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Breakfast Sausage: 5 stories to read this morning

Published by Andrew McGill on .

Good morning.

1. Starting with a local story: Our Mary Niederberger explains how negotiating teacher contracts has changed in the age of heavy pension burdens and tight tax restrictions, with some districts entering their third and fourth school years without a new contract.

2. Hearings have begun in the court action against a Montgomery County official who has issued more than 100 marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The judge has said the larger question of Pennsylvania's gay marriage ban is not up for debate at this time.

3. The 2014 candidates for governor have begun explaining their platforms, with U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz leading the way with a proposed 5 percent tax on natural gas drillers.

4. Former Port Authority board member Jack Brooks sounds off in yesterday's City Paper, saying Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald picked a fight with state legislators by firing former CEO Steve Bland.

5. Two prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky case say they don't believe late head coach Joe Paterno was involved in any cover-up. Three Penn State adminstrators are set to go to trail for their supposed role in sweeping the Sandusky affair under the rug.

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