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Loans from private companies could increase costs of college education: FL-PIRG listen

11/01/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: education, loans, Student Loans, privatization, PIRG, FL PIRG, Dalyn Houser

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As the cost of college and university tuition goes up, so does the amount of debt students are left with when they graduate. But a new analysis of consumer complaints points toward another factor that could drive up the cost of education.

WMNF interviewed Dalyn Houser, a program associate with the Florida Public Interest Research Group, says costs often go up when students choose priva...

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Last Call with Pat Kemp and Rick Outzen of the Independent News in Pensacola.

04/16/13 Patricia Kemp
Last Call Tuesday
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Pat Kemp interviews Rick Outzen, the publisher and editor of the Independent News in Pensacola. Outzen has written about Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature ‘s attempts to privatize health care in Florida’s prisons.

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Richard Eskow on Social Security, Medicare, Taxes and the Bank Bailout

04/25/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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GOOD MORNING, WELCOME TO RADIOACTIVITY. I’M ROB LOREI. COMING UP TODAY WE’LL TALK ABOUT THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET SYSTEM—KNOWN AS MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY….We'll also talk about the state of the economy.

BUT FIRST THREE LISTENER COMMENTS ABOUT YESTERDAY’S PROGRAM. YESTERDAY WE INTERVIEWED NANCY ALTMAN WITH THE STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY CAMPAIGN ABOUT THE TRUSTEES REPORT SHOWING THE FUND WILL BE SOLVENT UNTIL 2033—THREE YEARS LESS THAN WAS PROJECTED LAST YEAR.

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Nine Republicans jump ship to help sink prison privatization plan in Florida Senate listen

02/15/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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An attempt to privatize some prisons in Florida has been defeated … for now. A bill under consideration by the Senate would have reduced state spending on prisons by turning over more than two dozen south Florida facilities to private companies. Nine Republicans jumped ship to join the minority Democrats to shoot down the bill.

Opponents warn that privatization of state prisons leads to a loss of accountability and could increase costs to the state. But supporters, including Republican...

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Florida Senate Committee Moves To Fund Charter School Buildings and Maintenance With Public Money

02/07/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk about a move in Tallahassee to give more funding to charter schools. The move has drawn fire from PTA’s and school boards around the state.

First, two listener comments about yesterday’s program. We opened the phones after starting the program discussing the grassroots citizen’s lobby RESULTS. The two comments were about the open phones segment of yesterday’s program.

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Does new Florida transportation plan call for privatizing public toll roads?

08/05/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Friday afternoon the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released what it’s calling a Major Transportation Plan. It promises to advance projects across the state, including on these highways in the Tampa Bay area: State Road 50 in Hernando County, Pinellas Bayway in Pinellas County, and Veterans Expressway in Hillsborough County. The plan doesn’t use clear language, but seems to imply that new construction of managed lanes on these highways will be privatized...

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For sale: Florida prisons listen

08/05/11 Lisa Marzilli
Last Call Friday
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During the last legislative session, under Gov. Rick Scott, GOP lawmakers devised a plan that has opened the doors to one of the biggest prison privatization programs in U.S. history. Florida ranks third in the number of people behind bars at over 100,000, and according to our new Department of Corrections secretary Edwin Buss, almost two-thirds of them are there for crimes linked to substance abuse or addiction.

The current plan calls for 30 state prisons, road camps, juvenile correction ...

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Advisory group rails against Honeymoon Island campground listen

07/06/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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A proposal to allow tent and RV camping in Honeymoon Island State Park brought out an estimated one thousand opponents at a public hearing last night. Today state officials met with a smaller group of stakeholders. Many didn’t hold their tongues as they voiced their concern about the proposal.

Outside, it was already shaping up to be a prime day for the droves of beachgoers. But inside the visitor center at Honeymoon Island officials from the Florida Department of Environmental Protectio...

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Most Last Call listeners oppose private campground in Honeymoon Island State Park

07/06/11 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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Today on Last Call a few callers wanted to talk about the recently-approved Orlando SunRail commuter train. But the topic of adding a private RV/tent campground to Honeymoon Island State Park was the main topic.

Here's a link to Kate's story on Honeymoon Island

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Should The State Open Up More Public Parks To Overnight Camping, RV's and Operation By Private Companies? listen

06/30/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radiactivity. Last week the St. Petersburg Times reported that "The (Florida) Department of Environmental Protection has targeted Honeymoon Island as one of the first of 56 parks where state officials want to add new overnight camping sites — including space for recreational vehicles. Honeymoon Island could get up to 45 campsites on 17.5 acres east of the southern beach parking lot, under the DEP's plan.

In a departure from the way Florida created its award-win...

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