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Sunday April 19, 2015

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Turner River in The Everglades


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The fight to save what is left of the Everglades

In November, voters approved Amendment 1 to allocate money for environmental conservation in Florida. This brings renewed hope for the restoration of the Everglades, which has been devastated by development and pollution over the last century. Waters that once flowed in a wide river from Lake Okeechobe to the southern tip of the state have been dammed and diverted to the east and west coasts, polluting the estuaries there with agricultural pesticide run-off and starving the Everglades of wate...

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Florida Governor Rick Scott.


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Governor Scott wants feds to keep funds flowing for low-income heath care

A $2 billion federal program to reimburse hospitals that many poor and uninsured patients will expire at the end of June. Florida Governor Rick Scott sent president Obama a letter asking the feds to renew the LIP program. In St. Petersburg Thursday morning Scott reiterated his support for receiving the federal funds.

Scott was in St. Pete to champion his tax cuts he says have helped Florida companies stay in business and thrive. He held a press conference at the e-commerce company Jagged P...

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health care wage increase town hall meeting


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Home health care workers want higher wages and unions

Home health care workers are rallying for living wages. In Tampa Wednesday, industry workers spoke up and announced they are looking for union representation to aid them in the fight. Home health care workers are fed up with providing life sustaining services while remaining near poverty level.

This bottom up surge for a living wage is being staged not only in Tampa but throughout the country. Although done out of a love of their job, keeping your head above the rising tide of debt is par...

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Jennifer Loewenstein,Middle East Studies Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison


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Middle East Studies Professor criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Speech to Congress

Howard Glasser, Chairman of the Children Success Foundation, talks to us about his Nurtured Heart Approach, a method of dealing with difficult and hyperactive children through positive reinforcement and recognizing that a "problem" child's energy can be channeled constructively. Glasser offers his approach as an alternative to prescribing children powerful psychoactive drugs, an increasingly frequent practice especially for young boys . Glasser wi...

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Governor Rick Scott giving the 2015 State of the State address


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Listen to Governor Rick Scott's annual State of the State address

Today we listen to Governor Rick Scott's State of the State address, which kicks off Florida's two-month long legislative session for 2015. In his speech Governor Scott outlines several key issues of the upcoming session,including tax cuts, education, workforce development, and the environment. We then hear a response from Senate Democratic leader Arthenia Joyner, of Tampa, who points out that most...

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The economics of weed in Florida

The concept of making money in the cannabis industry in Florida without marketing the plant brought entrepreneurs and business experts together. Organizers are poised to help launch marijuana minded businesses in Florida despite the obstacles.

The day long event Saturday was held in Ybor City. Medical or recreational weed is not legal in Florida but there is money to be made on things like hemp rope, rolling papers or vaporizers. Carlos Hermida of [Common Bond Collaborative](http://cbcg...

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Military Veterans take their stories to the stage in Telling:Tampa Bay

Coming to the Tampa Bay area within the next few days are a series of dramatic performances centered telling the stories of military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. "Telling: Tampa Bay" is part of a national project focused on giving voice to the experiences of military veterans,who make up less than one percent of the general population. The performance scripts are based on interviews w...

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Audit of Florida's unemployment insurance system finds problems

Florida's unemployment website launched in October 2103. In the year-and-a-half since CONNECT opened Governor Rick Scott has defended the program. That's despite the fact that many residents have had trouble getting their benefits from the system.

On MidPoint, WMNF's Sean Kinane interviewed Michael Van Sickler with the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau who wrote the recent article, [State audit highly critical of Florida's unemployment system CONNECT](http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/gu...

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Progressive political organizer Damien Filer weighs in on what to expect this legislative session

As the 2015 legislative session approaches, lawmakers in Florida will be tackling everything from medical marijuana and beer growlers to civil forefeiture and public education.

But will the conservative legislature take up progressive priorities like Medicaid expansion? Will their conservative ideologies push controversial issues like anti-abortion measures and gun bills?

Progress Florida's Damien Filer lays out what to expect and what his group is doing to shape the conversation.

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crowds gather in Paris in memory of the 12 staff members of Charlie Hebdo magazine


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Foreign Policy Professor Pierre Guerlain on how the U.S. should combat Islamic radicalism

Speaking with us today is Pierre Guerlain, Professor of American Studies at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, France. Gaulain's work focuses on "anti-Americanism" and the image of the U.S abroad. He also writes for the Huffington Post, most recently about the terrorist attacks in Paris almost two month ago. This morning he speaks with us about the relation between terrorist groups and U.S. Foreign Policy and how best the U.S. should respond t...

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