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Past articles by Kevin:

Coronavirus case confirmed in Centre County

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A case of Coronavirus has been reported in Centre County. The Pennsylvania Department of health says there is currently one case. No other information about the patient is available. There are now 268 total cases in Pennsylvania, according to the Department of Health. → Read More

Gov. Wolf orders non-life-sustaining businesses to close at 8 p.m. Thursday

HARRISBURG (WTAJ) — Governor Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close at 8 p.m. Thursday to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In a press release, Wolf said enforcement actions will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday for businesses that do not close physical locations. “To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we […] → Read More

PA Department of Education cancels all statewide assessments

HARRISBURG (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is cancelling statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year, the PDE announced Thursday. The cancellation includes the… → Read More

First coronavirus death in Pennsylvania reported in Northampton County

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health has announced the first death in Pennsylvania due to coronavirus. In a tweet Wednesday, the Department of Health said an adult in Northampton County was being treated in a hospital. No other information was given at this time. → Read More

Gov. Wolf requests Disaster Declaration to help small businesses, non-profits obtain loans

HARRISBURG (WTAJ) — Governor Wolf requested Wednesday that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) use a disaster declaration to provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for businesses and eligible non-profits in every county in Pennsylvania. “The impact of financial losses related to COVID-19 will be felt for years to come,” […] → Read More

Bellwood-Antis wrestling coach facing new charges

BELLWOOD, Pa. (WTAJ) — Bellwood-Antis wrestling coach, Ryan Blazier, is facing new charges after being accused of sexually assaulting children. According to officials, State Police conducted another interview with one of the victims Wednesday morning. In addition to the other charges, Blazier is now also being charged with one more count of Institutional Sexual Assault, […] → Read More

PennDOT closes all driver, photo license centers, extends expiration dates

HARRISBURG (WTAJ) — PennDOT is closing all driver and photo license centers and extending expiration dates in response to coronavirus. PennDOT announced Monday that all centers will be closed for two weeks, starting at the end of the business day Monday. PennDOT said they will be extending expiration dates for licenses, permits, registrations, and safety […] → Read More

PA Liquor Control Board closes all Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores indefinitely

HARRISBURG (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) announced Monday afternoon an indefinite closure of all Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores and licensee service centers. The closures will go into effect at 9:00 p.m. Tuesday. This action comes after consultation with the Wolf Administration and Pennsylvania Department of Health as part of COVID-19 […] → Read More

Blue Knob Ski Resort closing for the season

CLAYSBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — Blue Knob Ski Resort is closing for the season due to state mandate in response to the coronavirus, the resort said on Facebook. The resort will close after Friday due to most of their facility being on state park land. The “Spring Fling” events scheduled for Saturday have also been cancelled. […] → Read More

First case of coronavirus in western PA reported, 41 total in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG (WTAJ) — The first case of coronavirus in western Pennsylvania has been reported, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Department of Health said a new case has been reported in Washington County, just outside of Pittburgh. There are now 41 cases in the state, 6 are confirmed and 35 are presumptive positive. […] → Read More

Altoona Curve season delayed, no access to Peoples Natural Gas Field

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Altoona Curve are suspending access to Peoples Natural Gas Field beginning on Mar. 13, until further notice after the Minor League Baseball season was delayed. “Our best course of action is to limit in-person interactions to create a secure environment for our employees,” General Manager, Derek Martin said. “We encourage […] → Read More

Altoona-Johnstown Diocese announces changes due to coronavirus, advises fish fries be cancelled

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Altoona-Johnstown Diocese is making changes due to the coronavirus outbreak, the diocese announced Thursday. Parishioners are not obligated to attend mass, though mass will still happen, spokesperson, Tony Degol announced. The diocese is also discouraging parishioners from participating in communion, though they will not turn anyone down that wants to […] → Read More

NHL suspends season due to coronavirus

(WTAJ) — The NHL has suspended the season due to concerns due to the coronavirus, the league said in a statement. “In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it […] → Read More

Tiger Woods elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Already among the greatest on the golf course, Tiger Woods will join them in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Woods was elected Wednesday to be part of the 2021 induction class, a decision with as much suspense as a tap-in. Woods shares the PGA Tour record with 82 […] → Read More

NCAA March Madness to take place without fans at all events

The NCAA has announced that all March Madness events will take place without fans in attendance. In a statement, NCAA President, Mark Emmert says attendance will be limited to essential staff and family members. “I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sport, my decision is based on the current understanding of […] → Read More

Ohio order would force NCAA Tournament games without fans

An order from the governor of Ohio to restrict spectator access to indoor sporting events because of concerns about the coronavirus would force the NCAA to play men’s basketball tournament games in the state without fans present. The NCAA had no immediate response Wednesday after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said he would be issuing an […] → Read More

State College Area School District closing March 16-20 for coronavirus preperations

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WTAJ) — The State College Area School District will be closing schools for students for the week of March 16-20, the district said in a statement. The district said the closure is to: “Protect the health and safety of our families, employees and community at large and to assess the post-spring break […] → Read More

Penn State sporting events to take place without fans

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WTAJ) — Penn State sporting events will take place without fans, according to Penn State Athletics. Events will resume as normal, but fans will not be allowed to attend until at least April 3, Penn State Athletics said in a statement. Only essential personnel, participating student-athletes and coaches, staff, families of student-athletes, […] → Read More

Penn State cancels in-person classes due to coronavirus concerns

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WTAJ) — Penn State University announced Wednesday the cancellation of in-person classes due to coronavirus concerns. Students will do their classes online starting March 16, 2020, according to the university. Students are strongly discouraged from returning to campus after spring break. The University plans to resume in-person classes on Monday, April 6, […] → Read More

Penn State planning for various coronavirus scenarios

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WTAJ) — Penn State is preparing for various coronavirus scenarios, according to the university. In a statement sent to WTAJ by the Assistant Director of Strategic Communications, Wyatt DuBois, Penn State says the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the local community is the top priority. The university is encouraging […] → Read More