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Smart Talk: New pipeline rules; Blood shortage; AmeriCorps in area

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 1, 2016 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, April 1, 2016:

The federal government has announced expanded safety rules for natural gas pipelines.  The new regulations will have an impact in Pennsylvania, which is one of the nation's leading natural gas producers.

Meanwhile, natural gas production is down in Pennsylvania and that means less money for the state.

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Marie Cusick appears on Friday's Smart Talk with details.

There is a severe emergency shortage of blood right now according to the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank.  The Blood Bank says there has been a significant decrease in the number of blood donors at blood drives and donor centers over the past two months.

We'll hear from the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank on Friday's program.

Finally, the domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps introduced by President John F. Kennedy in the 1960s is Americorps Vista - Volunteers in Service to America -- which was designed to fight poverty.  Today, it does much more, including fostering partnerships between schools, national service programs, and community-based organizations to support low-performing schools.  

Max Finberg is the director of AmeriCorps VISTA and he's in Harrisburg and on Smart Talk Friday.

To donate blood, contact the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank at 1-800-771-0059, go to or contact any of the following donor centers:

Carlisle Donor Center

Walnut Bottom Professional Center

419 Village Drive

Phone#:  1-800-771-0059

 Ephrata Donor Center

446 N. Reading Rd., Suite#201

Ephrata, PA 175222

Phone#:  1-800-771-0059

 Lebanon Donor Center

750 Norman Drive, Lebanon, PA

Phone#:  1-800-771-0059

 Hanover Donor Center

100B West Eisenhower Drive, Hanover, PA

Phone#:  1-800-771-0059

 Hershey Donor Center

35 Hope Drive, Hershey, PA

Phone#:  1-800-771-0059

 Camp Hill Donor Center

Holy Spirit Donation Center

875 Poplar Church Rd., Camp Hill, PA

Phone#:  1-800-771-0059

 Lancaster Donor Center

3027 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, PA

Phone#:  1-800-771-0059

 Harrisburg East Donor Center

4311 Londonderry Road, Harrisburg, PA

Phone#:  1-800-771-0059

 Pinnacle Hospital Harrisburg Donor Center

Corner of Chestnut & 2nd Streets

3rd Floor of Medical Sciences Building

Phone#:  1-800-771-0059

 Downtown Harrisburg Donor Center

223 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA

Phone#:  1-800-771-0059

 York Donor Center

WellSpan Health Apple Hill Medical Center

25 Monument Rd., suite#198, York, PA

Phone#:  1-800-771-0059

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