News & Public Affairs

Wednesday October 22, 2014

WATER QUALITY IN FLORIDA AT RISK?

Our two guests Linda Young of the Clean Water Action Network and Joe Murphy of Oceania discussed moves by the Jeb Bush administration to limit water protection near the Fenholloway and Itchetucknee Rivers as well as lifting protection for some of the 700 waterways in Florida currently on the endangered list.

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RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS TENSION IN THE U.S.

Dr. Roy Kaplan of the St. Petersburg office of the National Conference for Communities and Justice spoke on the growing racial and religious tension in the U.S. Kaplan's group is planning a series of interfaith services locally to try to help bring some understanding among people of differing religious and ethnic backgrounds.

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GUBERNATORIAL DEBATES

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride on the debate last night between himself and the two other Democrats running for the nomination. McBride also discussed where he stands on the issues of education, taxes, growth, standardized tests and health care.

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SHOULD FIREARMS BE EXEMPT FROM HEALTH AND SAFETY STANDARDS?

As the lethalness of guns continues to increase, consumer activists point out that many guns and gun-related products are unsafe and beyond the reach of federal regulators. The guests during this hour were Sue Peschin, the Firearms Project Director of the Consumer Federation of America and Bill Newton, director of the Florida Consumer Action Network.

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DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN'S RESPONSE

The Press Conference In Which Dr. Al-Arian Responds To Yesterday's Announcement That USF Was Moving To Seek A Court's Approval To Fire Him. This segment featured Dr. Al-Arian, his attorney Robert McKee, and his wife Nahla Al-Arian. They discussed their desire to fight the USF and said this was a struggle to preserve civil liberties and academic freedom.

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DR. SAMI AL-ARIAN

The Press Conference By USF Officials Outlining Plans To Seek A State Court's Approval To Fire Controversial Engineering Professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian. During this segment we heard from USF president Dr. Judy Genshaft, south Florida attorney Bruce Rogow, USF labor attorney Tom Gonzalez, USF faculty advisor Greg Paveeza, and USF faculty union president Dr. Roy Weatherford. Al-Arian is a tenured faculty member who's appearance on the FOX network several days after 9/11 caused the University to r...

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THE U.S. AND THE TALIBAN

Jean-Charles Brisard, co-author of THE FORBIDDEN TRUTH (Thunder's Mouth Press). Brisard is a French author and currently the chief investigator for family members who lost loved ones on 9/11 and are suing Saudi charities for their alleged involvement. In this interview, Brisard discussed the relationship between the U.S. government and the Taliban government. Starting with arming Islamic radicals to fight the Soviets from 1979-1991 to secret discussions between American oil companies and the ...

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THE PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC SUMMIT MEETING IN WACO

Wheaton College economics professor John Miller Joined us in this segment to discuss the summit and the state of the U.S. economy. Miller is a contributor to DOLLARS AND SENSE Magazine (http://www.dollarsandsense.org). He looked at the impact on Americans from the growing federal deficit, increased consumer debt, falling stock prices, rising unemployment and the tax cut plan signed by President Bush last year.

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THE TRANSFER OF THE EPA OMBUDSMAN

Stauffer Chemical Superfund activist Heather Malinowski was shocked when the EPA's ombudsman Robert Martin was forced from office earlier this year. Martin had been a champion of the concerns of Tarpon Springs residents who feared the EPA was going to push a weak clean-up plan at the former chemical plant. She says that Martin should be rehired and that the position of ombudsman be insulated from political pressure.

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DIRTY POLITICS IN ATLANTA?

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is up for re-election this year. She was first elected to represent her southeast Atlanta district in 1992. Since then she's become a champion of labor, civil rights, environmental and human rights causes. But her supporters say Republicans have targeted her for defeat in the upcoming Democratic primary. These supporters say the GOP has convinced a conservative to run as a Democrat in the upcoming primary, with the challenger raising record amounts of money fro...

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