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Crist stumps in Tampa for property tax amendment listen

10/31/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Gov. Charlie Crist visited a South Tampa home today to promote the property tax reduction resolution that will appear on the state’s Jan. 29 presidential primary ballot.

The proposed constitutional amendment has been criticized from two sides.

Some people have said the tax cut is not enough and that includes people who cannot claim a homestead exemption, such as snowbirds and first-time homebuyers who will not benefit much at all.

On the other hand, some local government officials ...

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Thom Hartmann disects Democrat's debate listen

10/31/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night in Philadelphia, the Democratic candidates for president held their first debate in more than a month.

Conducted at Drexel University and broadcast on MSNBC, the pre-debate hype was on how Illinois Sen. Barack Obama would come out swinging hard at front-runner Hilary Clinton, who has seen her lead in national polls, as well as in New Hampshire, only increase since the last debate.

But some analysts say it was John Edwards, banking on a victory in Iowa to keep his candidacy ...

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Property tax cut plan disappoints Clearwater landlord listen

10/31/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday, while campaigning for property tax relief in Tallahassee, Charlie Crist shared the spotlight with a landlord Steven Profitt.

Profitt said he liked the doubling of the homestead exemption, and the 10-percent cap on commercial and non-homesteaded property. But he also admitted the plan would only bring him modest savings.

During discussions in the House last week, legislators flirted with putting a cap on a property tax increase to non-homesteaded properties as low as 3 percen...

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Hillsborough garbage dispute intensifies listen

10/31/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Next Wednesday the Hillsborough County Commission will deal with a garbage hauling issue that could affect how much county residents end up paying for curbside pickups.

Since 1996, the county has contacted with three major companies to pick up garbage. In exchange for providing that service for a relatively low fee, those companies have exclusive rights to haul construction debris and non-processable waste throughout Hillsborough.

But a number of small businesses throughout the county...

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Crist campaigns for new property tax plan listen

10/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Less than 24 hours after the Legislature placed a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist began a blitzkrieg campaign to advocate for the measure, making media stops with homeowners in Jacksonville, Port St.Lucie, and Orlando today.

Crist says he expects immediate benefits from the plan because he says, it offers hope to Florida property owners.

The House voted Monday night to accept the Senate changes to its property tax plan and later overwhelming a...

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Critics: Same-sex marriage ban could affect others

10/30/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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At the Florida Democratic Convention last weekend, political strategist analyzed a possible constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage.

Derek Newton is campaign manager for Florida Red & Blue, a bipartisan coalition fighting the amendment. He told an audience at Disney in Orlando that he expects the measure to get on the ballot, telling one questioner that it’s already been reviewed and approved by the State Supreme Court.

Newton said proponents have about 597,000 of t...

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Radioactivity: The Iraq refugee crisis

10/30/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Noah Merrill spent four months living and working among Iraqi refugees in Jordan and Syria.

Merrill conducted interviews, worked to secure release for detainees, advocated for aid to Iraqi families and consulted with UNHCR missions. He now coordinates the Direct Aid Initiative, a project of the Electronic Iraq news and analysis website, where he is a regular contributor, providing medical care to displaced Iraqis.

During this interview he talked about:...

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Child abuse victim center breaks ground

10/30/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The groundbreaking celebration for Mary Lee’s House, which will be a Child Protection and Advocacy Center was this morning in West Tampa.

Once construction for Mary Lee’s House is completed in about a year, it will be the home for a range of services for abused children. The center is named after one member of the board of directors, Mary Lee Farrior.

“There has never been anything like this where all these entities would be under one roof for abused children. When the child was ...

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The importance of peace education

10/30/07 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Former Washington Post columnist Colman McCarthy is one of the nation's advocates of peace and non-violence. He spoke with WMNF's Rob Lorei about the effectiveness of the U.S. military campaign in Iraq, military spending, the reliance on violence as a supposed tool of problem solving; the connection between war, animal killing and domestic violence; and why McCarthy beileves that education young people about peaceful opposition to violence is the best way to make people behave more peaceful...

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Adrenal fatigue

10/29/07 Robert Lorei and Dr. Carol Roberts
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Interview with James Wilson, ND, DC, and PhD about his book Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.

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Panel to study state juvenile justice system

10/29/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has formed a Blueprint Commission to make recommendations to improve Florida’s Juvenile Justice system. The Commission is meeting today and tomorrow at the University Area Community Center in Tampa.

Former Lieutenant Gov. Frank Brogan is chair of the Department of Juvenile Justice's 25-member Blueprint Commission.

The Commission has already held public hearings in four cities across Florida. Brogan said that those hearings have brought out s...

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China's environment linked to birth defects listen

10/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A government report says that birth defects in Chinese infants have soared nearly 40 percent since 2001, and officials linked the rise to China's worsening environmental degradation.

The report said 2 to 3 million babies are born in China with "visible defects" every year, and a further 8 to 12 million would develop defects within months or years after birth

According to a World Bank study, about 460,000 Chinese die prematurely each year from breathing polluted air and drinking dirty wa...

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Candidate forum in St. Pete a lonely affair listen

10/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Next week, registered voters in St. Petersburg will vote in four races for City Council. There will be a significant changing of the guard, as both Bill Foster and Council Chair Rene Flowers will be leaving because of to term limits.

Yesterday afternoon, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, a forum was held to let the citizenry learn more about the candidates.

But as moderator Marjory Manning said, most of the candidates failed to attend.

In the District 1 seat, He...

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Four Green Fields Owner named U.S. Attorney listen

10/26/07 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Justice Department announced today that Robert O'Neill will become the interim U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida until President Bush names a permanent replacement. O'Neill replaces James Klindt, whose term as acting U.S. attorney for the district expired today.

O'Neill has been chief of the criminal division for the Middle District of Florida since May 2002. In addition to working for the Justice Department for the past 19 years, he’s also the co-owner of the Irish b...

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TBARTA Meets on Regional Transit listen

10/26/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This morning in Tampa the board of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, or TBARTA met. TBARTA has been tasked by the Florida Legislature to come up with a regional transportation master plan for the seven coastal counties from Citrus to Sarasota by July 1st, 2009.

WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio is one of the 16 members of the TBARTA board. She said that while the authority has to plan long-term projects, it should make sure that its constituents ar...

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