News & Public Affairs02/25/05
Last month, Tampa Electric Co. announced it would begin work this year installing air- cleaning devices on Big Bend's four coal-fired generating units to the tune of 300 million dollars. According to the Florida Public Interest Research Group, Big Bend was the second-largest source of nitrogen oxide emissions among Florida's power plants in 2003. Progress Energy Florida's Crystal River plant topped the list. A public meeting was held in Apollo Beach last night (Thurs) to discuss the new...Be the first to comment
Earlier this week, Governor Jeb Bush a new education package that features giving taxpayer-funded vouchers to any students who score at the lowest level on the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment test for 3 straight years.
The proposed legislation also would increase the pay of beginning teachers, allow the SAT and ACT exams to be used in place of the 10th grade FCATÃ¢â¬Â¦.Move the 10th grade science FCAT to the 11th grade , and make portions of the FCAT availabl...Be the first to comment
FLORIDA FARM WORKERS Lucas Benitez and Oscar Salas. Benitez is one of the founders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (http://www.ciw-online.org) and Salas has worked as a farm labor contractor and farm worker for several years in the Dade City area. They described current conditions facing farm workers including low wages and substandard housing. Both report that wages in the fields and groves in Florida have remained stagnant for twenty years and because of the nature of farm work- many ...Be the first to comment
In support of President Bush and members of his administration have been traveling the country promoting this plan to privatize social security, USA Next, a conservative lobbying organization has announced that plans to spend as much as $10 million on commercials and other tactics attacking AARP, the retirees' organization, because AARP is opposing BushÃ¢â¬â¢s plans. Meanwhile, many members of congress are taking their own tours, to speak to citizens about the privatization plan. Today, Fl...Be the first to comment
The activist group ACORN, who led the way in pushing for an increase in the stateÃ¢â¬â¢s minimum wage law last year, denounced legislation that passed in the stateÃ¢â¬â¢s House Judiciary Committee yesterday.
ACORN contends that if the bill Ã¢â¬â sponsored by Representative David Simmons Ã¢â¬â passes through the legislature, it would make it easier for employers to get away withOUT paying the new state minimum wage of $6.15 starting on May 2nd.
But Simmons says ACORN ...Be the first to comment
with Peter Erlinder Constitutional Lawyer, Professor, and Former President of the National LawyerÃ¢â¬â¢s Guild, (1993-1997)Be the first to comment
The animal rights group PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, frequently creates controversy in order to get their animal rights message into the news.
Perhaps their most controversial campaign was when the group directly compared farm-animal slaughter to the Nazi Holocaust.
Called, "Holocaust on your Plate," it invoked immediate outrage. It consisted of eight 60-square-foot panels, each showing photos of factory farms next to photos from Nazi death camps. Abe F...Be the first to comment
Earlier this month, WMNF reported that the Green Party of Hillsborough County was working to get a Tampa City Councilmember involved in sponsoring legislation that would bring Instant-Run off Voting, or IRV, to local elections.
Within the next couple of weeks, advocates for Instant Run-Off Voting, are now hoping to meet in front of the Sarasota City Commission.
IRV is a method of electing a single winner. It provides an alternative to plurality and runoff elections. In a plur...Be the first to comment
Earlier this month, WMNF reported on residents of the Cinnamon Cove apartments in North Tampa, along 15th street, south of 125th Avenue. They were having trouble getting their landlord to do proper repairs and maintenance.
ACT-Santoro Ã¢â¬ÅThey either flat refuse the repair, or say they will and then donÃ¢â¬â¢t, or when they get there, they dot do it correctlyÃ¢â¬Â¦
Bob Santoro is a resident of Cinnamon Cover apartments; he says for the past 2 and a half years they have...Be the first to comment
Ted Fishman talks about his new book CHINA INC: How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World (Scribner). China is on track to be the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s leading manufacturing company by 2012, yet few Americans have any idea about its dramatic rise. How could they? Nothing like this has ever happened before. What will happen when China can make nearly everything that the U.S. and Europe can, at one-third of the cost? It's a dangerous question that not everyone wants answer...Be the first to comment