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Will State College consider consolidation again?

Plus, police move in on UPenn protest.

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Today: Consolidation country, police tactics, xylazine bill, protest penalty, dangerous diets, and Camp Hill's sign ordinance falls again.
A consulting firm has recommended State College explore the idea of consolidating with neighboring municipalities — again. 

Twenty-nine years after borough voters rejected a proposed merger with College Township and Patton Township, the issue has resurfaced as local leaders look to grow the region’s economy.

Supporters and skeptics remain. State College Borough Council President Evan Myers says he still believes in the benefits of consolidation but isn't unsure if the political will exists to try again.
Read Spotlight PA's full report: State College area encouraged to consolidate to improve economy 3 decades after failed attempt.
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—GOP U.S. Senate hopeful Dave McCormick using his divorce to explain his Connecticut residence; the CDC says Pennsylvania's divorce rate is 2.4 per 1,000 people; state data show the divorce rate is in decline here.
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SECRET POLICE: Philly narcotics police have secretly used a network of surveillance cameras to build their cases and concealed video when it didn't line up with their testimony, The Inquirer (paywall) reports. While some cases linked to an implicated unit have been dropped, the district attorney is still pursuing others and saying very little.
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CRIMINAL POSSESSION: Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro will sign into law a measure criminalizing the misuse of xylazine, a powerful sedative and increasingly common adulterant in Pennsylvania's illicit drug supply. But advocates have warned that criminalization will fuel prisons, not treatment, all as stronger adulterants surface.
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PENN ARRESTS: Arrests have been made at a pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of Pennsylvania. Police in riot gear moved in early Friday. Gov. Shapiro called for the encampment to be disbanded on Thursday. The Daily Pennsylvanian says members of the press, including its student reporters, were kept away.
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PRISON HUNGER: An advocacy group says there is "widespread hunger" in Pennsylvania prisons. A study by the 200-year-old Pennsylvania Prison Society found state prison menus that were low on calories, nutrients, and likely "exacerbating disease risk for a population disproportionately affected by chronic illness."

Today's fifth top news story in Pennsylvania.
CHURCH & STATE: State inspectors ordered a Pittsburgh-area Catholic school to shut down its before- and after-school program after they found two staffers caring for 50 children. Now, TribLIVE reports, a follow-up inspection has prompted a federal lawsuit, with the school alleging an unconstitutional, "religiously motivated attack."
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MATERNAL CARE: Ahead of Mother's Day, the Pennsylvania House passed a bill extending Medicaid coverage to doula services, per Capital-Star.

MAD MOMS: That's right, Mother's Day is Sunday, and Philadelphia Eagles legend (and noted bad-gifter) Jason Kelce is set to blow it again

HOT HOT SUMMER: It's going to be a "sultry, soggy" summer in Pennsylvania, according to this map from the Farmers' Almanac

SIGN ON: A Camp Hill ordinance restricting political campaign signs on private property has again been deemed unconstitutional in court.

WAVE MACHINE: Lake Erie will be used to test renewable energy tech that harnesses the power of the waves, via WJET/WFXP.
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