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Ickes to undergo mental health evaluation

September 18, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — A 79-year-old Osterburg man in the Blair County Prison following an Aug. more »»

House OKs bill offering immunity

September 18, 2014 The Associated Press HARRISBURG — A bill that would provide immunity from criminal prosecution for “good Samaritans” who assist victims of drug overdoses has been overwhelmingly passed by the... more »»

Online sleuths aid probe into gay couple’s beating

September 18, 2014 PHILADELPHIA — Police searching for a group of people suspected in the beating of a gay couple got an outpouring of help from Twitter and Facebook users, who located a photo of the clean-cut young... more »»

Companies put focus on wellness

September 18, 2014 Healthy employees are more productive, members of the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Club were told Thursday. “We have reduced time off by 25 percent since we put in the wellness center. more »»

Prosecutors drop two charges against alleged online predator

September 18, 2014 Prosecutors dropped two felony charges against a Juniata man who police say tried to meet a boy he met on Facebook using a fake profile. more »»

Suspect wears ‘Crime Pays’ shirt

September 18, 2014 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia judge wants to know why a murder suspect appeared in court in a T-shirt that read, “Crime Pays. more »»

Blair County changes seven voting locations

September 18, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Seven voting locations will change for the Nov. 4 election to meet the needs of voters with handicaps. more »»

Coach tied to beating leaves job

September 18, 2014 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An assistant coach at a Roman Catholic high school has resigned over his role in a beating that left two gay men injured, church officials in Philadelphia said Thursday. more »»

Review clears pension agency executive

September 18, 2014 HARRISBURG — A law firm’s investigation into allegations of misconduct by the then-chief investment officer of Pennsylvania’s state government pension system found no support for allegations that he... more »»

Body shop owner blasts insurance companies

September 18, 2014 Ron Perretta is fed up with insurance companies he claims are dictating to body shops how to make repairs, which he says aren’t being done properly. more »»

Judge placed on leave pending crash investigation

September 18, 2014 BLAIRSVILLE (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge will be placed on paid leave while state police investigate her alleged involvement in a hit-and-run. more »»

Bill allows teachers to carry guns

September 17, 2014 HARRISBURG — A bill that would allow Pennsylvania teachers and other school employees to carry guns at work drew a mixed reaction Tuesday from lawmakers. Republican Sen. more »»

Defenders ask to stay Padilla’s execution

September 17, 2014 Federal public defenders from the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh have asked the U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson in Johnstown to stay the execution of death row inmate Miguel A. Padilla. more »»

County considers courthouse restoration

September 17, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners are showing interest in a restoration effort for the second floor of the Courthouse to address decades of patch-and-paint repairs and remodeling work that... more »»

Blair audit reveals $800K surplus

September 17, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Excluding the sale of Valley View Home in 2013, Blair County ended 2013 with $800,000 in the black, the county’s latest audit shows. more »»

Work to renovate Highland Hall stalls

September 17, 2014 A plan to renovate historic Highland Hall into senior housing is on hold for another year, after tax credits needed to help fund the project were denied for the second time. more »»

State praises UPMC Bedford after review of safety measures

September 17, 2014 BEDFORD — The state secretary of health presented UPMC Bedford staff an “Excellence in Health Care Compliance” award Tuesday, making the hospital one of six chosen statewide in the award’s latest... more »»

Police: Students ditched stolen table because it weighed too much

September 17, 2014 Two Penn State Altoona students broke into a campus cafe and stole a table, which they ditched in bushes on Gwin Road because it was too heavy to lug to either of their rooms, police sai. more »»

Police: Wife turned in child porn suspect

September 17, 2014 An Altoona man is in jail after his wife called police over suspected child pornography. Brandon P. more »»

Crash hospitalizes three

September 17, 2014 Three people were sent to the hospital Tuesday after a two-car crash in Logan Township. Robert Lestochi, 80, of Altoona, was headed south on Pleasant Valley Boule­vard just before 3 p.m. more »»

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