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Past articles by Scott:

Central City gets new police dept. after 17 years without one

The Center City Borough is a beautiful town but it's missing one thing— a police department. → Read More

Spotted Lanternfly seen throughout Central PA

The Spotted Lanternfly is back in Central PA and there have been multiple confirmed reports of them right in Blair County. → Read More

The pilot charged with finding Flight 93 before it made its way to DC

WASHINGTON DC --- (WTAJ) Shortly before Flight 93 crashed, 2 fighter pilots scrambled to stop it before it could crash in Washington DC., willing to sacrifice their own life's to save countless others. → Read More

State police warn drivers of school bus, road safety rules

Back-to-School season is here, which means the start of school is right around the corner, leading to more school buses on the roads. → Read More

Altoona Fire Dept. gets a look at new firefighting technology

The Altoona Fire Dept. had the first look at new technology that will be used to assist firefighters in battling fires. → Read More

Blair Co. senior living home reacts to Biden’s vaccination mandate

In Central Pennsylvania, administrators are feeling conflicted by the announcement that nursing home staff will soon be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19. → Read More

Possible new lease on life for Blair County property

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — An unused property that spans across 100 acres in Blair County might just get a new lease on life. Nearly 30 years ago a property in Logan Township was set to be a housing development, but when that never materialized, Logan Township bought the property for pennies on the dollar. […] → Read More

Central Pa. school districts facing bus driver shortage

School districts in Central Pa. and even across the country are facing a shortage of bus drivers. → Read More

Pa. considering adding a tax to package delivery services

Pennsylvania officials proposed instituting a 25 cent delivery tax on every package delivered in the state by either Amazon, FedEx, or UPS in order to aid in the maintenance of state highways. → Read More

National Personnel Record Center is working with only 25% of its staff

National Personnel Record Center is short staffed and now Congressman Fred Keller is talking action by introducing legislation that would fix this major problem → Read More

Altoona considering using eminent domain on McCrory’s building

After a decade of back and forth between community leaders, Altoona is now considering using eminent domain on a historic building that once served as a popular store. → Read More

New book tells the story of former Johnstown mafia

Johnstown native Russell Shorto wrote a book about his grandfather who he was named after. His grandfather ran the mob alongside his brother-in-law. → Read More

Survey says more PA residents support legalizing marijuana

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — For the first time a new study shows 58% of residents in the commonwealth now support the legalization of marijuana. That’s according to a new Muhlenberg College Public Health Program survey. Right now weed is only offered in the state legally with a medical card, but the push to fully legalize […] → Read More

Altoona receives $2 million for development projects

ALTOONA, Pa - (WTAJ) The city of Altoona received 2 million dollars between two grants that will go towards development projects. 70% of the money will be funneled into projects in middle to low-income areas of the city. → Read More

Scammers impersonating police departments to get money

In the ever-changing world of technology, scammers are taking full advantage of trying to get their hands on your cash. Right here in Altoona, police say scammers are now pretending to be cops. → Read More

COVID-19 vaccines available at Altoona VA

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona VA now has COVID-19 vaccinations available. → Read More

Will Biden’s executive order affect 2nd amendment rights?

On Thursday President Biden announced six executive actions with the hopes of preventing gun violence across the board. → Read More

2 saved by police officers in Johnstown fire

The fire started at a duplex off of Vickroy Avenue in Johnstown, where it spread to two neighboring homes as emergency crews arrived. → Read More

2021 Tick season expected to be worse than last year

Tick season starts in mid-April, and experts predict this year will be one of the worst seasons yet. → Read More

Is church attendance dropping? Local pastors offer their thoughts

U.S. church membership has fallen below 50% for the very first time according to a new Gallup Poll. → Read More