Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Good morning on a sunny but cold fish-fry Friday in Pittsburgh. While we wait for the grand jury to finish (?) its work on those wacky Pittsburgh Police . . .lox

1. Supporters are lauding the state House's approval, for the first time, of privatizing Pennsylvania liquor operations. But the bill is weird -- regular grocery stores would be allowed to sell wine but not beer, and beer distributors would get the initial and discounted shot at taking over booze sales -- and the Senate may change it.

2. Sean Hamill, who knows about these things, looks into the city's legal strategy in challenging health giant UPMC's charitable status.

3. The first big fight brews upon the unsettled ground of the Pittsburgh mayor's race. Here's more on Bill Peduto hauling Michael Lamb and Jack Wagner into court over the city's campaign finance law, and the whole complaint is here for your reading pleasure.

4. Gov. Corbett reached a deal to keep Amtrak rail service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. Now the big test: somebody figuring out a way to replace the current hell-hole Pittsburgh station with the Daniel Burnham gem next door.

5. Good times for Penguins fans: the team hits the ice in Long Island tonight with a 10-game winning streak and Evgeni Malkin. Pitt fans can go see "Spring Breakers."

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