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Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read this morning

Published by Andrew McGill on .

kennyWelcome to the start of summer and the once-a-year ascent of Kenny Chesney to the throne of Pittsburgh. This Early Returner has to move into his new North Side apartment amid the revelry at Heinz Field, so send your prayers.

1. In Washington, farewell to the farm bill, hated by Democrats and only tolerated by Republicans. The bill sought to cut direct payments for farmers (which no one likes, besides farmers) along with food stamps assistance to the poor, a sweet-and-sour approach that didn't fly with liberal lawmakers.

2. In Harrisburg, Gov. Tom Corbett is still refusing to expand Medicaid with federal assistance without imposing his own conditions.

3. In Cleveland, county officials are ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the city's bus rapid transit system, a "light rail on wheels" concept they're hoping to bring to Pittsburgh.

4. In Altoona, folks aren't so sure they want UPMC taking over their health care system.

5. And in Ye Olde Pittsburgh, the director of Gasland 2 screens the film in Oakland.

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