Marie Cusick http://ktep.org en Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests http://ktep.org/post/natural-gas-boom-cuts-pennsylvanias-state-forests On the side of a mountain road in Pennsylvania's Tiadaghton State Forest, I'm trying to avoid a steady stream of heavy truck traffic. Acres of freshly cut tree stumps stretch out in front of me.<p>Kevin Heatley lives in the area and has come to these woods for years to hike. He's an ecologist by trade and he's concerned about what he's seeing.<p>"Everything from the noise and the traffic to the lighting, to the pad placements, to the pipeline construction to the road expansion — this is all industrial infrastructure," Heatley says. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 32491 at http://ktep.org Natural Gas Boom Cuts Into Pennsylvania's State Forests Chef Knows The Cows That Go Into 'The Truth' http://ktep.org/post/chef-knows-cows-go-truth Lancaster County, Pa., is well known for its pastoral landscape, Amish community, and agricultural heritage. Despite this reputation, few local chefs have embraced the farm-to-table concept until recently.<p>A restaurant called John J. Jeffries, in Lancaster City, was among the first. Although the menu changes seasonally, customers can order the restaurant's version of steak tartare year-round.<p>The restaurant titles its signature raw ground beef spread "The Truth," and it's the kind of dish you would only want to make from meat you trust. As the chef and co-owner of John J. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 11:20:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 22802 at http://ktep.org Chef Knows The Cows That Go Into 'The Truth' Pa. Landowners Feel Cheated By Royalty Payments From Fracking http://ktep.org/post/pa-landowners-feel-cheated-royalty-payments-fracking Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Now to another part of the country that's seeing a lot of new drilling, thanks to fracking, that's Pennsylvania. Some landowners there are upset about royalties. They claim they're being cheated out of payments by one of the country's biggest natural gas companies.<p>Marie Cusick of member station WITF in Harrisburg tells us more.<p>MARIE CUSICK, BYLINE: In recent years, energy companies have raced into rural parts of Pennsylvania, looking for natural gas. But before they could drill wells, the companies had to sign leases with landowners. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:56:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 21961 at http://ktep.org Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight http://ktep.org/post/forensic-crime-lab-scandals-may-be-due-oversight Three years ago, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/19/us/19forensics.html">a report</a> from the National Academy of Sciences exposed serious problems in the nation's forensic science community. It found not only a lack of peer-reviewed science in the field, but also insufficient oversight in crime laboratories.<p>Little has changed since that report came out, but concerns are growing as scandals keep surfacing at crime labs across the country.<p><strong>Critical Errors Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:14:00 +0000 Marie Cusick 5637 at http://ktep.org Scandals Call Into Question Crime Labs' Oversight