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Smart Talk: Hershey-Pinnacle merger; DNC; Climate change in PA

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 25, 2016 11:44 AM

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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, July 25, 2016:

A proposed merger between Penn State Health and Pinnacle Health could have major ramifications in Central Pennsylvania.  It certainly would be the largest healthcare provider in the region. 

A federal court gave its blessing to the merger earlier this year but then the Federal Trade Commission took the unusual step of appealing the ruling - still arguing the merger could create a monopoly. 

The two sides will be back in court Tuesday.  WITF's Transforming Health reporter Ben Allen has been following this case closely and appears on Monday's Smart Talk to provide the latest.

The Democratic National Convention opens in Philadelphia this week.  Before the convention even got started, marchers are parading through the city to bring attention to climate change.  The march comes just a few days after a report that says the Delaware River will flood significantly as the climate changes.

StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Susan Phillips joins us on Smart Talk to provide details.

Finally, we'll a report from the Democratic National Convention itself.

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