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Friday August 29, 2014

DCF OUT TO BLOCK 13-YEAR-OLD'S ABORTION - Mitch Perry

As a 13-year-old Palm Beach County girl prepared this week to end a pregnancy she says she does not want, the Florida Department of Children and Families has gone to court to stop her from having the abortion.

The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the state's position yesterday , saying DCF is overstepping its authority and violating the girl's constitutional rights.

The girl, identified only as L.G., lives in a shelter for abused and neglected teens and found out two weeks ago ...

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CONNIE BURTON LOSES EVICTION BATTLE-Andrew Stelzer

The six-year legal battle between the Tampa Housing Authority and Community Activist may be over. Today a jury handed down verdict finding that Burton should be evicted from her home in the Robles Park public housing projects in East Tampa. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT ‘we the jury….�

After a trial that lasted slightly more than two days, a 6-person jury took less than an hour to deliver its verdict. Burton’s eviction comes on the grounds...

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BLACK COMMUNITY CALLS FOR CHANGE IN WAKE OF HANDCUFFED 5 YEAR OLD-Andrew Stelzer

A coalition of African American educators and community leaders met with St Petersburg police chief Chuck Harmon today to discuss the handcuffing of a 5 year old girl at Fairmount elementary school last week. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

ACT “The school system the police department and the parents failed this young girl,

Clifton Burney is a retired social worker

ACT Its my belief that as previously been stated, police shod have had no role in...

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BRADENTON TEENS SEEK HELP IN PAYING TO ATTEND THE JUNIOR NATIONAL YOUNG LEADERS CONFERENCE - Radioactivity

Charles MacKenzie is a social studies teacher at Haile Middle School in Bradenton, where six of his students have been accepted to attend this conference (part of the Congressional Youth Leadership Confrence) this June. Unfortunately the cost is prohibitive- $16,000. MacKenzie has been able to raise $9,000 but he is still short. He described to WMNF what the conference is and how people can support the student's efforts.

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WHAT IS CAUSING THE HIGH PRICE OF GASOLINE? - Radioactivity

Tyson Slocum, research director for Public Citizen's Critical Mass Energy Project discussed the reasons gasoline prices are so high, President Bush's call today for expansion of the number of nuclear power plants in the U.S., the energy bill passed by the House last week, the lack of focus on renewable energy and how citizens can get involved in these issues.

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BROWARD VOTERS COULD DECIDE ON SALES TAX HIKE FOR TRANSIT SYSTEM - Radioactivity

Broward voters could decide on sales tax hike for transit system

Earlier this month, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said that the city and Hillsborough County need to something to improve mass transit in the community.

For public transportation advocates, it was encouraging to hear ANY public official speak up for public transit…Back in 1999, a committee’s recommendation to spend more on roads and buses was ignored by the Hillsborough County Commission….A transpor...

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BASEBALL VOTE - Mitch Perry

A 60 (m) million-dollar state commitment to help build a 420 (m) million-dollar retractable roof baseball park in Miami for the Florida Marlins today passed the

state House.

After almost an hour of debate, the House voted 90-to-26 on the economic development proposal with the subsidy for the stadium along with millions of dollars for other pro sports projects.

The House bill diverts $2 million a year for the Marlins and $2 million a year for four spring training sites, as ...

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WELLS FARGO DISCRIMINATES IN HOME LOANS-Andrew Stelzer

A new study by the association of Community Organizations for reform Now, or ACORN is lending ammunition in their campaign against predatory lending, and specifically Wells Fargo. For the past several months, Periodic protests have been held outside the Wells forgo branch on Central avenue in St Pete and at other branches around the country. But now an examination of Wells Fargo’s Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data has found racial and economic differences in the type of leans made by...

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FLORIDA : THE FIRST STATE TO COMPLETELY PRIVATIZE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Florida is now the first and only State in the Nation to have completely privatized it’s child welfare services. Florida’s Governor Jeb Bush has been working eight years to see the privatization of the States welfare system. Florida’s Department of Children and Families, or the DCF, oversee private contractors who manage all foster care and adoption services. The department has been rocked in the past decade by a series of high profile scandals, prompting the priv...

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CONNIE BURTONS TRIAL DAY 2-Andrew Stelzer

The Tampa Housing Authority’s lawsuit to try and evict Robles park resident and community activist Connie Burton continued today. A jury was chosen at the end of the day Monday, it consists of 3 women, and 4 men, none of whom are black. During opening arguments, Burton’s attorney, Guy Burns warned the jury not to confuse the fact that Burton’s son was convicted of selling drugs, with any inference that Burton her self was involved in illegal activity

ACT “...

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