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Friendly fire kills guard struggling with inmate in court

Nov. 18, 2021 10:19 AM EST

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — A jail guard was shot and killed at a Pennsylvania courthouse by what appears to be friendly fire during a struggle with an inmate who had grabbed her weapon, and authorities said Thursday they were investigating how it happened. The inmate had been...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Nov. 10, 2021 09:06 AM EST

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Nov. 8, 2021. Editorial: Infrastructure measure is good for Pennsylvania It’s been 35 years since Ronald Reagan made the comment that “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government,...

Maze madness reigns as farmers embrace fall agritourism

Oct. 23, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Fall offers “a-maizing” opportunities for folks of all ages to get outside, explore, enjoy family time and maybe even get a little bit lost as local farms open their gates to visitors. Corn mazes have seen a surge in popularity — but gone are...

Love for racing runs from generation to generation

Sep. 25, 2021 03:08 AM EDT

BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — Some of Joe Padula’s earliest memories are from long days and late nights at the Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway. Gathering up a jumpsuit, boots and a helmet, the majority of his summer nights revolved around racing or fixing cars with his dad. ...

Defense seeks to bar capital punishment in girl's 2018 death

Sep. 22, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

HOLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Defense attorneys are asking a Pennsylvania judge to bar prosecutors from seeking the death penalty against a man charged in the 2018 smothering death of a 16-month-old child, citing a psychiatrist's conclusion that he was only 19 and had the brain development of a...