News & Public Affairs04/06/06
Today the results of a transportation study group thatâ€™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 Countyâ€™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 serve resi...Be the first to comment
Pinellas County launched a 10-year plan to end homelessness today at a press conference outside St Anthonyâ€™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 risen...Be the first to comment
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 â€œSave the Votersâ€? want to galvanize voters about several bills pending in the state legislature that could severely infringe upon the ability of citizen generated Constitutional Amendmentsâ€¦Specifically, legislation like Senate Bill 1436, and its ...Be the first to comment
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 â€œno-campingâ€? ordinance that would ban the homeless from sleeping along St. Petersburgâ€™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, taking the fo...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
INTRO: While Florida continues to be insulated from slumping real estate sales in comparison to that nationally, the State still has itâ€™s share of dilemmas. It is not hurricanes as might be expected. Citizens Property Insurance, Floridaâ€™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. Itâ€™s all about sinkho...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
The Federal Governmentâ€™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 Floridaâ€™s Bill Nelson, sent a letter to President Bush asking him to extend the transitional period under which private heal...Be the first to comment
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.....Be the first to comment
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 whatâ€™s called area 181 for leases to drill for oil and natural gas. However, none of the meetings ...Be the first to comment
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...Be the first to comment
Features an open discussion on radio station WMNF's Spring Fund Raiser.Be the first to comment
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.Be the first to comment
Today in Tallahassee , the Federal Minerals Management Service held their only public meeting in Florida on their proposal to open 2 million acres off Floridaâ€™s gulf coast to new oil and gas drilling in the 2007 â€“ 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 meetingâ€¦..She spoke to WMNF just after she and other environmentalists...Be the first to comment