News & Public Affairs04/12/06
Floridaâ€™s House District 59 encompasses most of the city of Tampa. Itâ€™s been represented the last several years by Arthenia Joynerâ€¦..But she is moving on up, running for State Senator Les Millerâ€™s seatâ€¦.That leaves a vacuum â€“ and so far, 4 Democrats and 1 Republican, are vying for that seat.
The Republican is Willis â€œ KC â€œ Bowick, who was a Democrat until he switched parties after his unsuccessful bid for the Hillsbor...Be the first to comment
Today Hillsborough County Commissioners crafted a compromise measure that would allow for Tampa Bay Water to monitor the ground and surface water for a phosphate mineâ€™s expansion into Eastern Hillsborough County for the next year.
The company, the Mosaic Corporation - has plans to expand their phosphate mine near the Alafia River and the South-Central Hillsborough Regional Well Field.
But Tampa Bay Water had objected- because the plan would undo the ban on mining i...Be the first to comment
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg joined the debate of the issue of immigration reform today, In delivering his homily at Chrism, Bishop Robert Lynch called on fellow Catholics to oppose legislation proposed by the house of representatives which would criminalize millions of immigrants in the United States. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there, and filed this report.
ACT â€˜do we really love the church, embrace the poor, work for justice, do we t...Be the first to comment
Today an 18 member delegation of community leaders from the Tampa Bay Area were in Washington, trying to influence Republican National Committee members that the 2008 GOP Convention should be held in Tampa.
The Republican National Convention has asked 31 cities if they were interested in bidding for the Convention â€“ all but Chicago and Indianapolis have submitted bids.
Tampa was on the short list for the 2004 Convention, which ultimately was awarded to New Yor...Be the first to comment
The Tampa Tribune reported today that the top candidates running for Congress in Floridaâ€™s 9th District, Republican Gus Bilirakis and Democrat Phyllis Busansky, paid the $9, 726 filing fee to get on the ballot.
But for Bilirakis, payment came after he gave up on an attempt to qualify to get on the ballot the only other way, by getting a certain required amount of signatures.
A spokesperson for the state legislator says he collected about 3,500 signatures, far shor...Be the first to comment
Our guest was Ruth Flower, senior lobbyist with the Friends Committee on National Legilsation, a Quaker group focusing on civil liberties and federal spending issues. She says that 42% of your federal income taxes pay for current and past military. FCNL estimates the U.S. spent $783 billion in FY05 (the year in which we are now paying our taxes) for past and present military activities. She discussed military contractors, military spending by other countries, where welfare and foreign aid ran...Be the first to comment
Jon Butts was the co-host on this program. He invited Gretchen Fulmer with Hillsborough County's Solid Waste department and and Andrew Fairbanks with the Pinellas County Waste Reduction department to discuss recycling in their respective counties. They also addressed disappearing landfill space, the safe way to dispose of hazardous chemicals and electronic equipment. We were joined by several Pinellas elementary school students and teachers who are participating in the upcoming Recycling Rega...Be the first to comment
Thousands of Floridians are taking to the streets,joining demonstrators nationwide to rally for immigration reformâ€¦.A crowd estimated to be between 1500 and 2000 gathered alongside Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, one of 14 scheduled protests in the Sunshine state urging lawmakers to help illegal immigrants settle legally in the United States.
Police estimate about five-thousand people marched in the working class coastal city of Lake Worth today, about 60 miles north of Miam...Be the first to comment
Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio held her annual state of the river Discovery tour this morning at Rowlett Park on the banks of the Hillsborough rover. The press conference was meant to culminate with the opening of the reservoir dam for 2 minutes to show the public and the media how water could be added to the lower Hillsborough river to keep flow levels high enough to sustain a healthy ecosystem, but unexpectedly, the opening of the dam was called off at the last minute, leaving many wondering who wa...Be the first to comment
Features guest Dr. Manning Marable the author of numerious books who is a historian, political theorist,journalist and human rights activist.Be the first to comment
Guest Reverend Ralph Howthorne and Professor Mozells Mitchell Univeristy of South Florda. Interview with Akim Aquil candidate for State Representative Florida District 59.Be the first to comment
About 600 students from 2 Miami area schools walked off their campuses today to protest congressional legislation wthat would tighten immigration laws without providing a road to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants already in the country.
Hundreds of students carrying American, Haitain, Mexican Guatamalan and other flags recited the Pledge of Allegiance before leaving campus and repeated it while marching to City Hall.
Maria Rodriguez is with the Florida Immi...Be the first to comment
The national council for research on women has published a new report, titled Taxes are a womenâ€™s issue; reframing the debate. The report is the kick off of a campaign to try and encourage women, and the media to see through political rhetoric and effectively understand tax policy and the tremendous impact it has on womenâ€™s lives. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.
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In Tampa, work continues on improving 40th Street â€“ a vast, extensive project estimated to cost $80 million dollars, broken down into 5 different segments, that has been called the cityâ€™s most ambitious public works project ever undertaken.
Today the subject of possibly burying power utility lines along the route was discussed, and then essentially buried after officials from Tampa Electric Company and some City Council members said such a plan would prolong t...Be the first to comment
Two women from different religious faith will begin a series of workshops tonight in Sarasota called EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES. Mahnaz Shabbir is an accomplished entrepreneur, published author and community activist who has given more than 100 presentations throughout the world to organizations interested in knowing more about Islam and diversity. She has developed several websites to communicate her passion for peace and world understanding. For more details, visit www.shabbiradvisors.com,w...Be the first to comment