Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read this morning

Published by Tim McNulty on .

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1. Today's the day for gun votes in the Senate and early word is the Toomey/Manchin background check bill won't have the votes to pass.

2. Gov. Tom Corbett's South American trade mission is over, so now he comes back to pressing state matters such as the much-lauded transportation bill forwarded by the Republican chair of the state Senate transportation committee. But will Corbett laud it? His plan is different.

3. State Dems are pushing early voting in the state, noting it increases voter turnout among both parties. The lack of early voting is also a factor in Pa's eroding presidential swing state status, since campaigns get more value out of spending time/money in states with weeks of voting (rather than just one Tuesday in November).

4. The Pittsburgh Police Bureau is shifting more officers to the Hill District and East Liberty stations.

5. Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner -- niece of mayoral hopeful Jack -- writes to the P-G today to say charities shouldn't be worried by challenges to UPMC's tax status.

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