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Sunday December 21, 2014

THE GOVERNOR SIGNS CONTROVERSIAL MODIFICATION TO EVERGLADES FOREVER ACT

Governor Jeb Bush has signed a bill that environmentalists say will delay the cleanup of the Everglades. The governor says this bill is the next logical step in the cleanup process. Our guest, Eric Draper, who is a lobbyist for the Audubon Society says that the bill is a bad idea and a victory of the sugar industry over the environment. Draper says that runoff from sugar cane fields is largely responsible for the phosphorous overload which is causing an explosion of non-indigenous plants to c...

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COMPANY INVOLVED IN CORPORATE FRAUD GIVEN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

COMPANY INVOLVED IN CORPORATE FRAUD GIVEN 750 MILLION DOLLARS IN GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS INCLUDING CONTRACT TO BUILD MOBILE PHONE SYSTEM IN IRAQ. The Gray Panthers have called for a congressional investigation into the granting of federal contracts to MCI/WorldCom. The Panthers say that seniors lost billions of retirement dollars by investing in MCI/WorldCom in the 1990s. But as a result of accounting fraud, much of that money was lost. The Panthers want MCI/WorldCom to be barred from receiving ...

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A TRILLION DOLLARS IS MISSING FROM THE PENTAGON

The General Accounting Office is reporting that the Pentagon cannot account for more than a trillion dollars in financial transactions and military hardware. In the case of the Army, 56 airplanes, 32 tanks and 36 Javelin missile command launch units are lost. Eric Miller is Senior Defense Investigator for the Project On Government Oversight in Washington, DC. His organization tries to reduce the waste of tax money by publicizing the misuse of government funds. He says the Pentagon does a poo...

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NUDITY ORDINANCE DEBATE - Kristen Friend-Weaver

Hillsborough County Commissioners continued their debate today over a proposed nudity ordinance that would make nudity illegal in any public place in the county. The commission decided not to offer the ordinance as a referendum for public vote, opting instead to hold a workshop to investigate potential costs and effects of enacting the ordinance. WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weaver has this story…

Debate about the ordinance covered several issues ranging from its potential costs a...

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SARASOTA WOMAN WAS HUMAN SHIELD IN IRAQ

Faith Pippinger is a retired teacher living in Sarasota. For several weeks this year she was in Iraq, as a human shield. She is a pacifist who thought the U.S. invasion of Iraq was the wrong policy. She saw first-hand civilians killed and maimed as a result of the missile attacks and bombing of civilian areas in Iraq.

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IS PRESIDENT BUSH WINNING THE WAR ON TERRORISM?

Last week there were three suicide bombings in Morocco, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Dozens of people were killed, including eight Americans. The president says his policies are successful in discouraging terrorism, but others are not so sure. Dr. Harry Vanden, a political science professor at USF, has written extensively on terrorism. He says the Bush policy has not stopped terrorism and may have exacerbated the causes.

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AD CENSORSHIP

A discussion of an attempt by Moveon.org to place an ad attacking President Bush’s tax cut proposal on the local Bright House cable TV network; also open phones.

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EAST TAMPA RESIDENTS REACT TO DRUG CLEANUP PLAN - Kristen Friend-Weaver

This Monday Tampa mayor Pam Iorio announced the official beginning of her new plan, Operation Commitment. Operation Commitment is an enforcement operation targeting east Tampa neighborhoods with the aim of cleaning up drug activity and ultimately reviving sagging businesses in the area. WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weaver has been speaking to business people in the east Tampa area about the mayor’s plan, and she files this report…

Law enforcement officials are calling th...

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FCC PLANS FOR MORE MEDIA CONSOLIDATION

Our guest, John Nichols, is co-author of the new book OUR MEDIA, NOT THEIRS (Seven Stories Press). He criticized a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to further deregulate media ownership rules. The FCC is slated to decide the issue on June 2. But Nichols warns that the media is already too consolidated and the breadth of discussion on radio and television is already quite limited. He discussed why having diverse media ownership is essential to a marketplace of ideas and a function...

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