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Wednesday October 22, 2014

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN TEMPLE OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS. Mark Antokas

INTRO: The National Association of Hispanic Journalists have in recent years, launched the Parity Project, which attempts to double the amount of Latino journalists in the Nations newsrooms by 2008. Part of the project’s goal is also to increase and diversify coverage of Latino issues. Recently WMNF has reported that the Parody Project has partnered with The Tampa Tribune, in an effort to improve the Bay Area newspaper’s diversity in reporting. The Trib is the newest target, bu...

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MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE TO STAY OPEN - Jen Germaine

Today Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced the recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, or BRAC. Mayor Pam Iorio, Congressman Jim Davis, and Al Austin held a press conference today on the fate of MacDill Air Force Base. Jen Germaine files this report.

ACT (Al Austin) Al Austin, CEO of Austin Companies is a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council for BRAC, which is working to protect Florida’s 21 military bases and 3 unified commands. Al Aus...

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CHARLIE CRIST SPEAKS TO TAMPA BAY POLICE CHIEFS-Andrew Stelzer

Earlier this week, Florida State Attorney general Charlie Crist was the first Republican to declare his intention to run for Governor in 2006. Today, Crist spoke at a luncheon for the Tampa Area Police Chiefs at the embassy suites on the USF campus. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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ACT “I can’t tell you how much I admire what you do, you are the finest of service, cops, military, school teachers, you live for a greater goo...

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WILTON DEDGE AND DNA - Mitch Perry

Legal Advocates say that one of the major casualties of the just completed Legislative session in Tallahassee was the failure to compensate Wilton Dedge, a man who was falsely imprisoned for 22 years for a rape he did not commit. They’re also upset that the state did not extend an October 1st deadline for DNA testing that could potentially free other innocent people from prison. Jenny Greenberg is the director of the Florida Innocence Initiative in Tallahassee. On a shoe string budg...

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CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES CODE ENFORCEMENT - Seán Kinane

Lane asserts that this form of public notice might aid in bringing everyone into compliance with code enforcement.

“One can see what that case was about, the disposition of the case, and what the person - the violator - has to do in order to come into compliance. We have a 90% compliance rate but we have 10% of the population that are not complying. Those are the individuals that we are going after. Those are the individuals that the code enforcement full board will be levying fin...

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INTERVIEW WITH RICHARD FLORIDA -- Mitch Perry (text)

Richard Florida: You know the United States really lead the world in developing this knowledge driven technology push creative age. We built up great universities, had spectacular research and development institution, built a fabulous venture capital industry, in addition to all of that, and this is the sort of thing that we always sort of, we know it intuitively, and its always in the back of our mind, because we all are a product of it, because America always forgets, what really propelled ...

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DISABILITY RIGHTS ACTIVIST GREG SMITH TALKS ABOUT HIS BOOK - Radioactivity

Greg Smith’s life is an amazing tale. Born with muscular dystrophy, the syndicated radio host has turned his physical challenges into his greatest strengths, and has given inspiration to millions through “On A Roll: Talk Radio on Life & Disability,� a nationwide radio show that he created and hosted from his power wheelchair for more than a decade. His new memoir, “On A Roll: Reflections from America’s Wheelchair Dude with the Winning Attitude,� is the sto...

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ALEX GIBNEY, THE DIRECTOR AND WRITER OF THE NEW FILM: ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM - Radioactivity

ALEX GIBNEY, THE DIRECTOR AND WRITER OF THE NEW FILM: ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM. THE COLLAPSE OF ENRON CORPORATION- THE BIGGEST BANKRUPTCY IN THE HISTORY OF THE NATION---HURT THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES, STOCKHOLDERS AND MANY PENSION FUNDS.... IS THE SUBJECT OF A NEW FILM BY OUR GUEST ALEX GIBNEY. ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM- BASED ON A BOOK BY TWO FORTUNE MAGAZINE WRITERS- BETHANY MACLEAN AND PETER ELKIND....THE FILM PREMIERES HERE IN THE BAY AREA THIS WEEKEND.

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CAIR SAYS ANTI-MUSLIM INCIDENTS ON THE RISE - Mitch Perry

Members of a leading Islamic organization say that anti-Muslim crimes are on the rise, in fact the highest recorded figures in over a decade.

This morning in Tampa, CAIR- the Council on American Islamic Relations, released their report, “Unequal Protection�

Ahmed Bedier is the Central Florida Director of CAIR (roll tape#1 o.q.�alarmingly high�)

Bedier took time to indicate the difference between’incidents’ reported and hate crimes â...

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SHAREHOLDERS TRY TO GET PROGRESS ENERGY TO FIGHT CO2 EMMISIONS-Andrew Stelzer

A group of environmental advocates and shareholders is trying to get Progress energy to commit themselves to becoming an environmentally company. This morning, they held a press conference as Progress energy’s shareholders meeting was set to begin at the Hilton hotel in Downtown St Petersburg, calling on the company to be environmentally responsible.

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ACT “when we talk to progress they say that they are meeting legal standards, Florida progress says ...

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