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Monday April 21, 2014

SLAVERY AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA - Radioactivity

A new PBS documentary takes a closer look at the institution of slavery in North America beginning with the 17th century. Eric Deggans, president of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists discussed a free forum that will be held tonight at the University of Tampa where the film will have its local premiere; followed by a panel discussion featuring three distinguished scholars on African American history.

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SOCIAL SECURITY PRIVATIZATION - Radioactivity

SOCIAL SECURITY PRIVATIZATION w/ Norm Bungard. Bungard is a local retiree who was once a manager at a social security office. He took calls from listeners regarding how the retirement system works. He also gave his views on privatization.

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JIM DAVIS ON STATE OF THE UNION - Mitch Perry

Tampa Democratic Congressman Jim Davis sat in the House where President Bush delivered his State of the Union last night.

Speaking to WMNF today, we asked the Congressman what he thought of the laundry list of domestic programs that the President said he’d like to see in the next year, such as increasing Pell Grants, helping Community Colleges, seeing Community Health Centers.

Congressman Davis was skeptical about these programs, saying the President has been known to make such c...

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TAMPA GROUPS SAY SOCIAL SECURITY PRIVATIZATION IS DANGEROUS-Andrew Stelzer

Following his state of the union address, President Bush began a 5 state tour to promote his plan to privatize the social security system. Tomorrow evening Bush will be in Tampa, giving a speech about his plans. This morning, concerned area residents and a coalition of non-profit groups began a public education campaign to let people know ho dangerous Bush’s plans are. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer reports.

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ACT--norm “The premise that the system is gong ba...

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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL - Mitch Perry

A neighborhood dispute regarding a Dog Park in the Palma Ceia section of South Tampa has now blossomed into a dispute that became a topic for discussion at the Tampa City Council today.

Some neighbors in Palma Ceia area have complained about the Park, saying its popularity is taking up too much parking and creating too much noise for the area….Recently, the issue has become so strained Tampa Police have had to monitor activities there.

And Opponents of the park say they hav...

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PINELLAS COUNTY OFFICIAL FIRED - Mitch Perry

Dr. Judy Yates, director of the Florida Botanical gardens and the Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service, was fired yesterday Monday by the County, and the University of Florida – who also employed her, has put her on paid leave, pending a review.

The Pinellas County Extension is a cooperative between the county and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida.

Friends of the 56 year old Yates say they believe the firing is retribution for an E...

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MARK SHARPE & UTI PROGRAM - Mitch Perry

Last month JPMorgan Chase & Company announced that it would close its credit card call center in Tampa by the end of the year and eliminate 1,900 jobs.

A subsequent investigation found that the call center had been paid or promised nearly $100 million dollars thru Government incentives, even as it now prepares to terminate nearly 2 thousand jobs.

Those incentives included state and local tax breaks for training for workers and utility workers to tax refunds, road work and oth...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DEBATES FUTURE OF INDIGENT HEALTHCARE PLAN-Andrew Stelzer

Today the Hillsborough county commission discussed the future of the Hillsborough County Healthcare Program, which provides free health care for low-income county residents who don’t have health insurance.

ACT—Dr John Carren “We have to look at how the plan has changed, into an insurance plan, has made the health care advisory board into a corporation board,

Dr John Carren is a member of the counties health Care Advisory Board, which oversees the indigent health car...

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