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Monday September 22, 2014

BUSH'S MEDICAID PROPOSAL OUTLINED - Mitch Perry

The Tampa Tribune reported today that Governor Jeb Bush's plan to overhaul the Florida Medicaid system was received ‘warmly’ by the first legislative committee to be briefed about it yesterday

Republican State Senator Burt Saunders, Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Committee said that the end result will be much more efficient and effective Medicaid program.

The Governor plans to dramatically change the way that health care is deliv...

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"THE CHILLING EFFECT" PAIN RELIEF NETWORK FILM THIS WEEKEND. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In April and June of last year, WMNF brought its listeners news accounts of pain medication, mandatory minimum sentencing and a prison interview with Richard Paey. Paey languishes still in a federal penitentiary in Pasco County. A new film has been produced by the Pain Relief Network, and will air in the Bay Area this weekend. Wmnf’s Mark Antokas has more:

Script: Richard Paey, convicted of fifteen counts of drug trafficking, sits in a wheelchair in the Zephyrhills correction...

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WALMART FIGHTS BACK TO SAVE THEIR IMAGE-Andrew Stelzer

Today Wal-Mart unveiled a nationwide public relations campaign to try and help fight back against the bad publicity they’ve been receiving from the hundreds of communities around the country. Locally, Wal-Mart has recently faced opposition from citizens in tarpon Springs, who don’t want a store built along the Anclote River and US 19. Wal-Mart hired PR firm Hill and Knowlton to invite the media to the Wal-Mart Store on North dale Mabry, near Waters avenue. WMNF’s Andre...

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ACORN PROTESTS AGAINST TAX PREP COMPANIES -Andrew Stelzer

AS we reported last month, the Association of Community Organizations for reform Now, or ACORN, has been running a boycott and protest campaign of The Jackson Hewitt tax preparation chain. ACORN claims that Jackson Hewitt preys on poor people by aggressively pushing Refund Anticipation loans, and not letting people know about the earned income tax credit. Now ACORN has announced they will halt actions against Jackson Hewitt for 30 days, and they’ve also reached an agreement with tax ...

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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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