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Coming Sunday

Some highlights to look for in the Mirror’s upcoming Sunday edition: -- The latest on the corona­virus. -- Our monthly Senior section. -- Cory Giger projects how the Curve shape up for 2020 — if and when there is a season. -- Gardening can become therapy, especially these days. Check ...

Pitt-UPMC creates possible COVID vaccine

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has developed a potential vaccine for COVID-19 that has worked on mice, and it has applied to regulatory agencies for permission to begin trials on human beings. While testing in people typically requires at least a year, because of the gravity ...

Mirror launches digital subscription

Beginning today, the Mirror is launching a new digital subscription service on altoonamirror.com. All daily (seven-day home delivery) subscribers of the Mirror’s print edition will continue to receive altoonamirror.com free of charge. For those who are not subscribers to the print edition, ...

PSU vowing to save season

Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour doesn’t know exactly when the next college football season will begin, but she sounded confident there will indeed be a season, even if that means delaying it until next spring because of the coronavirus. “We’re going to do everything we ...

House fire claims man

DUNCANSVILLE — An early morning fire claimed the life of an Allegheny Township man on Thursday. Greg D. Scott, 72, was pronounced dead at the scene by Blair County Chief Deputy Coroner Paul Kerns, after being overcome with smoke in his mobile home at 267 Mile Hill Road, ...

Pa. looks to past for response to present crisis

During her daily report on the coronavirus Thursday, state Health Secretary Rachel Levine reached back 102 years for evidence that the state’s mitigation efforts — business and school closures, a stay-home order and general social distancing — should work. Asked whether the Spanish flu ...

Experts offer anxiety coping advice

Uncertainty, disrupted routines, and being housebound are among the many reasons why many people may be experiencing anxiety, but mental health experts offer practical coping tips for these days of COVID-19. “It’s a very uncertain time. Nobody has the answers to how long this will last and ...

McKeegan to lead Mount

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College will have a new president beginning June 1. John N. McKeegan will take the reins of the college from John Mills, who has served as interim president for the past three years. McKeegan comes to the Mount from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., where he ...

Judge dismisses civil rights suit

A federal magistrate judge has dismissed a civil rights lawsuit filed by a former inmate of the Blair County Prison, but the county objected to the dismissal because the inmate has the option to refile his lawsuit. Hakeem Wright, 45, a native of New Jersey, contends in his lawsuit that he has ...

Seeking health care workers

The Mirror invites local health care workers to share their experiences during the corona­virus pandemic. Interested parties can email Bill Kibler at bkibler@altoonamirror.com.

Clothing giveaway canceled

Grace’s Closet, located in Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, is closed until further notice and planned clothing giveaways have been canceled. Clothing donations are not being accepted at this time, as the church is also closed due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s directives ...

Stay home order expanded

After incrementally adding counties to his stay-home order over the past weeks until 33 — including Centre — were included, Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday extended the order to the rest of the state. It will not make much practical difference, except to give law officers authority to enforce ...

Jobless claims swamp Labor Dept.

Not long ago, state Labor Secretary Jerry Oleksiak was presiding over a department responsible for an area of life that was about as fulfilled as could be: unemployment was lower than it had been in four decades. Now, due to the state’s closure of non-essential businesses in hopes of ...

Weeks sworn in as new DA

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Former Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio had some advice Wednesday for newly sworn-in District Attorney Pete Weeks. “He should keep doing what’s he doing,” Consiglio said after a short ceremony where Weeks and First Assistant District Attorney Nichole ...

Bear sightings lift local spirits

Blair County has seen a spike in bear sightings. They’ve been reported in Martinsburg, Roaring Spring and Tipton, in northern Blair County, but these sightings are warming hearts and lifting spirits — not creating fear. Stuffed bears of all sizes and colors have appeared in windows ...

City gets extra $1 million

The city of Altoona will get an extra infusion of Community Development Block Grant funding — $967,000 — for the current fiscal year, as a result of the most recent federal coronavirus legislation, according to a news release from U.S. Senator Bob Casey. The money will supplement the ...

Convention Center discussed as alternate health care site

Arrangements are developing to bring in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to examine the Blair County Convention Center as an alternative health care location in light of the corona­virus pandemic. It’s an advanced planning move to be prepared and not something needed immediately, Director ...

Checks should be automatic

WASHINGTON — The distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people, according to the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service. However, some seniors and others who typically ...

Bishop tells churches to lock doors

The bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has instructed parishes to lock all church doors, effective immediately. Bishop Mark L. Bartchak has issued new directives to close all church buildings and grounds to the public until further notice. Bartchak had suspended public Masses on ...

Pa. court vacates guilty plea

A ruling Monday by the Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated the guilty plea and lengthy prison sentence imposed on an Altoona woman for her role in a New York to Altoona heroin ring. A three-judge panel concluded the Jacquelyn Claire Gomez, 35, entered a guilty plea in 2017 to drug charges ...