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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s breweries and beer distributors are worrying about how lawmakers may liberalize the system of selling beer and wine, and whether they’ll be forced to compete at a disadvantage with bigger, better-prepared competitors. The state House of Representatives passed a bill last week to allow wine sales at beer distributors and some grocery stores, while allowing groceries to sell beer through a separate restaurant-style area. Gov. Tom Corbett supports it, but the Senate’s likely to change it. The bill also could mean the closing of state-controlled liquor stores. However, Pennsylvania-based brewers worry they’ll have to compete with better-selling national beer brands for less shelf space in each outlet. Meanwhile, distributors worry that big supermarkets will undercut their beer sales and are better prepared to handle wine and liquor.


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson says her words were taken out of context by news reports on a derogatory remark about the rural neighboring county. Thompson was talking about local trash collection at a news conference Wednesday when she turned to the chronic problem of out-of-towners illegally dumping bulky items in the Pennsylvania capital. She said city officials won’t tolerate such behavior by – in her words – “some scumbag” from Perry County. Several elected local officials in Perry County demanded an apology, but Thompson points out that the remark was one of a number of hypothetical scenarios she offered and that she wasn’t laying blame on anyone specifically. Thompson also says she asked Perry County commissioners to watch the new conference video from start to finish.


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WASHINGTON (AP) – A Texas congressman was “rude and irate” after receiving a parking ticket near the Lincoln Memorial earlier this month. That’s according to a police report. The report says Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told U.S. Park Police he’s on a committee that oversees their agency and would not pay a fine. The report was obtained by Politico. Gohmert received a citation after 11 p.m. on March 13 for parking his vehicle in a spot reserved for National Park Service vehicles. Gohmert spokeswoman Kimberly Willingham says the congressman parked in one of several empty spaces and believed he was allowed to do so. She says a park service officer apologized to Gohmert when pointed out his congressional plate. The police report contains no mention of an apology, according to Politico.


MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) – Charlie Daniels is expected to be discharged from the hospital today after having a pacemaker installed yesterday. Daniels visited a doctor Monday with a mild case of pneumonia and was admitted to a hospital. Tests revealed a pacemaker was needed. Daniels says he’s feeling better already and he looks forward to celebrating Easter with his family. He will spend the next two weeks recuperating at home.


NEW YORK (AP) – New York City is asking appeals judges to reinstate a ban on supersized sodas and other sugary drinks. The city had vowed an appeal and said Thursday that lawyers had filed it late Monday. A Manhattan judge struck down the first-of-its-kind measure March 11, a day before it was to take effect. The rule would prohibit many eateries from selling high-sugar drinks in more than 16-ounce portions. City officials say it will combat obesity. Beverage makers and sellers say the rule is unfairly arbitrary because it would exempt some high-calorie drinks and some retailers, including supermarkets and convenience stores. The critics also say the city Board of Health overstepped its authority in passing the ban. The trial court judge agreed.


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