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Police investigate double homicide

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The investigation into a double homicide continues in Altoona. Police remained tight-lipped Thursday night after a day in which a woman and a man were found dead about 11:35 a.m. inside the first floor apartment of 2606 Beale Ave. Although police declined to release any names, they did say ...

Blair to offer ballot drop-off

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County voters will be able to turn in absentee and mail-in ballots on Tuesday along the Union Street side of the courthouse. In a news release distributed Thursday, the county advised that absentee and mail-in ballots can be submitted between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, ...

Oh, chute

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Tiffany Coulter, 10, of East Conemaugh descends the slide at Canal Basin Park in Hollidaysburg. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Bedford firm rolling out energy bars

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BEDFORD — A year after breaking ground on a new 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, The Organic Snack Co. is rolling out energy bars for Kate’s Real Food. Founded by Kate Shade, Kate’s Real Food produces hand-rolled organic energy bars in six varieties. “I wanted something ...

Lawmaker kept mum about virus diagnosis

COVID-19

HARRISBURG — A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate. A day after Republican Rep. Andrew Lewis’ announcement through ...

Blair’s move to green still not set

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There has been speculation that Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration might announce today that Blair County will go from the yellow phase of coronavirus recovery to the green one Friday. “Unfortunately, I do not have any updates on new upcoming reopening information,” a state Department of ...

State offers guidance for reopenings

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Pennsylvanians will have to make appointments for haircuts rather than just walking in, when more businesses reopen under the green phase of the governor’s coronavirus mitigation plan. Hair salons and barber shops may resume operations, but by appointment only, under guidance offered by the ...

State parks to open beaches

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All 58 state park beaches, including Canoe Creek in Hollidaysburg and Prince Gallitzin in Patton, will open for swimming on June 6, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced. Pools in state parks, such as Blue Knob in Pavia, will remain closed through June 12 ...

Briefcase

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Bob Evans closes doors The Bob Evans Restaurant at 317 W. Plank Road has closed its doors. “They had a few years remaining on their lease but chose to terminate the agreement early. We are working through the termination details now,” said President Andrea Cohen of Blair Companies Real ...

Lilly building demo begins

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EBENSBURG — The demolition of 415 Cleveland St. in Lilly Borough began Thursday, Cambria County announced. The demolition, which is paid for using Act 152 Cambria County Demolition Program funds, is the last structure in the current contract the Redevelopment Authority of Cambria County has ...

Mounties help out community

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CRESSON — Even with the college’s doors closed due to the statewide shutdown, Mount Aloysius students and staff are finding ways to serve in the community. Led by Brianna Baker, director of mission & ministry, and Amy Kanich, director of campus ministry, a team of Mounties has been ...

In the Saturday-Sunday edition

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* Area restaurants are making changes to prepare for the eventual green light. Bill Kibler reports. * Local students share pictures in their prom gowns — even though proms have been canceled. Dom Cuzzolina reports. * Our Sunday columnist is Scott Franco. * A local tennis tradition has ...

Pandemic disrupts rites of passage

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NEW YORK — For many religious families across the United States, the coronavirus has disrupted their most anticipated traditions — the rites of passage that mark their adolescent children’s full entry into their congregations. With most houses of worship halting large in-person services ...

Virus experts: Faith, science work together

COVID-19

NEW YORK — The relationship between faith and science has faced its share of strain during the coronavirus pandemic — but for some scientists leading the nation’s response, the two have worked in concert. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins founded a nonprofit focused ...

$25B budget heads to Wolf

COVID-19

HARRISBURG — A piecemeal, no-new-taxes $25.8 billion budget headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk Thursday, as did legislation to distribute about $2.6 billion in emergency federal coronavirus aid to counties, nursing homes and wide range of other causes. Both won speedy approval in the ...

COVID-19 dangerous for cancer patients

COVID-19

New research shows how dangerous the coronavirus is for current and former cancer patients. Those who developed COVID-19 were much more likely to die within a month than people without cancer who got it, two studies found. They are the largest reports on people with both diseases in the ...

Flood of mail-ins spurs deadline change request

COVID-19

HARRISBURG — Some county and state officials are warning that a flood of mailed-in ballots in Pennsylvania — fueled by fears of in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic — will create problems in Tuesday’s primary election that must be fixed before they cause a disaster in this ...

US might send home Chinese grad students

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration may soon expel thousands of Chinese graduate students enrolled at U.S. universities and impose other sanctions against Chinese officials in the latest signs of tensions between Washington and Beijing that are raging over trade, the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Top spellers competing from home

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Like dozens of other veteran spellers in their final year of eligibility, Anson Cook had big plans for this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 13-year-old eighth-grader from Potomac, Mary­land, was a two-time participant in the ...

Missing Bedford woman found safe

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BEDFORD — A 68-year-old Bedford County woman missing since Monday was found alive Wednesday afternoon. After a three-day search, Cathy Raley was found by rescuers in a wooded area along Briar Valley Road and Shed Road, Bedford Township, about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Officials indicated Raley was ...