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New study says Government study on consumption of canned tuna does not provide sufficient protection for consumers by Mitch E.Perry07/12/06
Yesterday, the group Defenders of Wildlife, in conjunction with the Mercury Policy Project and the Center for Science in the Public Interest released a report showing that a recent advisory issued by the FDA and the EPA on consumption of light canned tuna does NOT provide adequate protection for consumers.
2 years ago, the 2 federal agencies issued a joint advisory to clear up the confusion created when they separately issued different standards under which consuming tuna would be s...Be the first to comment
Lead: About 40 residents of the Temple Crest neighborhood in Tampa attended a meeting last evening to discuss the controversial plan by Tampa Bay Water to dump reclaimed water into the lower Hillsborough River to augment the flow of water instead of taking fresh water from the upper river, which is reserved for drinking water. WMNFâ€™s Nancy Morgan was there.
Water was on everyoneâ€™s mind. As a drenching rain poured outside, members gathered in the clubhouse of the Temple Cres... Be the first to comment
Monday was the deadline for supporters of the idea to create a mayor of Hillsborough County to submit their signatures to try and get the issue on the November ballot. The petition drive got a late start in the end of March, and they had asked county supervisor of elections Buddy Johnson for an extension, so they could have more time to collect the more than 77 thousand signatures needed for the two items. Only hours before Mondays deadline, Mary Ann Stiles, the leader of the petition drive...Be the first to comment
The United Nations warns of food shortages in the Gaza Strip. Hospitals refuse all non-emergency care to avoid running out of medicine. Power outages are widespread, and a lack of fuel for generators threatens water supplies.
Israel's military offensive, and its closure of the territory's border crossings, has worsened the plight of Palestinians in the already devastated Gaza Strip.
Signs of a humanitarian crisis are appearing in villages such as Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, where Is...Be the first to comment
Our guests (Tom Wheatley, the regional organizer for the Marine Fish Conservation Network and Martha Collins from the National Environmental Trust) say that Congress might actually vote in the next couple of weeks on a bill that is of critical importance to a $48 billion dollar fishing industry and our nationâ€™s largest public resource. This may be the most important conservation vote of the year. What Member of Congress wants to explain to constituents why he or she voted to help empty the...Be the first to comment
West Miami Republican House Member Marco Rubio is the incoming Speaker of the House, replacing Allan Bense.
Currently heâ€™s traveling the state, gathering ideas, which he plans on publishing as a book.
Along with a couple of other GOP legislators â€“ Ray Sansom and Dean Cannon â€“ Rubio has created a website 100ideas.org, in which citizens can submit the ideas. The legislators are also holding so called â€œidearaisers around the stateâ€? â€“ the next one in the Tampa Bay ...Be the first to comment
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Rod Smiths opponent for the Democratic primary in this years governors race, Jim Davis, has also revealed his own plan to deal with the rapid increase in home insurance costs throughout the state. Davis was is St Pete beach today, speaking about his ideas and getting feedback from a select group of citizens. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.
About a dozen resort and restaurant owners, fire and rescue workers, and past and present local elected officials gathered...Be the first to comment
Labor organizers and local union workers rallied in front of the Tampa offices of the National Labor Relations Board today regarding 3 upcoming cases that they say could have a significant impact on workers right to form and join unions in the U.S.
Organizers call the cases The NLRB will rule on The â€œKentucky Riverâ€? decisions â€“ decisions that they say will clairify issues left open by the Supreme Courtâ€™s Kentucky River decision in 2001 concerning what kind of workers are c...Be the first to comment
Co-Host and guest for the show is Mabili. The subject is an open forum on Central Park Village Democratic Party and Republican designs.Be the first to comment
In the Democratic race for Governor, State Senator Rod Smith has made strong gains in recent weeks on Tampa Area Congressman Jim Davis, and trails Davis by only 6 percentage points in one recent poll.
So the Davis camp is celebrating todayâ€™s endorsement today by one of the nationâ€™s leading environmental groups, the Sierra Club. (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?it wasnâ€™t a hard call at allâ€?) Curt Levine is the Political Chair for the Sierra Clubâ€™s Florida Chapter. He said that the env...Be the first to comment
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that Katherine Harris is accusing her chief Senate opponent, Bill Nelson, of accepting illegal campaign contributions.
Speaking at the Kissimmee Bay Country Club yesterday, Harris was asked by an audience member about illegal contributions made to HER campaign by defense contractor Mitchell Wade of the group MZM. Harris said that she had not known the $32,000 donation was illegal and she has since donated the money to charity.
But she th...Be the first to comment
In addition to their corruption problems, the Florida department of corrections is in a battle with some of their employees, who are resisting an attempt to make them accept random drug tests on the job. WMNFâ€™s Andrew Stelzer reports.
Earlier this summer, corrections Secretary Jim McDonough said he wanted to impose random drugs tests for all employees that work in the corrections system, but The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents civi...Be the first to comment
Davis Campaign Calls on Smith to Return Tainted Contributions to Florida Taxpayers by Mitch E. Perry07/06/06
A day after Floridaâ€™s former top corrections secretary and chief lieutenant admitted that they received $130,000 in kickbacks from a vendor during the past 2 years, the issue is now becoming part of the Democratic race for Governor.
Thatâ€™s because that vendor â€“ widely assumed to be the American Institutional Services- has been a key financial contributor to gubernatorial candidate Rod Smith.
That led Tampa Area Congressman Jim Davis today to call for Smith to contribut...Be the first to comment
This morning a group of US Citizens carrying over 100 tons of humanitarian aid to be delivered to the people of Cuba, successfully crossed the Mexican border, getting them closer to their ultimate goal.
The group , Pastors For Peace - has been making such journeys for the past 16 years.
But last year, members say, US Customs, under orders from the US Commerce Department, selectively inspected and confiscated items of humanitarian aid including computers destined for disabled Cuba...