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Monday July 6, 2015

Defenders of Wildlife Release Report on ten Most Endangered Wildlife Refuges- By Mitch E. Perry

The environmental group Defenders of Wildlife released a report today on the Ten Most Endangered National Wildlife Rufuges in the country.

At the top is the most famous refuge in the country, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. And Florida’s Panther National Wildlife Refuge also make the organization’s top ten Most Endangered refuges.

Noah Matson is the Director of the Federal Lands Program for Defenders of Wildlife. WMNF asked him about the refug...

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DEBATE OVER NEW GROUPER REGULATIONS-Andrew Stelzer

In July of 2004, restrictions were put on the grouper fishing industry, in light of a declining population of a fish that has become a Florida signature. Grouper fishing is an important part of the states almost 2 billion dollar commercial fishing industry, not to mention restaurants. The regulations, which included a limit on the number of red grouper, and overall grouper which could be caught on each trip, and an early end to the season when a certain amount of grouper has been caught in...

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County Commission Keeps "Championship Park" bid alive- By Mitch E. Perry

County Commission Votes on Jim Norman’s Sports Complex The Hillsborough County Commission today voted 2 weeks ago to tentatively move forward with Commission Chair Jim Norman’s $40 million dollar “Championship Park� north of Plant City that would serve as a playoff location for amateur teams in football, baseball, soccer and track. Norman's fellow board members blessed the proposal conceptually in July, and again a couple of weeks ago, with only Kathy Castor and Br...

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Women Get the Vote - Sally Roesc Wagner, PhD. with Mary Glenney, Women's Show

A New Look at the Struggle for Justice

Sally Roesch Wagner, PhD. Drawing on her 30-year career as scholar and performer, Dr. Wagner presents a new way of looking at history. She and Mary discuss the events leading up to women getting the vote – and their relevance to the country today. Dr. Wagner is Executive Director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, NY. She appeared in Ken Burns’ documentary, “Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth C...

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FLORIDA TOURISTS GETTING GUN WARNING-By Mitch E. Perry

People arriving into Miami’s International Airport yesterday (Tuesday) were greeted with fliers cautioning them to take “sensible precautions� and to be aware that altercations on highways, nightclubs or on the beach could provoke a shooting.

The fliers were written by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. They’re alerting visitors to the Sunshine State about the new “Stand Your Ground “ Law, which took effect Saturday. The law removes a d...

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David Korten, author of WHEN CORPORATIONS RULE THE WORLD

Dr. David C. Korten was our guest. He's the author of the international best-seller When Corporations Rule the World; The Post-Corporate World: Life after Capitalism; Globalizing Civil Society; and Getting to the 21st Century: Voluntary Action and the Global Agenda, and his new book "THE GREAT TURNING: FROM EMPIRE TO EARTH COMMUNITY" among others; co-founder and board chair of the Positive Futures Network, which publishes YES! A Journal of Positive Futures; founder and president of the People...

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COURT DECISION MAY STOP CONSTRUCTION OF SCRIPPS-Andrew Stelzer

After years of legal battles, preliminary construction on the Scripps bio-technology research institute in palm beach county began last month. But after a judges ruling last week, the clearing of environmentally sensitive land on the edge of the everglades may soon come to a halt.

The Scripps Research Institute's top officials have called an emergency executive committee meeting to assess their options, and Today, the Florida Environmental land use law center filed an emergency...

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Al-Arian trial, Addition of Al-Najjar trial testimony, E-evidence - Lance Robson

A prosecution attorney read select portions of testimony given during the immigration hearings for Mazen Al-Najjar, Sami Al-Arian’s brother-in-law, in 2000.

In an undramatic fashion Daniel Vara, who was lead prosecutor in the Al_najjar case, read printed transcripts along with a prosecution attorney.

Bashir Nafi was the research director at the WISE think-tank and the prosecution had hoped to show that Al-Arian encouraged Nafi to falsify his testimony.
Testimony...

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James Yee Headlines CAIR's Annual Banquet in Tampa-By Mitch E. Perry

Former Army Captain James Yee – who was detained for 76 days in solitary confinement after being arrested on suspicions of espionage while working as a Muslim chaplain at Guatanamo Bay, was the keynote speaker Saturday night at the Council on American-Islamic Relations banquet at the Tampa Convention Center.

The Central Florida Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has had a branch office in Tampa since shortly after the 9/11 attacks – and has b...

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Guns-at-work push sparks heated debate- By Mitch E. Perry

Florida businesses could soon face criminal charges if they try to stop employees from bringing guns to work in their cars, thrusting the state into a growing national debate pitting individual freedom against job safety.

Backed by the National Rifle Association, two state lawmakers have filed bills that would allow workers to have guns at work, as long as the weapons remain locked in their vehicles.

The legislation is modeled after an Oklahoma law that drew national attention when ...

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