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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday:
Republican leadership in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives came under fire this week after a story reported by the Patriot-News/PennLive's Donald Gilliland.
Gilliland wrote that a proposal to mandate teen suicide prevention training for teachers was stopped dead in its tracks by House Leader Mike Turzai because his caucus is opposed to more unfunded mandates on schools. Gilliland reported the training wouldn't come with any significant cost.
Gillliland appears on Smart Talk Friday to provide more insight into what he found.
Pennsylvania's primary election is set for May 20. We'll get Ken Rudin -- the Political Junkie's -- take on how the primary looks from afar and nationally.
Pennsylvania's credit rating is in danger of being downgraded if the state doesn't come up with a solution to its pension debt for retired workers -- that's according to credit analysts Standard and Poors. WITF Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson talks with an actuary about the pension obligations.
Also, we'll learn about Spring Sensations -- a three weekend event for wine lovers -- at Central Pennsylvania's wineries. Mike Wilson, the COO of Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country, will tell us more.
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