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DICKSON CITY

Recycling effort clogs roads

Long lines and traffic jams put an early end to a free electronics recycling event in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports the collection in Dickson City was swamped by early birds and police and security closed entry shortly after it began at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The e-waste event was sponsored by a local state senator, Hewlett-Packard and the Lackawanna County Environmental Office.

Sen. John Blake tells the paper there were safety concerns about people walking across parking lots with electronic items and darting out of line as frustrations grew over wait times that ran up to three hours.

The event clogged access roads into the Viewmont Mall, and vehicles on a nearby Interstate 81 exit ramp backed up onto the highway.

Harrisburg

Teachers, coaches approve contract

Teachers and coaches in Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system are giving their approval to a new four-year union contract.

Faculty at the State System of Higher Education voted overwhelmingly this week to ratify the contract.

Details haven’t been made public but will be posted online once ratification is complete.

The tally from the balloting now goes to the State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors for its approval.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties union represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches at the 14 state system universities.

The Associated Press

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