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Sears closing in 2 weeks

The store that was the first to announce plans to become what would be the Logan Valley Mall will close in less than two weeks. The last day of business for that Sears store will be March 3, said Dan May, mall general manager.


District 6 Class 6A championship preview capsules

Teams: State College Lady Little Lions (16-5); Altoona Lady Lions (15-7). Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 6 p.m. The coaches: State College — Chris Leazier (41-31 in three years at State College; 64-72 in fifth year overall). Altoona — Miriam Colledge (78-41, five years).


PSU Altoona's Higley fights through tragedy

Altoona - "Not everybody has someone they can relate to you know, especially like their dad," Marshall Higley said. From day one, Marshall Higley always had his number one fan watching.


Birds-eye view of snow in Altoona

Altoona, Blair County, Pa. - Whiteout conditions have made traveling dangerous across the region today. Winter weather advisories and warnings are still in affect in some areas.


Pennsylvania lawmaker wants statewide vote on legal marijuana

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A Pennsylvania senator wants to give voters a say in the debate over recreational marijuana. State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny, Westmoreland) says he will introduce legislation to put a non-binding referendum on the ballot in this November's general election.


13 of the Best Things to Do in Altoona, PA

Located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Alleghenies region, Altoona is a fantastic destination for travelers that love history and natural beauty. During my travels to the region, I’ve found many fantastic things to do in Altoona and the surrounding Blair County.


Pennsylvania prison guard sentenced for sexual abuse of inmate

SCRANTON, Pa. (WHTM) - One of seven prison guards charged with sexually abusing female inmates at a jail in Scranton has pleaded no contest to a count of official oppression. Jeffrey Staff was sentenced after the plea Thursday to nine months of probation. As part of the sentence, Staff is barred fro


Local businesses affected by wintry weather

ALTOONA, Pa. (WJAC) — Heavy snowfall forced some businesses throughout Altoona to close their doors earlier than normal Wednesday. Those that decided to remain open, struggled to keep sidewalks clear for potential customers.


Pennsylvania boy fatally impaled by glass from shattered picture frame

PHILADELPHIA – Authorities say a 4-year-old boy was killed when a glass-framed photo fell from a wall at his family’s Philadelphia home, spraying the room with chards that struck him in the abdomen.


Pa. court denies appeal hearing

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied further hearing on an appeal filed by an Altoona man who contended his prison sentence of 10 to 20 years — stemming from a 2015 shooting death — was excessive.


‘Oops! That wasn’t supposed to happen.’ After Pennsylvania suit, Verizon coughs up promised goodies.

That’s how Verizon began an email apologizing to customers after the Pennsylvania attorney general sued the communications giant for allegedly failing to deliver on marketing promises.


The Polar Vortex's Impact On Pennsylvania Stink Bugs

If one good thing comes out of the polar vortex that descended upon Pennsylvania earlier this winter, driving up heating bills and driving residents indoors, it could be this: less stink bugs.


Authorities: 3 people found stabbed in Pennsylvania home

FOLSOM, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say three people have been stabbed at Pennsylvania home. But it's not yet clear what sparked the stabbings, which occurred around 10 a.m. Thursday in Ridley.


City man arrested on drug charges

An Altoona man is in jail after police allegedly found at least seven different kinds of illegal drugs in his SUV. Douglas T. Quarry Jr., 33, was taken into custody early Sunday after he ran into Joe & Mary’s Tavern while fleeing from an Altoona police officer who tried to put him in handcuffs, acco


Pennsylvania man sentenced for high speed chase through Guernsey & Belmont counties

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — A man who led police on a high speed pursuit through Guernsey and Belmont counties in November has been sentenced. 24-year-old Dakota Iarrusso of McKeesport, Pennsylvania was sentenced to to 2 1/2 years in prison in Belmont County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. Iarrusso had p


Texas family reunited with their dog, found in Pennsylvania

CUMRU TOWNSHIP, Pa. - They say dog is man's best friend. For one man in Texas, losing his best friend, 7-year-old "Geno," when she ran off was heart-wrenching. Then 9 months later, he got the call that she'd been found all the way in Pennsylvania.


What's Going Around: 10 people die of flu in PA

Altoona, Blair County, Pa. - The State Health Department says ten people died of flu in Pennsylvania last week, bringing the death toll to 46 so far this year, including one child.


Storm brings up to 10 inches of snow to Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say the winter storm that has dumped as much as 10 inches of snow on the commonwealth has also disrupted transportation and prompted school and other closures in Pennsylvania.


PennDot lifts commercial vehicle ban

Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pa. - PennDOT has lifted the full commercial ban that was implemented on I-99. The ban covered I-99 in Bedford, Blair and Centre Counties.


Last remaining Ryan’s Buffet Restaurant in Pennsylvania closes

Ryan’s Buffet Restaurant in Hanover has closed. Assets from the restaurant at 342 Eisenhower Drive in York County are part of a liquidation auction, according to the website Auction Nation. Bidding in the auction ends Feb. 21 and includes assets such as kitchen equipment, tables, booths, high chairs