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What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, February 20, 2014:
On May 12, 2007, 16-year-old Kevin Haines and his parents, Tom and Lisa were stabbed to death in their Manheim Township, Lancaster County home.
A month later one of Kevin's best friends, 16-year-old Alec Kreider confessed to his parents that he had killed the Haines. Alec Kreider's father Tim made what he described as the most difficult decision of his life and contacted police to turn his son in.
Alec Kreider was sentenced to three consecutive life in prison terms without the possibility of parole.
In his new book, Refuse to Drown - A Father's Unthinkable Choice, Tim Kreider writes of Alec's undiagnosed mental illness and how his actions not only destroyed the Haines family but also devastated his own.
Tim Kreider and co-author Shawn Smucker appear on Thursday's Smart Talk.
On March 1st from 2-4, Tim and Shawn are appearing at Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg for a book signing.
To learn more visit http://refusetodrown.com/
From left to right: Shawn Smucker, Co-Author and Tim Kreider, Author of "Refuse to Drown - A Father's Unthinkable Choice"
Also, the harsh winter is taking its toll on Pennsylvania's roads and highways in the form of potholes. They're popping up everywhere and it seems like there are more of them in just the last week or so.
Amid stories of constant snow removal busting winter maintenance budgets, will there be money to fix the potholes?
Penndot spokesman Rich Kirkpatrick fills us in.
If motorists come across potholes, they are asked to call 1-800-FIX-ROAD. These calls are fielded to the county maintenance department.
Motorists are asked to provide as many details as possible, including roads, highways, and municipalities. PennDot will be working diligently to get them repaired as quickly as possible.
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