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Thursday October 30, 2014

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.

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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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HOME APPRAISAL FRAUD-Andrew Stelzer

Javier Silva is a senior research and policy associate at Demos, a new York based public interest economic think-tank. Silva is the author of a new report, titled: A House of Cards; Refinancing the American Dream, which details how more Americans taking out more mortgages on their homes, and spending that money on basic life needs, like food and healthcare, and finds that appraisal fraud is putting people deeper in to debt. Today, WMNF spoke with Silva about the new report, and what it mea...

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CHASCO FIESTA AND PARADE 2005. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Despite objections by the American Indian Movement, the 83rd Chasco festival and parade came off without a hitch this past Saturday in New Port Richey. Saturday’s parade, and in particular, the Krewe of Chasco, was the focus of the groups forty members, as they demonstrated peacefully while the parade passed them by. The Krewe is made up of about fifty whites dressed in Buckskin regalia and feathered headdress, something that some Native Americans, see as racist and demeaning. A...

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HIGHLANDS COUNTY COMMISSIONER SAYS NAVY IGNORES PUBLIC ON AVON PARK-Andrew Stelzer

Last week here on the WMNF evening news, we brought you two reports regarding proposed changes to the Avon park Bombing range, on the border on highlands and Polk counties, which would allow the navy and air force to conduct tests with real live bombs. Today, WMNF spoke to Bob Bullard a Highlands county commissioner; Bullard told us that county commissioner like himself, and citizens who voiced their objections at a series of public meetings may have no real say in the process, and his patri...

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HILLSBOROUGH UNION WORKERS FIGHTING FOR MORE PAY - Mitch Perry

There are over 4,000 men and women who make up the Hillsborough School Employees Federation – they are School Bus drivers, food service preparers, , custodians, maintenance and security workers - and most of them are hopping made.

That’s because they say that in the most recent negotiations between the Union and the Hillsborough County School District, the 2% salary increase that the District is offering is simply way too low for the work they do.

And they say...

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