5 things to know today: Why the Pennsylvania primary could be the most important

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, greet each other on stage during a rally organized by Tea Party Patriots in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, to oppose the Iran nuclear agreement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, greet each other on stage during a rally organized by Tea Party Patriots in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, to oppose the Iran nuclear agreement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Here’s what you need to know to stay informed this Wednesday:

1. Why Pennsylvania could be the most important “forgotten” state in the 2016 election.

Now that the New York primary is behind us, we can look ahead to what analysis by Slate says could be the most important primary of this election: Pennsylvania. According to Simon Maloy, because Pennsylvania has a unique delegate system on the Republican side (17 are awarded to the winner of the statewide majority and 54 are wildcards), and because delegates are free to vote differently than what is decided in the statewide election, the state can play a major role in determining who secures the nomination.

2. Band of storms to hit Austin Wednesday.

A large band of fast-moving storms is set to move through the Austin area Wednesday morning, the American-Statesman’s Robert Villalpando reports. The storms, which are headed toward Bastrop, are moving through Austin and have resulted in a significant weather advisory. Hail and strong winds might be present.

3. Whole Foods files suit against gay slur cake accuser.

Whole Foods has turned the tables and filed a counter lawsuit against Jordan Brown, a pastor, who accused the store of selling him a customized cake with a gay slur on it, the American-Statesman’s Claudia Grisales reports. Whole Foods released a video Tuesday, which it says refutes Brown’s claim, and is now seeking $100,000 from the pastor for “intentionally, knowingly and falsely” accusing the store.

4. Ecuador hit again days after deadly earthquake.

Just two days after a major earthquake left at least 500 people dead in Ecuador, a magnitude 6.2 quake struck the same area, Reuters reported. The earthquake was proceeded by a series of aftershocks, but no tsunami warning was issued.

5. Scientists find new unique city-identifier.

It’s not just the food, culture or landmarks that distinguish one city from another — it’s the germs. Researchers have recently discovered that buildings, and the cities in which they’re located, have unique microbial signatures, NPR reports. This discovery could eventually be used to design healthier, more balanced microbiomes within buildings, which better compliment their surroundings.

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