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Thursday, Oct. 19

In this image from online video, Warwick School Board member Emily Zimmerman testifies to the Pa. Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023. (Source:

• Pa. House passes bill to move 2024 primary: The legislation, which passed narrowly, would move the primary to April 16, but Senate Majority Leader Joe Pittman, R-Indiana, called it “too little, too late.” (Source: AP)

• Mennonite Central Committee plans Gaza relief: It will provide food, bedding, counseling and reconstruction assistance through partners in the region. (Source: LNP)

• Yoder, Hollister outline campaign platforms: The two Democratic county commissioner candidates told the Rotary Club of Lancaster they support more activist county government on housing, health and more. (Source: LNP)

• Senators propose involuntary commitment option after overdoses: State Sen. Anthony Williams, D-Delaware says the bill would help people regain control of their lives. (Source: CBS 21)

• Testimony on explicit books questioned: Warwick School Board member Emily Zimmerman testified to state lawmakers this week about a high school senior discovering the book “Queer” in the school library and complaining to the board. The teen is the son of the Lancaster County Moms for Liberty Lancaster chairwoman, and opponents suggested the incident was staged to generate controversy. (Source: LNP)

• Nation/world: Biden to speak tonight on aid for Israel, Ukraine. (Source: CNN) U.S. vetoes UN Security Council resolution on Gaza. (Source: Reuters) Sidney Powell pleads guilty in Georgia election interference case. (Source: ABC News) Rep. Jordan to try a third time for House speaker post. (Source: UPI) Families’ average net worth grew 37% during pandemic. (Source: NPR) Burt Young, ‘Paulie’ in the Rocky movies, dies at 83. (Source: AP)