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There has been some forward movement on a bill aimed at forcing the state to take an accounting of Pennsylvania’s communications assets so that they can be used to help unserved or underserved communities have reliable access to broadband.

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In 2012, the opioid crisis started to impact the life of Sharon White, now 53, from Lansdowne, Delaware County. White saw loved ones suffering from addiction and struggling to find resources to get better. She scaled back her commercial real estate business and decided to become a recovery s…

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Headlines hit all forms of news media recently about a school in Indiana where officials partnered with a nonprofit organization that helped get leftover food destined for the cafeteria garbage can to the district’s needy children who otherwise may not have had a meal at home.

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Does anyone answer the phone anymore? Even with caller ID? Even with the alleged firewall of a “Do Not Call” registration? Even with blockers offered by service providers or third parties?

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Just a year ago, school districts throughout Fayette, Greene, Westmoreland and Washington counties, as well as across the country, were struggling with disruptive school days and anxious parents as threats of violence were being made on what seemed to be a weekly basis throughout the local area.

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Pennsylvania lawmakers have many more important issues demanding their attention than considering whether Daylight Savings Time, which went into effect last weekend, should in the future be eliminated in the commonwealth.

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In June 2015, a U.S. Supreme Court decision legalized gay marriage across this land, but no court decision or law can change hearts and minds, and many people remain opposed to LGBT rights in this country and abroad. As a result, the United Methodist Church, as we have known it, is likely to splinter.

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While each mass shooting renews calls for more gun control, the February 15 tragedy in Aurora, Illinois, focuses attention once again on the importance of enforcing laws already on the books and ensuring that government at all levels commits itself to rigorous enforcement of any new measures…

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Pennsylvania’s state parks again are the subject of welcome attention, just as they were in the summer of 2017, when a long-overdue, first-in-25 years public review of the basic mission of the parks system was launched.

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The cease-fire between the White House and Congress that brought back to work thousands of furloughed federal employees means paychecks are resuming now for these wage earners, many of whom had struggled financially during the longest government shutdown in history.

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The penalties for driving repeatedly under the influence in Pennsylvania got significantly tougher on Dec. 23, thanks to a law passed by the General Assembly in October, then signed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

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Despite increased funding to our area school districts, local academic officials say it is still not enough as they struggle to meet the demands of state and federal mandates mixed with a weakened economy while keeping taxes manageable for residents.

DEATH NOTICES

BENYI - Samuel A., 70 of Clarksville, May 25.

FORDYCE - Charlotta L. Polen, 90, of Waynesburg, June 3.

MORRIS - Anita “Fran," 91, of Waynesburg, June 5.

NIXON - Mary Bell (Sim), 81, of Jefferson, June 8.

WILLIAMSON - T. Edward, 99, of Waynesburg, June 4.

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

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