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Wednesday, Feb. 21

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• Pa. Supreme Court to hear challenge to automatic life sentences: Opponents say the sentence in certain second-degree murder convictions is unconstitutional. (Source: AP)

• Pandemic mortgage relief program to reopen in March: Suspended for more than a year to resolve administrative problems and clear a backlog, the Homeowner Assistance Fund will have $46 million available for new applicants, officials said. (Source: Spotlight PA)

• Police investigate rumors of threat at Penn Manor: The supposed threat, circulated on social media, was unfounded, police said. (Source: CBS 21)

• Nonprofit proposes affordable housing project at Strawberry Hill Restaurant: Chestnut Housing would acquire the site from Lancaster’s Land Bank and build eight to 12 apartments, a community room and offices. (Source: LNP)

• Federal court to rule on mail-in ballot dates: The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments that the requirement to write dates on envelopes is a “meaningless paperwork error” and barred by civil rights law. (Source: CBS 21)

• Penn State boosts president’s compensation: Neeli Bendapudi will receive $1.5 million for her second five years with the university, up from $1.25 million, and an increase in retirement payouts from $350,000 a year to $555,000 a year. (Source: WITF)

• Nation/world: Alabama Supreme Court rules frozen embryos are children. (Source: UPI) Biden administration cancels student debt for 150,000. (Source: NPR) UK sanctions Russian prison leaders over Navalny death. (Source: BBC News) White House considers tightening asylum rules. (Source: NBC News) Two charged in killings at Super Bowl celebration. (Source: AP)