News & Public Affairs

Thursday July 24, 2014

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New book explores the history of Florida's Lake Apopka and the impact of pesticides on farm workers

Just a few miles to the west and north of Orlando- sits Lake Apopka. The third largest lake in Florida. It was once home to some of the best freshwater fishing in all of Florida. The lake supported thousands of birds and alligators.

In the early 1940’s the lowlands surrounding Lake Apopka were turned into farms- some of the most productive farms in all of Florida. the soil was some of the richest in the state. At the same time- what were then modern chemicals were used in large amounts- D...

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Dating website says growing number of single moms and female college students are seeking older, wealthy men to help with finances

With the cost of attending college increasing 60% in the last decade, many Florida co-eds are resorting to a new form of financial aid: dating. One million college students worldwide have joined a dating website, in hopes of securing a wealthy benefactor to help pay for college. The website says the average student earning $3,000 a month.

And to combat low wages and the financial burdens of parenting, many single mothers are turning to a Sugar Daddy dating site.

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Governor Scott and Cabinet approve new south Florida nuclear reactors

Florida Governor Rick Scott and the three members of the Cabinet are green lighting a plan to build two nuclear reactors in South Florida.

Scott and the state's three other elected officials on Tuesday voted in favor of the plan that would allow Florida Power & Light to add nuclear generators at its existing Turkey Point facility near Homestead. The project would add approximately 2,200 megawatts of power or enough for an estimated 750,000 homes.

The state's largest utility also got app...

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Veterans chat with local employers in search of civilian jobs.

photo by Janelle Irwin

Veterans get hiring boost from national group

Military veterans and their spouses looking for a job had a chance to get face to face with Tampa Bay area employers Tuesday at a job fair in Temple Terrace.

“Their agreement basically reads that they’re expected to bring 3-4 jobs per employer.”

That’s Ernie Lombardi, Southeast regional associate for the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation that hosts Hiring our Heroes job fairs in cities across the U.S.

“Nationally, we’re seeing anywhere from 12-15% of some type of hires ...

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Democrats blast Florida abortion bills

Two abortion bills are waiting on Florida Governor Rick Scott’s signature. One would make it a crime to cause the death of a fetus at any stage of gestation. The other would place further restrictions on how far into a pregnancy an expectant mother could obtain an abortion. During a phone conference Tuesday, Democrats, including Congress member Debbie Wasserman Schultz condemned both measures as interfering with women’s healthcare options.

“The overwhelming majority of Flordians support a...

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Summer School Programs & Climate Change

Our first guest on today’s show, Ph.D. Michael Dorsey, is the Interim Director and Visiting Fellow for The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The Center works to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination, with the goal of improving the socioeconomic status of African Americans and other people of color, expanding their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas, and promoting ...

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From left: members of Congress David Jolly, Kathy Castor and Dennis Ross at Moffitt Cancer Center

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Medical researchers raise concerns to Congress about declining funding

Leaders of research centers in Tampa Bay are asking Congress to make sure there’s more funding available to find medical breakthroughs. The concerns come amid what has been a steady decline in National Institutes of Health funding as a result of mandatory spending cuts associated with last year’s sequester. Monday morning Alan List, CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center, moderated a panel discussion on the impacts of reduced funding.

“New projects, even those rated as outstanding for scientific me...

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Morton A. Klein

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President of oldest pro-Israel group joins Radioactivity

Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei speaks to Morton A. Klein is National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), the oldest pro-Israel group in the U.S., founded in 1897. He is a member of the National Council of AIPAC. Mr. Klein is widely regarded as one of the leading Jewish activists in the United States. He is a child of Holocaust survivors, born in a displaced persons camp in Gunzberg, Germany.

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