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Wednesday, Oct. 18

State Rep. Ismail Smith-Wade-El, D-Lancaster, at podium, speaks at the “Rally for Safe and Equal Schools” at the Capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2023. (Source: Coalition for Trans Youth)

• Sen. Aument calls for restricting explicit books at school: The Lancaster County senator’s Senate Bill 6 would require parental consent for students to access certain materials. (Source: WGAL)

• Guard had warned that Cavalcante planned to escape: Internal prison emails show that “Officer Hernandez” had warned in July of convicted murderer Danelo Cavalcante’s intentions. (Source: AP)

• Republicans rolls gain more from Pa. automatic voter registration: In the month since implementation, Republican signups have outnumbered Democratic ones three to one. (Source: WITF)

• Pro-LGBTQ+ advocates rally at Capitol: Speakers at the “Safe & Equal Schools for All” event called for legislation to ban discrimination based on gender identity. (Source: CBS 21)

• Fish & Boat Commission announces grant opportunity: The agency will distribute $150,000 in Lancaster and York counties for stream habitat improvement projects. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2024. (Source: ABC 27)

• Nation/world: Biden arrives in Israel in wake of hospital blast. (Source: UPI) Jordan continues bid for speaker position after 1st vote falls short. (Source: AP) 189 bodies removed from Colorado funeral home. (Source: ABC News) X/Twitter pilots $1 fee in Philippines, New Zealand. (Source: CNBC) Family health insurance premiums approach $24,000. (Source: CNN) Former Michigan gubernatorial candidate sentenced for Jan. 6 actions. (Source: AP)