Today's News - Monday, September 9, 2013

27-year-old Aaron Gill spent the weekend in the Somerset County Jail, charged with attempted homicide. Paint Township police say Gill, who is listed as homeless, stabbed another man in the shoulder and back Friday night inside the Windber Slovak Club. The victim is expected to recover. Gill claims the victim of owed him $155, but the victim told police he didn't even know Gill. Bail is set at $100 thousand.

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A Johnstown-area native is planning to announce that he will challenge 12th district Republican Congressman Keith Rothfus. KeystonePolitics.com is reporting that Democrat John Hugya will seek his party’s nomination. Hugya was the former chief of staff to the late Congressman John Murtha.

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A motorcyclist died as a result of a three-vehicle accident on Route 985 in Somerset Township yesterday afternoon. According to “The Daily American,” 58-year-old Scott James rear-ended a stopped car that was waiting to turn left. His passenger, 29-year-old Valerie James, fell into the opposing lane and was hit by another vehicle. She was taken to Memorial Medical Center.

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Northern Cambria Elementary and Middle school students got four days off last week following flooding Monday night, but classes resume today. Some will be in temporary locations for the next few weeks.

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State Representative Dick Hess, of Bedford County will be buried tomorrow in Saxton. Hess died Friday at a Pittsburgh hospital following complications from leg surgery. Friends will be received today from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 at Timothy Berkebile Funeral Home in Bedford and also tomorrow from 10 until 2 at Akers Funeral Chapel in Saxton. The funeral service follows. Hess will be buried at Grandview Cemetery. No word yet who might seek his office. That person will serve less than a year before the November 2014 election.

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Groundbreaking is this week on the final piece of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County. Construction of a visitor center and a learning center gets underway Tuesday.  The 3:00 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony is one in a series of events marking the 12th anniversary of the terror attack on the U.S. A luminaria is planned for sundown Tuesday evening and then Wednesday, a remembrance ceremony will be held at 9:45 a.m.

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The State College Police Department has been awarded a two-year, $40 thousand grant to help reduce underage drinking. The money comes from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the department says the investigation will focus on how underage drinkers get alcohol. Penn State’s University Health Services will also participate.

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92,863 fans were at Beaver Stadium for Penn State’s home opener against Eastern Michigan and University Police report only a handful of alcohol-related and ordnance violations. Police say afternoon games are not usually a problem because there is a shorter amount of time to tailgate.

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Coyotes strike again in Westmoreland County, and residents and farmers are on edge.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission confirmed that coyote were responsible for the deaths last week of two baby alpacas. The animals from the Humming Valley Alpaca Farm were worth 20-grand apiece.  A donkey is now guarding that farm.

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President Obama is making a media push to convince Americans military action should be taken against Syria.  The President will give six television interviews today ahead of his address to the nation Tuesday night.  Meanwhile, a TV interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will air tonight at 9 Eastern time on PBS. 

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Anticipation of military strikes on Syria has drivers paying more at the gas pump.  Across America, gasoline prices rose more than two-and-a-half cents in the past two weeks according to latest Lundberg Survey. 

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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is planning to make a announcement later today after returning from North Korea, but don't expect it to be about American prisoner Kenneth Bae.  This weekend, Rodman told the British newspaper the "Guardian" about spending time with leader Kim Jong-Un and his family, including a baby daughter who had only been rumored of until now. 

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A fan fell from a walkway and died during Sunday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park.  Police say multiple witnesses described the man as being intoxicated. 

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There are 18 people hurt, including 12 children, after a swing-ride malfunctioned at a festival in Norwalk, Connecticut.  The accident happened Sunday afternoon following a power outage.  Police say the ride came to an abrupt halt, hurling people from their seats to the ground below. 

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The head of the NAACP is leaving the post at the end of this year.  The civil rights group says Benjamin Jealous is leaving to spend more time with his family.  Jealous was just 35 when he was named to lead the NAACP and is credited with rebuilding the organization. 

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The Washington, DC Health Department wants to implement a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before someone gets tattoos or body piercings in the District.  The Health Department says the regulations would protect public health and keep the body art industry safe and sanitary.

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The Washington, DC Health Department wants to implement a mandatory 24-hour waiting period before someone gets tattoos or body piercings in the District.  The Health Department says the regulations would protect public health and keep the body art industry safe and sanitary.

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Actor and comedian Arsenio Hall is relaunching the talk show that made him a late night star 24 years ago.  The new “Arsenio Hall Show” premieres tonight in syndication, almost 20 years after the last episode of Hall's first talk show aired in 1994.  Fellow comedian Chris Tucker will be Arsenio's first guest.

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The Powerball jackpot is climbing and that could be great news this week for someone in the Pittsburgh area.  The estimated jackpot for Wednesday's drawing is 245-million dollars.  The lump-sum cash option is over 136-million.

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