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AT&T, DIRECTV say Nexstar pulled stations

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AT&T, DIRECTV, U-verse and DIRECTV NOW said in a release that it was Nexstar’s decision to pull its stations, including WTAJ, from the satellite services. In a release, AT&T said it has offered Nexstar more money but less than the television company is seeking. “To be very ...

Helsel seeks to pull guilty plea

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Dun­cansville man serving four to eight years for his role in a 2017 fatal ATV crash said Thursday that he rendered guilty pleas believing he faced at least three years in prison. But the minimum time Jacob Ralph Helsel was facing, according to his current defense ...

‘New York look’ still art? Word, pointer may cross line

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I­f a brief pointer — a word to the wise — is sufficient, according to the adage, is it possible that a pointer and a word directing customers to Wise Guys Pizza is enough to turn permission into prohibition? Because the entrance to Wise Guys on 11th Avenue is visible to motorists only ...

Court: Hospital records can substantiate abuse

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Commonwealth Court in a Bedford County case ruled this week that hospital records can be used to substantiate child abuse and that the treating physicians do not have to be called to present evidence of the abuse. The unusual situation involved suspected a child abuse case. Bedford ...

Drive to curb drug bills stalled

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WASHINGTON — After two setbacks this week, President Donald Trump is now focusing his drive to curb drug costs on congressional efforts aimed at helping people on Medicare and younger generations covered by workplace plans. The White House on Thursday yanked its own regulation to ease the ...

Vacation souvenirs

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A green bouncy ball is carried toward Byan Melgar, 13, left, and Ryan Melgar, 7, both of Manteo, North Carolina Tuesday afternoon at Tilt Studio. The vacationing brothers each left with a prize from the machine. (Photo for the Mirror by Isaac Ritchey)

Household hazardous waste collected

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The Intermunicipal Rela­tions Committee will hold a household hazardous waste collection at Peoples Natural Gas Field today from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The IRC will charge $15 per car trunkload of materials and 50 cents per pound for paint.

Moody’s upgrades Logan’s rating

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Moody’s Investors Services has upgraded Logan Township’s credit rating — its “General Obligation Unlimited Tax level — from Aa3 to Aa2, according to a news release from the service. The upgrade will help lower the cost of borrowing for Logan, according to Township Manager Tim ...

Police: Former patient made threats

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A former patient at UPMC Altoona faces charges after he allegedly pushed his way into a secured nurses station and threatened to kill staff. Stewart Mbae, 22, no known address, was arrested Wednesday after he was discharged from UPMC Altoona Behavioral Health unit where on Tuesday, he ...

Red Cross facing blood shortage

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The American Red Cross faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to donate at the 31st annual Jaffa Shrine Blair Media Blood Blitz from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Jaffa Shrine is at 2200 Broad Ave. There is less than a three-day ...

Morrisdale man convicted on charges

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CLEARFIELD — It took a Clearfield County jury only 25 minutes to find a Morrisdale man guilty of possessing a large quantity of methamphetamine. Brandon J. Kifer, 38, was found guilty of felony manufacture/delivery/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and misdemeanor ...

Briefcase

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HOUTZDALE Record store opens MoValley Records, an independent record store, is now open for business at 627 Hannah St. The store, owned by Steve and Christine Poe, buys and sells vinyl records (LPs and 45s) and turntables. Business hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 6 to 9 ...

Investments shore up pension fund

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Strong investment returns are helping shore up Blair County’s underfunded pension plan, county retirement board members said Thursday. But that’s not a reason, they agreed, to scale back efforts aimed at strengthening the plan. “We’re still continuing to pay out more ...

Lockett to face charges in court

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CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County man accused of threatening to blow up the county’s Children and Youth Services office waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court. State police say James Casey Lockett, 35, Olanta, was at a residence in Houtzdale Borough ...

County names acting chief in parole office

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Amanda Moore, deputy chief of the Blair County adult parole and probation office, will serve as acting chief while the position remains vacant. The county salary board agreed Thursday to a 5 percent increase in Moore’s salary, currently $50,901 annually, while she is acting ...

Students honored at SkillsUSA Championships

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Five area students were honored at the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky., on June 26-27. A team consisting of Eliza Albright, Devyn Amigh and Marissa Hoover from the Greater Altoona Career and Technical Center was awarded the High School Gold medal and Skill Point ...

On this date

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50 YEARS AGO: July 12, 1969 Claudia Schram and Lynne Shellenberger, members of the Carmelettes, a group of teenage girls who volunteered at Garvey Manor Nursing Home in Hollidaysburg, were given special Carmelette uniforms as tokens of 50 hours of volunteer work. 25 YEARS AGO: July 12, ...

Motto to go on city vehicles

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In a split vote, against the advice of the interim city manager and despite objections from two residents, City Council on Wed­nesday approved local veterinarian Matt Stachmus’ request to affix “In God We Trust” decals to city vehicles. Stachmus proposed the decals several months ago, ...

Philly Fed CEO tours city

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The CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia met with community and business leaders and toured downtown Altoona on Wednesday to gather information to help the Federal Reserve revise rules governing banks’ responsibilities to lend and invest in communities where they operate — ...

Altoona man allegedly pushes wife from moving car

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An Altoona man faces felony charges after Logan Township police said he pushed his wife from a car and dragged her through an intersection Kevin S. Prough, 54, of 232 Parshall Lane, Apt. 6, was taken into custody at UPMC Altoona on Wednesday morning after he drove his wife to the emergency ...