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Friday August 1, 2014

ACADEMIC BILL OF RIGHTS - Mitch Perry

At a workshop in Tallahassee yesterday, David Horowitz, the former Black Panther associate turned arch conservative, addressed legislators on his proposal that he has been taken to state capitals across the country, a so-called ‘Academic freedom Bill’ that would grant university students the right to be graded without political bias- and say they would have access to opposing points of view from their professor.

The Bill is sponsored by Ocala House Representative Dennis B...

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URS CORP - Mitch Perry

This morning the Hillsborough County Commission discussed whether the URS Corporation should be given a contract for their engineering services for the County’s stormwater projects.

URS has been the contractor involved with expansion of the Crosstown Expressway, which has been beset by problems going back to a year ago.

That project was to deliver 3 express lanes of traffic to Tampa from Brandon in the morning and out again at night….It was on budget and ahead of...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DEBATES RESOURCE RECOVERY CONTRACT-Andrew Stelzer

The Hillsborough county commission debated whether to go ahead with a contract which would expand the resource recovery facility on Falkenburg road from 3 to 4 burners, The plant turns garbage into energy rather that putting it in land fills, and the plan was agreed upon years ago. The new contract would also allow Covanta to continue operating the plant for 20 years at a cost of $420 million--the existing contract expires in September 2007; but county Commissioner Brian Blair spoke out agai...

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JIM NORMAN TRIES TO IMPLEMENT 3 STRIKES AND OUT ON INDIGENT HEALTH CARE - Mitch Perry

As officials look to trim costs for the county's indigent health care program, Hillsborough County commissioner Jim Norman today brought forth his plan to kick people off the plan if they are convicted of three or more felonies.

Under this plan, Norman says that everybody would start with a clean slate – meaning prior convictions would not count toward the 3 strikes. But Norman showed little mercy on those who have violated the law 3 times, saying he wishes he could make the...

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VIDEO LENDING AT LIBRARIES - Mitch Perry

At today’s Hillsborough County Commission meeting, Commissioner Ronda Storms proposed eliminating funding for County libraries to purchase entertainment DVD’s…

The Tampa Tribune reported today that Storms was reacted to a story in the Tribune earlier this year that showed County residents increasingly using public libraries to borrow movies – not read books….. the Tampa- Hillsborough County Public Library System will spend about $559,000 on movies, co...

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GUN BILL - Mitch Perry

Governor Jeb Bush says he will soon sign into law the so-called “Castle Doctrine� bill that critics have said threatens to turn Florida into the OK Corral.

Legislation passed yesterday in the House does away with the legal duty to retreat from an attack and allows a citizen to meet force with force, including deadly force if necessary. Proponents, including the National Rifle Association, say it's about protecting law-abiding citizens. The governor agreed.

Marian Hammer ...

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BOB BARR - Mitch Perry

In an event, co-sponsored by the USF Chapter of Amnesty International AND WMNF Radio, former Georgia Republican Congressman Bob Barr began the first of 3 speaking engagements in the Tampa Bay Area last night on the USF Campus…

Barr now works as a conservative radio talk show host, and suprising to some, consults for the ACLU – speaking out against the USA Patriot Act.

At last night’s event, Barr was introduced by local Tampa Bay Area ACLU member Mike Phene...

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NAACP Press Conference - by Emily Reddy

The NAACP held a press conference Monday in St. Petersburg to discuss the need for action to address the uneven distribution of wealth in the city. The group chose the 37th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's murder to highlight the need to create economic opportunity in the African American community. Often evoking the words of Dr King, they called for the inclusion of African Americans in the economic system. WMNF's Emily Reddy reports.

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CRIST ANNOUNCES ANTI-SPAM PROSECUTIONS-Andrew Stelzer

This morning, Attorney General Charlie Crist announced the first instance of charges being filed using Florida’s new anti-spam law. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT “Spam is one of the most annoying things…that can come into the home uninvited and bother people..and fortunately the members of the house an senate passed anti spam legislation…�

Floridas law, one of the first on the nation, makes it illegal to send an email which has a sub...

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PIRATE RADIO STATION IN ST PETE IS SHUT DOWN-Andrew Stelzer

The FCC attempted to raid a pirate Radio station in Downtown St Petersburg Thursday, and the station has since stopped broadcasting. Over the weekend, WMNFs Andrew Stelzer spoke with Bob Noxious, the operator of 99.9fm, the signal had been broadcasting out of his apartment since February first.

BOB NOXIOUS

That was Bob Noxious with 99.9 fm, a pirate radio station in downtown st Pete that has stopped broadcasting after getting word of a pending FCC raid.

There will be a ...

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