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Local gambling: Some state officials have dismissed out of hand legalizing payouts for video poker in bars and other establishments. We understand there would be a problem with the casinos and their licenses. But the new state lottery operator wants to sell those bars on keno as a replacement for games they've had — legally or otherwise — for generations. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.

In the dark? Springdale Council President Dave Finley said Friday that he and other borough officials have been kept “completely in the dark” about federal charges against borough cop Mark E. Thom. But Finley and other borough officials were called to testify before a grand jury investigating Thom. That didn't ring any alarm bells?

About time: It's taken only a decade for Pennsylvania to start getting onboard with 211 help line referrals. The service — available statewide in every other state — still only is available here in five southwestern counties. It's operated by the United Way and paid for through donations, allowing the member counties to save tax dollars formerly spent on the same service. What's taking so long getting the rest of state on board?

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