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Fatal fire due to electrical problem

JOHNSTOWN — An electrical malfunction sparked a fire that killed a child and a teenager last month in western Pennsylvania, authorities said. Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees said Tuesday that DNA analysis was used to identify the bodies of 8-year-old Zyvre Gaines and 15-year-old Nakiya ...

Blazier trial begins; accuser testifies

Former wrestling coach is charged with sexual assault HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 16-year-old told a Blair County jury Tuesday that he remembers his reaction in spring 2019 to being sexually assaulted by his wrestling coach at Bellwood-Antis Middle School. “I was just in shock,” the teenager said ...

Tyrone school board limits comment

TYRONE — Some members of the public left disappointed following Tyrone Area School Board’s meeting on Tuesday after board officials enforced a 20-minute public comment policy. Board Vice President William Lash requested that the policy of holding a maximum of 20 minutes of public comment ...

City Council allocates ARP funds

City Council Tuesday approved an “initial earmark” of $4 million in American Rescue Plan funding for 11 projects designed to begin solving stormwater problems in various sections of the city. The money set aside from Altoona’s $39 million in ARP funding will pay for a mix of planning ...

Bellwood-Antis board hears complaints

BELLWOOD — Over 30 parents and students stood before the Bellwood-Antis School Board Tuesday night protesting mask mandates within the district. The district previously announced it would follow the mandate from Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health Allison Beam, who signed an order ...