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What's nuclear energy caucus looking to achieve?/Child abuse prevention

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 18, 2017 4:09 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, April 18, 2017:

Most discussions of energy in Pennsylvania today start with natural gas.  For much of the past decade, drilling in the Marcellus Shale regions of the state has made Pennsylvania one of the nation's leading energy producers.  During his campaign for president, Donald Trump promised to bring coal back and many are still clamoring for expansion and more use of renewable energy in the state.

What doesn't get mentioned often is nuclear energy.  Which is surprising since about 35% of Pennsylvania's electricity comes from nuclear.

The Three Mile Island accident brought construction and licensing of new nuclear plants to a virtual halt.  That's even though nuclear facilities have been operating safely and producing power since the 1979 TMI accident.  They were considered too expensive to build and there were always safety concerns.

A first-of-its-kind-in-the-nation nuclear energy caucus has been formed in the Pennsylvania legislature.  It has more than 70 members, of both parties, so far.

On Tuesday's Smart Talk, we'll hear from Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) who is one of the caucus organizers.

Then, TMI Alert chairman Eric Epstein joins us.

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PA State Senator Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) / Eric Epstein - Chairman TMI Alert

Also, April is Child Abuse Awareness Month.  The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance is one of the state's leading advocates for preventing child abuse and helping victims.

We'll discuss efforts to stop child abuse and protect children with Angela Liddle, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance and Emily Huggins, a forensic nurse examiner at Wellspan York Hospital.

TO REPORT SUSPECTED CHILD ABUSE, CALL 1-800-932-0313

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Angela Liddle - President and CEO, Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance / Emily Huggins - Forensic Nurse Examiner, Wellspan York Hospital.

EMAILS on child abuse:

- What about the reduction in staff in places like day care and nurseries due to the stricter laws?                      - Hupekoos

- How can emotional abuse be proven?

My son has been through being force fed, locked in a shed and basement, beaten with a wooden spoon, dragged across a lawn by legs, and so much more. He had an mental breakdown landing him in a mental hospital and is being treated by a psychiatrist with and finally disclosed sexual abuse to a trauma therapist. The psychiatrist called in some abuse and was called about mental abuse by a county (which she said his diagnoses are from the abuse) and yet it was still unfounded. There have been 15+ calls regarding all of this abuse. When is enough enough?          - Nagle

When does the public have a right to know if a teacher has CPS investigations on them?                 - amnagle08

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