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Seeing the light

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Matt Walters, 19, changes the headlights in his Hyundai on Tuesday along 13th Avenue in Altoona. Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

Coronavirus-related closings

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The following are newly canceled or postponed events. To submit a canceled or postponed event, email the information to news@altoonamirror.com. Include event name or description, when it had been scheduled, if it is canceled or postponed, new time, date and location if rescheduled and a ...

Virtual food drive conducted

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PITTSBURGH — The Salvation Army has launched a virtual food drive to allow people to help families in need from the safety of their homes, and to keep staff, volunteers and donors safe by following social distancing guidelines. The virtual food drive offers residents of western and central ...

How are you coping with the virus?

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While uncertainty abounds as the world, the nation and our community deals with the fallout from the COVID-19 virus, the Mirror is asking readers to help spread some cheer throughout the community and share what you and your family are doing to pass the time. Send us an email, photos welcome, ...

Congress set to deliver virus rescue bill

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — With rare bipartisanship and speed, Washington is about to deliver massive, unprecedented legislation to speed help to individuals and businesses as the coronavirus pandemic takes a devastating toll on the U.S. economy and health care system. The House is set to pass the ...

Trump: New risk guidelines coming

COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to the nation’s governors, Trump said the new ...

Half-million infected worldwide

COVID-19

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the multitudes, Italy shut down most of its industry and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in a single week. The U.S. surpassed the ...

DA ready to block release requests

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County district attorney’s office is committed to individually examining inmate requests for release from prison based on coronavirus concerns, First Assistant District Attorney Pete Weeks said Wednesday. While an inmate’s release rests with a judge, Weeks said ...

Region holding steady amid virus

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It was status quo on Wednesday for the coronavirus in this region: no cases in Blair County, but positives in three contiguous counties: seven in Centre and one each in Cambria and Clearfield, according to the daily COVID-19 web­cast from the state Department of Health. Statewide, there were ...

Staying connected

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Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School junior Branden Wasser, like all students across Pennsylvania, hasn’t stepped foot in a classroom in more than two weeks. With the order to keep all schools closed until at least April 6 as the coronavirus continues to spread across the state, schools ...

Altoona, Hollidaysburg plan for virtual learning

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Altoona and Hollidaysburg Area School Districts won’t shift to full online learning while schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but they are taking steps to keep students involved academically now that the closure of all Pennsylvania schools has been extended until at least April ...

Students given final chance to retrieve devices

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Altoona Area Junior and Senior High school students who have yet to pick up their Chromebooks have one last chance, according to a news release sent to parents and guardians on Wednesday. Both schools will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 27, to allow students to retrieve their ...

Lawmakers tout federal coronavirus relief package

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In a conference call Tuesday on a proposed $1.8-trillion package designed to help the nation contend with the economic gutting inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey repeatedly touted his Democratic party’s role in crafting the deal, which calls for direct payments to ...

State delays primary

COVID-19

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania lawmakers voted Wednesday to delay the state’s primary election by five weeks to June 2, potentially past the spike of the state’s spreading coronavirus cases. The measure passed both chambers of the Republican-controlled state Legislature on Wednesday and Gov. ...

State COVID-19 developments

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Jobless claims More than 400,000 Pennsylvanians filed for unemployment compensation benefits last week amid a tidal wave of corona­virus-related business shutdowns, eclipsing the high-point during the recession a decade ago, the state’s top organized labor leader said Wednesday. Liquor ...

Coronavirus-related closings

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The following are newly canceled or postponed events. To submit a canceled or postponed event, email the information to news@altoonamirror.com. Include event name or description, when it had been scheduled, if it is canceled or postponed, new time, date and location if rescheduled and a ...

Hiker rescued from Chimney Rocks

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An injured hiker was rescued from a Chimney Rocks Park trail on Wednesday evening. Phoenix Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tony Dibona, said the female hiker fell on a steep trail and possibly broke her ankle. Crews from Hollidaysburg, Duncansville, Geeseytown and ...

Inmate gets more time for assault

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CLEARFIELD –– A former inmate of the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale will serve up to 15 additional years for seriously injuring a corrections officer. The charges stem from an incident in June when the officer was doing his rounds. The inmate, Dion Capers, 32, came out of his ...

City woman faces drug charges

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A city woman faces charges after police say she was found in a parked car with drugs. Mary L. Biddle, 36, of 329 Third Ave., was awake about 2 p.m. Friday when Altoona police showed up outside her house, where a 911 caller had reported she had been sitting, slumped over in a car for ...