First, a couple stories we’re following in Indiana County today:

* The state House Transportation Committee will consider Senate Bill 1 today.  That is a bill that includes a $2.5 billion transportation plan.  It was passed by the Senate but has come under some criticism from House members and many police departments because it increases fees on traffic violations and also will lead to an increase in PA’s gas taxes.  There are six days left for a budget agreement.

* We’re covering a couple school board meetings tonight.  Budgets for the next fiscal year are expected to be considered at both Indiana and Marion Center.

Now onto the Pirates.

With a sweep over the weekend against the Angels (and losses by the opposition,) the Pirates are now one game back from the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pirates also have an easier schedule for the next couple weeks.  It’s still VERY early, but here’s the question:  If the Pirates are still among the best two or three teams in the National League at the end of the season, what are the expectations for the playoffs.  Could we see the Pirates not only make the playoffs but have the chance to go far in them?  Obviously, given the last few seasons, I shouldn’t even talk about this.  The team could still collapse, but they’re not showing any signs of that.  Hopefully this is not only the year the streak ends, but ends dramatically.


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