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Pennsylvania has two main public access laws: the Sunshine Act, which requires agencies to hold public meetings; and the Right to Know Law (RTKL), which guarantees public access to many government records.

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First, the good news. Gov. Tom Wolf announced this week that PennDOT plans to invest more than $2 billion in roadway maintenance and highway and bridge capital projects over the next 10 years through its new Road Maintenance and Preservation (Road MaP) program.

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Should two former Fayette County teachers accused of having child pornography and other related charges be sentenced to house arrest? And should they be allowed to serve their house arrest at a home they own in Florida?

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No doubt there were those — either because they are philosophically opposed to gambling or simply don’t put much stock in government promises — who dismissed former Gov. Ed Rendell’s prediction that revenue from slot machines would produce a billion dollars a year in school property tax reductions.

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When they head to the polls for this spring’s party primaries, Pennsylvania voters will be asked to make critical choices about whom they want to represent them in municipal government and who is best qualified to sit in judgment of their fellow citizens in state and county courts.

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If you spend any amount of time speaking to an educator or local school board member about the biggest drag on their budgets, the chances are good that that the conversation will soon drift around to personnel costs or the mammoth expense of educating children with special needs.

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Gov. Tom Corbett has pushed for several major initiatives in recent weeks. He aims to reform the state’s public pension systems. He wants to sell the state liquor stores. He is trying to win approval of a plan to spend more money on transportation.

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Call it a rookie mistake. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane was barely six weeks into her job last week when the newly-elected Democrat dropped a bomb — some say a political bomb — on Republican Gov. Tom Corbett. Calling it unconstitutional, Kane rejected the governor’s controversial effort to privatize the state Lottery.

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We were on the way to ballet rehearsal. It’s my favorite 30 minutes of the day. It’s a chance to break away from work, and to touch base with my only child. She’s 14 now. And it won’t be long before she’s driving herself. I treasure these moments.

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Greene, you doused me in fertilizer — a homegrown growth hormone that came in the form of social friction and culture shock. I could’ve burned and shriveled in response to the high saturation. Instead I sprung up.

Death Notices

BARNHART - Jean Meighen, 94, of Waynesburg, January 10.

BASINGER - Barbara Ann (Glister), 78 of Waynesburg, January 8.

JOLLIFFE - Warren K., 66, of Wayne Township, formerly of Waynesburg, January 11.

MAKEL - Duane G. “Sonny," 78, of Rices Landing, January 18.

OHLER - Albert E., 89, of Brunswick, Ohio, formerly of Crucible, January 9.

VIRGILI - Patricia Ann Tarr, 85, of Clarksville, January 14.

WILLIAMS - Dennis Nelson, 71, of Waynesburg, January 10.

Full obituaries can be purchased and placed through the Regional Obit Center, 800-222-6397.

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