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OBESITY LINKED TO POVERTY by Roxanne Escobales

08/31/06

On the surface, two reports released earlier this week seem unrelated. One revealed that the number of Americans living in poverty has not changed much since the year before, but Mississippi still ranks as the poorest state. The other report looked at obesity levels in the nation. And guess which state is the fattest? That’s right. Mississippi. As WMNF’s Roxanne Escobales reports, the leaner your budget, the fatter you are more likely to be.

Common sense would conclud...

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Everglades Activists Fire back at U.S. Sugar by Mitch E. Perry

08/31/06

5 days before the Democratic Gubernatorial Primary election, no single Florida business spent more money – and received as much attention in the campaign, than U.S. Sugar.

The sugar grower has spent nearly 2 million dollars funding different groups, like one called Florida Working Families – in supporting Rod Smith against Jim Davis in the campaign for Governor.

Today a group of Everglades activists announced a counter offensive, calling attention to their ne...

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Sarasota Congressional Race Part 1 - by MItch E. Perry

08/31/06

With the unpopularity of Republicans nationwide this year, National Democrats are hoping they might be able to steal a seat in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, which has been represented by Katherine Harris the past 4 years.

But Harris’s departure to run for Senate has created a free for all in the GOP race – and has become one of the most expensive, and nastiest in the country.

The Democratic race isn’t that nasty, although Jan Schneid...

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Tampa Not Deliberately going without insurance, Aid Says by Mitch E. Perry

08/31/06

The City of Tampa’s budget director says the City does have a problem getting insurance. But contrary to an editorial in the Tampa Tribune, city administrators says it’s because a property insurer is NOT available in the market.

In their lead editorial today, the Tribune described the city’s decision to largely self-insure as a ‘risky solution’ to the insurance crises, because the city lacks the funds to rebuild many of the assets it owns if a ca...

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THE STATE OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA

08/31/06
     Next Monday is Labor day. The first Labor Day was  held on Sept. 5, 1882, when about 20,000 working people marched in New York City to demand an eight-hour workday and other labor law reforms. In a parade up Broadway, sponsored by New York's Central Labor Union, they carried banners reading, "Labor Creates All Wealth" and "Eight Hours for Work, Eight Hours for Rest, Eight Hours for Recreation." After a year of labor activism in which Pullman workers carried out a huge strike against ...
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City Council file a protest on Expressway Authority by Mitch E. Perry

08/31/06

Earlier this week, the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority ignored its own hiring committee and fired its longtime lawyer, Steve Anderson. Anderson, working with the firm of Ruden McCloskey, had served the Board for the last decade.

The move was led by Board member Bob Clark Jr. The only no votes against Anderson were by Hillsborough County Commissioner Thomas Scott, and Tampa City Councilwoman Gwen Miller.

Today Miller was joined by her fellow council members in vo...

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CANDIDATE INTERVIEW: ROD SMITH DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR

08/30/06

OUR GUEST TODAY IS STATE SENATOR ROD SMITH.... SEN. SMITH LIVES IN ALACHUA COUNTY; HE'S BEEN A LABOR LAWYER AND A STATE ATTORNEY....

HE'S WON THE ENDORSEMENTS OF MOST MAJOR NEWSPAPERS IN FLORIDA AND HE'S RUNNING AGAINST JIM DAVIS FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOMINATION FOR GOVERNOR....

The issues covered on this program: -US Sugar ads attacking Jim Davis -Method of paying for class size-reductions and increased teacher pay -Reducing hs drop-out rate for African-American males -Reinstat...

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HALEY VA INADEQUATE TO TREAT NEW POLYTRAUMA by Roxanne Escobales

08/30/06

Every day headlines bring fresh news of the fatal consequences of war. Each bomb or ambush in Iraq and Afghanistan means that military personnel return home with a new type of injury unseen in previous conflicts. It’s called polytrauma. Today a house subcommittee heard how Tampa’s James A Haley VA Medical Center, which is the largest in the country, does not have adequate resources to help the influx of wounded soldiers coming home from the Middle East.

ACT:

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Paulson on Katherine Harris by Mitch E.Perry

08/30/06

The Orlando Sentinel is writing that it’s up to Governor Jeb Bush to get involved in next’s week GOP Senate Primary Race.

The Sentinel came to that conclusion after writing about what they’re calling frontrunner Katherine Harris “latest boneheaded gaffe�.

That would be an interview Harris gave to the weekly journal of the Florida Baptist Conference in which she said the separation of church and state is a "lie we have been told" to keep ...

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Black officials rally to support Jim Davis by Mitch E. Perry

08/30/06

Black officials rally to support Jim Davis

During last week’s Democratic gubernatorial debate, Rod Smith brought up a vote that Jim Davis cast in 1990 that has had reverberations on the campaign.

Last week, fliers supporting Rod Smith were distributed mainly to African American voters – blasting Davis for his vote. Now, a new radio ad supporting Smith is discussing the subject – both paid for by groups funded by U.S. Sugar, the corporation that has spent near...

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2 new polls on crist-gallagher, Davis-Smith matchups by Mitch E. Perry

08/30/06

2 New Polls shows Charlie Crist and Jim Davis continuing to maintain their front runner status in their respective Party Primaries, with less than a week to go before election day.

A Strategic Vision poll released this morning shows on the GOP side, Charlie Crist up by 16 points….But another poll, done by Quinnipiac University shows Crist with a seemingly impenetrable 25 point lead over top challenger Tom Gallagher.

Quinnipiac University pollster Peter Brown (rol...

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Rod Smith on WMNF

08/30/06

Rod Smith on WMNF

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rod Smith appeared today on Rob Lorei’s Radioactivity program. He was asked about the new polls (roll tape#1 o.q.�we expect to win this race�)

According to the Davis campaign, the company U.S. Sugar has spent nearly $2 million dollars to support Rod Smith. Smith responded when asked if he will owe the sugar industry if he becomes Governor (roll tape#2 o.q.�his is a bumper sticker�)

Thatââ...

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Skip Campbell is running for Attorney General by Mitch E .Perry

08/30/06

Though there has been extensive focus on the Governor’s race this summer, and the GOP Senate Primary, there has been very little attention paid to who will replace Charlie Crist as Attorney General this November.

That’s because the top candidates for both Parties have seen their competition quietly walk away.

For the Republicans, a spirited 4 way race has devolved to just former Orlando area Congressman Bill McCollum as the candidate. So McCollum has alr...

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GULFPORT CANDIDATES’ FORUM, Stan Davis

08/29/06

GULFPORT CANDIDATES’ FORUM MONDAY, 28 AUGUST 2006

Lead:

40 or so candidates gathered in Gulfport Monday evening to give the voters one more look-see. The most sparks were generated by the contest for Pinellas Board of Education.

Stan Davis was there and filed this report.

[Total Running Time-6:49]
Story:

Some 150 people turned out Monday night to hear 40 or so politicals running for a myriad of seats in Pinellas County.
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MOUNT DORA ART CAR WEEKEND AND SINGING FISH by Roxanne Escobales

08/29/06

A couple of weekends ago in Central Florida, Mount Dora held its third annual art car weekend. Festival goers voted for their favourite car by giving donations in voting boxes in front of each car -- they raised almost 900 dollars for the Hospice of Lake and Sumter Counties. It was there in Mount Dora where WMNF's Roxanne Escobales discovered what’s more annoying than a singing rubber fish.

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