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Monday, April 28, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Prison detox: The scope of the area's worsening drug problem is underscored at Westmoreland County Prison, where authorities say 42 percent of new inmates in March required drug detoxification. That's up from 29 percent in January. “That's way over the top,” says Dirk Matson, who heads Westmoreland County's Human Services Department. For anyone who still doesn't think drug abuse is the region's No. 1 public health problem, consider this a wake-up call.

More Jeannette woes: A flood-control project that flunked an Army Corps of Engineers inspection — Jeannette hasn't kept up with the work done through the project's first phase, officials say — joins a list of growing headaches for the cash-strapped city. Grim news also is expected from an ongoing 2013 audit and the city needs $1.3 million to pay this year's mandatory contribution to the police pension fund. Yet city fathers are worried about Jeannette being declared a financially distressed municipality and the state obligations thereof? It's time for a reality check.

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