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Regional representatives from the state Department of Environmental Protection hosted an informal meeting Wednesday on the proposed expansion of a coal refuse pile in Portage Township, which is currently owned by Amfire Mining Co.

The company seeks to more than double the size of the pile, with around 32 acres of refuse disposal area and a further 78 acres of disposal support area.

Seen here are Tom and Cathy Krinjeck, owners of Germantown Winery in Portage Township.

Cambria County 911 received a report of an abduction early Wednesday morning. The female caller told officials she had been kidnapped and was being taken toward Altoona in a white, four-door Chevy Impala.

She told them her kidnapper was going to kill her. Then the line went dead.

Farmers must remain diligent and busy throughout the year - plotting and turning crops, seeding, harvesting, storing - to keep yield and income as high as possible; to feed the state and the nation.

In contrast, state Sen. John Wozniak, D-Westmont, said the state legislature is now paying for its lack of discipline in regard to Pennsylvania’s ballooning pension issues. The dire need for reform was the foremost issue Pennsylvania Farm Bureau representatives wanted to bring to lawmakers’ attention at the 2014 Legislative Farm Tour, held Tuesday at Tommy Nagle’s Angus Cattle Farm in Patton.