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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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Gov. Phil Murphy passed new legislation that would improve affordable housing (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). April 25, 2014).

New Jersey passes new affordable housing plans

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently passed new legislation that would modify the regulations governing housing construction in order to improve affordable housing in the state. The legislation endeavors to generate 200,000 units of affordable housing by assisting municipalities in meeting a constitutional requirement to offer an equitable portion of homes that low and moderate income families can afford, according to North Jersey News.

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A nine-page ruling in the Georgia election interference case was issued in critique of six charges claiming that Trump and other defendants had asked public officials to violate their oaths of office (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / The White House. November 14, 2018). 

Judge dismisses six counts of election interference in Trump Georgia election case

In another addition to the number of headlines surrounding the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald J. Trump, an Atlanta judge ruled on March 13 to dismiss six of the charges brought forth in the case. Scott McAfee of Fulton County Superior court ruled that six of the counts, amongst the total of 41, were non-specific in alleging that Trump and his allies pressured public officials to break the law, according to the New York Times.

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Following her losses on Super Tuesday, Haley announced on March 6 that she was suspending her campaign (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore. Oct. 12, 2020). 

With Super Tuesday over, a clearer picture set of 2024’s general election

The nation’s primary elections are in full swing as the country readies itself for this November’s presidential contest. Beginning in early January with Iowa and New Hampshire, primaries will continue across the 50 states until the Democratic and Republican National Conferences take place over the summer, during which delegates from both parties will select the candidate to represent them in the general election. 

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The Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act is the latest move by Washington to respond to concerns that TikTok is a threat to national security due to the app being controlled by a foreign adversary (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Leonel Sohns. July 9, 2020). 

National security concerns may lead to TikTok ban in U.S.

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on March 13 that gives TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, six months to divest the popular social media app or risk facing a nationwide ban, according to The Washington Post. The legislation, dubbed the Protecting Americans from Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act, is the latest move by Washington to respond to concerns that TikTok is a threat to national security due to the app being controlled by a foreign adversary.

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Gov. Murphy proposed a new budgeting, including a raise on corporate taxes, state revenue taxes and more funding towards state infrastructure (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / Phil Murphy. November 10, 2014). 

Gov. Murphy’s new budget proposal for New Jersey

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy delivered an address proposing a more consumer-friendly budget for the fiscal year 2025 in New Jersey on Feb. 27. This budget includes raised corporate taxes, raised state revenue taxes and more funding toward specific sections of the state’s infrastructure. 

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