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United Way of Lancaster County


Thursday, March 9

Former state Rep. Mike Zabel. (Source:

• Pa. Rep. Mike Zabel resigns amid accusations: A lobbyist and a state lawmaker both accused the Delaware County lawmaker of sexual harassment. His seat will be filled in the May primary. (Source: AP)

• County will pilot electronic poll books in May primary: The system will be tested in six locations. The decision drew opposition from activists Stephen and Danielle Lindemuth; as well as county commissioners Ray D’Agostino and Josh Parsons, who are temporarily recused from the Election Board because they are running for reelection. (Source: LNP)

• Local farmers continue to grapple with avian flu: Lancaster County farms have killed 81,000 birds over the past two weeks to contain the disease. (Source: ABC 27)

• Investigation: Pa. legal system strands those with mental illness: The state’s competency system is profoundly broken, legal and psychological experts say. (Source: Spotlight PA)

• Democrats propose ‘Public Defender Day’: Proposed state legislation would designate March 18 to recognize indigent defense. (Source: ABC 27)

• Nation/world: Biden budget would cut deficit by $3 trillion over 10 years. (Source: AP) McConnell hospitalized after fall. (Source: NPR) White House rebukes Tucker Carlson over Jan. 6 whitewashing. (Source: CNN) Congress to grill Norfolk Southern CEO. (Source: NBC News) Ukraine says 11 dead from Russian missile bombardment. (Source: UPI) World’s oceans awash in ‘plastic smog.’ (Source: CBS News)