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Data: Overdose hospitalization on the rise

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New data a state health agency released Wednesday underscore the growing problem of heroin and opioid hospitalization, as local officials and lawmakers deal with more potent drugs that pose complex health risks. It also showed Cambria County ranked fifth in the state based on population. A ...

State budget work dragging

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HARRISBURG — Pennsyl­vania’s budget package appeared unlikely Wednesday to be finished by the start of the new fiscal year, as anti-tax Republican lawmakers sort through authorizing more borrowing or casino-style gambling to backfill the state’s biggest cash shortfall since the ...

Barron ranks high in pay

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Presidents of U.S. public colleges and universities saw their earnings climb by 5.3 percent last year, with several of them topping $1 million, according to an annual survey. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s study of more than 150 college presidents found that their average annual pay ...

Open houses focus on keeping youth in region

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Abby Waldorf of the Buffalo, N.Y., area didn’t intend to be an example at the Tyrone open house Wednesday for Alleghenies Ahead, the comprehensive planning project for the six counties of the Southern Alleghenies region. But her presence there as a Juniata College intern with the Blair ...

Cambria Heights OKs budget

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PATTON — A tax increase and a more than $2 million deficit were included in a final 2017-18 budget approved by Cambria Heights School Board members Tuesday evening. Within the general fund, district officials predict revenue for next school year in the amount of $20.6 million, district ...

NJ drug suspect waives prelim hearing

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A New Jersey man accused of getting off a train in Altoona with thousands of dollars worth of crack cocaine and heroin has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Dorian Mincey, 47, of Newark appeared briefly before Magisterial District Judge Todd Kelly on Wednesday at Central Court to ...

Altoona couple accused of theft

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An Altoona couple stand accused of misusing a company credit card and hiding the unauthorized purchases from their employer. Nathan and Tracy Coldwell, 1815 Eighth St., are charged by Hollidaysburg Borough police with felony counts of conspiracy, theft by deception, receiving stolen property ...

Cresson man accused of selling bath salts

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EBENSBURG — A Cresson man faces felony drug-related charges for allegedly selling bath salts to a confidential informant late last year. Gerald F. Hogue, 54, of the 500 block of Ninth Street, agreed last November to meet a confidential informant in Ebensburg, according to a criminal ...

Treasurer of bowling league accused of pocketing money

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The treasurer of a bowling league in Altoona faces felony charges after police say he pocketed the league’s money. Roy G. Sunderland, 56, 3269 Homers Gap Road, is accused by Altoona police of stealing $3,600 from the Bavarian Aid Society’s Sunday Afternoon Men’s Bowling League, a theft ...

Crime briefs

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Police: Man walked naked in public A Logan Township man faces charges after police say he was walking naked on Baker Lane. Richard Mock, 51, of Altoona faces indecent exposure and disorderly conduct charges after Logan Township police were dispatched to the 100 block of Baker Lane on June ...

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The organization that oversees recycling for the four Blair County municipalities mandated by the state to operate a curbside program may soon need a loan from one of those entities to ease it past a cash-flow crisis. The Intermunicipal Relations Committee predicts it will run out of money ...

Paving today

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Workers will pave Ward Avenue between Union Avenue and Logan Boule-vard today, beginning early in the morning. Ward Avenue will be closed to traffic during the project. The work should be completed today.

Fireworks

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Area fireworks displays are planned in conjunction with Independence Day: Sunday Independence Day fireworks on the Lake Raystown Resort, Entriken, at 9 p.m. Monday J4 fireworks show at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park at 10 p.m. Independence Day Fireworks in Huntingdon at 9 p.m. ...

Blair reserve funds dwindle in 2016

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s 2016 audit shows a drop in the county’s reserve funds despite that year’s increase in real estate taxes generating $2.7 million more in revenue. The audit report, presented Tuesday to commissioners, showed the county’s fund balance dropping from $12 ...

ArtsAltoona reveals plans

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A pair of local advocates for cultural development outlined an ambitious, many-faceted program to use the arts as a tool for economic development in the greater Altoona area at a meeting of the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp. this week. Representing newly formed ArtsAltoona, ...

Airport agreement saves $250K

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EBENSBURG — A nearly 10-year agreement with an association that manages and operates Ebensburg Airport has likely saved the borough as much as $250,000, officials announced at a Monday meeting. Jim Link, Regional Aviation Conservation and Recreation Association’s president, spoke to ...

Ebensburg resident says paving project led to basement flooding

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EBENSBURG — The week after heavy rain soaked Cambria County and surrounding areas, an Ebensburg Borough resident petitioned municipal leaders to take action to address flooding in his home. That flooding, he said, is the direct result of a borough paving project, completed a few years ...

Inmate: Confessing to crimes a violation of religious rights

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Curry Robinson, an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale, has filed a federal challenge to a Department of Corrections policy requiring participants in a sexual therapy program to “confess” to their crimes as a precondition for admittance. The 41-year-old from ...

Inmate at Bedford County facility dies

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Responders called Bedford County Coroner Russell Styer to the scene of an apparent death Tuesday morning at the county jail, officials said. Authorities had released few details as of Tuesday afternoon, but a county 911 dispatcher said an ambulance was dispatched Tuesday morning to the ...