Today's News - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

 Johnstown Police now think two recent shootings may be connected. On Sunday, 23-year-old Stephen Huger of Johnstown showed up at Memorial Medical Center with a shoulder wound. The shooting happened on the 500 block of Fronheiser Street at about 2 p.m. Police tell Six News it’s possible this is linked to gunfire on January 4 near the Solomon Homes. Dashawn Green is in custody in that case and he’s also facing several drug charges. A second person remains at large.

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About 140 Penelec workers were locked out of their jobs November 25, and they’ve been picketing outside FirstEnergy Corporation locations in Altoona and the surrounding area. Negotiations are scheduled to resume today in Pittsburgh. FirstEnergy says rotating crews are maintaining service.

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An armed robbery yesterday at the Dollar General store in the West End of Johnstown. Police say a woman armed with a knife got away with something, but it was not immediately clear what she stole. The woman appeared to be in her 20s and was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with white writing.

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In Cambria County Court yesterday, 47-year-old Todd Mummert of Salix was sentenced to three months in the county jail, followed by house arrest for three months, and probation for 42 months. Mummert pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and DUI in connection with a fatal crash in July of 2011. Mummert failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Route 219 and Elton Road in Richland Township and his car collided with a motorcycle driven by 47-year-old Bryon Mcdermott of Johnstown, who was killed.

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The Windber Coal Heritage Center has struggled to stay open over the last few years, and now – according to “The Tribune-Democrat” – it is closed again. The center director says that Rosebud Mining, who owns the museum, is working on a future management plan.

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Lottery officials say the Sac convenience store in Bedford sold one of two $250 thousand winning tickets in Sunday’s Cash 5 drawing. The winner, who has not yet come forward, will split the $500 thousand total with a winner from Erie County. The store will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

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A new bill is being introduced that seeks to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Senate Bill 1182 is sponsored by Democratic Senator Daylin Leach and Republican Mike Folmer, making it the first ever medical marijuana legislation to receive bi-partisan support. Folmer said yesterday that he did some research and realized people are demonizing a plant that god put on this earth to help people.

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On the first day of Penn State’s spring semester, Pennsylvania Democrats lambasted Republican Governor Tom Corbett for the cuts the past few years to the university’s state funding. According to the “Centre Daily Times,” Democratic committee chairman Jim Burn, former Congressman Joe Sestak, and the president of Penn State’s College Democrats are calling on the governor to work with their party to restore funding levels. In less than three weeks, Corbett will unveil his proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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Another government shutdown may have just been avoided. Negotiators on Capitol Hill late last night unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund federal agencies through the rest of the fiscal year. That's critical because another government shutdown was set to occur at midnight Wednesday if Congress was not able to approve new spending authority.

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The Obama administration is not hitting the number of young people it needs to enroll in federal health exchanges. Numbers released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services show about 24 percent of those who have enrolled in health plans under the Affordable Care Act are in the 18-to-34 age range. Experts think about 40 percent of all Obamacare enrollees need to be in that demographic to make the program work financially.

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The water is starting to flow again in West Virginia. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced yesterday the state is beginning to lift the ban that was put in place after last week’s chemical spill. The situation in West Virginia is impacting another city. Water contaminated by the chemical spill is flowing down the Ohio River toward Cincinnati.

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The Russian government is giving the boot to an American reporter. David Satter had been living and working in Russia since last September as an adviser for Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty. He says he was told that his application for a new visa to Russia was rejected because his presence in the country was "undesirable."

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivers his State of the State address today. He continues to try to wipe some of the tarnish of the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal from his image. He'll get another shot this coming Saturday when he appears as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in Florida, where he'll be attending fundraisers for several candidates.

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The retired Tampa police captain who allegedly shot and killed a man inside a Florida movie theater is expected to go before a judge today. Curtis Reeves was taken into custody at The Grove 16 Theater by an off-duty Sumter County deputy who was in the same theater Monday afternoon to see "Lone Survivor."

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Credit card hacking has claimed another retail victim. Luxury department store Neiman Marcus confirmed Monday its customers' credit card details may have been stolen. A company spokeswoman says Neiman Marcus' payment processor first alerted the company in December.

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The welcome mat is out for Pope Francis in the Big Apple. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan are working together to have the pontiff visit. De Blasio expressed the "fervent hope" that the Pope would include New York during a visit to the United States, saying it would be "a tremendous blessing" for the people of the City.

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The federal government is cutting an eight-point-four million dollar check to help victims and first responders of the Boston Marathon bombing. The Justice Department announced today the funding will be in the form of a grant. Attorney General Eric Holder said the money "will provide critical support to many who were affected by last year's terrorist attack."

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The two pilots who landed a Southwest jet at the wrong Missouri airport on Sunday night are having their wings clipped. Southwest Airlines says the two are suspended pending a federal investigation of the landing at M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport. That airport is about seven miles away from the flight's destination airport.

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Alex Rodriguez is taking a legal swing at Major League Baseball and its players union. Rodriguez is suing in an attempt to overturn a season-long suspension. An arbitrator ruled there was "clear and convincing evidence" he used three banned substances, and twice tried to obstruct the sport's drug investigation.

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A rather contentious contract dispute has apparently bounced the Weather Channel from DirecTV. DirecTV, the nation's biggest satellite TV distributor, says it had no reason to hang on to the Weather Channel after it recently added Weather Nation. 

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Police are reportedly investigating Kanye West for allegedly assaulting a man at a Beverly Hills chiropractor's office. TMZ says the incident started as Kanye's fiancée, Kim Kardashian, was leaving a medical building. As paparazzi swarmed the reality star, a man reportedly began yelling profanities, including racial slurs.

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The toddler who made headlines for a viral video showing him swearing will remain with his teenage mother. CNN says a juvenile court in Omaha, Nebraska is allowing the two-year-old and his mother to be placed with the same foster family.

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School-imposed drug testing for teenagers may not do much to deter them from using drugs like marijuana. That's the finding in a new study that also says establishing a positive climate at school may be a more effective way to keep students from using. Researchers say that sort of school climate can be created by improving communication between teachers, students and parents.

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