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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Topics: Today we follow up with members of the Joint Committee on Regulatory Fairness and Reform,as they contemplate what to include in LD 1, including the governor’s proposed environmental and health rollbacks. And we talk more about the drastic cuts Congress is poised to make to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funds -which community radio stations, like WERU, rely on.

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  • Producers: Carolyn Coe and Lindsey Saunders
    Host: Amy Browne

    Topic: Santurban mine, a proposed gold and silver mine in Colombia

    Report highlights the uniqueness and importance of the paramo of Santurban, resistance to Greystar Resources application for an environmental license to extract mineral resources from the area, and community perceptions of the short and long-term effects of a large-scale mining project in the region.

    Featured speakers:
    Tatiana Rodriguez Maldonado of Friends of the Earth Colombia
    Deputy Roberto Schmalbach, president of the department (state)-level assembly of Santander
    Andres Fabian Ita, student at the Industrial University of Santander and a member of the ecological collective La Nawal
    along with people interviewed at a bus station in Bucaramanga, Colombia

    Report by Carolyn Coe and Lindsey Saunders

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco

    Segment 1:
    We’ve been reporting in recent weeks, both here on RadioActive, as well as on Voices and on our new WERU News Report, about the outcry over Governor LePage’s wishlist of environmental and health legislation that he would like to rollback. While the names of those who helped him draft the wishlist are still not known, author and award-winning journalist Colin Woodard was been on the trail of Governor LePages “secret bankers”. Here is what he’s found. FMI: “LePage’s Secret Bankers”, January 19th edition of the Portland Phoenix: portland.thephoenix.com/news/114354-lepages-secret-bankers

    Segment 2:
    Regulatory Reform Meeting in Machiaa

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Worker Rights Board of Eastern Maine, “Right to Work” law

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Today we hear about a new study on who in Maine receives TANF – the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families- and why.

    On Tuesday researchers, advocates and recipients of TANF will present a study titled “Families in Focus-Moving beyond Anecdotes : Lessons for Legislators from a 2010 Survey of TANF Recipients”. The LaPage administration has indicated state social services will be examined for cuts, and has expressed the intention to limit the time period a state resident can receive assistance. The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative think tank working closely with the administration, has also taken target at the state’s poverty program recipients. Today we hear from Anna Hickes with Maine Equal Justice Partners and Sarah Standiford with the Maine Women’s Lobby.

    What are the findings of the study “Families in Focus-Moving Beyond Anecdotes: Lessons for Legislators from a 2010 Survey of TANF Recipients” ? What are some concerns about the direction the LePage administration in poverty programs, including limiting the time someone can be on TANF? What are some of the experiences of individuals, particularly women and children, on TANF? What are common struggles?

    For a copy of the report go to www.mejp.org

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  • Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco and Meaghan LaSala

    Topic: LURC’s Vote to Approve TranCanada’s Kibby Mtn. II Wind Project

    Why did the Citizens Taskforce on Windpower oppose the project and stage a protest before the meeting: Why did LURC Commissioner Rebecca Kurtz vote against the project (as the one dissenting vote)? Why did the rest of the commission vote in favor?

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Topics: UN Climate Talks, Tar Sands- IEN, Arctic- Indigenous

    Today we hear two interviews recorded at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change this month in Cancun, Mexico. We talk with Melina Laboucan-Massino from the Indigenous Environmental Network on the effects massive tar sands extraction has on the people and environment in Canada; and we hear from Patricia Cochran, the director of the Alaskan Native Science Commission and the co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

    What are the environmental and health effects in indigenous and other communities in Canada from tar sands extraction?What is the effect of sea level rise on indigenous communities in Alaska? What were some of the issues and results of the UNFCCC meetings in Cancun , Mexico?

    Melina Laboucan-Massino, the Indigenous Environmental Network www.ienearth.org
    Patricia Cochran, the director of the Alaskan Native Science Commission and the co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Network on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

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