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Smart Talk: Clearing snow from trucks; Thon; PA woman's winter experience in New England

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 19, 2015 3:12 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, February 20, 2015:

WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson appears on Friday's Smart Talk for the Capitol Week-in-Review.  Mary has the latest about Gov. Tom Wolf's moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania.

This winter's brutal weather is part of the Smart Talk conversation Friday.

State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh Valley) has proposed a bill that would require truck operators and trucking companies to make "reasonable efforts" to remove all snow and ice from tractor trailers.  The idea is to keep snow and ice from flying off the top of a trailer and onto the windshield of vehicles behind the truck.  Anyone who has experienced the blowing snow knows how dangerous it can be.

Jim Runk, the president of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, says his industry understands the intent of proposed law but it may not be as simple as it sounds.  Runk joins us on Smart Talk.

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More than 100 inches of snow has fallen this winter in Worcester, Massachusetts -- more than anywhere else in the country.

Gwen Coleman, a native of Chester County, now lives near Worcester and will give us a first-hand description of just how bad this winter has been in New England.

Finally, the Penn State Dance Marathon to raise money for pediatric cancer begins Friday evening and runs through Sunday afternoon.  The money goes to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Medical Center to research and treat childhood cancer and to aid families of those impacted by it.

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Four Diamonds Director Suzanne Graney tells us more on Smart Talk.

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