Trusting News – the process/Congressional Districting/Keeping those with cognitive disorders safe

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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, February 5, 2018:

WITF is taking part in the Trusting News project — an effort to create strategies designed to demonstrate the credibility and trustworthiness of journalism.  One of the main tenants of the project is to explain the editorial process.  WITF’s Multimedia News Director Tim Lambert wrote about just that in how the station’s news department reported on the tragic shooting death of Deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher Hill in Harrisburg two weeks ago. 

Tim appears on Monday’s Smart Talk to discuss Trusting News and the editorial process in this particular instance.

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WITF News Director Tim Lambert

Later, state GOP leaders have sought an emergency intervention from the US Supreme Court to hold up the state’s Supreme Court ruling that congressional district lines drawn in 2011 offer an unfair advantage to Republican congressional candidates.  Attorneys representing the state Republican party allege one of the state Supreme Court judges exhibited bias due to remarks made previously and should be disqualified from rendering an opinion.  Keystone Crossroads reporter Emily Previti will discuss the latest iteration on the state’s congressional district dispute.

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Keystone Crossroads reporter Emily Previti

Also, it’s not unusual to hear about people living with cognitive disabilities wandering away from home, which leaves their family members terrified for their well-being.  These cases usually involve young people and adults who place somewhere on the autism spectrum; people with emotional disorders that cause confusion or disorientation and older people dealing with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive disorders.

Project Lifesaver is a program that provides people with cognitive disorders like autism or bipolarity with radio transmitter devices that send a signal to public safety officials.  Should the person become missing, they are easily locatable by police or health care officials.

The Pilot Club of Lancaster launched a local program in 2012.  There are currently 21 Lancaster Countians involved with Project Lifesaver.

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Chief Mark Pugliese of the West Hempfield Township Police Department, parent Amy Breslin, and Pilot Club co-coordinator Gail Monteleone


On Monday’s Smart Talk, we will discuss the risks facing cognitively disabled Pennsylvanians and how this project adds a layer of safety to their well-being with Pilot Club co-coordinator  and Chief Mark Pugliese of the West Hempfield Township Police Department.  We will also speak with Amy Breslin, an area parent of twin ten-year-old boys who were both helped by the Project Lifesaver program.

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