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Wednesday, Aug. 16

Investigators determined Darron Shaw, 17, pointed this semi-automatic 9mm ghost gun with extended magazine at police when he exited a house on West New Street on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023. (Source: Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office)

• DA clears police in fatal shooting of burglary suspect, 17: Darron Shaw pointed a ghost gun at officers as he exited a house he illegally entered on Aug. 6, making it “objectively reasonable” to defend themselves with lethal force, District Attorney Heather Adams said Tuesday. (Source: ABC 27)

• Prison replaces contractor for uncompleted repairs: Cyprium Solutions is to finish an overhaul of electrical system controls after Lobar Associates and its subcontractors repeatedly failed to complete the work, Deputy Warden William Aberts said. (Source: LNP)

• Pending budget ‘code bills’ would end diversion of transportation funding to state police: The pending change frees up money for road and bridge projects, advocates say. (Source: Spotlight PA)

• Ephrata mayor leaves Republican Party: Ralph Mowen said he can no longer be affiliated with a party defined by the anti-democratic extremism of Donald Trump and his followers. (Source: LNP)

• School districts grapple with library book bans: Conservative parents say limits on content are needed to protect minors; liberals decry the restrictions as censorship. (Source: CBS 21)

• Nation/world: Biden promises visit to Maui, aid for wild victims. (Source: ABC News) Secret government inspection reports show mistreatment of ICE detainees. (Source: NPR) Ukranian POWs allege torture by Russians. (Source: BBC News) McCarthy proposes stopgap spending bill to avert September shutdown. (Source: AP) England, Spain to face off in women’s World Cup final. (Source: CBS Sports)