Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read today

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Good morning.

1. The feds are indicting the founder of the Pa Cyber Charter school system, who has long been the subject of stories by P-G breakfastsausageace Rich Lord. Local and state payments to the charter school -- diverted from public schools -- have exceeded $100 million annually in recent y ears.

2. Citing the Legislature's failure to address transportation funding, the Corbett administration will have to keep more heavy vehicles off more than 1,000 deficient bridges statewide.

3. Locally, Sewickley's Keith Rothfus is at the forefront of the conservative defund-Obamacare push, which comes to Pittsburgh next week.

4. Speaking of Rothfus, Governing Magazine uses the case studies of Pennsylvania and California to look at the state of redistricting/gerrymandering nationwide. "In 2008 and 2010, Pennsylvania played host to a combined 11 competitive U.S. House races. By contrast, the state has produced just two competitive contests under the new lines," it says. One of them was PA12.

5. Barack Obama and Joe Biden return to the VP's hometown of Scranton today to talk education, in Biden's first appearance since his son's release from a Texas cancer center, and five years to the day since he was formally picked as Obama's running mate. The late afternoon (5-ish) talk at Lackawanna College follows a town hall-type talk at SUNY/Binghamton University.

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