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The sports programs of Wilkes-Barre Area’s three high schools will be merged in 2019-2020, ending decades-old rivalries but bolstering the viability of teams suffering from reduced participation, school officials say.

At the same time, the school board has voted to raise property taxes by 3.4 percent.

Nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital have issued a one-day strike notice for May 31.