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As NATO prepares to mark its 70th anniversary, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance may have changed many times, but it has not compromised its foundational principle: the commitment

On April 4, NATO will mark 70 years since the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty. Other allies are marking significant anniversaries as well, the secretary general said. The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland joined NATO 20 years ago. Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia became members 15 years ago. Albania and Croatia joined 10 years ago. And NATO’s newest member, North Macedonia, will complete the accession process later this year or early next year.

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PITTSBURGH SHOOTING: Man dies after being shot in Pittsburgh neighborhood | WPXI

PITTSBURGH – A man has died after a shooting in Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood.

It happened in the 6400 block of Shetland Street Sunday evening.

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Pittsburgh police said when they arrived on the scene around 4:30 p.m., they found Daniel Carpenter, 42, of Pittsburgh. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Source: PITTSBURGH SHOOTING: Man dies after being shot in Pittsburgh neighborhood | WPXI

New Voting Systems

When is Pennsylvania getting new voting machines?

In April 2018, Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres informed counties they must select new voting systems that provide a paper record and meet 21st-century standards of security, auditability and accessibility no later than Dec. 31, 2019, and preferably have a system in place by the November 2019 general election.

As of October 9, 2018, one Pennsylvania county, – Susquehanna – has purchased and received delivery of new voting equipment that meets the state’s new standard, and several other counties are close to selecting new systems.

Most other counties are exploring their voting system options, examining machines and seeking public input as well as quotes from vendors. Most counties appear likely to implement new systems in 2019. Some counties, may choose to wait until the 2020 primary.

Status of new voting system certification

Any voting system selected by a county must be certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and the Pennsylvania secretary of state. The EAC and the Pennsylvania Department of State evaluate voting systems under current federal and state standards. Pennsylvania has developed new standards of security and accessibility that manufacturers must meet to achieve state certification.

Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar certified the Dominion Voting Systems’ Democracy Suite 5.5-A (PDF) on January 17, 2019. The  Unisyn Voting Solutions OpenElect 1.3.0.2A (PDF), the Election Systems & Software’s EVS 6.0.2.1 (PDF), and the Unisyn Voting Solutions OpenElect 2.0A2 (PDF) systems have been certified under the new standards. The Department has a list of all certified voting systems and electronic poll books at https://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/OtherServicesEvents/Pages/Voting-Systems.aspx

Another system is currently in the certification process, and testing of an additional system will begin soon. Counties will have the option to use paper ballots or voting equipment that prints a paper record so voters can verify their vote before casting their ballot.

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Vigil for New Zealand victims held in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Organizers said more than 100 people participated in a candlelight vigil outside the Westmoreland Museum of American Art on Sunday night to honor the victims of the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques.

Speakers included Haykin, Council on American Islam Relations of Pittsburgh member Safzar Khwaja, Westmoreland Diversity Coalition co-chair Rabbi Sara Perman, Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP President Ruth Tolbert, Sister Barbara Einloth of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and Rev. Peter E. Nordby of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Youngwood.

Source: Vigil for New Zealand victims held in Greensburg | TribLIVE.com

Pelosi says she backs lowering voting age to 16 | TheHill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) voiced her support on Thursday for lowering the federal voting age to 16, telling reporters during a press conference that doing so would be a boon to voter engagement in the U.S.

Pelosi said Thursday that lowering the voting age would drive interest in politics among younger Americans who are learning about the subject in high school. The Speaker said that changing the voting age to 16 would help drive a higher level of voter awareness and turnout.

“I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said. “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government, to be able to vote.”

Source: Pelosi says she backs lowering voting age to 16 | TheHill

Devastating flooding hits already struggling Midwest farmers – CBS News

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Nebraska Tuesday to survey the damage caused by historic flooding responsible for killing at least three people. The Midwest is bracing for more flooding as rivers in 40 locations have risen to historic levels.

Flood watches and warnings are in effect in more than a dozen states and more rain is on the way. More than 70 cities in Nebraska have issued emergency declarations over what is the worst flooding the state has seen in at least 50 years.

The total damage is already in the hundreds of millions of dollars and is expected to climb as the flood threat remains. The views from the sky over the flooded Midwest reveal miles and miles of devastation. CBS News’ DeMarco Morgan took a plane to Fremont, a town of 26,000 that is nearly isolated by the water. Volunteers with planes are helping fly in supplies.

Source: Devastating flooding hits already struggling Midwest farmers – CBS News

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to eliminate the Electoral College | Fox News

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said she supports eliminating the U.S. Electoral College during a town hall broadcast on Monday night.

“I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and makes sure that vote gets counted,” she said. “We need to put some federal muscle behind that, and we need to repeal every one of the voter suppression laws that is out there.”

Warren said she also supports a new flag for Mississippi, which is the only state to have Confederate imagery on it.  The Mississippi state flag’s use of a Confederate battle emblem was legally challenged in 2017, but the Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

Source: Elizabeth Warren says she wants to eliminate the Electoral College | Fox News

Alan Krueger, former White House economist, dead at 58 from suicide – New York Daily News

Alan Krueger, a Princeton University economist and a top adviser under two Presidents, has died at age 58.

Krueger was also known for his research that found that raising the minimum wage did not raise unemployment. The 1994 study co-authored with David Card was titled “Minimum Wages and Employment: A Case Study of the Fast-Food Industry in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”

The research looked at the effects of New Jersey’s minimum wage rising from $4.25 to $5.05 per hour on April 1, 1992. Comparisons were made to Pennsylvania, where the minimum wage did not change at the time. To get a sense of the impact, 410 fast-food restaurants in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania were surveyed before and after the rise.

“We find no indication that the rise in the minimum wage reduced employment,” the study reads.

Source: Alan Krueger, former White House economist, dead at 58 from suicide – New York Daily News

Nunes sues Twitter, some users, seeks over $250M alleging anti-conservative ‘shadow bans,’ smears | Fox News

California GOP Rep. Devin Nunes filed a major lawsuit seeking $250 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Twitter and a handful of its users on Monday, accusing the social media site of “shadow-banning conservatives” including himself to influence the 2018 elections, explicitly and systematically censoring opposing viewpoints and “ignoring” lawful complaints of repeated abusive behavior.

Source: Nunes sues Twitter, some users, seeks over $250M alleging anti-conservative ‘shadow bans,’ smears | Fox News

‘The Five’ take on Beto O’Rourke’s hand gestures | Fox News

Beto O’Rourke made headlines after it was announced the former congressman raised over $6 million dollars in 24 hours to begin his presidential campaign — but his growing number of hand gestures also caught the attention of “The Five” on Monday.

Source: ‘The Five’ take on Beto O’Rourke’s hand gestures | Fox News

‘Captain Marvel’ clobbers the competition to stay atop box office | Showbiz | Malay Mail

The film, which stars Brie Larson as a former fighter pilot who gains superpowers and finds herself embroiled in a galactic conflict, has already passed the lifetime takes of superhero adventures including Ant-Man and the Wasp and Iron Man 2, according to Variety.

Far back in second spot for this three-day weekend was a new animated production from Paramount, Wonder Park, at US$16 million.

Source: ‘Captain Marvel’ clobbers the competition to stay atop box office | Showbiz | Malay Mail

New theory says daily low-dose aspirin no longer recommended as heart attack preventative for healthy adults – CNN

 

Cardiologists are no longer recommending daily low-dose aspirin for older adults except for high-risk patients because the risk of bleeding can outweigh the heart-healthy benefits.

Source: Daily low-dose aspirin no longer recommended as heart attack preventative for healthy adults – CNN

Police are searching for an Indiana County woman who has been missing for over 2 weeks:

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Pennsylvania State Police in Indiana are searching for a woman who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Jodi Leary, 45, of Blairsville, was last seen March 3 in the Blairsville area.

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