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apSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The annual epic weekend of grooving, line-dancing and two-stepping for charity has arrived at PennState. The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon stretches for a grueling 46 hours for more than 700 dancers. They must stay on their feet until 4 p.m. Sunday. THON, as it’s known to students and alumni, is a signature event on the school calendar. It’s billed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. About 4,000 volunteers are involved with putting on the show at the JordanCenter, transforming the basketball arena into a sprawling dance floor. Students have raised more than $88 million over almost three dozen years for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital to benefit pediatric cancer research and care. The event took in a record $10.68 million last year.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – PennState’s bill for legal fees, consultants and other costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal stands at more than $27.6 million. An updated figure as of November 2012 was provided this week on a university website. It includes a $13 million price tag for board of trustees communications and the internal investigation into the scandal by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s casino regulators say gross revenue from table games rose 12 percent last month compared to January 2012. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board said Friday that table games revenue at 11 casinos exceeded $59 million in January, and generated tax revenue of nearly $9 million. The number of tables was also up to 1,026. That figure was 962 a year earlier. The Sands casino in Bethlehem leads the state, reporting nearly $14 million in table games revenue last month. Overall revenue, when slot machines were factored in, was almost $248 million last month. That’s a year-over-year increase of just below 2 percent.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration wants a British firm to extend its bid to manage the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery a day after Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected the contract.  Department of Revenue spokeswoman Elizabeth Brassell said the administration is confident it’ll be able to negotiate a short-term extension before the bid’s expiration at 5 p.m. Saturday.  She says the extension would give both the administration and Camelot Global Services time to determine their next step.  Kane says she won’t approve the 20- to 30-year contract with Camelot because elements of it conflict with the state constitution and state lottery law.  Corbett can challenge Kane’s decision in court. The contract’s legality is also being challenged in court by Democratic lawmakers and the union that represents lottery employees.

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Pennsylvania Lottery Numbers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Friday:

Cash 5


Evening Big 4


Evening Daily Number


Evening Quinto


Mega Millions

11-35-41-42-44, Mega Ball: 42



Midday Big 4


Midday Daily Number


Midday Quinto



Estimated jackpot: $60 million

Treasure Hunt


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Features & Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) – From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama, C-SPAN is taking a look at first ladies.  On Monday, the public service network is launching a 35-part series on first ladies that will stretch for a year. Almost all of the first ladies will get a single 90-minute episode.  Executive Producer Mark Farkas says the stories are an interesting way to look at political and social history. Dolly Madison and Eleanor Roosevelt were very influential. There also have been tragic figures, like Jane Pierce, whose son was killed shortly before husband Franklin’s inauguration. She didn’t make an appearance as first lady for two years.  C-SPAN is working with the White House Historical Association on the series.

MILWAUKEE (AP) – How does cheesy garlic bread potato chips sound? Maybe you would prefer Thai hot sauce flavored chips, or chicken and waffles chips? Those are the final flavors in Frito-Lay’s new potato chip contest. Karen Weber-Mendham of Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, came upwith the cheesy garlic bread idea. She tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel she was inspired  by her kids’ love of garlic bread whenever the family goes to an Italian restaurant. The chip flavor creators are competing for a $1 million prize from Frito-Lay. The winner will be chosen by voters on Facebook, Twitter or by text until May 4.

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