Good morning! We hope you had a nice Independence Day holiday. Here is what we have planned today for Your Wake Up Call on AM 820 News (Tampa Bay) and AM 1190 News (Orlando).
Tampa Teen Released From Israeli Jail
Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15-year-old Palestinian-American and Tampa resident who was jailed and beaten by Israeli police, has been released and will return home to the U.S. Kdeir took to the streets in protest after his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was killed in what was said to be a crime of retaliation by Jewish extremists after three of their own were recently shot and killed. Chris and I will discuss the latest.
Germany Ticked Off Again Over U.S. Spying
A 31-year-old German intelligence employee was arrested last week on suspicion of aiding the U.S. He is accused of handing over 218 documents to the U.S. between 2012 and 2014. It’s a major blow to the relations between Germany and the U.S., relations that have already been tense after the German government unearthed that the National Security Agency was monitoring Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone. ABC News correspondent Tom Rivers joins us at 6:35 to talk about it.
Immigrant Children Border Crisis
Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson said that the U.S. is “not open to undocumented immigrants” and he said the Obama administration is taking the necessary steps to curtail it. Johnson said they have cut down the turnaround time for processing adult immigrant detainees from 33 days to four days and that the president is exploring legal options for taking executive action to reform the system. ABC News correspondent Jim Ryan joins us at 6:55 to talk about it.
Congress Returns, Prepares to Sue President Obama
When Florida Gov. Rick Scott passed a law that made it illegal to text while driving, many sang his praises and cheered. Yet nine months after the ban took effect, very few citations have been issued. Chris and I talk about an article that was published in the Tampa Bay Times Sunday which talks about challenges posed by the ban, particularly the fact that it’s a secondary offense and drivers can only be stopped if drivers have committed another violation like speeding.
Boston Marathon Bombing Trial Begins
Get the latest on local, state and national gas prices with AAA’s Mark Jenkins. He joins us at 8:51.
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