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Keystone mandate could be ending

November 18, 2015 HARRISBURG — Delaying the Keystone exams’ graduation requirement for two more years appears to have gained enough momentum in the General Assembly to become part of the budget framework taking shape... more »»

Canadian railroad bids for Norfolk

November 18, 2015 Canadian Pacific said it wants to buy Norfolk Southern to create a much larger transcontinental railroad. more »»

Courthouse to undergo engineering evaluation

November 18, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — A preliminary evaluation of the timber trusses supporting a portion of the Blair County Courthouse roof above Courtroom 2 has revealed splintering around the truss joints. more »»

AMED: membership fund bleeding

November 18, 2015 Because of health plan changes and a federal anti-kickback law, AMED may consider semi-emergency treatment for its membership program. more »»

Blair budget shows tax increase

November 18, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners agreed Tuesday to introduce a 2016 budget proposal with a 2.58-mill increase in real estate taxes. The $5. more »»

Sheriffs see surge in gun permits

November 18, 2015 PITTSBURGH (AP) — The sheriff in Pittsburgh and one in a neighboring county are reporting a surge of gun carry permit applications in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. more »»

School board approves $200K for HVA project

November 18, 2015 ROARING SPRING — Spring Cove School Board members have approved spending more than $40,000 per year for the next five years on system support for recently installed air conditioning upgrades. more »»

Board OKs Centax settlement

November 18, 2015 ROARING SPRING — Spring Cove School District will receive more than $40,000 through a settlement agreement in a lawsuit with a former city of Altoona tax collector. more »»

Game Commission seeking information on poaching

November 18, 2015 HUNTINGDON — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking assistance from local sportsmen to help solve a bear poaching case. more »»

Lawyer seeks dismissal of ex-officer’s charges

November 18, 2015 HOLLIDAYSBURG — The attorney for retired Logan Township Police Lt. more »»

Police: Suspect touted rifle skills

November 17, 2015 A suspect in a weekend standoff allegedly told police he was “excellent with a rifle” before firing at retreating officer. more »»

Wolf: Pa. will accept refugees

November 17, 2015 HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf says his administration will continue working with the federal government to resettle Syrian refugees in Pennsylvania following the Paris terrorist attacks. more »»

Inmate challenges sentence

November 17, 2015 A federal inmate from Johnstown has asked that his most recent sentence for drug violations be vacated because a Cambria County Drug Task Force officer, who faces charges of tipping off a heroin... more »»

Church’s state concerns city

November 17, 2015 Altoona code supervisor John Plouse calls it “the most dangerous building in the city. more »»

Property tax elimination hotly contested

November 17, 2015 HARRISBURG — The Act 1 index school districts fear losing as part of a five-month overdue budget deal shields taxpayers from footing the bill for ballooning mandated costs, advocates say. more »»

McGinnis publishes pension crisis book

November 17, 2015 State Rep. John McGinnis, R-Altoona, has published a book on the state pension crisi. more »»

Logan Township set to deliver dinners

November 17, 2015 Logan Township leaders and volunteer firefighters will be packing and distributing Thanksgiving dinners on Saturday morning. With a $3,000 grant from the Xerox Corp. more »»

Crime briefs

November 17, 2015 tyrone Man who called police facing charges A Tyrone man who called police to report an assault now faces felony drug charges. Paul W. Grassmyer, 31, of 1466 Logan Av. more »»

Standoff suspect facing charges

November 16, 2015 A Duncansville man faces dozens of charges, including 10 counts of attempted murder of a police officer, after he allegedly fired on police during an armed standoff Saturday evening. Byron . more »»

Technology links UPMC facilities

November 16, 2015 Major construction on Route 22 west of Altoona has ended, making the drive to Pittsburgh for a medical appointment less taxing. more »»

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