News & Public Affairs

Monday May 25, 2015

ROB LOREI SPEAKS WITH NURSE AT NEW ORLEANS HOSPITAL-Rob Lorei

Doctors at two public hospitals in New Orleans have called The Associated Press to plead for rescue. The physicians say they are nearly out of food and power and have been forced to move patients to higher floors to escape looters.

 Doctor Norman McSwain says he and his colleagues at Charity

Hospital have turned to The A-P as a last resort. McSwain says he tried calling the mayor and the governor, using any "inside pressure" possible, to no avail.

 McSwain says there's min...
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SITEFIGHTERS ANTI-WALMART CONFERENCE-Andrew Stelzer

Almost 100 people gathered at Eckerd college today, for the first day of a two day site-fighters gathering. The conference brought together people from all over the county who are working to oppose Wal-Mart and other big-box retail stores. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

---------- ACT--rathke “many of you are the outstanding fighters..all of these stores are immense

Wade Rathke is the chief organizer of ACORN’s Wal-Mart organizing Projec...

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Philadelphia Blogger Lists Bush Administration as being culpable for not providing funding for Hurricane Preparedness-By Mitch E.Perry

Will Bunch is a national correspondent for the Philadelphia Daily News. On that site he has a blog, called Attytood. Last night Bunch wrote on his blog about the reduction of funding to the Army Corps of Engineers to help shore up the levees and build up pumping stations in Louisiana that has happened in the last few years. And he cites articles in the main New Orleans daily newspaper – The Times Picayune – to back up his charge that the Bush Adminstration proposed spend...

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Harry Britt on Harvey Milk - By Mitch E. Perry

Tomorrow night at the Sunrise Move Theatre in Hyde Park, the film “The Times of Harvey Milk “ will be screened.

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay city official in the U.S., elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977.

Tragically, a year later, he and the Mayor of San Francisco, George Moscone, were assassinated by a fellow San Francisco Supervisor Dan White, enraged when Mayor Moscone would not give back his job after White had quit.

The ...

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Is The Iraq War Constitutional?

Peter Irons, a political science professor at the University of California at San Diego has written a new book on the constitutional power to declare war (WAR POWERS: HOW THE IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY HIJACKED THE CONSTITUTION). He says the writers of the U.S. Constitution wanted the immense power to declare war to reside in the hands of Congress. Overtime, especially since 1945, the power to enter wars has moved to the office of the President. Irons says this is a violation of original intent and ...

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BEGINNING A CAMPAIGN TO CHALLENGE WAL-MART'S CORPORATE POWER

Our guests Wade Rathke and Rick Smith are veteran community and union organizers. They've begun working with a new group called Wal-Mart Alliance for Reform Now (WARN). WARN is comprised of Wal-Mart workers who are concerned about working conditions at the retail giant. Some of the concerns are low hours, reduced hours and changing schedules without consulting employees. Rathke and Smith are also involved in a coalition to prevent giant box stores such as Wal-Mart from displacing local worker...

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TOM LEE IS RUNNING FOR CFO-Andrew Stelzer

Brandon area state representative Tom Lee formally kicked off his campaign for the states chief financial officer today. Lee was fist elected to the state senate in 1996. he told the crowd of about 100 supporters who came to the Greater Brandon greater Chamber of Commerce that the newly created CFO position may not be well understood, but its very important.

ACT “2700 hundred people in 12 division responsible for every dollar. 7692 number of calls every week from consumersââ...

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MIAMI CLASS ACTION DEADLINE FOR WOMEN STRIPSEARCHED ENDS TOMORROW-Andrew Stelzer

Almost 5000 women who were strip searched by Miami Dade county law enforcement have less than 36 hours to claim millions of dollars as part of a class action lawsuit. Its one of the biggest civil rights settlements in Miami Dade county. The lawsuit was brought by several women who were made to squat in plain view of other people after being arrested for misdemeanors while protesting the Free trade Area of The Americas meeting in February of 2003. Randall Berg is the executive director of th...

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Al-Arian trial, Jury misconduct, Emerson video, Accounts info - by Lance Robson

This morning attorneys argued for a resolution to juror misconduct allegations that surfaced on Monday.

After requesting a more thorough investigation and asking the Judge for a change of venue Attorneys for three of the four defendants called for a mistrial.
Judge Moody denied the request for mistrial and change of venue. It has yet to be determined how the juror issue will be handled.

On Monday Two jurors said that another juror has repeatedly voiced opinions about...

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ALEX SINK ANNOUNCES RUN FOR CFO-Andrew Stelzer

This morning, at the Mise en place restaurant in Tampa, Alex Sink announced her candidacy for Florida’s chief financial officer in 2006. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there, and filed this report.

The CFO position was created by the voters in 1998, and was not first elected in 2002. In that first election, Tom Gallagher ran unopposed.

ACT “the people of the state have not had the chance to focus on this..�

The job responsibilities of the CFO are varied...

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