University paying bars to stay closed during annual drinking celebration

 The university paid 34 bars, restaurants and bottle shops to halt alcohol sales to counter the unofficial St. Patrick's Day celebration created by Penn State students called State Patty's Day. This year it's scheduled to occur March 1.

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 The Centre Daily Times reports businesses with occupancy for up to 100 customers would receive $2,500; those with up to 200 customers will receive $5,000; those with up to 349 customers will receive $6,000; and those with room for 350 or more will receive $7,500.

It's unclear how many licensed establishments plan to close.

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