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Gulf Coast Live: Doug Molloy / Challenges Facing Job Seekers

Southwest Florida’s top federal prosecutor has turned over the reins to someone new.  After more than 20 years as the area’s chief assistant US Attorney in Fort Myers Doug Molloy has moved into private practice.  Meet him today to hear about his time working to convict some of the most heinous criminals in the middle district of Florida – from a mafia boss to a Colombian drug lord, to local politicians gone bad to deputies paid off by drug dealers. And then there’s the title he unwittingly yet justifiably earned – the slavery expert.

About 1.3 million Americans stand to lose their long-term unemployment benefits the week between Christmas and New Years unless Congress reauthorizes the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. Meanwhile Florida job seekers report problems with the state’s new online system to apply for benefits, called CONNECT. We’ll explore the impact on the unemployed and the economy.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org
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Gulf Coast Live: Legalizing Medical Marijuana in Florida / Deterring Youth Offenders in Southwest Florida

The United for Care Campaign is currently working to place a constitutional amendment proposal on the 2014 ballot that would place the decision of legalizing medical marijuana in the hands of Florida voters. A recent poll shows Florida voters support allowing adults to use medical marijuana with a doctor’s prescription by a margin of 82% to 16%. Supporters say marijuana has legitimate medical uses and can provide needed relief to Floridians with certain medical conditions. Opponents of the effort, including Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, argue that the language of the proposed amendment would make it too easy for patients to get medical marijuana for less-serious ailments like minor aches and pains. As the Florida Supreme Court prepares to consider whether to allow the proposal onto the 2014 ballot, we’ll hear from both sides.

Community leaders in North Port are looking to adopt a program aimed at keeping youth offenders out of the juvenile justice system and providing alternatives to arrest for kids who commit minor crimes. We’ll take a closer look at those efforts, as well as the Neighborhood Accountability Boards and Civil Citation Program offered through the Charlotte County Department of Human Services which could serve as a model for the city of North Port.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org
Click here to go to the show’s page