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Smart Talk: Harrisburg parking, clemency from Obama, and holiday lights

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Dec 8, 2016 1:56 PM


What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, December 9, 2016, with guest host Ben Allen:

Harrisburg's parking system is facing a tough road.

It's not hitting its revenue goals, and that's putting many in a bind.

The Harrisburg Parking Authority has authorized a lawsuit over payments from the deal and Dauphin County is warning that garages could fall into disrepair if money isn't set aside.

A public meeting is set for Monday.

To break it all down, PennLive reporter Christine Vendel will join me in studio.

Keystone Crossroads reporter Emily Previti will also share her insight and add context about what has becoming a very challenging situation.

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Emily Previti - Reporter, Keystone Crossroads / Christine Vendel - reporter, PennLive

Clemency from President Barack Obama

Working pro bono, a Lancaster attorney successfully petitioned President Barack Obama to reduce the sentence of a nonviolent drug offender who was sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Jason Rakel of Shreveport, Louisiana will be released to a residential drug treatment home next October.

 McNees, Wallace, and Nurick Attorney Kiandra Bairwill talk about her work on the case.


Kiandra Bair, Attorney - McNees, Wallace, and Nurick

Holiday lights planeterium show

It's the holiday season.

In that spirit, a planeterium show at the State Museum will combine astronomy with holiday traditions.

Where did the burning Yule log come from?

What about candles in windows?

Or the Hanukkah Menorah?

Jeni Ashton, Chief of Education at the State Museum, will answer those questions and more.


Jeni Ashton, Chief of Education at the State Museum


on Harrisburg parking:

- What guarantee is there that if the city gives up revenue, it will not be used to pay for the PEDFA/SP+/PK Harris waterfall?                - Pierre

How would a storm water fee from CRW in the future impact the Parking Bond revenue?  - Pierre


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