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Saturday December 20, 2014

CITY COUNCIL CAPITULATING TO DEVELOPERS?-Andrew Stelzer

At today’s city council meeting, development was the focus of the agenda, as proposals for controversial high rises in Hyde Park and downtown Tampa were debated. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.

Last year, when the city of Tampa turned down the citivest companies proposal for a 20 story building at the corner of Bayshore boulevard and Desoto, Citivest sued, saying the property owners were denied due process and development rights were violated.

At last weeks city counc...

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U.S. Residents Pay More For Health Care Per Capita Than Any Nation On Earth

Americans pay more for health care per person than citizens anywhere else in the world, doling out half as much in medical expenses each year as the second-highest-cost country, according to a new study

And contrary to popular belief and political rhetoric, malpractice lawsuits have little impact on those high costs in this country. Nor does the fact that people elsewhere end up on waiting lists for care that is in short supply do anything to hold costs down, according to the study publish...

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Down To The Wire For The Central American Free Trade Act

In Washington, the House of Representatives is expected to vote tonight on CAFTA. The free trade agreement would eliminate tarrifs between the U..S. and six Central American companies. Our guests, Eric Rubin and Caitlin Martin of the Florida Fair Trade Coalition. It's a coalition of labor, environmantalists and small farmers. They talked about the track record of past free trade agreements and how they've affected jobs, immigration and the environment.

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BODIES EXHIBITION COMING TO MOSI-Andrew Stelzer

The Museum of Science and Industry, or MOSI held a preview today of an upcoming exhibit on the human body. Members of the media were invited to see a preserved human body, one of 20 which will be at MOSI 3 weeks from now. MOSI will be the first place in the United states to hold the exhibit, titled Bodies, The Exhibition.

ACT--Roy “medical students don’t even get to see bodies like this, dynamic movement of the body,..�

Doctor Roy Glover is the chief medi...

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Clear Channel, Hillsborough EPC agree to mediation in Ampitheatre Dispute By Mitch Perry

The ongoing litigation between the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission and Clear Channel Entertainment over noise levels at the Ford Ampitheatre took a break today when attorneys for both sides agreed today to temporarily suspend their legal battle and concentrate on achieving a settlement.

There have been 3 lawsuits ongoing in the saga, which originated by residents who live near the music venue complaining of excessive noise leaking from the area into their...

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Why the U.S. Has No Health Insurance w/ Jill Quadagno

ESTIMATES VERY BUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY IN THE UNITED STATES AS MANY AS 45 MILLION PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE. THE U.S. IS THE ONLY MAJOR INDUSTRIALIZED NATION WITHOUT A SYSTEM OF NATIONAL HEALTH CARE. OUR GUEST IS JILL QUADAGNO, AUTHOR OF THE NEW BOOK- "ONE NATION UNINSURED: WHY THE U.S. HAS NO NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE". QUADAGNO IS A SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR AT FSU; SHE SAYS SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS INCLUDING DOCTORS, HOSPITALS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES HAVE THWARTED EFFORTS DURING THE PAST...

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WE ARE FAMILY VIDEO KEPT OUT OF BROWARD SCHOOLS-Andrew Stelzer

Following months of debate, A video and class curriculum teaching children to be tolerant of each others differences has been rejected by the Broward county school board, after opponents objected to what they say was part of a dangerous, pro homosexual agenda. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT-collier �its being pushed by a lot of different people that want to teach a lifestyle that most parents don’t approve.�

That’s Barbara Collier, the Chai...

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Al-Arian trial, Curry High School video, Judge's instruction - by Lance Robson

Kerry Myers , an Fbi case agent in the Sami Al-arian trial, took the stand today as an expert witness for the Prosecution. And although the move was expected, it raised eyebrows in the courtroom.

Judge James Moody gave two instructions on how jurors should treat the testimony of FBI agent Kerry Myers. Myers is an FBI Case Agent and also a Prosecution team member, and Judge Moody told the jury they whatever weight they see fit to Agent Myers testimony, the same as any other wit...

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CLEAR CHANNEL BACK IN COURT OVER FORD AMPHITHEATRE-Andrew Stelzer

When the Ford Amphitheatre opened last summer on the state fairgrounds near the intersection of I-4 and 301, and the concerts were so loud that residents a mile away complained they couldn’t sleep. The county soon found itself engaged in a legal battle to get Clear Channel, which has a 45 year contract to operate the amphitheatre, to turn down the music. The Hillsborough county Environmental protection commission filed one suit last year to stop the concerts, and two area residents f...

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Pinellas Progressive Coalition Meeting - by Emily Reddy

On Saturday nearly 30 groups came together in St. Petersburg's Fossil Park in a rally for Progressive Values. The main goal of the event was to build alliances between the groups so that they can work to support each other in the future. Groups took turns speaking, each explaining their groups' goals and current projects and inviting the crowd to join them in their efforts. About 100 people showed up to hear the speakers and to network with other groups. WMNF's Emily Reddy was there and s...

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