1. The state House has approved a gambling-in-bars bill, which is now going back to the Senate for a another run-through. Perhaps soon I can buy "peelers" at the Elks Lodge on the North Side without guilt.
2. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is backing legislation (written by the Communication Workers of America, the parent union of the Newspaper Guild, of which this writer is a member) to shame companies that outsource call center jobs. Among other things, it would require call center operators to identify the country from where they're working.
3. Pittsburgh Public Schools hasn't yet decided if there will be a tax increase next year. But either way, the district will run out of money by 2016 if it doesn't make any other changes.
4. Housing advocates want the state legislature to follow through on funding a program created to alleviate housing issues in Pennsylvania. Lawmakers have ponied up $5 million in Marcellus Shale money, but it can only be used in counties with drilling.