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Thursday July 24, 2014

ARCTIC DRILLING THREATENS FLORIDA BEACHES - Mitch perry

The Bush administration and Senate Republicans intensified their push yesterday to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a measure that has for years been thwarted by fierce opposition – and that worries some Floridians, who say the oil industry is poised to see approval there as a gateway to drilling off of Florida’s coasts.

So today a coalition of environmentalists announced their campaign to stop Florida’s Republican member of the Sen...

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NEW BILL COULD SAVE TERRI SCHAIVO BUT INFRINGE ON PRIVACY RIGHTS OF FLORIDIANS-Andrew Stelzer

A judge ruled today that the state's social services agency cannot delay the removal of the feeding tube keeping brain-damaged Terri Schiavo alive. The Department of Children and Families had asked for a 60-day delay in the removal of the feeding tube, now scheduled for March 18th, to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect by Terri’s husband, Michael Schiavo. Meanwhile, Two new bills have been introduced to try and prevent Michael Schaivo from removing Terri’s feeding t...

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DOES GOVERNOR BUSH REALLY WANT BETTER GROWTH MANAGEMENT?-Andrew Stelzer

In his State of the State address given yesterday, Governor Bush spent a good percentage of his speech talking about the need for more effective growth management. Bush questioned whether Florida’s communities have been organized effectively, and said that growth must be balanced with quality of life. Bush also said that local governments should shoulder more responsibility for growth in their communities, and indicated that he would like the process for reviewing comprehensive devel...

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TACO BELL EXPLAINS WHY THEY SETTLED WTH CIW-Andrew Stelzer

As we reported yesterday here on WMNF, the coalition of Immokalee workers has reached an agreement with taco bell for higher wages and better working conditions for tomato pickers in the fields of south Florida, the workers and their allies have also ended their 4 year old boycott of the fast food restaurant. This afternoon, we spoke with Sally George, manager of public relations at taco Bell Corp.

TACO BELL

That was Sally George is a manager of public relations at taco...

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TACO BELL BOYCOTT OVER-Andrew Stelzer

The 4-year-old boycott of Taco bell is over. Mid-way through their 2 week long taco bell truth tour, the coalition of Immokalee workers has announced that Taco bell, and their parent company, Yum Brands, has agreed to the farm workers demands for a raise of a penny per pound of tomatoes picked, and guarantees for better working conditions. This afternoon, WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer spoke with Gerardo Reyes Chavez, a member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

TACO BELL STRIKE O...

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MEDICARE DRUG PLAN PRESENTATION AT SUN CITY CENTER-Andrew Stelzer

This morning, 10 senior citizens who live in Sun city center came to what was advertised as an informational meeting about the new Medicare-approved prescription drug cards, and part D benefits which will be instituted in 2006. But they left the meeting with little hoe that they will ever fully understand the worrisome changes that are looming for Americas healthcare systems. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

The meeting was organized by Congressman Adam Putna...

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THE WORKING HOMELESS - Mitch Perry

In a study conducted a year and a half ago, 41% of the homeless people in America are families. Although mental illness and substance abuse are among the leading causes of homelessness - the top reason is a lack of affordable housing.

That is the reason that Michelle Kennedy and her three children became homeless in the summer of 1997. Kennedy was working as a waitress in Maine after separating from her husband. But she couldn't qualify for government assistance and like many others, need...

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ActionAid USA, Afghanistan - International Women's Day - Mary Glenney

Mary Akrami of the Afghan Women Skills Development Center, and ActionAid's Media and Communications Officer, Sandy Krawitz. During the interview, Mary said that while conditions have improved somewhat in Afghanistan for women, it's far from enough. Many Afghan women are still being forced to wear the burka, especially in rural areas, there is very little medical care for them, and no police protection. She was quite impassioned as she spoke, her face resonating in changing shades of pain, s...

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Anthroscope - Applying the Insights of Anthropology to Current Issues - Gender Roles, Radioactivity

Anthroscope, applying the insights of Anthropology to current issues. Liz Bird, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology, USF, host. Her guests will be USF anthropologist Nancy White, who will discuss the history and cross-cultural variation of gender roles, and Carole Nagengast, Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Nagengast writes on international human rights, especially relating to women; she has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty...

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