News & Public Affairs03/26/04
Over the past week, there have been an increasing number of Mexican immigrant arrests in the Tampa bay area. At least 20 workers who are in the United States illegally were arrested up at their job site in Dade City, and there have been reports another 20 in Pasco county, Clearwater and north Tampa. Unconfirmed reports of roadblocks to stop Mexicans on their way to church have many in the community concerned.
Ramone Hernandez is the pastor at St RitaÃ¢â¬â¢s church in Dade city....Be the first to comment
The Sierra Club began running ads in selected areas of the country this week, taking the Bush administration to task for what they say is their failure to make polluters pay for the cleanup of toxic messes they make....
But their ad in the Tampa Bay Market - which includes problems at the Coronet phosphate facility in Plant City, has led to some controversy, leaving one local station to pull the ads.(roll tape#1 o.q."and communities")
The Sierra Club says the Coronet A...Be the first to comment
According to Statistics released yesterday by the Anti-Defamation league, while anti-Semitic incidents stayed steady nationally, Florida saw a 9 percent increase in 2003, with the bulk of the problems occurring in South Florida.
The ADL, reported 102 anti-Semitic incidents in the state last year, up from 93 in 2002. And of the 102, 67 percent of them were in South Florida.
Although the rise in incidents is only up slightly from 2002, ADL officials say there are specific factors contribu...Be the first to comment
Citizens in Clearwater County gathered outside the public utilities building to protest a Pinellas county commission decision to put fluoride in the countyÃ¢â¬â¢s water supply. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
About 40 people gathered in down downtown Clearwater, holding signs and handing out flyers, trying to let the public know that Fluoride is a dangerous toxin, and it has no place in the publics water supply. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s a commo...Be the first to comment
In this new book investigative reporter Craig Unger looks back at the 30 year relationship between two of the most powerful, political families in the world. Unger writes that the Bush family owes a lot of its financial good fortune to the Saudi royal family and has used its connections to the family to carry out its foreign policy aims. He also argues that the unusually close relationship may have ultimately led to the terror attacks of 9/11. Unger explores one of the big mysteries of the te...Be the first to comment
Rochelle Reback of the group Tampa Safe and Free along with Mike Pheneger of the Tampa ACLU appeared to discuss the elements of the USA Patriot Act they say go too far in abridging our civil liberties. They also discussed their effort to try to get the Tampa City Council to pass a resolution opposing portions of the act.Be the first to comment
Under legislation that passed a key House Committee yesterday,
Florida hospitals would no longer be allowed to charge uninsured patients as much as five times what they charge paying patients and would be required to charge them lower rates tied to Medicare.
The House Health Care Committee voted 14-6 to require hospitals to offer discounts to people who have no insurance and whose incomes are at least 300 percent of the federal poverty level.
According to the bill, sponsored by Miami...Be the first to comment
15 years ago today, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground in the Prince William Sound in Alaska. The oil spill that resulted killed almost 300 thousand animals, making it one of the largest environmental disasters in US history. The incident brought the dangers of oil to the publics attention, but there are still 400 oil spills every year on AlaskaÃ¢â¬â¢s north slope., and the Valdez spill is not completely cleaned up. The Sierra club brought together several groups today in Straub par...Be the first to comment
Tuesday and Wednesday March 23rd and 24th, 2004; 9am-4pm: LIVE COVERAGE OF THE INDEPENDENT 9/11 COMMISSION HEARINGSBe the first to comment
Supreme Court sidesteps major ruling in Everglades pollution case
Today the U.S. Supreme Court told a Florida Court to reconsider a pollution dispute involving the Everglades, sidestepping a major decision on the government's power to regulate clean water.
The ruling extends a six-year fight between the 500-member Miccosukee Indian tribe and a water district the Indians accuse of illegally dumping pollutants into Florida's Everglades.
The South Florida Water Management Dis...Be the first to comment