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House border battle fractures alliances

Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District, sparred with a popular colleague Friday as a bill to fund border migrant camps deepened divides among House Democrats. Intense debate has surrounded a $733 billion defense bill, which would include money for military operations along the southern border. Many ...

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GALLITZIN Heritage hike set for Incline trail The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site will host a heritage hike on the Incline’s 6 to 10 Trail at 10 a.m. July 21. Participants will meet at the site’s visitor center. A park ranger will lead the downhill, strenuous hike ...

Logan questioned over runoff

Logan Township officials plan to try to help an Eldorado man who complained at a meeting last week about runoff he said has been caused by a neighbor’s home addition project that involved rerouting a stream on that neighbor’s property. Joel Bobetich of Electric Avenue said the runoff ...

Mount Aloysius sets open house

Cresson — Mount Aloysius College is holding a summer open house at 10 a.m. Friday in the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery for new, transfer and returning adult students and their families. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff and students and visit the 193-acre campus. At the ...

Tyrone’s Bull Pen closing for renovations

TYRONE — Some major changes are coming to a Tyrone landmark. Elevation Holding LLC — comprised of brothers John and Will Russell and their parents Dave and Melissa Russell — have signed an agreement to purchase the Bull Pen Restaurant from longtime owner Harry Sickler. Sickler has owned ...

Police: Fireworks spark confrontation

A city man faces multiple charges over fireworks. According to the charges filed by Altoona police, Christofer Myers, 41, of 118 E. Fourth Ave., was allegedly drunk and throwing fireworks onto the street from his porch about 7 p.m. June 23. The officers recognized the address because police ...

Lights for liberty — Plight of migrants highlighted

HOLLIDAYSBURG — About 180 people gathered on the Blair County Courthouse steps Friday night for a candlelight vigil, knowing that people in hundreds of towns and cities throughout the United States were doing the same. The vigil took place as undocumented immigrants braced for massive U.S. ...

Simanski ordered to repay $600K

A financial adviser for an Altoona brokerage firm who was sentenced in June to a prison term of 78 months for defrauding many of his clients now has been ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution to those victims. Late Thursday, U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson accepted a stipulation ...

Tee Off for T-Cells benefit tournament tops $250,000

PHILIPSBURG — Philipsburg native Jon Condo hosted the fifth annual Tee Off for T-Cells to benefit the Emily Whitehead Foundation Friday at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club. Condo, along with fellow athletes Matt McGloin, a former Penn State and NFL quarterback, and Kerry McCoy, ...

Talkin’ tractors

Harold Gossel of Buffalo, New York, and Troy Church of Indianapolis, Indiana, talk about the tractors at the 2019 Ford-Fordson Collectors Association National Show in Alum Bank, Bedford County, on Friday morning. The show is part of the Alum Bank Community Fire Company’s annual Antique and ...

Coming Sunday …

Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: - Beer, food, arts and bands are on tap for the First Frontier Festival in downtown Altoona next weekend. Patt Keith reports. - Find out how Mirror columnist Scott Franco managed to lose his wallet in the women’s ...

Young equestrian killed in accident

State police in Rockview are investigating a riding accident that killed a young equestrian and her horse. According to WJAC-TV, Ashley Stout, 13, was pronounced dead at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College, on Thursday after the 9 a.m. accident at the Standing Ovation Equestrian ...

Collection continues

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Jesse Brown of waste management services and resource recovery provider MXI unloads a pickup truck during the Intermunicipal Relations Committee's household hazardous waste collection at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Friday. Collection continues today from 8 ...

Flight 93 memorial opens exhibit

SHANKSVILLE — The Flight 93 National Memorial will open a special exhibit, “Memories from the Memorial: Looking Back 2001-2011” today at the Flight 93 Learning Center. The special exhibit will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Sunday, July 20-21, Aug. 3-4, Aug. ...

City man accused of assault

A city man is in jail after police say he strangled his ex-girlfriend until she lost consciousness and then assaulted a neighbor who tried to intervene. Derek S. Spangler, 31, of 522 E. Atlantic Ave., was holding the woman down at the bottom of a staircase in the common area of an apartment ...

AT&T, DIRECTV say Nexstar pulled stations

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

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

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

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

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 ...