5 things you need to know: Thursday, January 28

The historic snowfall that hit the Midstate last weekend is starting to melt, what does that mean for you? Here’s what you need to know:

A local group is concerned about salt in local rivers and streams.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is watching blizzard cleanup closely. They say the salt used to treat snow-covered roads can cause problems in freshwater rivers and streams.

The Turnpike will be closed this morning.

From 9 a.m. to noon, 86 miles of the Turnpike will be shut down so crews can pull out a tractor-trailer. It has been stuck in the snow since last weekend when more than 500 vehicles were stuck between Breezewood and New Stanton. Only the westbound lanes will be closed.

Today marks 30 years since the Challenger disaster.

On January 28, 1986, a tragedy in the sky over Cape Canaveral, Florida. NASA’s Challenger shuttle exploded, killing all seven astronauts on board.

Tonight is the final GOP debate before the Iowa caucus.

And Donald Trump will not be attending. Instead, he says he will hold a special event to benefit veterans organizations. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton appears to have pulled slightly ahead of Bernie Sanders in the polls in Iowa.

The Pennsylvania Auto Show starts today.

Cars, trucks, SUV’s and more can be found at the Pennsylvania Auto Show. The auto show is at the PA Farm Show Complex from January 28 to January 31.

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