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Sen. Charlie Justice on budget challenges listen

02/12/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Yesterday a tax panel that can put reforms on the ballot announced a plan that would cap the amount of taxes and fees that could be collected by Florida’s cities, counties and school districts.

It’s one of several proposals expected to be issued this week by the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, the bipartisan group of non-elected officials who convene every two decades to try to revamp the state’s system of funding.

This particular proposal is receiving a thumbs down from lo...

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Mass transit in Tampa Bay

02/11/08
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Our guests included Scottie Schrier with Bay Area Commuter Services, David Armijo, executive director with Hillsbrough Area Regional Transit services - HARTline and Bob Lasher with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. We talk about present servcies and future budget problems.

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Castor on funding for veterans’ health care listen

02/11/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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When the Defense Authorization Act passed two weeks ago, it included $450-million for the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) of veterans.

A press conference today publicized this new funding which could be used to treat veterans with TBI at Tampa’s James A. Haley VA Medical Center.

Traumatic Brain Injury is considered the signature injury of the U.S. war on Iraq because of the shocking number of returning veterans who have positive screening tests for TBI. That could be as many...

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Deal will help subprime borrowers listen

02/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The grassroots activist group ACORN today announced that it had reached an agreement with Countrywide, the nation’s largest mortgage company, that will provide millions of dollars to help subprime borrowers avoid foreclosure.

Carolyn Patmon is with the Orlando office of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Her office picketed the offices of Countrywide before the mortgage company decided to work them.

Florida was second state in the country last year, rank...

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Group rallies against Scientology listen

02/11/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The group Anonymous, an organization publicly against the Church of Scientology, protested on Sunday outside the church’s Clearwater headquarters.

The rally was one of several organized by the group against Scientology around the country and the world on Sunday. In downtown Clearwater, outside of the Church of Scientology's spiritual headquarters, more than 200 members of Anonymous marched in three groups along Fort Harrison Avenue.

Most of those participating in the march wore bandan...

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Women's conference convenes at USF listen

02/08/08 Arielle Stevenson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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With Women’s history month being just a few weeks away, the University of South Florida hosted day one of the third annual Florida Consortium for Women’s studies conference in Tampa today. This year’s theme is femininity and masculinity in the global context.

Kim Vaz in the chair of the department of women’s studies at USF, she spoke with WMNF about the Florida Consortium for Women’s Studies and discussed some of the challenges facing professors of women’s studies today.

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Celebration applauds contributions by black people

02/08/08 Reif Russell Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A diverse group of judges, civil rights activists, educators, and ground-breaking former students was honored by Hillsborough County Commissioners at today’s Black Heritage Celebration. The efforts of some of the many brave pioneers of the Desegregation movement were described and applauded.

Commissioner Kevin White gave some historical perspective.

One of the pioneers of desegregation in Hillsborough County honored today was Andrew Manning. His family’s name was attached to the cla...

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Muslim job applicant victim of discrimination? listen

02/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A Tampa man applied for a job online but was surprised from the one-word response he received from the company.

Ali Matallah, 32, is originally from Morocco but and is a permanent resident of the United States. When he responded to an ad for a security guard job through the website Craigslist, the email response he received from St. Moritz Security Services was simply, “terrorist.”

Ahmed Bedier is executive director of the Tampa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (...

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Castor comments on economic stimulus package listen

02/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday the Senate passed an economic stimulus package

Today, WMNF spoke with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, a Democrat who represents parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee counties, to find out what the economic stimulus package means to residents of Tampa Bay.

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Red snapper compromise reached listen

02/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday Florida Fish and Wildlife Commissioners approved a compromise plan to try to protect the overfished red snapper. The daily red snapper catch limit for charter boats was reduced, but economic concerns of commercial and recreational anglers led to the commissioners rejecting a shorter red snapper fishing season in the state.

This morning WMNF spoke with Thomas Wheatley, the Gulf of Mexico Regional Representative with the Marine Fish Conservation Network.

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Poll: Clean Water Act reauthorization has rural support listen

02/08/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The federal Clean Water Act has provided pollution safeguards to rivers and other waters for more than 30 years. But in its current form, there are questions about whether so-called “isolated” waters such as wetlands are protected by the act.

Congress is now considering an upgrade of that act, which explicitly protects isolated wetlands. A new survey of rural voters was commissioned by the environmental advocacy group Earthjustice to find out peoples’ opinions about protecting wetlan...

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St. Pete seeks input on Al Lang Stadium site listen

02/07/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The St. Petersburg City Council approved a resolution today that will seek public input on alternative uses for the current site of Al Lang Field.

Several members of the public said they want the land to become a waterfront park, not a new baseball stadium for the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Al Lang site was not originally on the agenda for considering land development regulations. But Council member Jeff Danner added a resolution calling for public input regarding future use for the site.

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GAO issues report on missing votes in Sarasota

02/07/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The Associated Press is reporting that:

"Touch-screen voting machines likely performed properly and were not to blame for the large number of undervotes in a congressional race in 2006, as the loser has suggested, federal investigators said in a draft report obtained Wednesday by the Associated Press.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office plans to present the report Friday to a House task force that has been investigating the 13th Congressional District election. Republican Vern Bu...

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Busansky to challenge Buddy Johnson listen

02/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Phyllis Busansky today announced her candidacy for Elections Supervisor.

Busansky is the best known opponent that incumbent Buddy Johnson will have faced, if she gets the Democratic nomination. Lee Nelson has previously announced his candidacy.

Busansky lost to Gus Bilirakis in the race to replace Mike Bilirakis in Florida’s 9th Congressional District in November 2006. She’s best known for her reign on the Hillsborough County Commission from...

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Sheriff's request for barrier approved listen

02/07/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The politics of terrorism was part of a Tampa City Council discussion today. It arose on whether or not the city of Tampa should vacate a portion of 20th Street in Ybor City to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office Operation Center resides between Palm and 9th Avenue in Ybor. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the Sheriff’s Office has erected barriers on 20th street near the facility because of security concerns.

Sherriff David Gee now wants to build a wall on side of ...

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