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IT’S ANOTHER RECORD-SETTING DAY IN PENNSYLVANIA.  AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY.  ANOTHER 14 HUNDRED POSITIVE CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED, BRING THE STATE-WIDE TOTAL TO OVER 84 HUNDRED.  THERE ARE ALSO 12 REPORTED NEW FATALTITES, PUSHING THE TOTAL OVER 100 TO 102.  AS OF NOW, THERE ARE ONLY 4 COUNTIES LEFT IN THE STATE WITHOUT A CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19.  ELK AND JEFFERSON ARE 2 OF THE 4.  FULTON AND SULLIVAN ARE THE OTHERS. 

 

IN ADDITION, ABOUT 9 THOUSAND STATE EMPLOYEES WILL BE LOSING THEIR PAYCHECKS SOON.  IN A STATEMENT, GOVERNOR TOM WOLF ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT PAID LEAVE FOR STATE WORKERS WHOSE LOCATIONS ARE CLOSED AND WHO ARE UNABLE TO WORK REMOTELY WILL END NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH.  57 HUNDRED OF THOSE ARE PENN DOT EMPLOYEES.  IN ALL, THE PAY FREEZE WILL AFFECT ABOUT 12% OF THE STATE’S WORKFORCE.

 

TODAY IS ALSO THE FINAL DAY TO APPLY FOR EXEMPTION TO THE GOVERNOR’S ESSENTIAL BUSINESS LIST IN ORDER TO REMAIN OPEN.  IF YOU NEED TO DO SO, THE WEBSITE TO VISIT IS R-A DASH D-C-E-D-C-S AT PA DOT GOV. 

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A DUBOIS MAN IS FACING MULTIPLE DRUG-RELATED CHARGES AFTER HIS GIRLFRIEND OVERDOSED AND DIED LAST WEEKEND.  POLICE AND EMS PERSONNEL WERE CALLED TO THE RESIDENCE OF 36-YEAR OLD PATRICK O’BRIEN LAST SATURDAY ON A REPORT OF A WOMAN WHO WAS NOT BREATHING.  THE WOMAN WAS UNABLE TO BE RESUSITATED AT THE SCENE AND DIED OF AN APPARENT OVERDOSE.  O’BRIEN WAS ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY TAMPERING WITH EVEIDENCE AT THE SCENE. 

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A CLEARFIELD COUNTY MAN IS FACING HOMICIDE BY DUI CHARGES STEMMING FROM A DECEMBER ACCIDENT OF LAST YEAR.  TEST RESULTS SHOWED THAT 29-YEAR OLD MICHAEL ROSE OF WOODLAND WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 20TH WHEN HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT THAT KILLED 31-YEAR OLD NATHANIEL CANFIELD, OF CURWENSVILLE.  HE’S BEHIND BARS TODAY.

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IT’S CARBON COUNTY, NOT CAMERON COUNTY.  THAT’S THE RETRACTION THAT WAS POSTED FROM NUMEROUS NEWS SOURCES THIS AFTERNOON AFTER FIRST REPORTING THAT CAMERON COUNTY HAD 26 NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES TODAY.  THAT INFORMATION WAS POSTED WRONG BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, WHICH LED TO THE ERROR.  CAMERON COUNTY STILL STANDS AT 1 CASE AS OF NOW. 

 

THOSE 26 CASES IN CARBON COUNTY, PLUS THE FIRST CONFIRMED CASE IN FOREST COUNTY ARE AMONG THE LARGEST SPIKE IN CASES YET IN THE COMMONWEALTH.  AN ADDITIONAL 12 HUNDRED CASES WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY, PUSHING THE TOTAL IN THE STATE OVER 7 THOUSAND.  16 MORE DEATHS WERE REPORTED AS WELL, PUTTING THE TOTAL FATALITIES AT 90. 

 

IN OTHER COVID-19 NEWS TODAY, LICENSE TO CARRY PERMITS IN PENNSYLVANIA THAT EXPIRE MARCH 19TH OR LATER HAVE BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 30TH. THE DECISION BY GOVERNOR WOLF’S ADMINISTRATION IS BASED ON THE DESIRE TO NOT HAVE PEOPLE OUT FOR NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL AND TO COMPLY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.  ALONG THE SAME LINES, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS SUSPENDED ISSUING LICENSE TO CARRY PERMITS FOR AS LONG AS THE STAY AT HOME DIRECTIVE IS IN EFFECT.  IF YOU HAVE A PERMIT THAT EXPIRES BEFORE MARCH 19TH, YOU’LL HAVE TO CALL THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE DIRECTLY TO DISCUSS PROPER PROCEDURES.

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A ST. MARYS MAN IS BEHIND BARS TODAY AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP LAST WEEKEND.  CITY POLICE TELL US THEY HAD BEEN OBSERVING THE RESIDENCE OF 23-YEAR OLD TRISTAN CHEATLE FOR SUSPECTED DRUG ACTIVITY.  WHEN CHEATLE AND A WOMAN LEFT THE RESIDENCE IN A JEEP, THEY WERE STOPPED SHORTLY AFTER AND K9 UNIT NANDO WAS DEPLOYED.  MULTIPLE BAGS OF HEROIN WERE FOUND IN THE VEHICLE AND LATER, A SEARCH OF CHEATLE’S RESIDENCE TURNED UP MORE DRUGS AND PARAPHERNALIA.  HE’S IN THE ELK COUNTY JAIL AWAITING A PRELIMINARY HEARING.

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BREAKING NEWS THIS AFTERNOON.  GOVERNOR TOM WOLF HAS OFFICIALLY PLACED ALL 67 COUNTIES IN PENNSYLVANIA UNDER A ‘STAY AT HOME’ DIRECTIVE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  THIS COMES AFTER ANOTHER NEARLY 1 THOUSAND NEW POSITIVE TEST RESULTS FOR THE CORONAVIRUS, BRINGING THE STATE’S TOTAL TO OVER 58 HUNDRED.  THERE WERE 11 MORE DEATHS REPORTED, BRINGING THE TOTAL NOW TO 74. 

 

WHAT EXACTLY DOES THE ‘STAY AT HOME’ DIRECTIVE MEAN?  BASICALLY, IT MEANS THAT RESIDENTS SHOULD DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME AT HOME AS THEY CAN.  OFFICIALS SAY THE REASONS FOR LEAVING HOME WOULD INCLUDE TRIPS TO TAKE CARE OF NECISSITIES.  MEDICAL CARE, PET MEDICAL CARE, ESSENTIAL WORK REQUIREMENTS, GETTING GROCERIES AND ANY OTHER BASIC COMMON-SENSE NEEDS. 

 

ALSO, STATE POLICE TROOPERS WILL NOW NOT BE RESPONDING IN PERSON TO SOME TYPES OF CALLS.  THAT IS BEING JUDGED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION. 

 

PENN HIGHLANDS HEALTHCARE IS TAKING ADDITIONAL STEPS AS PART OF THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19.  YESTERDAY, HEALTHCARE OFFICIALS SAID THEY NOW HAVE A DEDICATED WAITING AREA IN THE PARKING LOT SO THAT YOU CAN WAIT FOR APPOINTMENTS WHILE IN YOUR CAR UNTIL YOUR PROVIDER IS READY.  VIRTUAL VISITS ARE NOW BEING DONE WITH MY DOC NOW ON THE MY HELP NOW APP.  THE APP IS AVAILABLE FOR BOTH IPHONE AND ANDROID USERS.  THEY SAY THAT THERE IS AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, BUT THEY WILL ALWAYS ACCEPT DONATIONS. 

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TWO LOCAL COUNTIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE LATEST ROUND OF ADDITIONS TO THE STATE’S “STAY AT HOME” COUNTY LIST.  EARLIER TODAY, GOVERNOR TOM WOLF ADDED CAMERON AND FOREST COUNTIES AMONG THE NOW 33 IN THE STATE.  INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, CAMERON COUNTY HAS 1 CONFIRMED CASE OF THE VIRUS.  FOREST, NONE. 

 

IN THE OFFICIAL COVID COUNT TODAY, AND ADDITIONAL 756 CASES OF CORONAVIRUS HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED, PUTTING THE TOTAL CASES IN THE STATE OVER 48 HUNDRED.  THERE’S ALSO 14 NEW FATALITIES, BRINGING THAT TOTAL NOW TO 63.  

 

NEWS HAS ALSO SURFACED TODAY THAT A PENNSYLVANIA STATE TROOPER TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS A FEW WEEKS BACK.  THAT TROOPER HAS BEEN QUARANTINED.  NO FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CASE WAS RELEASED. 

 

SPEAKING OF PENNSYLVANIA’S FINEST, A NEW REPORT IS OUT TODAY THAT SHOWS TROOPERS HAVE GIVEN OUT 107 WARNINGS TO NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES THAT HAVE REMAINED OPEN, DESPITE THE MANDATE FOR CLOSURE FROM GOVERNOR WOLF.  THERE ARE ONLY A HANFUL OF THOSE CASES COMING FROM OUR AREA. 

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IT’S NO SECRET THAT THE NEED IS GREAT FOR MEDICAL SUPPLIES IN THE COMMONWEALTH.  THE NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION IS GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE STATE IN HELPING TO SECURE THOSE SUPPLIES.  THERE IS NOW A PORTAL FOR MANUFACTURERS, DISTRIBUTORS AND OTHER SUPPLIERS TO INFORM THEM OF SUPPLIES AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND, THEREFORE, HELP GET THEM TO THE NEEDED AREAS EFFICIENTLY.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, YOU CAN LOG ON TO N CENTRAL DOT COM. 

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MORE EXTENSIONS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING RELATED ITEMS TODAY.    COMING ON THE HEELS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE EXTENSION OF SOCIAL DISTANCING REGULATIONS YESTERDAY, GOVERNOR TOM WOLF ANNOUNCED THIS AFTERNOON THAT HE’S EXTENDING THE STAY AT HOME ORDER FOR WHAT IS NOW 26 COUNTIES IN THE STATE THROUGH APRIL 30TH.  WOLF ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT ALL SCHOOLS AND NON-LIFE-SUSTAINING BUSINESSES ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

 

THE STATE-WIDE NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA IS UP SIGNIFICANTLY AGAIN TODAY.  ANOTHER 693 POSITIVE TEST RESULTS PUTS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES IN THE STATE AT OVER 4 THOUSAND.  THERE ARE ALSO 11 ADDITIONAL DEATHS REPORTED TODAY, MAKING THE STATE’S NUMBER OF FATALITIES 48.  IN OUR AREA, CLEARFIELD COUNTY HAS REPORTED 4 CASES.  MCKEAN, WARREN, CLARION AND POTTER COUNTIES STILL ONLY HAVE 1 CASE EACH.  JEFFERSON, ELK AND FOREST COUNTY HAVE ZERO. 

 

RIDGWAY BOROUGH OFFICIALS ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP TODAY WHEN IT COMES TO PREVENTION OF THE CORONAVIRUS.  IN A NEWS RELEASE, THEY REMIND RESIDENTS OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WHEN IT COMES TO CONGREGATING AT BOROUGH PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS.  DESPITE THE NICER WEATHER THAT IS FILTERING IN FOR SPRING, THEY ARE DOING THIS TO HELP HEAD OFF ANY POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO THE VIRUS. 

 

ALSO, THE ELK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS LIMITING ACCESS TO THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN RIDGWAY.  ONLY ESSENTIAL JUDICIAL FUNCTIONS AND PROCEEDINGS ARE ALLOWED BEFORE THE COURT.  STARTING TODAY, THERE IS A CHANGE TO THE TIME TO PROCESS LICENSE TO CARRY PERMITS.  IT’S NOW FROM 10AM TO 3PM FOR ALL APPROVED APPLICATIONS.  IF YOU HAVE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE REGULATIONS, YOU CAN CALL THE OFFICE FOR DETAILS. 

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TODAY’S COVID COUNT INCLUDES THE FIRST CONFIRMED CASE OF THE VIRUS IN CLARION COUNTY.  THAT IS AMONG AN ADDITIONAL 531 NEW CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA.  THE TOTAL AMOUNT NOW SITS AT OVER 22 HUNDRED COMING FROM 50 OF THE 65 COUNTIES IN THE STATE.  6 MORE PEOPLE HAVE DIED, WHICH BRINGS THE FATALITY TOTAL TO 22.  IN ADDITION, TODAY, GOVERNOR WOLF ADDED 9 MORE COUNTIES TO THE CURRENT “STAY AT HOME” LIST.  NONE OF WHICH ARE AROUND THIS AREA.

 

THE CDC CONTINUES TO REMIND YOU OF THE BASIC GUIDELINES TO HELP COMBAT THE CORONAVIRUS INCLUDING STAYING HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND AVOIDING LARGE GATHERINGS.  CONTINUE TO WASH YOUR HANDS FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS FREQUENTLY.  ALSO DISINFECT REGULARLY USED SURFACES.  AND FINALLY, THEY SUGGEST GETTING GROCERIES ONCE PER WEEK INSTEAD OF DAILY.  FREEDOM OF TRAVEL STILL REMAINS, BUT IT IS SUGGESTED THAT IT BE ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY FOR GETTING NECESSITIES AND FOR WORK. 

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FROM SPIRTS…TO SANITIZER FOR 2 AREA DISTILLERIES.  BOTH CJ SPIRITS IN KANE AND CHICKEN HILL DISTILLERY IN KERSEY HAVE SWITCHED FROM PRODUCING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO HAND SANITIZER TO HELP FIGHT COVID-19.  CHICKEN HILL EXPECTES TO HAVE A BATCH OUT TOMOMRROW, WHICH WILL BE DONATED TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS.  CJ SPIRITS IS EXPECTING THEIR FIRST BATCH WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK OR 2.  THEY, AS WELL, WILL BE DONATING THE PRODUCTION TO FIRST RESPONDERS.

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STATE POLICE ARE LOOKING INTO THE BURGLARY OF A SHEFFIELD BUSINESS.  IT APPARENTLY HAPPENED BETWEEN 5 MONDAY AFTERNOON AND 8 TUESDAY MORNING AT THE SHEFFIELD CONTAINER CORPORATION ON HORTON AVENUE.  NO WORD ON ANY DAMAGES OR IF ANYTHING WAS TAKEN. 

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THE OFFICIAL COVID-COUNT TODAY INCLUDES 560 NEW CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA.  WHICH MAKES THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONFIRMED POSITIVE TEST RESULTS STAND AT NEARLY 17 HUNDRED. 

 

AS THE BATTLE AGAINST THE VIRUS CONTINUES, THE FALLOUT FROM THE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND CLOSING OF BUSINESSES IS BEING FELT.  OVER THE PAST 11 DAYS, PENNSYLVANIANS HAVE FILED OVER 650 THOUSAND UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS.  MOST OF THOSE COMING AFTER GOVERNOR WOLF MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ALL NON-LIFE-SUSTAINING BUSINESSES WERE TO BE CLOSED LAST FRIDAY. 

 

SPEAKING OF MR. WOLF, TODAY, THE GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION WILL SPEND UP TO 50 MILLION DOLLARS IN TRANSFERRED FUNDING THAT WILL GO TOWARD BUYING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES FOR HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES AND EMERGENCY WORKERS TO HELP FIGHT CORONAVIRUS. 

 

ALSO, IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE DEADLINE FOR REAL ID REGISTRATION HAS BEEN MOVED BACK TO OCTOBER 1ST OF 2021.  THE DEADLINE HAD BEEN THIS OCTOBER. 

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A NOTE FROM THE CITY OF ST. MARYS TODAY.  THEY ARE REMINDING RESIDENTS TO PLEASE NOT DISCARD DISPOSABLE WIPES, PAPER TOWELS AND SIMILAR PRODUCTS OF ANY KIND BY FLUSING THEM DOWN THE TOILET.  THE ITEMS CAN CAUSE GREAT HARM TO THE CITY’S SEWER SYSTEM, WHICH CREATES LARGER ISSUES BECAUSE THE SEWER PLANT CANNOT BREAK THOSE ITEMS DOWN. 

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A RIDGWAY WOMAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER AN ALLEGED ASSAULT EARLIER THIS MONTH.  34-YEAR OLD NIKI RESIDES IS ACCUSED OF ENTERING THE RESIDENCE OF THE VICTIM ON MARCH 13TH ON HILL STREET.  THE VICTIM APPARENTLY TOLD RESIDES TO LEAVE, BUT SHE DIDN’T, LEADING TO THE PHYSICAL ALTERCATION.  SHE’S DUE IN COURT APRIL 22ND FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING. 

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THE FIRST CASE OF CORONAVIRUS IN WARREN COUNTY HAS BEEN CONFIRMED TODAY.  OFFICIALS WITH WARREN GENERAL HOSPITAL SAY THE PATIENT CAME TO THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EARLIER THIS WEEK AND IS CURRENTLY HOME, QUARANTINED AND BEING TREATED. 

 

THE FIRST CASE HAS ALSO BEEN CONFIRMED IN INDIANA COUNTY THIS AFTERNOON.  NO DETAILS ARE KNOWN ABOUT THIS PATIENT EXCEPT THAT THEY HAVE BEEN QUARANTINED SINCE MARCH 16TH AND HAS NOT REQUIRED HOSPITALIZATION.  THESE ARE 2 OF 276 NEW CASES CONFIRMED IN PENNSYLVANIA TODAY.   THE TOTAL POSITIVE TEST RESULTS IN THE STATE IS NOW OVER 11 HUNDRED.   11 FATALITIES ARE CONFIRMED IN THE REPORT AS WELL. 

 

GOVERNOR TOM WOLF HAS ADDED ERIE COUNTY TO THE STAY AT HOME LIST.  THE ORDER REQUIRES RESIDENTS TO STAY AT HOME UNLESS THEY ARE LEAVING THEIR HOMES FOR ESSENTIAL NEEDS.  ERIE JOINS ALLEGHENY, BUCKS, CHESTER, DELAWARE, MONROE, MONTGOMERY AND PHILADELPHIA ON THAT LIST. 

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A 27-YEAR OLD LONDON, ONTARIO MAN IS RECOVERING FOLLOWING A MONDAY AFTERNOON TRACTOR-TRAILER ACCIDENT IN ELK COUNTY.  STATE POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED ON ROUTE 219, SOUTH OF HORNER ROAD, IN JONES TOWNSHIP WHEN THE FREIGHTLINER ENCOUNTERED A SLIPPERY ROAD SURFACE WHICH CAUSED IT TO STRIKE AN EMBANKMENT AND ROLL ON IT’S SIDE.  THE VEHICLE SPILLED A LARGE AMOUNT OF GLASS ON THE HIGHWAY, CAUSING THE ROAD TO BE CLOSED FOR A PERIOD.  THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO UPMC KANE FOR TREATMENT. 

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JUST A PROGRAMMING REMINDER FOR TOMORROW.  RE-LIVE ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS IN PITTSBURGH PIRATES AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HISTORY AS 97.5 THE HOUND PRESENTS THE ORIGINAL BROADCAST OF GAME 7 OF THE 1960 WORLD SERIES.  AIRTIME IS AT 1:00.

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THE FIRST CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS CASE IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY IS AMONG THE 207 NEW POSITIVE TESTS FOR THE VIRUS TODAY IN PENNSYLVANIA.  OFFICIALS WITH PENN HIGHLANDS HEALTHCARE TELL US THAT PATIENT IS NOT HOSPITALIZED AT THIS TIME, BUT THAT THEY ARE WORKING WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN THE SITUATION.  NO FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT THIS CASE HAVE BEEN RELEASED AS OF NOW.  THE TOTAL POSITIVE CASES IN THE STATE NOW STANDS AT 851.

 

IF YOU THOUGHT GOVERNOR WOLF WAS KIDDING ABOUT CITING NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES THAT REMAINED OPEN, MONDAY’S 27 WARNINGS THAT WERE ISSUED SHOULD LEAVE NO DOUBT.  STATE POLICE TELL US THOSE WARNINGS WERE STATE-WIDE.  IF BUSINESSES REFUSE TO COMPLY, THEY FACE FURTHER ACTION.   

 

PENNSYLVANIA MIGHT JOIN THE MANY OTHER STATES THAT HAVE MOVED THEIR PRIMARY ELECTION DAY.  STATE REPRESENTATIVE MATT GABLER AND THE HOUSE STATE GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE HAVE MOVED TO APPROVE AND AMEND THE SENATE’S PROPOSAL TO MOVE THE PRIMARY TO JUNE 2ND.  THE LEGISLATION NOW MOVES TO THE HOUSE FLOOR, AND IF APPROVED, BACK TO THE SENATE FOR A CONCURRENCE VOTE. 

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