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Smart Talk: Gas companies control roads; Taney LL coach; Kids in hot cars

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 14, 2014 3:29 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, August 15, 2014:

Coming up on Friday's Smart Talk...

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StateImpact Pennsylvania's Marie Cusick discusses her story about natural gas companies that provide security over public roads near drilling sites.  Marie highlights a Lycoming man who can only drive to and from his home during designated times in the morning and the afternoon.  He is often stopped and asked what he's doing by security personnel otherwise.  This is while he is traveling on a public road.

See Marie Cusick's report here:

A recent survey ranked Pennsylvania's schools as the nation's tenth best.  The WalletHub study takes 12 different factors into account.  We'll hear where the state's schools do well and areas where they can improve.

There seem to be a rash of people leaving children in hot cars this summer.  A few of these incidents have resulted in tragedy.  We'll learn more about the dangers of leaving kids or pets in sweltering hot vehicles.

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Shannon Kearns-DePatto

The Taney Dragons play their first Little League World Series tournament game in Williamsport Friday afternoon.  The team of 12 and 13-year-olds from Philadelphia have become the darlings of the nation.  Taney's star pitcher -- Mo'Ne Davis -- a 13-year-old girl -- is attracting world wide attention.  Taney coach Alex Rice talks to us before the big game.

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  • John H. img 2014-08-15 07:53

    This should come a no surprise. The companies know that Corbett won't do anything about what they're doing, so they not only feel they can do what they want, but they know they can.

  • phil the auctioneer img 2014-08-15 08:29

    It is outrageous that private companies are controlling public roadways , or even substantial areas of public land for their own uses. While it probably makes sense to utilize the existing roads for this activity that will have a finite life, the fact that these are publicly owned roads should come first. If the private firm needs a wider road they should widen it at their own cost to make the road passable for 2 way traffic. If there is a need for exclusive use it should be limited to short( 2 hours maximum) period during the day or late night hours to minimize inconvenience for private "security" forces to be controlling or following private citizens.

  • Benjamin img 2014-08-15 08:37

    I think this type of security on a public road is the government's job. The government is there to be a neutral and transparent force to keep the peace and resolve disputes. The problem with privatizing this is the lack of accountability, constitutional rights, and clear channels of conflict resolution. Had this been a private access road to which that they had legally established land rights, I would feel differently. The natural gas industry loves to talk about all the investment they've put into new infrastructure and all the good manufacturing jobs they're creating all while using public money to subsidize their business. Corbett style crony capitalism at its best.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-08-15 09:00

    Biruta emails:

    I travel by plane a lot and a amazed that infants are loose in the arms of parents

  • webbrowan img 2016-03-08 22:57

    That poor guy! I can't imagine how frustrated he must be. He buys and finances a perfectly good car only to come across this roadblock every day and be restricted as to how and when he's able to use it! I really hope that the company has a good answer to how they're treating this fellow!