News & Public Affairs

Wednesday September 3, 2014

MEDICAID - Mitch Perry

As we reported last night on the Evening News, Governor Jeb Bush has outlined a plan to completely overhaul the government's health insurance program for the poor.

The plan drew immediate criticism from state Democrats, and patient advocates, who said it not only would limit health insurance for low-income families, but represents the latest step in Bush's attempt to move more and more state services to the private sector.

Yesterday Tampa Congressman Jim Davis wrote Governor Bush, wh...

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BUSH ON NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND - Mitch Perry

President Bush today proposed a $1.5 billion initiative to extend his No Child Left Behind program to the nation's high schools, telling an audience at J.E.B. Stuart High School in Northern Virginia that more needs to be done to improve students' math and reading scores to prepare them for the jobs of the 21st century.

Speaking to more than 1,000 students, teachers and federal, state and local officials, Bush said he would ask Congress to approve the funding in the fiscal 2006 budget to h...

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CHARLIE CRIST ON SCRIPPS INVESTIGATION-Andrew Stelzer

More Florida politicians are getting involved in the search for a location for the Scripps research institute. Tomorrow, the, Senate Transportation and Economic Development Appropriations Committee, with four of its six members from the greater Tampa Bay or Orlando areas, will hear an update from Marshall Criser, the former Palm Beach lawyer who chairs the agency charged with distributing $310 million in state money to Scripps. The Palm beach post reports that some senators want to impose a ...

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JP MORGAN WILL BE LAYING OFF 1900 WORKERS-Andrew Stelzer

JPMorgan Chase announced this morning they are closing their credit card calling center in Tampa later this year, eliminating 1,900 jobs. Its the latest of several mass layoffs in South Florida by call centers.

First American National Default Outsourcing announced off 100 people from their bay meadow call center lat month. Sykes enterprises let go 166 of its Marianna employees in September and October.

Also in 2004, Vanguard Car Rental USA is shut down its reservation call center for...

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WALMART WINS APPROVAL FOR BIG BOX STORE ON TARPON'S WETLANDS. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Last night, the Tarpon Springs Planning and Zoning Commission, heard contentious arguements by concerned citizens and lawyers for Walmart, who want to construct a super box store on 74 acres of wetlands along the Anclote River and U.S. 19.The property is currently zoned for General Business, a fact which has been long overlooked by the planning commission and which opened the doors to the giant retailer. Walmart has promised to deed over 27 acres along the Anclote and behind the store ...

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MAJOR OVERHAUL SET FOR MEDICAID - Mitch Perry

Florida Governor Jeb Bush outlined a major overhaul of Florida's Medicaid program today, hoping to control runaway costs and give consumers more choice by expanding the number and types of managed care organizations treating the state's poor and disabled.

Bush said that the 40-year-old health care safety net is in danger of total failure without a complete revamping because of double digit annual cost increases that can't be predicted. He cited Tennessee, whose governor this week said nea...

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DEAN TO SEEK DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR - Mitch Perry

Former presidential candidate Howard Dean, once the early front-runner for the Democratic nomination whose candidacy stumbled, has decided to seek the party's chairmanship.

In a letter to members of the Democratic National Committee, Dean wrote:

"The Democratic Party needs a vibrant, forward-thinking, long-term presence in every single state. We must be willing to contest every race at every level. We can only win when we show up."

Dean's entry into the race appears to pre-empt anot...

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CHERTOFF NAMED TO HEAD HOMELAND SECURITY - Mitch Perry

President Bush today nominated federal judge Michael Chertoff to replace Tom Ridge as the new secretary of homeland security, turning to a little-known but reliable former prosecutor and Justice Department official after his first choice was forced to withdraw in the face of revelations about his background.

Ridge, speaking later in a separate appearance, announced "unprecedented" security measures for the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration in Washington, where Bush will take the oath of of...

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PALESTINIAN DOCUMENTARY - Radioactivity

AWARD WINNING NORWEGIAN FILMMAKER LINE HALVORSEN--- WHO SPENT SEVERAL MONTHS IN A PALESTINIAN REFUGEE CAMP IN 2002- DOCUMENTING THE LIVES OF THREE TEENAGERS. HER FILM CALLED “A STONE’S THROW AWAY� WILL BE SHOWN TOMORROW NIGHT AT THE FIRST UNITED CHURCH OF TAMPA (7308 E. Fowler Avenue) AT 6:30pm.

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THE RISE OF FASCISM IN THE U.S.? - Radioactivity

OUR GUEST WAS A UNITARIAN MINISTER FROM AUSTIN TEXAS, DAVIDSON LOEHR--- WHO HAS RECENTLY WRITTEN SEVERAL PIECES AND DELIVERED SEVERAL SERMONS ABOUT THE GROWING DANGER OF FASCISM IN THE U.S.

The article is online at http://austinuu.org/sermons/2004/2004-11-07-LivingUnderFascism.html

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