Radio PA Roundtable 04.19.13

On this week’s Radio PA Roundtable, Brad Christman and Matt Paul recap a shocking week in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. Also, a new transportation funding plan surfaces in Harrisburg and the NRA takes over the Eastern Sports & Outdoors Show just as it leads the effort to defeat expanded background checks at gun shows.

Radio PA Roundtable is a 30-minute program featuring in-depth reporting on the top news stories of the week.

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President Issues Proclamation on Boston Terror Attack

The following was released by the White House Tuesday…


For Immediate Release April 16, 2013


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As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, April 20, 2013. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

sixteenth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.



Shock and Horror in Boston

Pennsylvania was well represented at Monday’s Boston Marathon, and Keystone Staters were among those ducking for cover and fleeing the finish line area when two bombs were detonated. At least three people have been killed, more than 140 injured.

Jo Rupp is a former Millersville University runner from York County. The now-Pittsburgh resident was separated from friends after finishing the race and experienced some tense hours as cell phone service was down and chaos interrupted attempts to connect with her group. Rupp did eventually find out that her friends were okay. She is due to return to PA today.

Mark Sullivan is a member of the Selinsgrove-based Susquehanna Ridge Runners Club, which sent 9 runners to Boston. Sullivan had crossed the finish line before the blasts, but his wife had lingered around the finish line area, leaving just minutes before the deadly explosions.

She had been sitting right across the street from it…she would have been about 50 feet away from where the first explosion took place had she not left when she did. We’re very thankful and we thank God that she wasn’t there,” Sullivan told WITF news.

The FBI is leading the investigation in Boston. President Obama pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice Monday