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Wednesday, June 21

The Titan submersible. (Source: OceanGate)

• Pa. House votes to increase minimum wage: The legislation would raise the minimum wage gradually to $15 by 2026 and set the tipped minimum wage at 60% of the non-tipped wage. House Republican Leader Bryan Cutler characterized the bill as “political posturing” and “helping special interests.” (Source: CBS 21)

• YWCA Lancaster poised to lose county contract: County commissioners are to vote today to award Bethanna a contract to run a parenting class that YWCA has held since at least 2019. Administrators say Bethanna prevailed in a standard request-for-proposals process that did not involve commissioners who complained last year about a YWCA employee advocating against removal of the county’s drop box. (Source: LNP)

• Extreme weather concerns Pa. farmers: Limited rain could reduce harvest volumes and result in one hay harvest rather than two. (Source: WITF)

• Jessica Lopez appeal asserts claim of protected speech: It argues that evidence presented at Lopez’ trial regarding her actions during the 2020 unrest at Lancaster’s police station does not support her conviction. (Source: LNP)

• Tax credits in play in Pa. budget talks: Bills that passed the state House could provide $2.5 billion in earned income and childcare tax credits. (Source: Spotlight PA)

• Nation/world: Search continues for Titanic submersible. (Source: NPR) Judge strikes down Arkansas ban on gender-affirming care for minors. (Source: ABC News) Justice Alito took private jet to Alaska fishing trip. (Source: USA Today) Famine intensifies as U.S., U.N. suspend food aid to Ethiopia. (Source: AP) China criticizes Biden for describing Xi as a “dictator.” (Source: The Hill)