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Thursday July 24, 2014

US ATTORNEY'S OFFICE ANNOUNCES COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING - Mitch Perry

The growing problem of human slavery in the U.S. has become better known in the past few years, and now the U.S. Government is taking serious steps to address it. It is estimated that at least 15,000 people annually are trafficked into the U.S. Human trafficking involves victims who are typically forced, defrauded or coerced into sexual or labor exploitation. Today at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in downtown Tampa, Federal & local law enforcement officers, as well as members of nonpro...

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TAMPA IS 13th WORST POWER PLANT AIR POLLUTER IN U.S.-Andrew Stelzer

POWER PLANTS

“Dirty Air, Dirty power� is the title of a new report which states the Tampa bay area is the 13th most dangerous area in the country in terms of deadly power plant pollution. According to analysis conducted by the same consultants used by the Environmental Protection Agency, pollution from power plants causes over 28,000 asthma attacks, 2,100 non-fatal heart attacks, and 1,400 premature births in the state of Florida every year. Five Florida cities are among the f...

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LIGHTNING SCORE - Mitch Perry

Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and they are the kings of the National Hockey League.

An expansion team 12 years ago, the Lightning are the first Cup winner among the nine teams that joined the N.H.L. in the 1990's, when the league grew to 30 teams from 21.

But this could have been the last N.H.L. game for a while. The collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the N.H.L. Players Association expires in Se...

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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE - Mitch Perry

The Medical Malpractice war in Florida is still on.....Last year the state Legislature held several special sessions to try to deal with the contentious issue....This year, groups representing Doctors and Lawyers are trying to go directly to the people to act on these issues.....

Today the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments from attorneys representing the Florida Medical Association , discussing the merits of a proposed Constitutional Amendment that they say will benefit patients ...

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WORLD OCEANS DAY-SEA TURTLE RELEASE-Andrew Stelzer

This past Saturday was World Environment Day 2004, the theme of which was Wanted! Seas and Oceans: Dead or Alive. The UN released a report that Death and diseases caused by polluted coastal waters cost the global economy $12.8 billion every year, and More than 70 percent of the world's marine fisheries are fished up to or beyond their sustainable limit. U.N. Environment Program (UNEP) chief Klaus Toepfer said in Barcelona of the state of the planet; "There's not a lot of reason for celebrat...

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THOUSANDS WHO HAVE HAD THEIR VOTING RIGHTS MAY REMAIN ON FLORIDA PURGE LISTS - Mitch Perry

According to a new report, the state of Florida’s “Felon Match� list for purging voters may include many of the 25,585 people whose voting rights have ALREADY been restored through clemency grants or pardons.

According to research by the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, The Florida Division of Elections database identifies over 145,000 individuals who have been granted clemency since 1964. They say that documents obtained from the Florida Office of E...

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THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S STOP LOSS PROGRAM - Radioactivity

Our guest was Andrew Exum, an Army combat veteran in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon's 'stop-loss' policy is a breach of trust" writes Andrew Exum in June 2 New York Times. (pg. A-19). "For enlisted soldiers who sign on with the Army for a predetermined period of service in lieu of commissions, stop-loss is a gross breach of contract". The stop-loss policy, authorized by President Bush, allows commanders to hold soldiers past the date they are due to leave the service if their unit is ...

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DID PRESIDENT REAGAN CAUSE THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET UNION? - Radioactivity

In the days since Ronald Reagan died, many news outlets have suggested that without Reagan, the Soviet Union would still be around. Our guest was Stephen F. Cohen, a Nation contributing editor, a professor of Russian studies and history at New York University. His latest book is Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia (Norton, 2000), which has recently appeared in an expanded paperback edition. Cohen attended several meetings between Reagan and Soviet President Gorbac...

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JOHN NICHOLS ON REAGAN - Mitch Perry

Newspapers throughout the country either yesterday or today have editorialized about the legacy of Ronald Reagan.

One of the more provocative ones came from the Madison Capital Times, in Madison Wisconsin...Their lead sentence this morning was that it was "amusing to witness the re-writing of history ."

John Nichols, who wrote the editorial, elaborated on sections of the piece, such as the problem with 'all this hero worship is that the spin underestimates and demeans Reaga...

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PINELLAS COUNTY BEGINS FLUORIDATING WATER--IS IT SAFE?-Andrew Stelzer

Today, Pinellas count became the last metropolitan area on the east coast to begin fluoridating their drinking water. Supporters of Fluoridation say it helps prevent tooth decay, but a growing number of studies show it may be poisonous, and many citizens are upset about the way the process was carried out in Pinellas County. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story. -------------------

ACT “As of 10:10 this morning, the children of Pinellas County have begun to receive a great be...

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