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Hartline Study Group presents findings to County Commissioners by Mitch E. Perry

04/06/06

Today the results of a transportation study group that’s origins began in controversy was discussed at the Hillsborough County Commission meeting.

The group was chaired by Commissioner Brian Blair, a critic of the County’s bus service, Hartline. Charges of an anti-Tampa bias on the part of Blair were aired at its formation when he announced that nobody in Tampa would be included on the panel, which is charged with examining how the transit system can better ...

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PINELLAS COUNTY LAUNCHES 10 YEAR PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS-Andrew Stelzer

04/05/06

Pinellas County launched a 10-year plan to end homelessness today at a press conference outside St Anthony’s hospital on North 7th avenue. The plan was the product of 2 years of meetings of a group that has come to be called the Homeless leadership Network. That group includes elected officials from various cities throughout the county, county commissioners, as well as representatives from various business and non-profit groups. The number of homeless people in Pinellas county has ...

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Citizen's group fights against limiting citizens driven Constitutional Amendments by Mitch E. Perry

04/05/06

Today a dozen citizens gathered - in front of the Hillsborough County Center in downtown Tampa to bash an effort by state lawmakers to stifle the ability of citizens to get Constitutional Amendments on the ballot.

The group, called “Save the Voters� want to galvanize voters about several bills pending in the state legislature that could severely infringe upon the ability of citizen generated Constitutional Amendments…Specifically, legislation like Senate Bill 143...

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ST. PETERSBURG PLANNING TO CRACK DOWN ON THE HOMELESS?

04/05/06

Our guest, Rev. Bruce Wright of the Refuge says that: In St. Petersburg, homeless men and women sleep along the waterfront on Bayshore Drive SE, around Mirror Lake and elsewhere. St. Petersburg mayor Rick Baker proposed a “no-camping� ordinance that would ban the homeless from sleeping along St. Petersburg’s waterfront and parks. To the relief of homeless advocates both in and out of St. Petersburg government, he withdrew the original proposal. Now the proposal is back, t...

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COMPUTER PROGRAMMER QUESTIONS RELIABILITY OF NATION'S VOTING SYSTEMS

04/05/06

Our guest was Clint Curtis, currently running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida's 24th Congressional District. He is a former Republican who became a whistleblower that came forward and testified to Congress under oath, regarding the request from a sitting congressman to build a computer program that could, without detection, flip votes in an election. This manipulation would allow a person or political party to take control of voting machine and decide who wins the election, r...

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HIGH COST OF INSURANCE? PASCO'S HOUSING MARKET HITS THE SKIDS. Mark Antokas.

04/05/06

INTRO: While Florida continues to be insulated from slumping real estate sales in comparison to that nationally, the State still has it’s share of dilemmas. It is not hurricanes as might be expected. Citizens Property Insurance, Florida’s insurer of last resort, has said that it needs to raise its rates statewide in order to cover losses incurred in the past two years. And one county in the Bay Area, Pasco, seems to be the target of the largest of these ratehikes. It’s a...

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PINELLAS SCHOOL BOARD FINALIZED JOBS CUTS-Andrew Stelzer

04/04/06

Last night, the Pinellas county school board voted for final approval of 19 million dollars in budget cuts, and eliminated at least 140 jobs. It was the culmination of months of discussions, that began when Schools superintendent Clayton Wilcox proposed 26 million dollars in potential cuts and told the school board to whittle the list down. Wilcox said that a decline in student enrollment over the past 5 years by 4000 students means that the amount of money the state gives Pinellas county h...

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Prescription Drug Plan Protested in Carrollwood

04/04/06

The Federal Government’s new and controversial Medicare Prescription D Drug Plan went into effect on January 1st. But with less than 6 weeks to go for beneficiaries to sign up for drug coverage this year without being subject to financial penalty, more than 7 million eligible Americans still have NOT done so.

Recently, 10 Senate Democrats, including Florida’s Bill Nelson, sent a letter to President Bush asking him to extend the transitional period under which pr...

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Steelworkers picket Florida Rock by Brandy Doyle

04/04/06

LEAD: Unionized cement plant workers picketed Florida Rock yesterday as they negotiate to keep their contract. WMNF's Brandy Doyle has the story.

SOUND: Chant. (10 sec) Members of the Steelworkers Local 9-130 union gathered outside the Port of Tampa on Monday afternoon picketing Florida Rock in advance of a likely strike. Bill Opitz is an electrician at the plant, and the president of the local union.

SOUND: We were owned by LaFarge which has always been union. Then FL Rock bought us.....

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JIM DAVIS HOLDS HEARING ON DRILLING FOR OIL AND GAS IN GULF-Andrew Stelzer

04/03/06

The past year has seen an increasing push in congress and the white house to open up areas of the gulf of Mexico for oil and gas exploration, which has historically been opposed by the people of Florida and practically all of the states elected officials. But the pressure has been increasing, and the department of Interior scheduled several public hearings about the possibility of opening up what’s called area 181 for leases to drill for oil and natural gas. However, none of the meet...

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Immigration Demonstration in Downtown Tampa by Nancy Morgan

04/03/06

In response to House and Senate bills to address illegal immigration, tensions are rising and hundreds of thousands of protesters are taking to the streets throughout America to defend the rights of immigrants. In Florida, several groups have formed to unite against what immigrants say are punitive measures that will have a devastating effect on their communities and families. Yesterday, an estimated 80 to 100 demonstrators gathered in downtown Tampa to join the protests. Nancy Morgan repo...

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The Sunday Forum

04/02/06

Features an open discussion on radio station WMNF's Spring Fund Raiser.

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Yossi Olmert on Israeli - Palestinian relations

04/02/06

Yossi Olmert, brother of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, joined us live in the WMNF studios to share his views on Israeli-Palestinian relations in light of the recent elections of the Palestinian people, which placed the anti-Israel terrorist group Hamas in power.

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Off Shore Drilling Plan discussed in Tallahassee by Mitch E. Perry

04/01/06

Today in Tallahassee , the Federal Minerals Management Service held their only public meeting in Florida on their proposal to open 2 million acres off Florida’s gulf coast to new oil and gas drilling in the 2007 – 2012 five year leasing plan for all Outer Continental Shelf areas.

Darden Rice from the Suncoast Sierra Club was with a group of about 15 people who took off from the Bay Area to attend the meeting…..She spoke to WMNF just after she and other env...

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