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Tampa City Council Looks to water away from Hillsborough residents by Mitch E. Perry

06/22/06

With rates for water usage in Tampa poised to rise because of development and recent drought like conditions, The City Council today approved a motion to have the City’s Water Department investigate the possibility of shrinking their responsibility of providing water in the future to Hillsborough County back strictly to within the city limits of Tampa.

The issue came up after the City’s Water Department Director, Brad Baird, said that the City has recently been purchas...

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Hillsborough Commisioners support CRA with Tampa by Mitch E. Perry

06/21/06

Hillsborough County Commissioners today approved the Central Park Village Community Redevelopment Agency, or CRA with the City of Tampa.

But concerned that Tampa City Attorney David Smith isn’t sincere in agreeing to discuss the possibility of adding 2 County Commissioners to the CRA, they approved a 2nd motion that says they will go to a Judge for a joint declaration to decide on that .

The plan to redevelop the public housing project and surrounding areas...

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Tom Gallagher Part II By Mitch E. Perry

06/21/06

On Tuesday, WMNF interviewed Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Gallagher….In the 2nd of 3 excerpts from that interview, we begin with asking the current Chief Financial Officer, and former Insurance Commissioner about perhaps the biggest issue in the state – rising property insurance rates.

Florida Democrats have blasted the legislation addressing this issue, saying it didn’t help homeowners avoid escalating assessments and premiums…But Gallagher defen...

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Storms challenges Hillsborough Jails on undocumented immigrants by Mitch E. Perry

06/21/06

Today at the Hillsborough County Commission meeting, Colonel David Parrish, the man who runs the jails in Hillsborough , went before the commission to discussion a Jail Population Projection Report, was waylaid by Commissioner Ronda Storms, who challenged Parrish about how many undocumented immigrants are in the jails.

When Parrish replied that dealing with illegal immigrants is a Federal responsibility, and not his or the County’s , Storms seemingly would not accept that as ...

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GROUND BREAKING FOR NEW POLICE STATION IN EAST TAMPA-Andrew Stelzer

06/21/06

When Tampa mayor Pam Iorio was elected, one of her promises was to redevelop East Tampa, and reduce crime in the largely African American neighborhood. This morning saw the groundbreaking of a new police station in the heart of east Tampa, a cornerstone of the mayors plan. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer brings us this report from the ceremony, which was attended by numerous public officials and community leaders, and some neighborhood kids.

ACT-Kinsey “We believe that this is ...

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CREATING LIVABLE, WALKABLE COMMUNITIES

06/21/06

Our guest was Dan Burden Senior Urban Designer and Director of Walkable Communities, Inc. He discussed an upcoming workshop June 28th in Tampa on "Making Livable Communities". Burden discussed the components of making communities more pedestrian friendly- slowing traffic, clustering more housing near businesses, making street levels more interesting and conducive to walking, and reversing the trend that's made cities more conducive to automobiles than to people. He discussed some of the great...

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HOW SECURE IS THE U.S. POSITION IN IRAQ?

06/21/06

A new message (recently leaked to the Washington Post and , signed by the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, suggests that the American position in Iraq is tenuous. The embassy's staff feels threatened by the surrounding community, the Iraqi guards seem to be untrustworthy and the Iraq government's hold on power may be tenuous. The contents of the memo were discussed in this segment.

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FLORIDA RANKS 2ND HIGHEST IN CARBON EMISSIONS By Roxanne Escobales

06/20/06

Florida’s carbon dioxide emissions have increased by almost 350 percent in the past four decades. This fact was revealed today as part of a report by the statewide environmental and consumer advocacy group FPIRG, who held a pess conference on Clearwater Beach to discuss its findings on Florida’s role in global warming. This comes the day before the US House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill that would allow drilling 100 miles off the Gulf Coast in an effort to satisf...

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VOTESMARTFLORIDA--VOTER INFO OR CORPORATE SHILL?-Andrew Stelzer

06/20/06

Tuesdays Suncoast Tiger Bay Club luncheon was one of the most sparsely attended of the year, but ended up being one of the most controversial. The speaker was Sheri Vicari, the director of votesmartflorida.org, a website which claims to be an objective source of information about constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot. But a column in today’s St Pete Times disputed the validity of the site, and set the stage for a skeptical audience. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.

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A DEBATE OVER GLOBAL WARMING

06/20/06

Joining us for this segment were Tim Flannery, author of the new book THE WEATHER MAKERS....HE'S BEEN AN EXPLORER, SCIENTIST AND CONSERVATIONIST....HE'S TAUGHT AT HARVARD AND IS NOW A PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE and the director of the South Australian Museum.

Marlo Lewis, Jr. is a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he writes on global warming, energy policy, and other public policy issues.

Marlo has been published in the Washington Times AND HE...

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Deadline for Hillsborough County Commission candidates comes and goes by Mitch E. Perry

06/19/06

Today (Monday) was the deadline for candidates running for the Hillsborough County Commission to submit valid signatures to get on the 2006 ballot, and only 3 candidates got their signatures in on time to avoid paying a filing fee to qualify for the Primary ballot this September. (roll tape)

Over the weekend in Tampa, 1st time candidate Mary Mulhern and 3 volunteers, including her daughter, stood with clipboards and petition sheets courting would shopper walking into a Walmart o...

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Gallagher admits to adultury and pot use by Mitch E. Perry

06/19/06

Florida gubernatorial candidate Tom Gallagher acknowledged today that an extramarital affair played a role in his divorce 27 years ago and that he had used marijuana “a long, long time ago.�

According to the St. Pete Times, Gallagher made his confession today just days after the Tampa Tribune showed his campaign staff 24 pages of court documents from his 1979 divorce from his first wife, Ann Louise Gallagher. The documents include a partial transcript from a court hearin...

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STREETCAR BOARD MEETS WITH CITY TO DISCUSS BUDGET PROBLEMS-Andrew Stelzer

06/19/06

The Tampa historic streetcar, almost 4 years after its launch, is still not used by many people. Recently revealed that HARTLINE has been using 300,000 annually for the financially struggling streetcar, that should have been used for bus service. This afternoon, for the first time ever, the streetcar board met with the Tampa city council to review their financial plan, and discuss suggestions about the future of the project. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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The Sunday Forum

06/18/06

Features discussion on education issues with guest Brenda Reddout.

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Empowerment Hour

06/18/06

This program features an interview with Hillsborough County Commissioner District 3, Thomas Scott, regarding the Central Park Residence Vote, CRA before Tampa City Council. Also an interview with Aquim Aquil candidate for Florida State Representative- District 59.

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