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Viola’s Bar & Grill reopens today. At 10 a.m., a business that has been a family venture and neighborhood landmark for decades will welcome loyal customers and newcomers alike. The Brennan Street business has undergone a renovation four months in the making, which breathed new life into …

UNIVERSITY PARK — A grant of more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation will support a researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences in a study of mechanisms that induce sterility in social insects.

HARRISBURG — After months of taking action to carry the voices of Pennsylvanians concerning the governor’s response to COVID-19, on Tuesday the House voted to give the people of Pennsylvania the opportunity to decide for themselves how they wish to be governed during times of emergency.

HARRISBURG — Calling them “new laws that make progress in keeping every Pennsylvanian safe,” Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday signed House bills 1841 and 1910, which both passed unanimously in the House and Senate.

Elk County’s COVID-19 case count has risen again, with Tuesday’s numbers from the state health department indicating 31 positive cases.

SMETHPORT — With one abstention, the McKean County Planning Commission voted unanimously for final approval Tuesday for Phase One of the Mount Jewett Evaporation Site, a land development, the Seven Mile Mineral Project, in Sergeant Township.

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Superintendent Katy Pude shared an update for Bradford Area School District parents and students Tuesday via a video posted to the district website, answering common questions and updating on the many details still currently unknown in regard to the 2020-21 school year.

FRENCH FRY DAY: Monday was National French Fry Day. In honor of the holiday, even though we are a day late, we will share some interesting details about one of nation’s favorite foods.

The number of COVID-19 cases has increased in Elk County again, with 30 positives listed by the state health department as of Monday.

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Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday as investors were encouraged by news that an experimental COVID-19 vaccine under development by Moderna and the U.S. National Institutes of Health revved up people’s immune systems just as desired.

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BEIRUT (AP) — Facing a worsening economic crisis and with little chance of Western or oil-rich Arab countries providing assistance without substantial reforms, Lebanon’s cash-strapped government is looking east, hoping to secure investments from China that could bring relief.

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Summer is back, and while the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the cancellation of festivals, concerts and other large gatherings, people who enjoy being among nature are enjoying the outdoors. Given social distancing and other public health safety measures that are still in place across much of the country —particularly large, urban areas — hiking, camping and fishing can be great ways to pass the time and still be safe.

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The question of how much liquid to consume daily basis has no simple answer. Several studies have shown differing recommendations. However, specific fluid needs depend on several factors, which include overall health, location and even level of activeness. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, but knowing more about the body’s need for liquids can help in estimating how much ought to be sipped up.

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Independence Day is around the corner. Families are likely prepping to watch or set off fireworks and sparklers. However, the Fourth of July celebration might turn a fun-filled day into a painful memory if caution isn’t properly exercised. Even the most innocent-looking fire displays can lead to injuries or an actual fire. Consider these safety tips to enjoy the holiday without going to the emergency room.

BEIRUT (AP) — Facing a worsening economic crisis and with little chance of Western or oil-rich Arab countries providing assistance without substantial reforms, Lebanon’s cash-strapped government is looking east, hoping to secure investments from China that could bring relief.