Today's News

There was a debate last night between democratic incumbent Mark Critz and his Republican challenger Keith Rothfus on the campus of UPJ.   Both are candidates for the newly formed 12th Congressional District.  They discussed foreign policy, the economy, jobs and health care. Both called it a good exchange.  It’s believed it will be a close election.

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Police are looking for a hit and run driver.  Six News is reporting that a 29 year old man was hit at about 8:00 last night while walking on Decatur Street in Chest Township near Philipsburg in Clearfield County.  The man’s father says his son had finished eating dinner at the father’s house and was walking to his home, just a short distance away.  The father heard the impact and heard his son screaming.  The man was rushed to the Altoona Trauma Center.  He was not in a condition to describe the vehicle that hit him, and there were no witnesses.

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A Westmoreland County man is charged with child endangerment, criminal mischief, and other offenses after deliberately ramming his car into a truck.  Police said Wayne Nestler lost his temper during an argument with his aunt.  When she asked the 22-year-old to leave, he packed his girlfriend, infant, and toddler into his car and then purposely slammed into her pickup.  No one was hurt but the impact damaged Nestler's car.

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A five-year-old boy is dead and four others are injured following a fire at an apartment complex in West Philadelphia.  Fire investigators said that in the time a woman left her four- and five-year-old sons to take out trash, and when she returned her apartment was billowing with smoke.  Despite her efforts, she was not able to rescue her older son.  His body was later found under a bed.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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The state's largest health insurer is partnering with Saint Vincent Health System in Erie.  Highmark announced yesterday intentions to seal a 65-million dollar deal with the Catholic health system by the end of the year.  Highmark is pursuing a one billion dollar integrated network around West Penn Allegheny Health System, but an agreement with West Penn is embroiled in gridlock.

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Penn State is not renewing athletic director Tim Curley's contract when it expires in June.  Curley has been on leave since being charged with perjury and failing to report a child sex abuse allegation against Jerry Sandusky.  Curley will stand trial in January on the charges.

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Ed Rendell describes Arlen Specter as the most significant politician since Ben Franklin.  The former Pennsylvania governor, Vice President Joe Biden, and former Governor Dick Thornburgh were among the many dignitaries at Senator Specter's funeral.  Har Zion Temple was packed beyond capacity for yesterday's service.  Specter is remembered for his tenacity in politics and in his personal fight against cancer.

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