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Call center funding bill heading to Wolf

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A bill that could temporarily return scores of laid-off Altoona unemployment call center employees to their jobs is set for Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature after easily clearing the General Assembly. Senate Bill 250, which would pump enough money into the state unemployment call centers to let ...

Frein convicted of killing state trooper in sniper ambush

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MILFORD — A man who hid in the forest under cover of night and opened fire with a sniper’s rifle was convicted of capital murder on Wednesday in the ambush slaying of a state police trooper he targeted at random in hopes of sparking a revolution. A jury convicted Eric Frein in the Sept. ...

Police: Suspect threatened man with knife

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A Northern Cambria man faces multiple felony charges after police said he held a knife to another man’s throat Tuesday and threatened to bury him. Brandon Shutty, 36, of the 1200 block of Elder Avenue faces aggravated assault and related charges for an alleged incident in a Hastings Borough ...

AASD receives approval to tax above state index

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The Altoona Area School board announced Wed­nesday that it has received approval from the state to tax above the state’s annual index for school district property tax increases without going to a voter referendum. The district applied for referendum exceptions in January based on its rising ...

Courthouse needs more plaster work

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — More plaster repair work will be needed inside the Blair County Courthouse, the result of measures taken to stop water from leaking into the structure. A month ago, commissioners authorized about $5,000 in emergency repairs so plywood boxes could immediately be built on the ...

Area briefs

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UNIVERSITY PARK PSU probing dorm shower incidents Penn State police say they’re investigating two incidents in which people took pictures or videos of students in dormitory showers. Police say the invasion of privacy incidents occurred about 9:40 p.m. Sunday and 12:45 a.m. Monday in ...

Hollidaysburg district OKs contract for AFSCME workers

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The Hollidaysburg Area School District approved a contract for its American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees on Wednesday. The employees covered under the contract include secretaries and paraprofessionals, cafeteria workers and maintenance staff. The vote was 8-1, with Lois ...

Spring Cove budget may have tax hike

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ROARING SPRING — Spring Cove School District administrators revealed the early details of their expected 2017-18 budget Tuesday, with rising costs likely to be contained with a tax increase. Business Manager Ryan Kirsch stressed that the plan could be reconsidered and up for change in the ...

Judge orders forfeiture of confiscated store items

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U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson in Johnstown has signed an order forfeiting hundreds of items confiscated from a Portage-area business called Gary’s Steals and Deals, just days after the owners of the business entered guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to commit money ...

Births

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April 10, 2017 Ellanora Sophia Jacobs, a daughter born to Sarah M. Jacobs and Brandon S. Norris, Saxton, at Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring, at 4:58 p.m. April 11, 2017 Silvana Ann Burns, a daughter born to Angela Tettis and Shane Burns, Altoona, at UPMC Altoona at 2:14 p.m. Raelynn Vie ...

Moment of silence

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Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Members of the Hollidaysburg girls softball team converge on third base, which was teammate Mikayla Focht’s position, before the start of their game with Mount Union on Tuesday at Legion Park. Focht was killed in an ATV accident Friday in Greenfield Township. ...

Frein convicted of killing trooper, wounding another in NE PA

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MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who hid in the forest under cover of night and opened fire with a sniper’s rifle was convicted of capital murder Wednesday in the ambush slaying of a state police trooper he targeted at random in hopes of sparking a revolution. A jury convicted Eric ...

Driver in fatal ATV crash jailed

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The driver of an ATV that crashed and killed a Hollidaysburg senior is behind bars in Bedford County. Trenton R. Bilak, 23, of Everett, was taken into custody Monday night. On Tuesday, a Bedford County judge agreed with prosecutors that Bilak’s bail for a DUI case filed in January ...

Pipeline drilling plan draws concerns

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HUNTINGDON — Transparency from local government officials and a potential agreement to sell water to a company building a natural gas pipeline created tension between Huntingdon Borough Council and a large group of residents Tuesday evening. Some residents sat cross-legged on the floor and ...

Court reinstates lawsuit over inmate’s suicide

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A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit brought by the parents of a 23-year-old man who committed suicide nearly five years ago at the now-closed State Correctional Institution at Cresson. D. Brooks Smith, chief judge of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, wrote a 54-page opinion ...

Cedar Drive project moving forward

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GALLITZIN — Infra-structure construction in a developing area of Gallitzin Borough known as Cedar Drive could begin as soon as next year following officials’ authorizing engineers to move the project forward. At the center of discussion was about a dozen acres near Route 53 and Williamson ...

City man faces charges

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A city man is behind bars after police say he was living in a house of filth with his two children. Matthew R. Weaver, 30, of 326 Fourth Ave., is in Blair County Prison after his arrest Tuesday on felony endangering the welfare of a child charges stemming from what Altoona police say were ...

Briefcase

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JOHNSTOWN JARI sets job fair The Cambria County Job Fair – sponsored by JARI – will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. May 2 at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center. Admittance is free for job-seekers, who will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with and give resumes to a variety ...

Shuster pressed for meetings

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Constituents, protesters and now state Democrats have ramped up pressure on Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, to hold an in-person town hall meeting. Some claim he has never held a true town hall meeting during his 16 years in office. Shuster has faced repeated town hall demands during the ...

Second-grader remembered for ‘love of people and life’

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BELLWOOD — A Myers Elementary School second-grader who inspired many has lost her battle with cancer. Madison Grace Shura, 8, Tipton, died Friday at her home. In late May 2016, she was diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, an aggressive tumor on her brain stem, her mother, ...