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Gov. Tom Wolf expands mask wearing order

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The administration of Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday expanded its COVID-19 mask order to encompass outdoor activities where there’s close contact with others — on the same day the state Supreme Court ruled that the General Assembly lacks the power to end the governor’s COVID emergency ...

Pennsylvania high court upholds shutdown

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s high court on Wednesday ruled against an effort by Republican state lawmakers to end Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s pandemic shutdown orders. A divided court ruled that a resolution passed with mostly GOP votes was a “legal nullity” because it was not sent to ...

Tyrone Regional appoints Anna as new CEO

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TYRONE — Anna Marie Anna has been appointed CEO at Tyrone Regional Health Network/Tyrone Hospital. Anna has served in an executive leadership role since joining TRHN in 2016. She first served as chief nursing officer. In April 2019 she was promoted to acting CEO. Kelly Wike, president of ...

Morrisons Cove events planned

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Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg, is wrapping up its annual J4 festivities with a tractor pull competition at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, July 2, on the south end of the campus. The group Back in the Day will provide entertainment at 7 p.m. on the gazebo stage. On Friday, Nashville ...

Extra $600 coronavirus aid ending soon

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The state Department of Labor & Industry has distributed $10 billion in federal funds to Pennsylvanians entitled to unemployment compensation since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, at $600 a week under the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. But those ...

Bill removes convictions as barrier to job licensing

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Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a bill that will eliminate criminal records as an obstacle for many people seeking professional licenses to earn a living — part of the administration’s ongoing effort toward criminal justice reform, according to a news release from the governor’s ...

Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund gives $1M in loans

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PHILADELPHIA — The Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund has now provided $1 million in forgivable loans to more than 335 small businesses across the commonwealth. This comes less than 60 days after the nonprofit organization was founded on May 6. More than 40 percent of the businesses funded are ...

Dems: Delay in virus response devastated nursing homes

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration was slow to comprehend the scale of COVID-19’s impact on nursing homes and a disjointed federal response has only compounded the devastating toll, according to a report from Senate Democrats. Wednesday’s report finds a lack of coordination among ...

Grant will fund PPE for service providers

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NANTY GLO — An $874,674 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help provide personal protective equipment to 67 fire and emergency medical service providers in 14 central and western Pennsylvania counties. The grant was announced by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and it will ...

Police investigate shooting incident

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Altoona police continue to investigate a shooting incident early Wednesday that damaged a car on Spruce Avenue. Someone fired shots from a white or silver-colored sedan into a parked car on the 300 block of Spruce Avenue about 1:30 a.m., according to Altoona police Sgt Matthew ...

As cases spike, states back off opening

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PHOENIX — California closed bars, theaters and indoor restaurant dining all over again across most of the state Wednesday, and Arizona’s outbreak grew more severe by nearly every measure as the surging coronavirus crisis across the South and West sent a shudder through the country. The ...

Pa. eviction ban nears end while aid still in pipeline

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HARRISBURG — Federal emergency aid for renters in Pennsylvania hit hard financially during the pandemic is still in the pipeline as Gov. Tom Wolf’s ban on foreclosures and evictions nears an expiration. The application period for aid begins Monday to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance ...

Trussed up

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Dylan Baker (from left), Jeremiah Clark and Tobias Cisney of B&W Construction, Williamsburg, set trusses for a pole building being constructed along Stillwood Street in Lakemont on Monday afternoon. (Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski)

Reopening plans stall as virus spikes

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HARRISBURG — Philadelphia is bringing a halt to its plans to allow indoor dining, bars, gyms and fitness centers to reopen, with officials saying Tuesday that the city is seeing rising case COVID-19 counts and could be affected by a growing epidemic elsewhere in the country. The city’s ...

Court ‘troubled’ by Bedford sentencing

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A former Bedford County man, incarcerated for a minimum of 25 years for the attempted indecent assault of a child, has lost his appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court, but the court indicated in its opinion released late last week that it was “troubled that this case appears to be a ...

State extends jobless benefits

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The unemployment compensation system is complicated, officials at the state Department of Labor & Industry have said repeatedly during regular press briefings since claims mushroomed starting in mid-March, due to COVID-19. UC was complicated to start with, and it got more complicated ...

City man sentenced in sex assault case

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 21-year-old Altoona man will spend eight to 16 years in prison for engaging in an illicit sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl that included his use of an alter ego, a list of rules and filmed encounters. Seth A. Knisely, who has been in Blair County Prison since ...

Giant Eagle to respond to lawsuit

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Giant Eagle Inc., a Pittsburgh-based corporation with grocery stores throughout western Pennsylvania and in other states, has been given a deadline of July 27 to answer a federal lawsuit filed by 37 customers who contend the company has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by refusing ...

City man accused of shooting at man

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An Altoona man is in custody on charges he fired a .40 caliber handgun at a man last week. According to Altoona police, Dominick J. Holland, 20, shot a .40 caliber handgun at a man outside a home on the 1700 block of 14th Street just before 3 a.m. Thursday. Police said Holland was out on bail ...

Waldameer set to open

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ERIE — Waldameer Park and Water World will open for the 2020 season on Friday. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the park will be limited to 50% capacity, so there will be no free admission except for children under 1 year old. All guests must purchase admission tickets in advance online at ...