News & Public Affairs

Tuesday September 30, 2014

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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BELLEVIEW BILTMORE - Julie Togba

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For 4 and a half hours Belleair residents hoping to save the historic Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa went head to head with representatives of Urdang and Associates, the Pennsylvania based management firm, that currently owns the town’s oldest landmark. While last night’s town hall meeting gave preservationists a forum to voice their opinions, the status of the Biltmore remains the same. But the stakes to knock down the building just got higher for Bellevie...

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MICHAEL STEINBERG RUNNING FOR CONGRESS - Mitch Perry

Tampa Attorney Michael Steinberg is one of a handful of Democrats who have announced their candidacy to succeed Jim Davis in Congress next year.

Davis will step down from the seat he has held since 1996 to run for governor next year.

Kathy Castor, Les Miller, and Scott Farrell have already announced their candidacies, as has Steinberg. He’s never held public office, losing to Kevin Ambler in the race for Florida House seat in 2002….WMNF spoke with Michael Steinberg th...

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RACIAL DISPARITIES IN HOW MIAMI DADE OFFICERS TREAT PULLED OVER CITIZENS-Andrew Stelzer

A 4-year study of the Miami Dade county police has found that there is a difference in how black people are treated once they are pulled over by police, and there are further questions about why the report, which was completed in November, was kept from the public for the past 6 months.
Geoffrey Alpert is a professor of Criminology at the University of South Carolina, his Alpert group conducted the study between 2000 and 2004.

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ACT-alpert “we gave Miami Dade ...

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MORRIS BRIDGE PARK - Lance Robson

Barely a quarter of a mile from where Fletcher Ave meets I-75 sits Morris Bridge Park, part of the conglomerate of parks in the Morris Bridge area. Aside from the parks much of the area is protected land where anyone can get away from city or suburban life. Members of the Sierra Club played a major role in protecting a piece of land parallel to Morris Bridge Park from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - who, in 2002, wanted to build a practice facility there. The Parks Dept then bought the la...

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USF HOLDS SIT IN FOR DARFUR-Andrew Stelzer

More than 2 million people are currently living in refugee camps in the Sudan. Oxfam has stated they expect the crisis, in the wake of an attempted ethnic cleansing which has already killed at least 300,000 people in the past 2 years. will last until late 2006. Last week, the University of South Florida’s Black Student Union held what they called a “sit in for Darfur�. An afternoon of music, movies, and speeches to educate the student body and general public about the gen...

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PLAQUE COMMEMORATES GWB RALLY IN NEW PORT RICHEY'S SIMS PARK. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In October of last year, and just before the election, President Bush rallied the party faithful in an appearance at Sims Park in New Port Richey. Under the watchful eye of the Pasco County REC’s Bill Bunting, tickets were handed out to all those who wished to attend. About seven thousand were at hand that day to support the president. Pasco Country narrowly went with Al Gore in the 2000 election; the president took the county in 2004 by nineteen thousand votes. On Friday aftern...

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