Pa. House’s nuclear bailout bill debuts

  • Emily Previti

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TMI, Beaver Valley slated for early closure

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Cooling towers at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Middletown.

  • The state House of Representatives has introduced a nuclear bailout bill, which got immediate criticism from a handful of interest groups. StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Marie Cusick breaks it down in this story.

  • Before the bill came out, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Andrew Place produced an unsolicited analysis of policy options suggesting that Three Mile Island likely would close no matter what.

  • That didn’t stop Republican Rep. Thomas Mehaffie from touting his bill, which you can read here.

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Attendants watch the showcase of a live video conference during an open house event at the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College in Warren.

  • Just 29 percent of rural high school students enroll in four-year colleges, versus 40 percent of students from suburban and urban areas. One obstacle: remote agricultural regions often present an inconvenient or unworkable commute. One woman from northwestern Pennsylvania, for example, was 70 miles from the closest campus. Min Xian talked to her for this Keystone Crossroads feature about a regional college catering to kids in Pa.’s northern tier.

  • An upscale, members-only swim club is planned for the top of the former Philadelphia Housing Authority building at 21st and Ludlow streets, Ryan Briggs reports for PlanPhilly — more evidence, he writes, of the “changing cityscape.”

  • The Schuylkill County District Attorney says Pottsville police officers were justified in shooting a man after he pointed a weapon at them. Jose Cruz, 32, remains hospitalized in satisfactory condition, according to this Associated Press story.

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