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Pennsylvania school district $167M in debt; crimes possible

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PENN HILLS, Pa. (AP) - A state audit shows that a western Pennsylvania school district's long term debt has increased from $11 million to $167 million in five years, and criminal investigations are being urged.

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the Penn Hills School District audit released Wednesday is the worst he's ever seen.

He says the school district is "broke" and that "everyone seems to have turned a blind eye as the school district marched to financial disaster."

Superintendent Nancy Hines says the district has already enacted changes to deal with the problems and remains "hopeful but extremely cautious."

But DePasquale says the district just east of Pittsburgh needs radical reforms to avoid being placed in the state's Financial Recovery status.

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