Today's News - Thursday, September 5, 2013

Classes are cancelled again today for Northern Cambria elementary and middle schools. Professional crews are still cleaning up after Monday night’s flooding. There is a possibility that the elementary and middle schools may also be closed tomorrow. The high school re-opened yesterday.

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A tanker spilled thousands of gallons of milk when it overturned on Sproul Mountain Road in Northern Bedford County Wednesday morning. The driver was trapped inside the wreckage until he was rescued. Hazmat crews were called to try to keep the milk from getting into nearby streams.   

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A Cambria County judge yesterday sentenced 19-year-old Shaquille McCord of the Solomon Homes to 7 to 14 years in prison. He was convicted of attempted homicide for the 2012 shooting of Jeremiah Haselrig.  Also in Cambria County Court, 28-year-old Edward Reviere of Johnstown was sentenced 2 to 5 years in prison after he was convicted of shooting his cousin, Andre Sampson, in the kidney following an argument outside a city bar last October.

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PennDOT says construction begins today along Route 10-15 in Gallitzin Township and Tunnellhill Borough in Blair and Cambria Counties. The project will include milling and paving from just off Route 22 in Gallitzin to near Coupon where the road meets Route 36. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane during work hours and controlled by flaggers. Delays are likely and work is weather dependent. The job should be completed by early November.

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A fatal crash yesterday morning in Indiana County. State police say a small passenger bus from Ebensburg-based SeniorLIFE ran a red light and collided with a car in White Township. Sandra Livingston was ejected from the bus and died later at a Pittsburgh hospital. Bus passenger Grace Renwick was taken by helicopter to Johnstown’s Memorial Medical Center. 79-year-old Cathryn Reeger and Frank Fazio, the driver of the car, were taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center. Their injuries were not considered to be serious. The bus driver, 20-year-old Michael Smith, was not hurt.

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One state lawmaker is listing his transportation priorities. Representative Stephen Bloom, a Cumberland County Republican, says his proposal would require PennDOT to repair weight-restricted or closed bridges now, before turning to bike lanes and other work he refers to as “nice to haves.” Last month, PennDOT announced weight restrictions and closures for an additional 1,000 structurally-deficient bridges, many of them in our area. Bloom says he already has 26 co-sponsors for his legislation.

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It was a deadly Labor Day weekend with almost double the number of fatalities as last year. State Police say 11 people died and more than 260 were injured in 661 wrecks. 77 of the crashes, including 2 of the fatalities were alcohol-related. Troopers cited 819 people for not wearing seatbelts and handed out more than 9,1000 speeding tickets. Last year 6 people died over the holiday weekend.

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State Representative Dick Hess of Bedford is in critical condition at a Pittsburgh hospital. A Republican caucus spokesman says there were complications following a leg operation. The 74-year-old Hess is chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

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State Senator Jake Corman’s lawsuit against the NCAA will move forward. Yesterday, Commonwealth Court ruled against the NCAA’s preliminary objections. Corman wants to make sure the 60 million dollars in Penn State fines are used to help children in Pennsylvania. The next phase in the proceedings is a court ordered response by the NCAA.

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The U.S. would need to send more than 75,000 ground troops into Syria to lock up that country's chemical weapons stockpiles.  That’s what a Pentagon report concluded just last year.  U.S. Central Command arrived at that figure 18 months ago in developing a series of military options for dealing with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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The National Rifle Association is joining forces with the ACLU against the federal government's data-mining of phone records.  The gun rights organization makes the case that the National Security Agency could zero in on people who call the NRA, gun stores, or shooting ranges and create a makeshift gun registry. 

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Investors are looking to continue the gains made on Wall Street.  On Wednesday, the stock market reclaimed most of last week's Syria-related losses on strong gains by automakers and upbeat financial data from global markets. 

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There is new video evidence possibly linking jailed former NFL player Aaron Hernandez to two victims of a July 2012 homicide.  The “Hartford Courant” reports police have obtained surveillance footage that shows the former New England Patriots tight end at a Boston night club at the same time as two men who were shot and killed just hours later.

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Jay Z may be unloading his stake in the Brooklyn Nets to Jason Kidd.  The “New York Post” says the hip-hop mogul may have found a partial buyer for his minority interest in the team in Kidd, who became the Nets' head coach in June.  Jay must give up his stake in the Nets now that he's officially a licensed sports agent

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The zombie thriller “The Walking Dead” is waking up the academic community at University of California, Irvine.  The college has announced a new online course based on the popular AMC series, starting next month.  Classes are in session, starting October 14th - the day after “The Walking Dead’s” fourth season premiere.

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Congressman Bill Shuster caught a ride from Cranberry Township to the Pittsburgh airport Wednesday in a computer-operated car. The driverless Cadillac SRX was designed by Carnegie Mellon researchers. It uses inputs from radars, laser range-finders, and infrared cameras to maneuver in traffic. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch was also along for the 33-mile trip which began with stop-and-go traffic and then reached speeds of about 65 miles per hour on a major highway. A Carnegie Mellon engineer was in the driver’s seat as a precaution.

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