Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read this morning

Published by Andrew McGill on .

breakfastsausageGood morning. We considered having UPMC spokesman Paul Wood write the Breakfast Sausage intro -- he's just too good of a quote -- but you'll have to wait.

1. Mayor Luke is challenging UPMC's non-profit status, both in court and with the county. "Doesn't even pass the smell test," he said, perhaps referring to the hospital giant's $400 million in profits last year. Zing!

To which the irascible Mr. Wood replies: Ravenstahl's challenge is "based on the mistaken impression that a nonprofit organization must conduct its affairs in a way that pleases certain labor unions, certain favored businesses, or particular political constituencies." Zing zing!

2. Mayor Luke's successor will probably challenge UPMC's non-profit status, too.

3. State House Democrats fail in an attempt to salvage Pennsylvania's existing wine-and-spirits system, losing a vote on an amendment to expand hours at state stores and allows the direct shipment of wine. The House is set to debate long into the night today on the privatization plan.

4. In one of the day's more surprising photo ops, representatives from multinational energy companies sat down with area environmental activists to announce the launch of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, which will set voluntary industry environmental standards.

5. Another combination you wouldn't expect: A Republican state senator has proposed legislation offering in-state college tuition to undocumented teenagers living in Pennsylvania. Called the DREAM Act, the proposal does not offer a path to citizenship, as a similar federal plan does. State Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-Lancaster, said his legislation is more about economics than immigration reform.

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