Local News Headlines 1/29/21

GOV TOM WOLF SAYS HE WANTS TO RAISE TAX REVENUE BY TAXING THE NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY IN PENNSYLVANIA. THE GOVERNOR SAYS THAT MONEY WOULD GO TOWARD EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT. THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE WILL ASK THE LEGISLATURE FOR BILLIONS IN NEW FUNDING FOR HIS IDEA.

 

MEANWHILE, HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER KERRY BENNINGHOFF BLASTED THE GOVERNOR FOR HIS PLANS YESTERDAY. BENNINGHOFF SAID THAT THE GOVERNOR SHOULD BE MORE CONCERNED RIGHT NOW WITH GETTING THE COVID-19 VACCINE TO THE FOLKS WHO NEED IT AND ARE ELIGIBLE RIGHT NOW. BENNINGHOFF SAID THAT THE GOVERNORS REMARKS YESETERDAY WERE DISAPPOINTING BUT NOT SURPRISING.

 

THE DEPT OF HUMAN SERVICES HAS ANNOUNCED A NEW SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE FOR PA. THE NEW SERVICE WILL GO INTO EFFECT NEXT YEAR, AND WILL REPLACE THE CURRENT LIFELINE SYSTEM. THE NEW 988 CALL NUMBER WILL GET PEOPLE THE HELP THEY NEED FASTER. 13 CALL CENTERS WILL RECEIVE UPGRADES.

 

CITY FIREFIGHTERS BATTLED A PLASTICS FIRE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. THE BLAZE WAS DISCOVERED AND CALLED IN AROUND 1:30 AT THE 29TH STREET BRIDGE IN ALTOONA. IT TOOK FIREFIGHTERS 20 MINUTES TO EXTINGUISH THE BLAZE. THE FIRE WAS RULED ACCIDENTAL BY THE CITY FIRE INSPECTOR. THERE WERE NO INJURIES.

 

TWO BLAIR COUNTY MEN HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH THEFT DURING A BURGLARY LAST THURSDADY. GUISEPPE AMATO AND JUSTIN BRUNNER ARE CHARGED WITH BREAKING INTO A HOME IN FREEDOM TWP AND STEALING A GUN SAFE, JEWELRY AND A GPS DEVICE. BOTH MEN WERE IDENTIFIED BY VIDEO FOOTAGE AND WERE ARRESTED AT THEIR HOMES.

 

THE BLAIR COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION HAS GIVEN A FAVORABLE REVIEW FOR A DOWNTOWN ALTOONA BUILDING PROJECT. THE CURRY BUILDING FORMERLY THE VIPOND BULDING IS IN LINE FOR UPGRADES INCLUDING A PARK, OFFICE SPACE, OUTDOOR SEATING, A PAVILION AND WALKWAYS. A SMALL ADDITION IS ALSO PLANNED FOR THE BUILDING ITSELF.