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 (Harrisburg) -- Efforts to overhaul the state’s redistricting process are faltering.

Earlier this month, the legislature looked like it might be on track to approve a sweeping plan to establish a citizen’s commission to draw the maps — plus change how Pennsylvania elects judges.

Boaz Dvir spoke to the crowd at the rough cut screening of his upcoming documentary film, Cojot, on Penn State's University Park campus in April. He was joined by actor Judd Nelson, who narrated the film.
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Boaz Dvir is an American-Israeli award-winning filmmaker. His upcoming documentary, “Cojot,” tells the unknown story of Michel Cojot, a French man who played a pivotal role in a 1976 hostage rescue mission.

Previously, Dvir was a journalist and editor based in Florida. He now teaches documentary filmmaking and multimedia storytelling at Penn State’s College of Communications. WPSU's Min Xian talked to him about finding all the pieces to tell a story and the importance of passing down memories of the Holocaust.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Senate is rejecting a proposed constitutional amendment to reduce the number of its seats, but it's putting the onus back on the state House of Representatives to decide whether voters should get the question of shrinking it.

The Senate voted 42-7 on Thursday to send the measure back to the House after it stripped out a provision to reduce the Senate from 50 seats to 38.

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A medical marijuana dispensary opened in State College Thursday. And it’s already doing a brisk business.

Angel Rodriguez is co-manager of Nature’s Medicines on North Atherton Street in State College. He says when the dispensary opened at 11:00am Thursday, there were scores of people already in line.

“We’ve had over a hundred and something people walk through our doors,” Rodriguez said, “asking questions, coming into to see what we are, what we represent, and picking up medication so it’s been a very good day for us.”

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania regulators have decided how they will disburse nearly $210 million that was raised last year from fees on Marcellus Shale gas wells.

The state's Public Utility Commission announced its plans Thursday.

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State College has hosted a summer arts festival for decades.  And a brand new festival comes to town June 22-24, 2018. WPSU’s Kristine Allen reports the first annual "Central PA Theatre and Dance Fest," includes more than 100 events, held at various venues in and around downtown State College.

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In-state students at Penn State may be spared a tuition increase in the upcoming school year. 

Part of the state budget that’s on the table is a 3 percent increase in funding for Penn State and the other state-related universities. The university says it will keep tuition flat if it gets a 3 percent increase in funding from the state.

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says he expects the Senate to take up the budget Friday. The state House approved in Wednesday.

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At least two Centre County municipalities are speaking against the Trump administration’s policy that separates families who enter the U.S. illegally. Leaders in State College and Ferguson Township voted to contact U.S. Congressmen urging them to take action.

Evan Myers, president of State College council, said the borough wants to be a welcoming community, one that believes diversity and inclusion make it stronger.

Myers said the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy separating children from parents who try to enter the country goes against that.

The Remington Ryde Bluegrass festival is held annually around the 4th of July Weekend,  and takes its name from the Central PA band, Remington Ryde.  From humble beginnings in 2007.  The festival has grown quickly and now attracts thousands over the course of 5 days to the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall, PA.    The 2018 Festival kicks of  July 4th,  and includes Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (Sat) Russell Moore & Iiird Tyme Out (Fri) Little Roy & Lizzy Show (Thurs) Lonesome River Band (Fri) The Grascals (Thurs), and Larry Stephenson Band (Thurs)

Ashley Oleson, with the League of Women Voters of Maryland, carries signs of the state's districts, before oral arguments in Benisek v. Lamon in front of the Supreme Court, Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
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The U.S. Supreme Court was expected to make a defining decision on extreme partisan gerrymandering this term. It took up two cases, one from Wisconsin, and the other from Maryland. But, in unanimous decisions, the court avoided the key constitutional question at stake in these cases: How much politics is too much when determining voting districts?

Instead, it ruled on technicalities.

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The Trump Administration released previously classified documents Saturday related to the FBI wiretapping of one-time campaign adviser Carter Page. Republicans say the documents reveal the FBI relied on an anti-Trump source for its decision, while Democrats say the warrants underscore murky and possibly criminal connections between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

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