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Smart Talk: Healthy PA; Homeless in PA cities; Clean water campaign; PSU in Ireland

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Aug 28, 2014 1:25 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, August 29, 2014


Coming up on Friday's Smart Talk...

  • The Corbett Administration has gotten federal approval for the Healthy Pennsylvania plan to reform Medicaid and provide insurance to the uninsured.  WITF's Transforming Health reporter Ben Allen is on Smart Talk to provide details.
  • The nation's homeless population is trending downward, but not in Pennsylvania where the number of homeless has increased in three out of the last four years. The state's cities are tackling the issue in a variety of ways that include helping the homeless find housing or just not disturbing those who have built makeshift camps. Keystone Crossroads reporter Emily Previti tells us what a few cities are doing.

CBF Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell


  • Also, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's latest statewide water quality survey, nearly a quarter of the state's waterways are polluted. In response, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is launching the Clean Water Counts campaign.  CBF Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell appears on Smart Talk to discuss the campaign goals of making clean water a priority and increasing funding to do so.
  • Penn State starts its 2014 football season Saturday in Ireland against Central Florida. Directly from Ireland, we'll hear about life in Dublin and the game itself from Greg Pickel, a senior journalism major from Middletown, who is one of a handful of select students covering the contest for the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism in Penn State's College of Communications.

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