News & Public Affairs

Saturday December 20, 2014

INCOME EQUITY ACT-Andrew Stelzer

The growing gap in salaries between corporate chief executive officers, or CEOs, and the lower level employees of the companies they are in charge of has been one of the most glaring examples of the increasing class inequality in the United States. One member of congress has been trying for more than a decade to rein in the method by which corporations use exorbitant CEO salaries as a tax deduction, and he reintroduced his legislation today, hoping that this time he can garner enough support...

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GOVERNOR BUSH SIGNS LAWS TO CHANGE OUR ELECTION SYSTEM

Last month Governor Bush signed into law sweeping election legilsation that will change the way we vote. The law received little media coverage as it was being debated in the legislature. But on the program today to tell listeners about the changes was Karen Burns, the co-president of the League of Women Voters in the St. Petersburg area. Burns discussed the shortening of the hours for early voting, the elimination of the primary runoff, and the expansion of the campaign spending cap statew...

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EXXON MOBIL BOYCOTT-Andrew Stelzer

A coalition of environmental and citizens advocacy groups has launched a boycott of Exxon Mobil products to protest the company's challenges to warnings about global warming and its support for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The boycott is part of a planned public relations campaign across the United States to brand Exxon Mobil, the country's biggest oil company, as an "outlaw," The groups involved, which range from the sierra club to moveon.org, to greenp...

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CONTROVERSIAL CHANGES TO ELECTION LAW PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE

Our guest, Karen Burns, co-president of the League of Women Voters in St. Petersburg. She discussed the changes to the election system signed into law by Governor Bush last month. The laws actually make it more difficult to vote early according to Burns. She says the state should address voting problems by making sure the voting system is accessible, that there is a verified record, provisions are made for an instant runoff, and that felons who have served their sentences have their rights re...

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THE END OF OIL?

Has world oil production peaked? Even by conservative estimates, our oil reserves will begin to run out in the next thirty years, and recent disclosures by Shell and other oil companies, as well as rising gas prices, suggest that oil production has already peaked. What happens when the oil runs out? In THE END OF OIL: On The Edge of a Perilous New World, acclaimed journalist Paul Roberts travels to the front lines of the coming energy revolution - from Russia to Saudi Arabia, from Beijing to...

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Al-Arian trial, Translators, "fax afer fax" - by Lance Robson

Today the Prosecution continued the process of having a translator identify documents he translated for the FBI.

Lr reports

With the help of translator Tashin Ali, prosecutor Cherie Kregsman spent much of the day identifying individuals involved in conversations and faxes that are in the process of being admitted into evidence.

Defense attorneys contested many of the documents on relevance and hearsay grounds alleging that in many instances the Prosecution has not laid a l...

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Cuban activists try to rescind restrictions after Hurricane-by MITCH PERRY

More than a million and a half evacuees began returning to their homes in Cuba yesterday, after the worst hurricane to hit the Island in 4 decades.

As of this morning, electricity, water and natural gas was being restored to Havana, but other areas of Central Cuba are still without basic services.

Hurricane Dennis was a Category 4 storm when it made landfall on Friday, killing 10 people and causing extensive damage as it brushed southeastern Cuba and tore through th...

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ACLU RESPONDS TO BUSHS PUSH FOR PATRIOT ACT RENEWAL-Andrew Stelzer

The Presidents call for renewal of the patriot act in a speech about what is now a re-energized war or terror, comes as congress is considering whether to allow several controversial portions of the Patriot Act expire on December 31st. Civil liberties advocates, and members of both parties in congress have been critical of the patriot acts invasions of citizens privacy rights, and they have proposed an alternative bill, titled the SAFE act. After the Presidents speech, WMNFs Andrew Stelzer s...

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Al-Arian trial, 400,000+ intercepted phonecalls - by Lance Robson

William Moffitt, attorney for Sami Al-arian continued to cross-examine FBI Intelligence Analyst Sally Hayes. Hayes began testifying yesterday about evidence she has interpreted and categorized.

Moffitt pointed out that of the 400,000 interceptions of phonecalls and faxes made by the FBI only 400 are exhibits in the trail. When asked how many of these communications took place prior to October 1997 Agent Hayes agreed that more than half of the intercepts had taken place prior to tha...

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Sunday Forum

Dr. Nathan Thomas- USF- Lakeland Campus Dr.Brenda Townsend- USF- Special Education Show examens the crisis in education for black students after desegregation

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