Today's News - Thursday, April 10, 2014

In Cambria County Court today, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 29-year-old Matthew Nadolsky of Windber. He was deer hunting with a group of men in early December when they opened fire and one of Nadolsky’s bullets killed 42-year-old Timothy Bruce of Ashville. The death was ruled accidental, but the Game Commission filed a charge of shooting at or causing harm to human beings.

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Kevin McGee of Johnstown was charged with attempted homicide for firing shots into an empty Richland Township police cruiser in 2012. A Cambria County jury yesterday found him guilty on a number of lesser charges including aggravated assault and terroristic threats. After the gunfire, McGee refused to put down his shotgun and one officer shot him in the stomach. McGee was not in the courtroom for his trial and the defense did not call any witnesses. He faces 20 to 40 years in jail when he’s sentenced June 23rd.

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Sewer upgrades are being planned for Westmont. Borough officials describe the $10 to $15 million plan as a “moderate” project, which does not require residents to have pressure testing done, but also doesn’t rule out the possibility for it in the future.

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48-year-old Juanita McNeil of Johnstown avoided trial this week when she pleaded guilty to setting her Kernville house on fire in 2011. An inmate at the Cambria County Prison reported that McNeil wanted to collect on an insurance policy. Sentencing is set for May 27.

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Police say 50-year-old Carl Riese, of Louisiana, stole a minivan from a woman in Somerset borough on Tuesday night, then ran over her foot. He’s in the Somerset County Jail after failing to post bond.

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The cold winter meant huge electric bills for some people, and the State House Consumer Affairs Committee holds a public hearing today in Pittsburgh to discuss the apparent gouging of electric customers on variable rate plans. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

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A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for 32-year-old Jennifer Sloan of Cresson who is charged with homicide by vehicle. Police say she did not have a valid license and was driving recklessly at more than 80 miles an hour last April when her car slammed into another vehicle along Route 22 near the Gallitzin exit. The other driver, 58-year-old Connie Naylor of Dysart was killed.

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Voting opens today in the Penn State alumni trustee race and votes can be cast until 9 a.m. on May 8. The university will send ballots automatically to alumni who have valid email addresses on file or those who have requested a ballot during either of the last two trustee elections. Thirty-one candidates are seeking three alumni-elected seats on the board.

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The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania says a state law requiring money from the NCAA’s fine against Penn State to remain in Pennsylvania is constitutional. The legislation was introduced by local State Senator Jake Corman. According to StateCollege.com, the court ruled the law applies to all state-funded colleges and universities and is not special legislation against the NCAA. The court also ordered that Penn State be joined in the litigation as a party.

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The teenage suspect in a mass stabbing at a Westmoreland County high school is being charged as an adult.  At least 20 students and a security guard were injured in yesterday morning's attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.  Authorities say the boy made his way through the high school stabbing victims in the torso and also slashing their arms and faces.

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A four-year-old girl is dead after a car crashed into a Florida daycare.  More than a dozen people were injured yesterday when the car ran off the road and drove into the KinderCare.  Investigators think they've found the SUV that started the wreck but they're still searching for the driver.

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President Obama is marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.  Obama will be in Austin, Texas today to honor the legacy of former president Lyndon B. Johnson.  Also lending their voices to this week's three-day summit are former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

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Oscar Pistorius says he loved Reeva Steenkamp, but never got to tell her.  Pistorius is on the stand for a second day of intense cross-examination in his murder trial.  The South African track star says he would like to meet Steenkamp's parents, but he doesn't think they would want to. 

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A former IRS official is facing possible criminal prosecution.  The House Ways and Means Committee is referring Lois Lerner to the Justice Department.  Lerner has been the focus of an ongoing congressional investigation into IRS targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny. 

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The number of deaths in the Washington state mudslide is still rising.  Another body was removed from the rubble Wednesday, bringing the number killed in the horrific landslide to 36.  Officials said 32 of the bodies have been identified. 

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The search for the missing Malaysian jet is closing in on a narrow section of the Indian Ocean.  As many as 14 aircraft and over a dozen ships are taking part in the multi-national search effort.  They're hunting for any trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, especially the jet's black boxes. 

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Bank of America will pay back customers more than $700 million in a settlement with federal regulators over illegal credit card practices.  The refunds will go to nearly 3 million people who were misled into signing up for products like credit monitoring or identity theft protection or were improperly charged for services.

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Police in Missouri are investigating a string of highway shootings.  The "Kansas City Star" reports that some of the nearly 20 incidents took place before March 8, when the first of more than a dozen highway shootings occurred.  In addition, police are looking at the shooting of a house in Leawood where residents found a bullet hole on March 28th as possibly being connected with the other incidents. 

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A human mission to Mars is more than just science fiction.  A NASA spokesman told senators Wednesday that development of a new rocket, capsule and infrastructure remain on schedule for a landing in the 2030s.  A House subcommittee earlier backed the NASA "steppingstone" plan for the mission. 

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A Mexican national is the sixth person to be put to death in Texas this year.  Ramiro Hernandez was executed Wednesday night for killing a Kerr County man in 1997.  He told execution witnesses he was thankful to God for being able to see his family before he died.  He also told young people to listen to their parents and live life to the fullest. 

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Security experts say there isn't much you can do to protect yourself from the latest Internet threat called "Heartbleed."  They say until websites take steps to secure their communications, consumers' data will be exposed to hackers.  The "Heartbleed" bug is in widely used web encryption technology known as OpenSSL and it affects software on servers that host websites.  The best advice is to change your passwords for any websites that may have been vulnerable to the bug.

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The eighth and final classic Corvette swallowed by a giant sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky is out of the ground.  Crews removed the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 on Wednesday. Crews have been working to unearth the vintage vehicles since February 12 when the 50-foot crater opened up in the Sky Dome.

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Walmart is going organic.  The world's largest retailer is partnering with Wild Oats to rollback prices on organic foods.  Although these products are typically more expensive than conventional foods, Walmart's lineup will be at least 25 percent cheaper than other brands. 

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Apple is considering a remix as downloads on iTunes plummet.  Industry insiders say iTunes sales have fallen more than 15 percent recently.  Meanwhile, usage of subscription music services like Pandora, iHeartRadio and Spotify are surging. 

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KISS and Nirvana are being welcomed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The Class of 2014 also includes Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens.  Hall and Oates and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band got the nod, while former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel is getting recognition as a solo artist.

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