursday evening. Singer-songwriter Jessie James Decker hosted the event. Here's everything you need to know, from the broadcast schedule to road closures to how to see the tree in person.

Police Chase of UPS Truck Ends in Deadly Florida Shootout A high-speed police pursuit of a UPS truck that began with an armed robbery and shootout at a jewelry shop in Coral Gables ended in a hail of gunfire with three people dead in Miramar Thursday evening.

PNC Park 2020 Summer Concerts: Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Def Leppard And Mötley Crüe Headline Pittsburgh Concerts Next Summer Pittsburgh is hosting two massive concerts next summer.

College Student Looking for Job Duped Out of Thousands of Dollars A college student looking for a job said he was duped out of thousands of dollars. So he reached out to NBC10 Responds and Harry Hairston for help.

Al's Bike Drive Growing By The Year, Donates More Than 1,200 Bicycles To Toys For Tots Al's Bike Drive started when Al Todd asked the Marine Corps how to help with a Toys for Tots campaign about a dozen years ago. The financial planner figured he would give them some money to buy presents for kids. Until he started asking a few questions.

Governor's Office Still Reviewing Case Of Man Convicted Of 1976 Killing In Pittsburgh Parking Garage Tom Wolf has not yet commuted the life sentence of Charles Goldblum.

Black Hawk Helicopter Crashes After Takeoff in Minnesota A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed Thursday shortly after taking off from an airport in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. The Minnesota National Guard confirmed to NBC News it lost contact with the Black Hawk at around 2 p.m. CST and authorities are searching for it.

New Trump Rules Could Get 60,000 Pennsylvanians Off Food Stamps PITTSBURGH - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food stamps to 40 million people. Now a change could cut that number by 700,000 people. "The Trump administration this morning formally released a new rule that would eliminate eligibility for so-called able-bodied adults without dependents.

'Strain On Our System': Thousands of Pennsylvanians to Lose SNAP Benefits Under Trump Administration Policy Change "Any cuts to SNAP are going to put a strain on our… emergency food system," Kate Scully, director of government affairs at Philabundance, said. "We already, unfortunately, have lines in our pantry, which we don't want to see.

Humane Animal Rescue Works To Save Dog With Mange, Severe Skin Infections Found In Wilkinsburg PITTSBURGH - Animal rescuers are trying to care for a dog that was found alone in Wilkinsburg, suffering from severe mange and infections. The Humane Animal Rescue shared multiple photos of an 8-month-old dog they have named "Eitan." Humane Animal Rescue says Eitan was found near the Turner Elementary School in Wilkinsburg Tuesday evening.

Medical Professionals Using Life-Like Patient Simulator That Bleeds, Cries And Speaks To Help Save Lives Medical professionals are taking advantage of a life-like pediatric simulator.

'One Of The Most Violent Cases Of Child Abuse': Shaler Twp. Mother Now Faces Felony Charges - A Shaler Township mother is facing felony charges for allegedly abusing her child in "one of the most violent cases" Children's Hospital doctors have seen.

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