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  • At the Bloomsburg Autoneum Facility, 280 union members are striking for better wages and health care costs.
  • The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office announced a $1 million multi-state settlement with CarMax Auto Superstores on Dec. 1. The decision means CarMax will also be required to disclose any open recalls related to the safety of used vehicles. In a statement, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said that the investigation, meant to protect consumers before buying used cars, had been launched with 35 other Attorneys General. According to the AG’s Office, CarMax will use the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration’s vehicle identification number tool to disclose safety-related information. Prospective car buyers can also use the tool through NHTSA to check for open recalls on vehicles: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls
  • “We have the mantra, ‘No Child Left Behind,’” says Chris Boyatzis, PhD, a professor at Bucknell University. “Instead, it should be, ‘Leave No Child Inside.’ There’s a long story about why children are spending more time indoors than ever, and I’ve always been concerned about it – it’s simply not natural.”
  • Stroudsburg Mayor Tarah Probst resigned from the role on Wednesday, Nov. 30.Probst was elected to serve as state representative for the 189th District, which covers Pike and Monroe counties.Stroudsburg Borough Council plans to accept Probst's resignation at their Dec. 6 meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Stroudsburg Municipal Building. They will open the floor for suggestions for the borough’s next mayor before making an appointment.Council must replace Probst within 30 days. The appointee will server until the next municipal election in 2023.For issues, contact Borough Manager Larry Kopp at lkopp@stroudsburgboro.com or 570-421-5444 x104.
  • After more than an hour of public comment where many residents told the board not to certify the results, the Board of Elections voted 3-2 in favor of certification.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that a new law will increase penalties for repeat DUI offenders. PennDOT said the law – Act 59 or "Deana’s Law" – amends the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. Under the new law, a new DUI charge with two prior offenses is now a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 7 years in prison. A new DUI charge with three or more prior offenses is now a second-degree felony, punishable up to 10 years imprisonment. The increased charges are for repeat offenders whose blood alcohol content is measured at .16 or higher or are under the influence of controlled substances.
  • Through a grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, WVIA partnered with The Institute to produce a series of Data Visualization Videos.
  • A New York company has verbally committed to help fill a void in urgent care services in Pike County.
  • On Nov. 21, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a scholarship program for aspiring mental health professionals. Students seeking graduate degrees in psychology, social work and mental health counseling could receive up to two years of funding for graduate studies, beginning summer 2023. As part of the scholarship, the graduates will then work full-time for six years at one of the VA’s 300 Vet Centers. The department has identified Vet Centers in underserved areas that need more mental health professionals. More information can be found at VetCenter.VA.gov
  • A new veterans resource center opened earlier this month in the Poconos. The Veteran's Hub of Northeast Pennsylvania opened on Nov. 10 at St. Luke's Lehighton Campus with a goal to address the mental health needs of former service members. Christine LeClair, Carbon County’s Veterans Affairs Director, said the center is a partnership with the Scranton Vet Center. A certified counselor from the Scranton Vet Center travels to Lehighton each Wednesday to speak with local veterans. To make an appointment at the Veterans Hub of NEPA, you can call the Scranton Vet Center at 570-344-2676. You can also reach the Veterans Crisis Line — dial 988, then press 1.