News & Public Affairs01/06/05
American Lung Association gives failing grades to Florida on Tobacco Control
A new Report on the state of Tobacco Control in Florida gave out mostly failed grades to the state this afternoon.
Breaking down the report into 4 categories, the only passing grade the health organization gave the state was on the Smokefree Air Law.
Brenda Olson is Director of Governmental Affairs at the American Lung Association of Florida. She says that high mark is laid almost 100% a...Be the first to comment
This morning, the Hillsborough county commission discussed the issue of whether commissioners should be able to accept gifts worth more than 100 dollars. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
Commissioner Kathy Castor tried to bring up the issue last month, following a series of newspaper articles in the St Pete times which detailed how Jim Norman as a member of the Tampa Sports Authority, sat in a box at Tampa bay bucs games, and got free food and ...Be the first to comment
As Governor Jeb Bush continued his tour of tsunami-ravaged South Asia today, speculation again surfaced in certain areas of Florida that the governor , despite denials, is contemplating a run for President in 2008.
Palm Beach Republican Congressman Mark Foley told todayÃ¢â¬â¢s Miami Herald , Ã¢â¬ÅNo question about it, people are talking..Jeb is just a natural.Ã¢â¬?
Just last month, Bush appeared exasperated when reporters asked about presidential aspirations, noting that after his ...Be the first to comment
Tomorrow morning, President BushÃ¢â¬â¢s choice for Attorney General for his 2nd term, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez, goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1st day of his confirmation hearings Ã¢â¬â which will be broadcast live here on WMNF.
The questioning of Gonzalez is expected Ã¢â¬â and hoped Ã¢â¬â to be pointed towards, Gonzalez, specifically in regards to 1 memo written in his name regarding torture, and 2 presidential orders on the policy of interr...Be the first to comment
President Bush is traveling to Illinois today to call for limits on medical malpractice awards for patients who are injured by doctors, hospitals and pharmaceuticals. The President says there are too many frivolous lawsuits and those lawsuits are causing doctors and hospitals to limit care. Our guest Frank Clemente who is with the group Public Citizen says that the crisis not as severe as the president claims. In fact the number of medmal lawsuits has been flat for several years and there is ...Be the first to comment
The circus is in town, and as Ringling Brothers pulls into town each year, so does a traditional protest by people for The Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA. PETA held a demonstration this afternoon to bring attention to the fact that circus animals are beaten, kept in captivity, and sometimes killed while being made to perform in the circus.
An almost naked woman in chains and shackles laid on the sidewalk with a fake bruise on her back, on the corner of Frankli...Be the first to comment
Last night on the Evening News, WMNF reported on the 2 former WTVT Fox 13 reporters who have filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to deny renewal of the station's license for ``intentionally airing false and distorted news reports'' in 1997.
Investigative reporters Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, say Fox 13 violated the public trust by ordering them to put a favorable slant on news reports they were preparing about a growth hormone given to dairy cattle in Florida. ...Be the first to comment
National Philanthropic groups say the money that has been raised in America and across the world in the first week after the Tsunami disaster that hit South East Asia has been nothing short of phenomenal.
Locally, there are a variety of organizations that have held or are currently conducting fundraisers to contribute to help those in the affected countries pick up the pieces.
In TampaÃ¢â¬â¢s Hyde Park, yesterday began the first of 5 consecutive Mondays where the Royal Palac...Be the first to comment
The progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress, is out with a list of questions that it thinks ought to be asked of Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales. His confirmation hearings take place on Thursday. Judd Legum is deputy research director at Center and he says Gonzales should be questioned about his views on torture, indefinite detention of prisoners, the Geneva Convention, the Vienna Convention and his business ties to Halliburton and Enron. The list of qusetions along...Be the first to comment
In 2001, Congress created the provisional ballot to help people who showed up on Election Day and were not on the voting rolls, so that they could still vote and have their problems fixed later. But an analysis of this yearÃ¢â¬â¢s election in Florida has found that two-thirds of the provisional ballots in that state were rejected. More than 27 thousand people filed provisional ballots in Florida; although final numbers arenÃ¢â¬â¢t in, only about of third of those were eventually counted...Be the first to comment