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Thursday, May 2, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

On the “Watch List”: There is Marcellus drilling all over the Alle-Kiski Valley. The price of natural gas continues to drop. Despite this, Peoples TWP, the Valley's largest natural gas supplier, is asking the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for a rate increase that would hike our bills by almost 30 percent. The PUC needs to go through this request with the proverbial fine-tooth comb.

Laurel: To inter-county, inter-school cooperation. Faced with a dwindling pool of potential students and flat funding, the Butler County Community College and the Community College of Beaver County plan to explore a merger. It's a smart move to examine this option before the lack of students and funding becomes a crisis.

Lance: To Carnegie-Mellon University. The school's College of Fine Arts allowed a woman to march in its spring carnival parade naked from the waist down. Her pubic hair was shaved in the shape of a cross. Her top attire was described as “a papal parody.” Many, naturally, took offense. We're all for free expression. But by any standard, this was tasteless.

Congrats!: Valley, Fox Chapel and Riverview high schools all earned silver medals in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, which rate schools based on academic achievement, combined with socioeconomic and other factors. Five other A-K Valley high schools earned bronze medals.

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