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Scott Conklin announces bid for PA Auditor General

PHILIPSBURG — Scott Conklin, Pennsylvania State Representative (D-77th District), announced Monday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Pa. Auditor General. “I have always thought of myself as a hard working voice for working people and have served with the trust of those I ...

Regulator cites failures at hospital where three preemies died

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press A major Pennsylvania hospital where three premature infants died in a bacterial outbreak last year routinely failed to sanitize the equipment it used to prepare donor breast milk, according to a state health department report released Monday. Health ...

Several Bellefonte students visit Farm Show

From Staff Reports HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Farm Show is underway in Harrisburg and members of the Bellefonte Area High School FFA program are making a showing. The Farm Show will run until Saturday, Jan. 11. Bellefonte has five new FFA members who also will be earning their ...

Local dance group performs on stage at Disney Springs

LOCK HAVEN — Twenty dancers from Total Technique in Lock Haven performed at Disney Springs through the Disney Performing Arts program. The dancers, ages 7-18, took the stage on Friday, Dec. 20, in front of more than 200 spectators, some of them family members and friends of the dancers. ...

Five dead, 60 hospitalized in Pennsylvania Turnpike crash

By MARK SCOLFORO and CLAIRE GALOFARO The Associated Press GREENSBURG — Five people were killed and at least 60 were injured on the Pennsylvania Turnpike early Sunday morning, when a tour bus lost control on a hill and rolled over, setting off a chain reaction that involved three ...

Pipeline company fined $30M by DEP

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press HARRISBURG —­­­ Pennsylvania fined an energy company more than $30 million on Friday but will allow it to resume construction on its problem-plagued natural gas pipelines. The state Department of Environmental Protection issued one of its ...

U.S. troops in Middle East come into focus

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press BAGHDAD — The U.S. military presence in the Middle East was thrown into jeopardy Sunday, as Iraq's parliament voted to expel U.S. troops from their country while the leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group said the U.S. military ...

New Mexico’s resolution: Get more people outside in 2020

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Flanked by cactus and juniper, a pristine trail snakes through the high desert just outside New Mexico's most populated area. Sandstone canyons carved into the northeastern side of the state make for a remote bouldering and ...

One killed, 87 injured during New Year’s holiday

HARRISBURG — Members of the Pennsylvania State Police investigated 460 crashes over the New Year’s holiday enforcement period from Dec. 31, 2019 through Jan. 2, 2020. Of the collisions investigated, 30 involved alcohol, 87 people were injured, and one person was killed in a single fatal ...

First female Clinton County commissioner takes oath of office

LOCK HAVEN — It was history in the making in the large courtroom at the Clinton County Courthouse on Friday morning, as the county’s first ever female commissioner — Angela Harding —was sworn into office. The Oath of Office Ceremony was an exciting event, filled with pride and ...

Centre County elected officials sworn in

BELLEFONTE — Elected officials, families, friends and Centre County residents filled courtroom 1 at the Centre County Courthouse on a rainy Friday morning for the swearing-in ceremony for elected officials. President Judge Pamela Ruest welcomed everyone to the courtroom and said the ...

US sending 3,000 more troops to Mideast as reinforcements

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Friday that a “reign of terror is over" as he marked the death of an Iranian general killed in a U.S. strike and as the Pentagon scrambled to reinforce the American military presence in the Middle East in preparation for reprisals. Gen. Qassem ...

A more dangerous world: US killing triggers global alarm

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press PARIS — Global powers warned Friday that the American airstrike responsible for killing Iran’s top general made the world more dangerous and that escalation could set the entire Mideast aflame. Some U.S. allies suggested Iran shared in the blame by ...

Warren, Klobuchar, Booker recent fundraising lags top rivals

By SARA BURNETT and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said Friday that she raised $21.2 million from October through December, with more than $1.5 million coming on the last day of the year. But the Massachusetts senator still ...

Penn State calls claims ‘offensive’ in hazing death

From Pennlive WILLIAMSPORT – Penn State again calls “untrue and offensive” the allegation it manipulated the fallout from the 2017 the hazing death of Timothy Pizza to allow it to acquire the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity house property. The university repeated its position in a New ...

Butter sculpture with mascots unveiled at state’s Farm Show

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The butter sculpture for this year's Pennsylvania Farm Show was unveiled Thursday, featuring three of the state's professional sports team mascots. This year's sculpture, crafted from about 1,000 pounds of donated butter, shows Gritty, Swoop and Steely McBeam, ...

Blackface again mars Philadelphia’s troubled New Year parade

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia sharply criticized two men who wore blackface while marching in the city's annual — and often racially troubling — New Year's Day Mummers Parade, calling their actions “abhorrent and unacceptable.” The group the men apparently were ...

Gov. Wolf outlines effort to bolster mental health services

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A broad effort to improve mental health services and change public perceptions of mental illness was announced Thursday by Pennsylvania' governor. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is rolling out an initiative that includes more resources and a public outreach campaign similar ...

2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — Small business owners have plenty of changes to deal with as 2020 begins — higher labor costs for many companies, and some owners will discover that they have to comply with new laws that aren’t on the books in their own ...

Strong fundraising for Sanders, Yang suggests long primary

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders announced Thursday that he raised more than $34.5 million in the final three months of last year, an impressive haul underscoring that a recent heart attack hasn't slowed the Vermont senator's fundraising prowess with the ...