Wednesday, June 5, 1996

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  • POLITICAL HEADLINES

  • Alabama Primary

    Republican State Attorney General Jefferson Sessions wants to go to Washington to replace retiring Senator Howell Heflin. Although Sessions got the most votes, 38 %, he didn’t win a majority in yesterday’s primary, so a run-off is scheduled for later this month. Jeff Sessions is the only nominee for a federal judgeship in recent years whose nomination was rejection. He is currently heading up two investigations in Alabama: an investigation of the bombing of black churches and an investigation into alleged voter fraud in the African American community. Joining us now is Pacifica’s Dennis Bernstein who recently traveled to Alabama as part of his work on a documentary for Democracy Now on the rash of church fires that’s terrorizing the African American community in the South. Tape of Interview with Sheriff Prince Arnold.

  • PUERTO RICAN TAX BREAKS...A LIFELINE TO PUERTO RICANS OR CORPORATE WELFARE FOR U.S. BUSINESSES.

    One of the most heated elements in the relationship between Puerto Rico and the U.S. federal government is something called Section 936 of the IRS tax code which gives generous tax benefits to U.S. companies that set up in Puerto Rico. But some in Washington say its corporate welfare. The House just passed a law repealing section 936 and the Senate will consider the issue in the next two weeks. Juan Gonzalez cohosts.

  • School Prayer

    A Mississippi school district is likely to appeal a court decision banning school prayer. On Monday, a federal judge ruled that the Pontotoc County school system’s 50 year tradition of bible study classes and prayers over the intercom is unconstitutional. The ruling stems from a 1994 lawsuit filed by the ACLU and Lisa Herdahl, a Lutheran mother whose children were being harassed and threatened for challenging the for their religious beliefs in the largely Southern Baptist community.