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COMMUNITY ACTIVIST RESPONDS TO NEWS THAT PRESIDENT BUSH KNEW KATRINA WAS GOING TO CREATE A DISASTER

03/02/06

The Associated press reported today that tapes show that President Bush was fully briefed on Hurricane Katrina's potential for destruction. Video footage obtained by the AP shows the President and Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff being warned about the potential catastrophe. The tape reveals there was plenty of talk about the possibility of the levees being breached, even though the President later said nobody anticipated that happening. Our guest was Curtis Muhammad, co-founder of C...

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Impeachment Fervor growing? By Mitch E. Perry

03/02/06

Last we reported on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approving a resolution that would advise their Congressional Representatives to support the impeachment of President Bush, And Vice President Dick Cheney. No word yet on whether Mayor Gavin Newsom will endorse the idea.

Two other California cities - Santa Cruz and Arcata - have also adopted impeachment resolutions. Similar resolutions are pending in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Newfane , Vermont.

As Pre...

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County Mayor issue discussed by County Commission by Mitch E. Perry

03/01/06

The Hillsborough County Commissioners today took time out of their Bi-Weekly meeting to discuss the citizens' oriented plan to have citizens vote for a County Mayor.

The campaign for the Charter Amendment currently is gathering signatures that they hope to bring before Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson by July.

The campaign was instigated late last year by Mary Ann Stiles, a former Hartline lobbyist, disgusted by what she calls the failures of the current Commission t...

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Hillsborough Sherriff David Gee talks about gangs and drugs By Mitch E. Perry

03/01/06

Last week in the Town N Country part of Hillsborough County, 2 Former Leto High School students, 16 year old Sebastian Luengas and 20 year old Michael Lee Roberts, were killed by 2 other Teenagers in what detectives called a gang-related shooting.

In the wake of those deaths, Hillsborough County Sherriff David Gee addressed the County Commission today to discuss the growing problem of gang violence in the County, and what his department is trying to do about.

G...

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CITIZEN'S INSURANCE HEARS PASCO COUNTY CONCERNS ON RATES. Mark Antokas

03/01/06

INTRO: Citizens Property Insurance, Florida’s insurer of last resort, has said that it needs to raise homeowner and business policy premiums in order to cover losses incurred in the past two years. But it is not due to an increase in hurricane activity as one might expect. It is sinkhole claims, mainly in Pasco and Hernando Counties, which has prompted a further increase in its rates by more than one hundred thirty nine percent for all those living west of Little Road in Pasco County. Coupl...

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HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSES FINANCIAL PROBLEMS-Andrew Stelzer

03/01/06

Facing an onslaught of new students, and growing debt, the Hillsborough county school board is debating how to come up with a plan to stay afloat financially. This morning at school board workshop, the board discussed a new full, in depth summary of what the district is facing in capitol costs over the next 5 years, in the hopes that they can give answers to concerned citizens, who may soon be voting on a proposed 1/2 cent sales tax increase to fund operation of the schools. Chief facili...

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PINELLAS SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT PROPOSES CUTTING BUDGET BY 22 MILLION DOLLARS

03/01/06

How these cuts will effect education and school services was the topic during this segment with our guests Michelle Dennard, president of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association, Bill Angelus- a bus driver in the system and Michael Wilson a machinist employed by the district. Both Bill and Michael are members of the Service Employees International Union. Our guests described how the proposed cuts would hurt school maintenance, drive up costs for spare parts, impact regular school bus safe...

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DEVELOPER TARGETS RUSKIN/LITTLE MANATEE RIVER AREA

03/01/06

Next week (March 7th) a developer will ask the Hillsborough county commission for permission to build more than 420 houses, condos and townhouses in Ruskin- creating a new development called Riverton...(not be confused with the town by the same name in the film BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN). The proposed new development comes on top of a fifteen hundred housing unit expansion at Little Harbor- formerly known as The Bahia Beach Resort on the west side of Ruskin.

When the idea of building even more ho...

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