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Friday, February 15, 2008

Debate: Texas Style

CNN is taking their next presidential primary debate to Texas. For those of you keeping count- this is the 9th CNN debate in this election cycle. Here's the details:

CNN today announced that Campbell Brown will anchor the Thursday, Feb. 21, Democratic presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Univision Communications Inc. and the Texas Democratic Party and presented by the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation on behalf of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Library. CNN chief national correspondent John King and award-winning Univision anchor Jorge Ramos will serve as panelists asking questions of the candidates during the debate.

Both Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama have accepted invitations to the debate. The program will air live from the University of Texas on CNN and on CNN International from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (ET)/7p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (CT) and will air in Spanish at 11:30 p.m. (ET)/10:30 p.m. (CT) on the Univision Network, on and on RadioCadena, Univision’s AM radio network. The debate will stream live on and will later be available on demand on both and It will also re-air on CNN and CNN en EspaƱol.

What do you do after introducing the world to a 24 hour cable news station? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently caught up with CNN founder Ted Turner.

Omaha, Neb. —- Managing 2 million acres of ranch land and running a restaurant chain serve as diversions for billionaire Ted Turner.

These days, the 69-year-old founder of CNN spends most of his time trying to solve the world's problems by working with his three foundations to protect the environment, stabilize the world's population and stop the spread of nuclear weapons.

"That's a pretty big agenda, don't you think?" Turner said from a table in his restaurant in Omaha last week.

Turner visited Omaha to rename his 4-year-old restaurant Ted's Nebraska Grill, but Turner discussed a number of topics in an interview. The Omaha restaurant is the only one of the 54 in the chain that is not called Ted's Montana Grill.

Turner said he feels like he has made some progress on the problems that he has invested $1.5 billion of his own fortune in solving, but more could be done.

"The more the press covers these stories, the more people become aware of it, and the more action's taken," Turner said.

Turner said he hopes reporters will ask the presidential candidates more about what they would do to stop the spread of nuclear weapons now that there are fewer candidates.

Turner said he doesn't have any secret plans for the 2 million acres of land he owns in 11 states and Argentina. "I'm running 50,000 bison. I needed the land to expand the bison herd," Turner said. "That's really the reason I bought so much land."

Turner has encouraged prairie dogs to flourish on his land, reintroduced swift foxes and cutthroat trout, and he is working on a plan to help restore the endangered black-footed ferret to the prairie.

His restaurants, which feature bison meat, also reflect Turner's environmental concerns by using biodegradable hand soap, compact fluorescent light bulbs, to-go cups made from cornstarch and other measures.

"I think it's really important to do the right thing if you can afford to do it," Turner said. "And even if you can't afford to do it, it's still probably best to do the right thing if you can figure out a way to do it. That's what we're trying to do.

"We work a little harder to try and be better citizens."

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