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Pennsylvanians have no real voice in PA legislature.

Jake Corman ends campaign for PA governor for the second time, endorses another candidate.

Bellefonte man accused of more smash-and-grab thefts at State College-area businesses.

Centre Gives Raises $2.18 Million for Local Nonprofits.

A federal judge in Louisiana will hear arguments today on whether the Biden administration can lift Trump-era pandemic restrictions on immigrants seeking asylum.  Congress is marking the deaths of one-million Americans due to COVID-19.  Dozens of homes have been affected by a wildfire burning near the California coast.  A nearly complete dinosaur skeleton has sold at auction for 12-point-four-million dollars. 

A federal judge in Louisiana will hear arguments today on whether the Biden administration can lift Trump-era pandemic restrictions on immigrants seeking asylum.  The authority is called Title 42 and since March, 2020 it’s been used more than one-point-eight million times to deny migrants a chance to seek asylum in the U.S.  The CDC announced last month that Title 42 expulsions would end later this month.  Arizona, Louisiana, and Missouri quickly filed suit and have been joined by 18 other states in challenging the plan.  Texas filed a separate suit.

Congress is marking the deaths of one-million Americans due to COVID-19.  Over two dozen representatives gathered on the Capitol steps Thursday for a moment of silence, and then a prayer was read by the Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.  A military choir provided music for the occasion.  In earlier remarks, President Biden called it a “tragic milestone.” 

A new report shows meatpacking companies worked with the Trump administration to keep plants open during the pandemic despite unsafe conditions.  The companies mentioned in the congressional report include Foster Farms.  It claims a USDA official contacted Merced [[ muhr-said ]] County in California to say they had jurisdiction over a Foster Farms plant, after the county had recommended shutting the plant down.  The county’s recommendation came after nearly 400 employees tested positive and nine had died.

Dozens of homes have been affected by a wildfire burning near the California coast.  At least 20 houses have been destroyed in Laguna Niguel, south of Los Angeles, and eleven have been damaged, including multimillion-dollar mansions.  The Coastal Fire broke out Wednesday afternoon, fueled by high winds. The wildfire is 15-percent contained, and mandatory evacuation orders are still in place. 

Norm Macdonald Standup Coming To Netflix

Comedy fans will soon get to see another special from the late Norm Macdonald.  Before he died last year, the former “Saturday Night Live” star filmed an hour of new material, and now it’s coming to Netflix.  Macdonald died in September at the age of 61, ten years after being diagnosed with cancer.  “Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special” will air on Netflix starting on May 30th.

The Miami Heat are going to the Eastern Conference Finals after eliminating the Philadelphia 76ers 99-90 in Game Six of the NBA Playoffs.  Miami will face either the Bucks or Celtics for the right to go to the Finals.  Out west, the Dallas Mavericks aren’t going home just yet after taking down the Phoenix Suns 113-86 in Game Six of their series.  The two will meet Sunday in Phoenix for Game Seven.  There are two big games today, when the Milwaukee Bucks host the Boston Celtics, and the Golden State Warriors take on the Memphis Grizzlies.

A nearly complete dinosaur skeleton has sold at auction for 12-point-four-million dollars.  The velociraptor-like species is arguably one of the world’s most recognizable dinosaurs thanks largely to the movie “Jurassic Park.”  Christie’s auction house said the fossil, nicknamed Hector, sold to a private bidder for more than double the auction house’s estimated high of six-million.  Despite all the buzz, some paleontologists fear that specimens could become lost to science if they are bought by private individuals rather than public institutions.

Sports

Penn State softball senior Ally Kurland was named to the 2021-22 CoSIDA Academic All-District Softball team for District 2 Thursday morning. District 2 is made up of schools from Washington, D.C., Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. 

Two members of the Penn State baseball team were named CoSIDA Academic All-District, announced on Thursday. Graduate student outfielder/first baseman Cole Bartels and junior catcher Matt Wood were voted First Team Academic All-District for District 2.

The Penn State track and field team is set for postseason action as the Nittany Lions travel out to Minneapolis for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships Friday to Sunday.

MLB – The Reds shutout the the Pirates, 4-0. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers, 9-7.

NHL Playoffs –The Penguins try to eliminate the Rangers tonight as they play host to the Rangers in Game 6 of the NHL playoffs, The Puck drops at 7pm.

NBA Playoffs – The Heat eliminated the 76ers from the NBA playoffs with a 99-90win. The Heat win the series 4 games to 2.