Today’s we get started with brief look at President Obama’s new rules for drones. Next up, a couple Memorial Day related stories; including threatened cuts to veteran’s benefits & the impact gas drilling on Public Lands is having on nearby parks. (Hint: in Colorado a yellow haze is now reported many days)
U,S. Govt. Drone PHOTO
Also on the nationwide rundown, #Sandy victims could now be guinea pigs under a proposal to replace storm damaged phone lines on Fire Island with something called Voice Link that does not offer all the same bells and whistles as regular phone lines—you know “non-essentials” like internet access (YIKES). It has consumer groups concerned and the AG is sniffing around the issue.
All that and Ben of Ben and Jerry’s gets involved in a Campaign Finance Reform effort called the Stamp Stampede to Stamp Money out of Politics.
Hope you get a moment to give us a listen & Like. Your humble freelance is in the anchor chair today.
Today’s podcast get’s started in Maryland where we get a firsthand look at how cuts to the SNAP program that are being debated in the U.S. Senate will effect low-income children in the Northeast.
Cuts to food help for Kids
Also, on the podcast concerns about the impact of arsenic in animal feed, especially when it goes into the food we eat. Colorado lawmakers are considering a state Earned Income Tax Credit
And how about the bike helmets, do they really work?
All that and more on today’s national rundown. Mary is in the anchor chair today, hope you give her a few minutes for a listen and a like
Just back from DC and the Ridenhour Awards where I interviewed Seth Rosenfeld, winner of this year’s Ridenhour book Award for a story that just went live on the Washington Monthly’s web service @washmonhtly
Interview conducted as waiters were setting up luncheon please pardon the background. Let’s call this a reporter’s Outake
Link to Read Washington Monthly Here
Busy morning – I anchored today’s national podcast this morning with updates on:
Ricin-Letter Case charges dropped, Several state’s making big funding decision today on programs that impact children and families. Also, Domestic violence victims getting dealt more problems with Identity Fraud.
Updates on a couple issues for sustainable farmers & a new report on the reasons behind risky behavior in teens.
Hope you get a few minutes to give us a listen and a like
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Will also be filing #p2b updates from the #Ridenhour Awards at National Press Club in DC later today.
I am looking forward to my annual trek by rail to the National Press Club in DC for the Ridenhour Awards. Been thinking about what my pal and former colleague Ron would be reporting these days. Drones are what most often come to mind.
Am sure I will get food for thought tomorrow. It is always wonderful for a freelancer to get this kind of re-charge from the best in the craft. Plus riding Amtrak to DC with a pal from CityLimits Investigates. Will be blogging on this Wednesday.
You can check out the event at www.Ridenhour.org
Updates today on the Boston bombing suspect and the TSA putting the brakes on knives on commercial flights in the USA.
We also continue our extensive state-by-state updates on #Obamacare. Today’s report comes from Ohio where supporters of Medicaid expansion are regrouping after a loss with state lawmakers.
Also on today’s podcast a Washington State Tribe is raising concerns about an “Oil on Rails” terminal that seems to be designed to get around the public hearing process that is required for crude oil pipelines. @EarthJustice just filed a suit in the tribe’s behalf.
Plus for outdoor types; spring fever hiking tips out West and battling allergies in the Northeast.
All that and more on today’s nationwide #podcast
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Today’s podcast has updates on efforts by groups like Moms Demand Action/ @MomsDemand who are rallying today (Friday) in Ohio to keep the pressure on Congress to adopt “common sense” gun safety measures. Many believe the debate over President Obama’s proposed gun safety measures could take a couple weeks.
Also, with Tax Day only days away, we have a report on hundreds of young people headed to Washington DC to let the nation’s decision makers know how they think our tax dollars ought to be spent
Plus, just in time for spring cleaning – Congress prepares to update the Safe Chemicals Act.
Hope you get time to give us a listen and a like. And BTW, we launch our first-ever weekend edition of the podcast tomorrow (Saturday) so please check back. I am honored to be able to host and produce the inaugural effort.
Here’s Today’s Podcast
While President Obama is making progress in finding allies for immigration reform and gun control, he had no such luck with his 2014 budget. Obama is taking shots from right and left on the deficit reduction plans in the budget. The right calls them gimmicks while the left says the go too far.
We take a look at the “chained CPI” cuts.
Also on today’s nationwide rundown: Will immigration reform fall short of protecting gay and lesbian partners? Plus that controversial measure in Tennessee, that links parent’s welfare payments to their kid’s school grades, is getting a hearing today.
And, finally the unpopular shark wins some friends on the East Coat.
All that and more on today’s podcast, with your humble freelance doing today’s anchor duties.
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Union members won’t be taking the weekend off on the East Coast, because thousands are expected to head to Liberty State Park on New Jersey for a major Immigration Reform rally on Saturday. The message of the rally is simple–the “Time is Now” for comprehensive reform. Also on today’s podcast, the story of a Colorado mom who has been working in the USA for 14 years and who is now fighting to remain in this country.
Plus updates on a meeting of the minds on “Fracking” in Ohio. Lawmakers are threatening to take away parent’s tax deductions based on where their children register to vote. And we will take you to Denver for National Beer Day on Sunday.
Also on the Sticher Radio AP
And FYI, I provide the anchor duties for today’s #podcast
The #podcast starts out in Denver, the latest stop on President Obama’s national campaign to crank up support for gun control legislation. Next up, we head to Arkansas where they have long had a housing trust fund, but no funding behind it. Now, times appear to be changing for the better.
Also on the nationwide rundown – ObamaCare is credited with increasing addiction treatment funding in Ohio. And on the Legal front, Maryland public defenders on the budget chopping block. Plus from the hair club for men department…new research finds a link between baldness and heart attacks.
All that and more, and your humble freelancer anchor’s today’s effort
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