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By late in the afternoon on April 3, there had been more than 201 aftershocks, many of them over magnitude 5 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Executive Yuan. April 4, 2024). 

TCNJ student studying in Taiwan speaks about the country’s recent earthquake

Taiwan experienced its strongest earthquake in 25 years on April 3, registering 7.4 on the Richter scale. The quake killed nine people and injured 1,038 others, with its epicenter close to the densely populated county of Hualien, according to Reuters. Maya McKelvey, a sophomore communications major at the College, is currently studying abroad in Tamkang University in Tamsui District, New Taipei. She provided a perspective on the local response to the earthquake in an interview. 

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Christine Tartaglione recently announced her intention to introduce new legislation in Pennsylvania's general assembly to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $20 (Photo courtesy of Flickr / Governor Tom Wolf. January 28, 2020). 

Pennsylvania lawmakers plan to increase minimum wage to $20

Democratic legislator Christine Tartaglione recently announced her intention to introduce new legislation in Pennsylvania's general assembly aimed at raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $20. Tartaglione plans to increase Pennsylvania’s minimum wage on July 1, pending approval in both the assembly and the governor’s office, and maintain cost-of-living adjustments every five years thereafter. 

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The new House bills could be voted on as soon as April 19, though discussions are ongoing about whether to merge the bills into one package to be sent to the Senate for approval (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Lightdispellsdarkness. November 15, 2022). 

Congressional leaders at odds over Ukraine aid bill

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is pushing action to advance a long-sought foreign aid package while also facing threats of being ousted from his position if he does so. He unveiled a proposal on April 15 to separate the package into four votes for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, with the last vote addressing other Republican foreign policy demands, according to Reuters. 

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Gambian lawmakers ruled on March 18 to advance a measure seeking to overturn the nationwide ban against the practice of female genital cutting (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Nichol Brummer. November 14, 2005). 

Gambia considers end of ban on ‘female genital cutting’

In a landmark decision, Gambian lawmakers ruled on March 18 to advance a measure seeking to overturn the nationwide ban against the practice of female genital cutting. The current law prohibiting the practice across the nation has been in place since 2015. Despite this, the law has been weakly enforced since its inception, generating little recourse other than three fines handed to practitioners last year. 

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The World Central Kitchen said in a statement that the convoy was hit by an Israeli strike while working on food distribution efforts (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Tasnim. April 3, 2024). 

Israeli strike kills aid workers in Gaza

Seven aid workers from the World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization, were killed in Gaza after their convoy came under fire on April 2, according to The Associated Press. The disaster relief organization, founded by the Spanish chef José Andrés, said in a statement that the convoy was hit by an Israeli strike while working on food distribution efforts. 

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Gov. Murphy signed new legislation to bolster funding for the state's transportation trust fund for an additional five years (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Famartin. September 17, 2023). 

New Jersey passes new transportation legislation

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed new legislation aimed at bolstering funding for the state's transportation trust fund for an additional five years. The legislation seeks to annually allocate about $2 billion dollars towards the modernization and upkeep of New Jersey's comprehensive transportation infrastructure.

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A group of assailants stormed into the Crocus City Hall with automatic weapons, explosives and incendiary devices, killing at least 60 people and injuring 145 (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Mosreg.ru; Press service of the Governor of the Moscow region. March 27, 2020). 

60 killed and 145 wounded in Moscow concert attack

A group of gunmen opened fire at a concert venue near Moscow, killing at least 60 people and injuring 145, on March 22. The assailants stormed into the Crocus City Hall with automatic weapons, explosives and incendiary devices, leaving the venue in flames with parts of its roof collapsed, according to The Associated Press. 

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The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed due to a cargo ship collision (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / NTSBgov. March 26, 2024). 

Francis Scott Key Bridge collapses due to cargo container ship accident

The Francis Scott Key Bridge, located in Baltimore, Maryland, collapsed on March 26 due to a collision with a cargo ship, causing a loss of structural stability in the bridge. Following the collapse, authorities rescued two construction workers from the debris and recovered the bodies of two workers in their initial rescue operation. Furthermore, officials believe that another four construction workers who were on the bridge are dead. The rescue operation to locate the workers, however, has transitioned into a salvage effort, as officials suspect the four still missing may be trapped in vehicles buried within the bridge debris, inaccessible to divers.

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