News & Public Affairs06/30/06
The move to have an elected mayor in Hillsborough County took one more step on the long road to becoming reality today. Supporters brought more than 20 thousand signed petitions to the supervisors of elections office, who will soon begin counting them to determine if the proposal will be n the ballot for voters to decide in November. More than a dozen people gathered at the county elections supervisorsâ€™ office on Falkenburg road this morning, with the bed of a pick up truck filled with bo...Be the first to comment
The US economic blockade against the communist nation of Cuba is now in its 46th year, and shows no signs of abating.
But for the past 17 years, organizers with the Intereligious Foundation for Community Organization, or IFCO, in association with the group Pastors For Peace, have worked against the blockade, by delivering critical medical supplies and other humanitarian aid to Cuba..
The caravan has been traveling to more than 120 American and Canadian cities before cross... Be the first to comment
A day after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to allow oil and gas drilling as close as 50 miles off Floridaâ€™s coastline, officials with 3 of the biggest environmental groups in the country blasted that vote, as well as other events that took place as part of the Houseâ€™s co called â€œEnergy Weekâ€?.
Karen Wayland is the legislative director with the Natural Resources Defense Counsel. She slammed Congress for their so called Energy Week, which consisted of one ...Be the first to comment
In the new book, â€œOrganic, Inc.â€? author Samuel Fromartz tells how an $11 billion dollar industry arose out of an alternative food movementâ€¦.Organic food is now growing at at 20 percent a year. But what is organic food? Is it really better for you? Where did it come from and why are so many of us buying it?
In â€œOrganic Incâ€?, among the many things Fromartz describes is the contrast of small time producers with some big time organic food producers, and the schism between them....Be the first to comment
Hillsborough Community College looking for local families to take in foreign students by Mitch E. Perry06/30/06
Hillsborough Community College is looking for families in the Tampa Bay Area to host international studies who will be studying at the Campus beginning in August.
Itâ€™s part of HCCâ€™s involvement with the Peace Scholarship Program, which is designed to prepare 20 students from Latin American and Carribean countries to learn electronic or manufacturing engineering in Tampa for the next 2 years. The commitment for local families is to host these students would be for 9 months...Be the first to comment
Hillsborough county commissioner Ronda Storms made official her resignation from the county commission today. It wont be effective until November 7th, the day which she may take office in the state senate. Storms held a press conference outside the Hillsborough county supervisor of elections office, to announce her resignation, and answer questions about her upcoming campaign. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
ACT â€œBesides being a mother and a wife to my...Be the first to comment
Organic food has become a juggernaut in the food industry, growing at 20 percent a year as products like organic produce, flour, corn chips and others compete for shelf space with conventional food products.
In the new book, Organic, Inc., author Samuel Fromartz takes the reader on a tour through the history of organic food and examines the business side of a movement with roots in the Counterculture.
In the first of a 2 part interview weâ€™ll run tonight and tomorrow n...Be the first to comment
Tuesday night at the Moffit Cancer Center on the University of South Floridaâ€™s Tampa campus there was a discussion presenting two opposing visions of the future of healthcare in America. It was organized by Emerge Tampa, part of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. WMNFâ€™s SeÃ¡n Kinane reports.
Dr. Greg Silver is the Tampa Bay Chapter President of Physicians for a National Health Program and he practices medicine in Clearwater. He said that having a universal single-pa...Be the first to comment
Program features an interview with Hillsborough County Commissioner District 3- Thomas Scott, regarding the Central Park Residence Vote- CRA and Tampa City Council. Also an interview with Aquim Aguil, candidate for State Representative District 59.Be the first to comment
A South Florida Republican has joined hands with the ACLU in suing ATT, trying to stop the phone company from handing over phone logs to the federal government, a program that President Bush has said is critical to national security.
In May, USA Today reported about the National Security Agency's attempt to build a giant database of telephone calls made by Americans, hoping to find patterns that will root out terrorists.
The ACLU and several prominent private citizens...Be the first to comment
Last week, the House Resources Committee in Washington voted 29-9 to send legislation to the full House that would legalize the drilling for oil and gas in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Until now, the Florida delegation to Washington had stood, more-or-less solidly behind maintaining the 25-year old ban on such drilling. But Bartow Congressman, Adam Putnam put an end to that last week when he crafted a so-called compromise bill.
Wednesday morning, protes... Be the first to comment
It was almost a year and a half ago that the tarpon Springs city commission approved the site plan for the development of a Wal-Mart super center along 75 acres on the banks of the Anclote River. But since then, nothing has been built on the site, and the approval is tied up in court. Now some of the hundreds of Wal-Mart opponents believe they have a new angle to prevent the superstore from being constructedâ€”evidence that Wal-Mart lied in information they supplied to the US army corps of ...Be the first to comment
Over one million people in the United States have HIV/AIDS, and Florida ranks third in the country with the number of people with full-blown AIDS. Out of the 125,000 Floridians living with HIV about 20 percent do not know theyâ€™ve got the virus. Today in downtown Tampa, the Hillsborough County Health Department offered free screening tests for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases in recognition of National HIV Testing and Counseling Day.
25 years ago, the world did not know ...Be the first to comment
Lead: Ybor Cityâ€™s Historic Marti-Maceo Social Club was the location for a campaign stop for Rod Smith Monday evening. Smith, who is running against Jim Davis in the Democratic Primary for governor, drew a large crowd of about 200 enthusiastic supporters. WMNFâ€™s Nancy Morgan was there.
Red white and blue centerpieces adorned each table. Rod Smith signs lined the walls. Volunteers busily set up the food tables. Some early arrivals milled around, while others sat quietly, w...Be the first to comment
The 2006 U.S. Coast Guard Innovation Expo is being held this week at the Tampa convention center. This afternoons keynote speaker was Julie Gerberding, the director of the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, she spoke about Pandemics, and how the government can plan to react to them at the national level. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
Gerberding began as head of the CDC only 10 days before the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. Since that da...Be the first to comment