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| Monday, June 19, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

Cancer push: Allegheny Health Network, which operates Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison, intends to invest $200 million to build a new cancer institute in Pittsburgh. The hospital system also plans to build up to 10 satellite facilities in the region to treat cancer. The plan will no doubt intensify AHN's competition with rival UPMC, which operates the well-known Hillman Cancer Center. What remains to be seen is the effect this will have on cost. Let's hope this competition leads to lower health care prices for A-K Valley residents.

Vegas East?: The latest game of chance introduced in a state House bill would allow the sale of 50/50 raffle tickets at Pittsburgh International Airport, with half the proceeds going to the Allegheny County Airport Authority Charitable Foundation. The foundation's services, including a designated comfort room for U.S. soldiers, are all well and good. But with all the gambling proposals percolating in Harrisburg these days, is the erstwhile Steel City going to become known as Vegas East?

Lock it down: The problem with big-spending federal infrastructure programs, as suggested by President Trump, is that the money usually is politically directed — not necessarily spent where it's most needed. The case for continuing repairs on the lock-and-dam facilities along the lower Monongahela River couldn't be more clear. As it is, the project is more than a decade behind schedule. We urge Mr. Trump to get off the dime and push for the nearly $50 million needed to continue repairs.

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