Luzerne County

The gym at SCI Huntingdon has been converted to an infirmary that houses inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Until now, Forest County in northwestern Pennsylvania had seen relatively few cases of COVID-19, but that changed when cases at a state prison spiked.

The daily COVID-19 count from the state showed cases in Forest County increasing by 33% — jumping from 430 to 571 on Wednesday.

Melissa Tomascik, a PROSPER prevention specialist, leads a training program at Carbondale Elementary School
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Prevention is key when it comes to the opioid epidemic. But it doesn’t always get a lot of attention. In this episode of “Overcoming an Epidemic: Opioids in Pennsylvania,” we’ll look at how one initiative brings schools and families together to prevent problems before they happen. We’ll also hear about a new program one Pennsylvania county hopes to launch this fall. It pairs police officers and social workers who reach out to people who have overdosed on drugs.

U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (left) and Congressman Lou Barletta both hail from Northeastern Pennsylvania's coal region. Their philosophies, though, are worlds apart.
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An aerial photo shows damage to a Barnes & Noble Booksellers after Wednesday's severe weather system passed through Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa.
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The National Weather Service confirmed on Thursday that a tornado touched down in Wilkes-Barre Township on Wednesday night, damaging local businesses.

The National Weather Service sent a storm survey team from its Binghamton, New York office to assess the damage.

The team determined a tornado touched down near the Wyoming Valley Mall near Interstate 81 at around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. It traveled about half a mile before dissipating about an hour later.

In this May 21, 2018 photo, a sign opposing an industrial hog farm is displayed at a home in Berwick, Pa. Residents who complain about foul smells from the nearby hog farm have taken their fight to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
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For several years, a hog farm in Luzerne County has been under legal fire for emitting a stench that people say can make the surrounding area almost unlivable.

A lawsuit is now awaiting consideration before the state Supreme Court.

But the outlook isn't good--and that's largely because Pennsylvania law makes it near-impossible to sue farms for nuisances like smells.