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Wall Street mixed as leaders flip

COVID-19

Stock indexes are mixed in afternoon trading on Wall Street Wednesday, as hopes for a coming economic revival turn the market’s leaderboard upside down. Banks and retailers were posting strong gains on hopes that life can inch back toward normal as governments relax stay-at-home orders, ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Comcast expanding its broadband network services Comcast will extend its broadband network in portions of southern Clearfield County and northern Cambria County, Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Cambria, and Rep. Tommy Sankey, R-Clearfield, announced. As a result of Comcast’s investment, ...

Five facing charges after Blair County gun probe

Local News

Five people face charges in Blair County after an investigation into stolen guns. Michael Trosky, 44, and Paula Cross, 40, both of Gallitzin, along with Altoona residents Michael Burchfield, 45, and Summer L. Heil, 32, and Amanda Steele of Hollidaysburg were arrested Friday night on charges ...

Audit shows Blair County finished 2019 with surplus

Local News

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s ended 2019 in the black, when general fund revenue exceeded expenditures by $840,188, its latest annual audit shows. “That’s positive ... and that’s not always the case,” auditor Dave Scott of Young, Oakes, Brown & Co. advised county commissioners ...

Local hospitals ‘tremendous’ for SCI Huntingdon

Local News

UPMC Altoona and Penn Highlands Huntingdon were critical recently in helping the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon weather the Pennsylvania system’s most serious coronavirus outbreak, according to Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “Both hospitals were tremendous — UPMC ...

L&I uncovers virus unemployment benefit fraud attempts

Local News

Since the coronavirus pandemic closed businesses in mid-March, the state Department of Labor & Industry has paid $10.6 billion in unemployment compensation — and scammers are trying to take advantage. They’ve targeted Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a federal program that so far has ...

Centre County headed for green virus status

Local News

Centre County will go to green on Friday after all. Last week, when the governor’s office informed the county commissioners that Centre was among 18 counties eligible to move beyond the yellow phase, the commissioners — pressed for time — asked for a delay of five to seven days, until ...

Large search party looking for missing Bedford woman

Local News

BEDFORD — A large-scale search is underway for a Bedford woman who has been missing since Monday morning. According to police, Cathy Raley, 68, was last seen about 8 a.m. Monday walking along the 300 block of Briar Valley Road, Bedford Township. Raley is 5-foot-4 and weighs approximately ...

Restaurant owner doesn’t really want to go it alone

Local News

Opening for sit-down service in violation of the state’s orders for counties in the yellow zone has given Bella Italia restaurant a virtual monopoly, but the owner wishes others would join him. “I’m the only one holding the flag,” Antonio Serra­della said in a phone interview ...

Coronavirus cases, deaths declining in Pennsylvania

Local News

The state Department of Health on Tuesday reported its smallest number of new coronavirus cases and its smallest number of new deaths since two months ago. The new case number on Tuesday was 451, the lowest since the department reported 560 new cases March 25. The new death number Tuesday ...

Police: Delaware County man attacked homeowner and officers

Local News

A Delaware County man is in Blair County Prison after Altoona police say he struggled with a homeowner, and then police, after he was spotted trying to get into vehicles. According to police, Christopher W. Caywood, 29, of Glen Mills, ran off before police arrived after he got away from a ...

Glasgow man jailed after police chase

Local News

A Glasgow man is in jail after a police chase on Sunday. According to state police at Hollidaysburg, Ira Lloyd, 48, is accused of leading state police on a high-speed chase on his 1992 Harley-Davidson motorcycle after a trooper tried to pull him over about 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Seventh Avenue ...

RR crossing will be closed

Local News

The Norfolk Southern crossing on Johnson Hill Road in Huntingdon County will be closed June 1 to 8 for maintenance. The length of closure will be dependent on track time, equipment or weather issues. During the closure, traffic will be detoured using Route 45 and Huntingdon Furnace and Eden ...

Magisterial district judge

Public Records

Filed before Magisterial District Judge Paul M. Aigner: Charges waived to court Sept. 17-Oct. 24: James A. Waugh, 35, Blair County Prison, Hollidaysburg, charged by Hollidaysburg police with simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment on Aug. 1. David L. Gonsman, 36, Blair County ...

Deadlocked Congress shifts focus to businesses

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Deadlocked over the next big coronavirus relief bill, Congress is shifting its attention to a more modest overhaul of small business aid in hopes of helping employers reopen shops and survive the pandemic. Bipartisan legislation that would give small employers more time to take ...

US nears 100,000 pandemic deaths

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — In the rubble of buildings and lives, modern U.S. presidents have met national trauma with words such as these: “I can hear you.” “You have lost too much, but you have not lost everything.” “We have wept with you; we’ve pulled our children tight.” As diverse as ...

Pharmacist, used car salesman charged with COVID-19 fraud

COVID-19

NEW YORK — A pharmacist and a used car salesman were arrested Tuesday on charges that they designed frauds to capitalize on the search for masks and other protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. Pharmacist Richard Schirripa, 66, of Fort Salonga, New York, was listed with the ...

Grier School endures ‘roller coaster’ amid virus

Local News

Grier School officials and students ended the academic year Friday, and plans are underway to give the 67 seniors a digital sendoff imbued with its 167-years of tradition and an invitation to return next Memorial Day weekend for an in-person salute. While specifics are being kept as a surprise ...