Wednesday, April 24, 1996

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  • NYNEX BELL ATLANTIC MERGER

    Bell Atlantic and NYNEX have approved plans to merge into a single giant telecommunications company, the second largest telephone company behind AT&T. The region covered by the merger includes Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, New York, New England, and four other mid-Atlantic States. The area represents 37 million phones lines, one third of the nation’s long-distance traffic and half of all Internet users in the U.S. Corporate chiefs are promising better service for customers and "few if any job losses." Host JUAN GONZALEZ in New York and guest Jan Pierce, Vice President of the Communications Workers of America.

  • HEALTH CARE REFORM.

    The U.S. Senate Tuesday unanimously passed a basic health reform measure that will make it easier for Americans to get and keep health insurance if they change jobs or have a pre-existing condition. The Kennedy-Kassebaum bill now goes to conference committee where it must be ironed out with a House measure that includes medical savings accounts and malpractice reform opposed by the White House. Guest Deborah Senn, the elected Insurance Commissioner for the State of Washington, a consumer advocate who’s "been giving the Blues the blues" by instituting health insurance reforms that expand access and choice for consumers. And insurance companies have been fighting back with lawsuits.

  • BLACK-LATINO RELATIONS.

    Divide and conquer is one of the oldest strategies those in power have used to maintain their power. Since the Los Angeles uprising, there’s been growing attention to relations between the African American and Latino communities. The April edition of Harper’s Magazine includes a dialogue called "Our Next Race Question: The uneasiness between blacks and Latinos" SALIM MUWAKKIL in Chicago. State Senator Jesus Garcia is a Mexican American legislator from Chicago, a board member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, and a leader in building black-Latino coalitions.