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Friday August 1, 2014

ONE MILLION NEW HISPANIC VOTERS - Mitch Perry

According to a study by a Latino group released last month, Hispanics could account for 1 million new voters in the presidential election, giving the fast-growing group additional clout in hotly contested states like Arizona and Florida.

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, a nonpartisan group representing about 6,000 Hispanic officials, expects a record 7 million Hispanics to vote in November, or 6.1 percent of the total electorate, according to its voter pr...

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ANCIENT FOREST ROADSHOW-Andrew Stelzer

A van pulling a 1000-pound slice of a 400-year-old tree stump came to Tampa today. The piece of stump came from a tree that was cut down by logging operation which many people say should be stopped, it came all the way from Oregon as part of the Ancient Forest Roadshow, an effort to educate the public about how few to protect the few remaining old growth forest remain in the United States. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has the more.

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A RESOLUTION TO CREATE AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE THE INTELLIGENCE WHICH LED TO THE U.S. INVASION OF IRAQ - Radioactivity

Three activists joined us for this segment: Tom Z. Collina, Executive Director OF 20/20 Vision Mr. Collina has worked in the disarmament community for 15 years and brings to 20/20 experience in advocacy, lobbying, fundraising, communications as well as international relations. Also in the studio: local peace activists Bill Reed and Jay Alexander. The local activists will present a resolution next week to the St. Petersburg City Council to demand that Congress set up an independent investiga...

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TRAUMA HEALING IN RWANDA AND BURUNDI FOLLOWING THE 1994 GENOCIDE - Radioactivity

Psychologist Cecila Yocum spoke about her experience as a member of Friends Peace Teams and her work in trauma healing.

Cecilia Yocum, as part of Friends Peace Teams, traveled to Rwanda and Burundi and gave us an update on efforts in those countries to bring about trauma healing and reduce further violence. We heard the inspiring stories of those who survived and went on to develop peace and reconciliation programs within their countries. Cecilia is a psychologist with a particular inter...

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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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