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Thursday April 24, 2014

A LOCAL RESPONSE TO THE PATRIOT ACT.

Rochelle Reback of the group Tampa Safe and Free along with Mike Pheneger of the Tampa ACLU appeared to discuss the elements of the USA Patriot Act they say go too far in abridging our civil liberties. They also discussed their effort to try to get the Tampa City Council to pass a resolution opposing portions of the act.

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DISCOUNTS FOR UNINSURED PATIENTS CLEAR PANEL - Mitch Perry

Under legislation that passed a key House Committee yesterday,

Florida hospitals would no longer be allowed to charge uninsured patients as much as five times what they charge paying patients and would be required to charge them lower rates tied to Medicare.

The House Health Care Committee voted 14-6 to require hospitals to offer discounts to people who have no insurance and whose incomes are at least 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

According to the bill, sponsored by Miami...

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15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE EXXON VALDEZ-Andrew Stelzer

15 years ago today, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in the Prince William Sound in Alaska. The oil spill that resulted killed almost 300 thousand animals, making it one of the largest environmental disasters in US history. The incident brought the dangers of oil to the publics attention, but there are still 400 oil spills every year on Alaska’s north slope., and the Valdez spill is not completely cleaned up. The Sierra club brought together several groups today in Straub par...

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EVERGLADES POLLUTION CASE - Mitch Perry

Supreme Court sidesteps major ruling in Everglades pollution case

Today the U.S. Supreme Court told a Florida Court to reconsider a pollution dispute involving the Everglades, sidestepping a major decision on the government's power to regulate clean water.

The ruling extends a six-year fight between the 500-member Miccosukee Indian tribe and a water district the Indians accuse of illegally dumping pollutants into Florida's Everglades.

The South Florida Water Management Dis...

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DAVID SATCHER - Mitch Perry

At a weekend Conference sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation regarding the AIDS Crises in America, David Satcher, Director of the National Center for Primary Care based at Morehead School of Medicine in Atlanta, and the former Surgeon General of the US, spoke about the situation in AIDS in America right now.

The them of his speech was: Do People even care anymore about this disease, enough to make a difference?

There has been a dramatic change in who is getting exposed ...

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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BATTLE - Mitch Perry

INTRO: After the passage of the Small Class Size Amendment, the High Speed Rail Amendment, and the initiative best known as Pregnant Pigs, there has been anger by Governor Jeb Bush and other state leaders, that the Constitutional Initiative Process MUST be reformed.

Earlier this month, the Senate's Ethics and Elections Committee voted to curtail the way the process currently works...Once a bill comes out of the legislature, the public will vote on these changes - but maybe in Au...

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MIAMI POLICE SPYING ON RAPPERS-Andrew Stelzer

Two weeks ago, Miami Beach assistant Police Chief, and several officers told the Miami herald that the Miami police routinely photograph rap musicians, follow them to concerts and parties, and have a binder of files on them. The Miami police chief has denied those charges, but the Herald stands by its story. Meanwhile, lawsuits are being threatened, against the Miami police, and the New York City police department, who trained Miami’s cops on how to survail hip hop artists.

Henry ...

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FOOD NOT BOMBS ARREST - Mitch Perry

But since Mayor Pam Iorio's election last year, that's been harder to do. In recent months members of the group Food Not Bombs say they've been more harassed by local police when trying to do distribute food.....And yesterday, a member of that group was arrested by Tampa Police in Massey Park in downtown Tampa.. ...he says it was only because he asked the question, "Why couldn't he feed the homeless?"

Tampa resident Mark Parrish explains what happened.....(roll tape#1 o.q."the word...

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