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Morning Headlines: June 11, 2013

By WVUM News Staff | June 11th, 2013 |

Here are some of the headlines we’re following this morning:

Federal authorities are working to file charges against the government contractor who told the news media about secret surveillance programs.  Edward Snowden provided documents about the programs to “The Guardian” and the “Washington Post.”  The 29-year-old Snowden flew to Hong Kong and has since dropped out of sight.  There are reports that the government could strengthen its case for extraditing Snowden if it first charges him with a crime.  Some members of Congress have accused him of treason.  Snowden told “The Guardian” he might seek asylum in Iceland.

The organization that manages organ transplants across the U.S. will not change the rules regarding children under 12.  However, it will create a special appeal process.  Last week, the parents of a dying ten-year-old Pennsylvania girl successfully took their case to a judge, who agreed to put the child on the list for an adult lung transplant.

The Obama administration is no longer trying to block over-the-counter purchases of the morning after pill.  That means any woman or girl will soon have the ability to walk into a pharmacy and purchase the pill, Plan B One-Step, without a prescription.  The Department of Justice is dropping its appeal of a judge’s order to make the drug more widely available.  DOJ had been battling to prevent that.

In Florida today, the process of picking a jury in the murder trial of George Zimmerman resumed this morning.  Only four people were questioned in court Monday.  Lawyers are working to get a panel of six and four alternates.  They’re to decide if George Zimmerman is guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Miami Weather: Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms possible. High 86F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.


Editor’s Note:

Headlines collected via WVUM subscription to Metrosource news wire. Edited for flow, brevity (radio).

“*”- Denotes original reporting/content.



Morning Headlines- June 10, 2013

By WVUM News Staff | June 10th, 2013 |

Here are some of the headlines we’re following this morning:

The “Guardian” newspaper has identified the man who leaked top secret documents about the NSA’s controversial spying program as a former technical assistant with the CIA.  Twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden worked for defense contractor Booze Allen Hamilton.  Snowden provided the documents to the “Guardian,” which published a report that exposed the NSA for engaging in the secret collection of Americans’ phone and email records.  Snowden told the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald in an interview that took place in Hong Kong that he’s afraid for his safety, but is comfortable with the decision he made.

Thousands of Syrian refugees could make the U.S. their new home.  The “Los Angeles Times” is reporting the Obama administration is weighing whether to bring some of the Syrians who’ve fled their wartorn country to the U.S.  It would be part of an international effort aimed at helping Middle Eastern countries where about one-point-six million Syrians are now living as Syria’s civil war rages on.  UN officials are planning to discuss how the mass resettlement might be carried out when they hold a meeting this week in Geneva.  Some of the states that previously have taken foreign refugees under UN resettlement plans are California, Illinois, , Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia…and Florida.

The Senate continues debating a comprehensive immigration reform bill this week.  The bipartisan measure was crafted by a so-called Gang of Eight in the Senate and provides a path to citizenship for more than 10-million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.  Critics call it amnesty.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hopes to finish the bill by the July 4th recess.  President Obama is pushing lawmakers to approve immigration reform but has not been involved in the details of the legislation.

Jury selection will begin today in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman.  The former Florida neighborhood watch volunteer is accused of killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense while the two were wrestling for Zimmerman’s gun.

Miami Weather: A mix of clouds and sun. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 88F. Winds ESE at 10 to 20 mph.


Editor’s Note:

Headlines collected via WVUM subscription to Metrosource news wire. Edited for flow, brevity (radio).

“*”- Denotes original reporting/content.

Morning Headlines: June 7, 2013

By WVUM News Staff | June 7th, 2013 |

Here are the headlines we’re following this morning:

Even more revelations are coming in regarding the secret collection of data on millions of Americans by the NSA, or National Security Administration.  Yet another leak has revealed that Federal investigators are gathering information on Americans by secretly mining the nation’s biggest Internet companies. The “Washington Post”  and The Guardian were the first to  report that the National Security Agency and the FBI are behind the highly classified program code-named PRISM. The report says agencies can tap into nine leading U.S. Internet companies and pull audio, video, photographs, emails and other information that can allow agencies to track a person.

Israel is building a 45-mile fence along the Syrian border in the occupied Golan Heights.  Apparently the government’s intent is to keep the Syrian civil war, jihadist terrorists or Lebanese Hezbollah fighters from spilling into Israel.  The “smart fence” comes with razor wire and more high-tech items such as touch sensors, motion detectors and ground radar.

One day after the family of a ten-year-old Pennsylvania girl successfully sued to be placed on an adult transplant list, another patient is suing over the same thing.  Under national health guidelines, children under 12 are not eligible for transplants from adult donors.  The children of both of these families are fighting cystic fibrosis and they are hoping for a chance to save their daughter’s lives.

Soaking rains will drench the East Coast today as Tropical Storm Andrea loses strength.  Flash flood watches are in effect in more than a dozen states from Georgia to Maine.  The area includes Washington, DC, which forecasters say could get as much as half-a-foot of rain today.  Flash flood warnings stretch from Florida, where Andrea made landfall yesterday, up the coast all the way to Virginia.

As far as local weather in Miami, expect scattered thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon hours. High 87F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.


Programming note:  Tune in to Counterpoint, live today at 1pm!


Editor’s Note:

Headlines collected via WVUM subscription to Metrosource news wire. Edited for flow, brevity (radio).

“*”- Denotes original reporting/content.

Morning Headlines: June 6, 2013

By WVUM News Staff | June 6th, 2013 |

Here are some of the headlines we’re following today:

A senior Obama administration official is acknowledging the collection of information on Verizon calls by the National Security Agency.   The admission comes after the British newspaper the “Guardian” reported the NSA has been gathering data including numbers called, call duration and location.  .  The administration is defending the move  saying it’s a critical tool in protecting the U.S. from terrorist threats.

Rescue crews have found another survivor of a Philadelphia building collapse.  A 50-year-old woman was pulled from the rubble last night.  At least six people were killed when a four-story building under demolition fell on a neighboring thrift store.

Tropical Storm Andrea is on track to menace Florida.  As it nears, the potential increases for tornadoes across the central and southern areas of the state this morning.  Andrea’s maximum sustained winds are 60 miles an hour.  It’s about 140 miles south of Apalachicola [[ ap-uh-latch-eh-KOH-luh ]].  Tropical storm warnings are in effect for areas of the west coast of Florida.  Andrea could dump as much as three to six inches of rain over much of the Florida peninsula and eastern sections of the panhandle.

Locally in South Florida, there some reports of tornadoes touching down very early in the morning.  Expect Showers and thundershowers today. High near 85F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.


Editor’s Note:

Headlines collected via WVUM subscription to Metrosource news wire. Edited for flow, brevity (radio).

“*”- Denotes original reporting/content.

Counterpoint: Plan B, School Drug Testing, Chartwells Workers Union

By WVUM News Staff | May 4th, 2013 |

Our student panel chats about this week in news.  This week’s show got heated with discussion of the minimum age requirement to acquire Plan B medication and whether the idea of a union for Chartwells workers is a good idea.

Kevin Sands steps in for Meg as host.

Counterpoint: Plan B, High School Drug Testing, Chartwells Workers Union by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Counterpoint: April 12 | Margaret Thatcher, President Obama’s Budget

By WVUM News Staff | April 13th, 2013 |


Meghan, Jordan, Alex, and Mike discuss the legacy of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and what lessons both the UK and US can draw from it. Also, the panel reacts to what is being seen as huge budget cuts and compromises on social security within the proposed Obama Administration budget released this week.


Counterpoint 4/12: Margaret Thatcher & President Obama’s Budget by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Counterpoint: April 5 | North Korea, Gun Control Legislation

By WVUM News Staff | April 6th, 2013 |



A discussion of North Korea, Connecticut gun legislature, and Florida’s “Parent Trigger” law.



Counterpoint: 4/5 by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Counterpoint: March 29 | Gay Marraige, Rachel Maddow Q&A

By WVUM News Staff | April 6th, 2013 |



Meghan, Jordan, Mike, and our new contributor, Alex discuss gay marriage, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and Meghan’s encounter with Rachel Maddow.

Counterpoint 3/29: Gay Marriage, CFAA, and Rachel Maddow by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Counterpoint: On Drones | Episode 2/22

By WVUM News Staff | February 24th, 2013 |


Counterpoint 2/22: Jordan Lewis, Mike Kanoff and host Hyan Freitas tackle the issue of drones. Now that more information has been released regarding the Obama administration’s policy on using drones to target suspected terrorists–regardless of American citizenship– scrutiny of the secret world of drone warfare has intensified.

The question: Is it immoral and unconstitutional? Or is it just another way to combat terrorism without having to put boots on the ground?



Counterpoint: On Drones |Episode 2/22 by Wvumnews on Mixcloud

Morning Headlines: January 25, 2013

By WVUM News Staff | January 25th, 2013 |

Record crowds are expected for today's annual March for Life event along the National Mall in Washington. Hundreds of thousands of marchers and spectators are expected to turn out for the 40th annual march marking the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that led to legalized abortion. 

President Obama will name Denis McDonough as White House chief of staff today. McDonough is deputy national security advisor. He will replace Jack Lew, who the President is nominating to run the Treasury Department. Current Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is stepping down. 

The nation's schools are being instructed to include disabled students in existing sports programs, or create equal alternative options. The directive from the Department of Education requires school districts to make "reasonable modifications" to their athletic programs or create new ones that have equal standing. 

A new program rolling out in South Florida could be a national model to help immigrants learn English. More than 400 Miami-Dade public school students are getting iPads that contain English training programs. Called iWorld, the program is aimed at foreign-born secondary students. The program is being used in a dozen schools across the county and will be tested throughout the district before its national debut. 

Miami Weather: Sun and clouds mixed. High 77F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.



Headlines collected via WVUM subscription to Metrosource news wire. Edited for flow, brevity (radio).


“*”- Denotes original reporting/content.