News & Public Affairs

Saturday August 2, 2014

WATER WARS - Amy Snider

Environmental groups led by the Sierra Club protested outside of annual meeting of Florida’s five water management districts today. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story…

Oppose what they see as a water grab from Northern Florida to developers in South Florida

The council of 100 is an advisory group to Florida’s governor which has been in place for four decades. The governor appoints 100 statewide business leaders, who must be confirmed by the State Senate. The Co...

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LABOR PROTEST IN IRAQ

Labor journalist David Bacon on his article IN IRAQ, LABOR PROTEST IS A CRIME Bacon says that the U.S. military has cracked down on Iraq's largest union, a confederation of unemployed people. He says that unemployment is widespread in the wake of the U.S. military takeover and that the U.S. has been hostile to labor organizing since it overthrew Saddam Hussein.

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LABOR UNIONS MARK LABOR DAY

IBEW local 824 members Mary Buffard and Robert Prinn joined Rick Smith of the Service Employees International Union in discussing the local labor movement and the state of unions.

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LOCAL PHONE RATES - Kristen Friend-Weaver

Verizon and Sprint, two of Florida’s largest local phone companies, submitted plans with the state on Wednesday to increase local service rates for individuals and small businesses. The two companies are taking advantage of a new Florida law that allows the phone companies themselves to determine when rate increases are necessary. WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weaver has more…

If Verizon and Sprint get the rate changes that they are asking for, individuals and small business...

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PLANS FOR AQUACULTURE FIN-FISH FARMING IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking public comments about plans by a private company to place eight submerged cages, each holding up to 165,000 pounds of live fish, in water located just 33 miles west of St. John's Pass in Pinellas County. Marianne Cufone is an attorney with the Ocean Conservancy in St. Petersburg. She says the idea is fraught with possible danger and that the safety of the project has not been demonstrated.

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WHY ARE GASOLINE PRICES RISING SO QUICKLY?

Our Guest Winona Hauter is with Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Project. Record increases in gasoline prices are socking Americans in the pocketbook as the Labor Day weekend approaches, but instead of promoting policies that would moderate prices - such as stronger fuel economy standards and tighter oversight of Big Oil - Congress is steering toward passage of anti-consumer energy legislation that would do little but shower billions in taxpayer subsidies on energy companies.

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BIG LIES

An interview with Author Joe Conason about his new book: BIG LIES: THE RIGHT-WING PROPAGANDA MACHINE AND HOW IT DISTORTS THE TRUTH (ST. MARTIN'S). Joe Conason is the national correspondent for The New York Observer and writes a daily online journal for Salon. With Gene Lyons, he is the bestselling author of "The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton." His writing and reporting have appeared in many publications, including Harper's, The Guardian, T...

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CHILE: PROMISE OF FREEDOM

Two 28-minute programs about the coup in Chile September 11, 1973. Featuring Isabel Allende, Ariel Dorfman, and others along with historic sound recordings and music. 30 years ago, the Chilean military, backed by the CIA, Kissinger and Nixon violently crushed the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. More than 3000 people were killed or disappeared, and thousands arrested. This documentary looked back at the history and its relevance for understanding how people in other coun...

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CORONET INDUSTRIES

(SB 1: I think it’s hogwash) This is what many of those in attendance at the town meeting at Marshall Middle School gym in Plant City felt last night. About 700 people attended the meeting held to address concerns over possible pollution from Coronet Industries, a phosphorous mine. The concern over health problems from the mine is beginning to garner national attention, the CBS crew from 48 Hours was in attendance.

In the last five years, Coronet has been given three consent orders,...

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THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OPPOSES A SINGLE PAYER HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN

Last week on this program we heard the views of a proponent of expanding health insurance coverage to all Americans. Today we heard from an opponent of the plan. Cecil Wilson M.D., a board certified internist from Winter Park, FL is an AMA Trustee. He is a past president of the Florida Medical Association and the Orange County Medical Society. Wilson served as a navy flight surgeon - his rank was Commander. He has been in private practice in Central Florida for 30 years.

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