The Jerry Sandusky scandal, natural-gas drilling on campus lands, research money from drilling companies, teacher cuts, spending. Would the public have known more about these issues if Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know law extended to state-related universities, including the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University? On Thursday, Jan. 26, The Pitt News on WPTS featured a conversation on the possible change in the law. State Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Hill District) and PublicSource Editor Sharon Walsh talked with Mallory Grossman, news editor of the Pitt News.

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