News & Public Affairs08/19/04
A new report issued yesterday says that since 1999, health care related interests have contributed over $162 million dollars to federal candidates and party committees. Seventy-four percent of that total has gone to Republicans.
This is just one of the major findings in a new national report, PAYBACKS: How the White House and Congress Are Neglecting Our Health Care Because of Their Corporate Contributors. It was produced by a consortium of public interest groups, including ACORN an...Be the first to comment
Students at The University of South Florida begins their fall semester next week, and while the faculty has not declared their intention to strike, they are warning that action will be taken because of the UniversityÃ¢â¬â¢s presidents and board of trustees unwillingness too grant them a fair contract. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was at the UniversityÃ¢â¬â¢s board of trustees meeting today, and has more on the discontent at USF
ACT Ã¢â¬ËAn atmosphere ...Be the first to comment
Today at the Hillsborough County Commission, County Commissioners heard a discussion of how the County handled last week's preparations for Hurricane Charlie.
As the Hurricane looked inexorably that it would descend upon Tampa Bay, County officials announced last Thursday that there would be a Mandatory evacuation at 6AM Friday morning for Levels A, B, and C in the County.
County Administrator Pat Bean (roll tape#1 "moved and moved safely")
And Bean asked for an Amendment to the Cur...Be the first to comment
Concerns over economy persist Recovery touted by Bush sputters in recent weeks
As President Bush continues to stump on the campaign trail, he frequently invokes the phrase, that the economy has Ã¢â¬Åturned the corner,Ã¢â¬? but the recovery he's counting on to help drive him to re-election Nov. 2 has hit some potholes lately. In the past few weeks, job creation has stalled, oil prices have soared to record heights, and the overall economic recovery has slowed. Groups that track pover...Be the first to comment
Mayor Pam IorioÃ¢â¬â¢s talk plan to make Tampa a center for the arts added a new facet today, as she announced a program to bring massive light-art exhibitions to downtown Tampa.
MUSIC When mayor Iorio spoke at the Tampa chamber of comm
erceÃ¢â¬â¢s annual luncheon, she asked for assistance making the city a 24 hour, internationally known center for the arts. She spoke after awarding the 2004 cultural contributor award to Dr Kiran and Palavi Patel, who were honored for thei...Be the first to comment
Among those affected by Hurricane Charlie are farmworkers in South Central Florida. The Adult Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program is calling out for help, by asking for those who care to donate clothes -especially shorts, shirts and socks - Food, especially formula for children, - baby food - all kinds of packaged food - and mattresses.
Esperanza Gamboa is the Coordinator of the Adult Migrant and Seasonal Employee Farmworker ProgramÃ¢â¬Â¦Each day this week sheÃ¢â¬â¢ll be part of ...Be the first to comment
Jack Levine is a longtime Children's Advocate here in Florida. He is now President of the telecommunications group Advocacy Resources.
Over the weekend, Levine, well known for all his work fighting for Florida Children for over 2 decades, wrote a manifesto declaring that - in the wake of the natural disaster that Hurricane Charlie has wrought, that ALL candidates for office should NO longer accept financial contributions to their campaigns, but instead urge their supporters to contr...Be the first to comment
While much of the media has focused on coastal beachfront areas, which have been effected by Hurricane charley, central Florida has seen some of the greatest damage. The governor came to lake Wales, Florida today to see for himself one of the inland areas, which will be reeling for years from the brunt of charley. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has this report
The fire department and city services buildings have been turned into a comfort center on central Avenue in Lake W...Be the first to comment
Colleen Castile is secretary of the stateÃ¢â¬â¢s department of environmental protection. She says that for the next two weeks the state will be in emergency mode, trying to develop a system that will provide for peoples needs. She told WMNF that the first priority is to get electricity back on, and after that, helping people regain a sense of routine so that they can get their lives back together.
ACT CASTILE ON CHARLEY
If you have questions related to the aftermath o...Be the first to comment
The New York Times reported today that elderly black people in Orlando have been interrogated by police over the past few weeks. Law enforcement officials will say no more than the interviews are part of an investigation of voter fraudÃ¢â¬âmany of those being interviewed by police voted by absentee ballot. Many citizens are scared that they may be doing something illegal, either by voting absentee, or by being a part of the Orlando League of voters, a group of citizens which has been con...Be the first to comment