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Tuesday September 16, 2014

BILL TO REQUIRE SEATBELTS IN FARMWORKER VANS-Andrew Stelzer

As the debate in Washington and Tallahassee rages on over what’s rights undocumented immigrants should have in the united states, a bill wound its way through the legislature this year that would have made it a violation to operate a vehicle transporting farm labor vehicles with out seatbelts, and require crew bosses to have signs in their vans in English and Spanish encouraging the use of seatbelts. The inspiration for the bill was an accident in April of 2004, on I-95 near Fort Pier...

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CAFTA - Mitch Perry

The quest for a Free Trade Agreement with Central America comes to Tampa next week.

The president of Nicaragua, Enrique Bolanos, will arrive in Tampa next Tuesday, as he and the heads of the 6 Central American National come to the states to try to give CAFTA – the Central American Free Trade Agreement – a boost, in a tour coordinated by the White House and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

And CAFTA may need the boost…yesterday the leaders of a group of centrist Democr...

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FAMILY UPSET ABOUT NO PROSECUTION OF DEPUTY WHO KILLED JARELLWALKER -Andrew Stelzer

On Monday, the Pinellas Pasco state attorney announced that the Pinellas sheriff deputy who shot an unarmed 19-year-old black man in St Petersburg would not have charges pressed against him. The incident has reignited tensions between the black community and law enforcement in St Pete. Today, Jarell walker’s family spoke out against the verdict and demanded justice for killing of Jarrell.

ACT ‘I was maybe 5 seats away from where my cousin died. They don’t know...

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MORE ON THE BILTMORE - Mitch Perry

Supporters of saving the Belleview Biltmore Hotel are continuing their fight…..This afternoon a meeting of the Belleair Historic Preservation Board was postponed, in part because of the resignation late Tuesday night of Belleair City Attorney, George Tew.

As we reported yesterday, hundreds of citizens opposed to the demolition of the Biltmore were NOT able to stop plans by the Biltmore’s owners, the Urdang group from selling the historic hotel. But opponents of the pla...

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HOW DO WE ELIMINATE THE COLLEGE ACHIEVEMENT GAP FOR LOW INCOME PEOPLE? - Radioactivity

The City of Tampa and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners have partnered to host the Sylvia Rodriguez Kimbell Symposium on Race Relations. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at the Children’s Board, located at 1002 E. Palm Avenue. Each year the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County sponsor a symposium to address race-related issues of concern and give the community a voice. This year's symposium is part of the Historic Central Ave...

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EX-FELONS SEEKING THEIR VOTING RIGHTS AND TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS - Radioactivity

Our guests during this segment included Frank Kopczynski, chair of the Pinellas Ex-offender Re-entry Coalition (PERC) www.exoffender.org The coalition exists to help ex-offenders get the basics- jobs, housing, transportation- whatever they need to transition back into the community after serving time. It’s a big job because so few employers want to hire people with criminal records for fear the ex-offenders will cause trouble, steal from them or endanger the other employees or property...

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SMALL CLASS SIZE - Mitch Perry

The state Senate soundly rejected Governor Jeb Bush's proposal today that would have asked voters to scale back the constitutional requirement limiting the number of students in public school classrooms.

To reach the ballot, the legislation needed 24 votes in the 40-member Senate. But the measure didn't even muster a simple majority, getting only 19 votes.

The Governor said he was disappointed (roll tape#1 o.q.�I wish them well doing it�)

Voters approved the class size lan...

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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL - BALCONIES, YOUTH CURFEW, TERM LIMITS - Seán Kinane

At today's Tampa City Council meeting, the city's upcoming crackdown on illegal drinking on some balconies in Ybor City was discussed. WMNF's Seán Kinane reports.

Former State Representative and current Ybor City business owner, Sara Romeo, described a tragic death that makes her concerned about mixing alcohol and balconies.

ACT - Sara Romeo, former State Representative and Ybor City business owner [39sec]
"I'm actually a first-hand witness to a lady who top...

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BILTMORE CONTINUED - Mitch Perry

Belleair Town Commissioner Gary Katica called for an emergency order at last night’s meeting to extend the 30-day review period for the demolition application on the hotel by an additional 60 days. The 3-2 vote failed because emergency orders require a two-thirds majority.

Commissioner Katica spoke to WMNF today about his unsuccessful effort(roll tape#1 o.q.�safety and security of the people�)

Last night Town Commissioners suggested that Belleair needs more time to ga...

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COUNTY COMMISSION ON DRIVING RANGE, UTILITY POLES, AND COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS-Andrew Stelzer

Today, the Hillsborough county commission heard from citizens concerned about the use of natural land for the county fair. About 40 people came to speak in opposition to a plan to allow the Greater Hillsborough County Fair to use 65 acres of the land east of Valrico at the northwestern corner of Sydney-Washer Road and State Road 60 as the future home of the Hillsborough county state fair. Known as Sydney- Dover Trails, the land has long been used by horseback riders, many of whom oppose the...

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