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‘Selfish’: US virus cases near 5M

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BOSTON — Fourth of July gatherings, graduation parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the ...

City seeking up to $1M in grants

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The city is planning to apply for a grant for as much as $1 million from the state to repair and perhaps reconfigure the Altoona Transportation Center. It has hired a design firm to generate preliminary estimates for work that could include repairing leaks and replacing deteriorated window ...

COVID-19 reshapes, reduces back-to-school spending

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NEW YORK — For Michelle Lynn England, back-to-school shopping always meant heading to Target and the local mall with her two girls and dropping about $500 on each of them for trendy outfits. Not this year. The Charlotte, North Carolina, woman cut her spending on clothing in half for her ...

Missing man found

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PATTON — A 32-year-old man from Allegheny County has been found safe, according to the state police from Ebensburg. Christopher Thomas Waschak was believed to have been missing in Cambria County on Monday. Volunteers and state police from Ebensburg searched for him until about 7 p.m. Monday, ...

Police: Man attacked over snake

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An Altoona man faces charges after police say he assaulted his partner after an argument over their pet snake. Michael F. Cox, 39, is accused of pushing his partner into a glass door, breaking it, before hitting him on the nose, according to Altoona police. Officers who were dispatched about ...

Bellwood-Antis grads chosen for summit

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BELLWOOD — Two recent Bellwood-Antis High School graduates will participate in a Mini-THON Leadership Summit on Friday using Zoom. Adisyn Gilbert and Maggie Erickson were key members of the school’s team that raised $43,017 to help families affected by pediatric cancer. Gilbert and ...

Hopewell man charged in break-in

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A Hopewell man with a lengthy criminal past has been charged in connection to a break in at the Cove Creamery in 2018. According to police, Dwight J. Imler, 26, allegedly confessed to burglarizing the Taylor Township business. In late July 2018, police were called to investigate a series of ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Online program to discuss senior citizen job session Associates for Training & Development will offer an online orientation session at 1 p.m. Aug. 18 for people to learn about the Senior Community Service Employment Program. SCSEP is a federally funded jobs training program specifically ...

Drug overdose leads to charges

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A drug overdose in Altoona has led to charges against a Clearfield County woman. Gabrielle E. Reffett, 21, of Clearfield was taken into custody Monday after police responded to 1303 Second St. about 7 p.m. for a report of an overdose, according to charges filed by Altoona police. Police ...

Ag Progress Days goes online; virus forces virtual format

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By Walt Frank wfrank@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — The show must go on. The coronavirus pandemic will not stop Penn State’s 2020 Ag Progress Days — dubbed as Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition — from providing educational activities, research tours ...

Court: Man can’t withdraw pleas

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A Huntingdon County man will not be permitted to withdraw his guilty pleas to three counts of child rape, according to a decision last Friday by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. On May 4, 2018, Jay E. Reed, 60, formerly of Three Springs, entered guilty pleas to the charges, which involved ...

PSU schedule released; opener Sept. 5 vs. NW

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UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s season will tentatively open Sept. 5 at home against Northwestern. The Big Ten announced a 10-game conference-only football schedule and medical protocols for all sports this morning. Season ticket holders will be emailed information regarding the 2020 ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner: Canaan L. Laich, 36, 1129 N. Fifth Ave., Altoona, charged by Hollidaysburg police with aggravated assault, assault by a prisoner, riot with intent to commit felony, simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and conspiracy, Aug. ...

Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief bill

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WASHINGTON — Frustrated Senate Republicans re-upped their complaints on Tuesday that Democratic negotiators are staking too hard a line in talks on a sweeping coronavirus relief bill, but an afternoon negotiating session brought at least modest concessions from both sides, even as an ...

Trump urges mail voting in Florida

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WASHINGTON — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump now is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice, and only days after threatening to sue Nevada over a new vote-by-mail law. His encouragement follows a surge ...

Forages for drought conditions

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By Zachary Larson The recent cool down and rainfall is hopefully appreciated by everyone. However, this good weather may not make up for the hot and dry conditions we’ve experienced this summer. Rainfall since mid-May is less than 5 inches, less than half of our 10-year average. ...

Agricultural briefs

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Nominations accepted The Blair County Chamber’s Farm-City Committee is accepting nominations for the annual Agricultural Community Excellence Award. Nominations may be submitted by individuals, organizations, businesses, farm families or through self-nominations. In addition to farm ...

FFA spotlight

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Bailey Little Age and school: 15, Bellefonte Area High School Family: Parents, Darren and Heather Little, sister, Paylin Little FFA Chapter: Bellefonte FFA Years involved with FFA: 1 Amount of time spent on FFA: Lots of long nights memorizing speeches and working with project ...

Toe the line

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Workers for a FirstEnergy contractor work on a 12-kV line on a new transmission pole near 20th Street. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)