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Friday December 19, 2014

Al-Arian trial, Important Stipulation that may shorten trial - Lance Robson

It was practically passed over yesterday, but a very important stipulation was presented to the jury.
At one time the Prosecution had intended to call close to a hundred Israeli witnesses, but the stipulation announced on Tuesday, and discussed further today, will save court time and will spare the jury from hearing highly prejudical testimony about terror attacks.

The agreement details 14 of 17 attacks listed in the 53-count indictment of allegations, and establishes that...

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"ASK "DAY FOR GUN SAFETY IN THE HOME-Andrew Stelzer

Today is national ASK day, part of a campaign to prevent accidental deaths of children from guns in peoples homes. The Pinellas county health department has made gun safety part of their violence prevention program and is trying to get children and adults to ask if there is a gun in the house. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

ACT-Caroline “some people say people kill people guns don’t—I think its both..�

Jeanne Caroline’s 12...

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U.S. Senate Defeats Coastal Protection Amendment - MITCH PERRY

Less than a week after Florida Senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez were congragulating themselves for a victory in their battle on maintaining a moratorium on drilling off of Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Senators lost today when their amendment to strike the Outer Continental Shelf inventory from the Federal Energy Bill was voted down.

Mark Ferrulo is Director at Florida PIRG – the Florida Public Interest Research Group.
He explains what the vote today means (ro...

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EQUALITY FLORIDA TO PROTEST AT TAMPA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE -MITCH PERRY

As Emily Reddy reported, Equality Florida’s campaign against the Hillsborough County Commission’s vote against its involvement in gay pride events last week includes a protest at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s meeting this Thursday.

That’s because since the vote last week, Chamber President Kim Scheeler and Chairman Sam Ellison have refused to speak out against the vote – or say anything about it, for that matter.

When WMNF co...

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Equality Florida Town Hall Meeting in Response to County Commission Anti-Gay Policy - by Emily Reddy

On Monday night more than 700 people gathered at the Metropolitan Community Church of Tampa to respond to the recent Hillsborough County Commission decision that the county "abstain from acknowledging, promoting or participating in gay pride recognition and events." This vote and decision came after controversy arose about a library display on gay and lesbian literature at West Gate Regional Library. The display was removed after some patrons complained and was later replaced by a smaller d...

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ASBESTOS LEGISLATION TO MAKE IT HARDER TO SUE IN FLORIDA -MITCH PERRY

Among the many new state laws taking effect next month is a bill that will eliminate thousands of lawsuits, by creating new legal tests for those who claim exposure to asbestos makes them severely sick.

Florida is the 4th state to approve such medical criteria legislation in the past year, along with Texas, Ohio and Georgia.

The act also prohibits the awarding of punitive damages.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral ingredient used as insulation in floors and roofsâ...

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NON PARTISIAN ELECTIONS SUPERVISORS IN PINELLAS?-Andrew Stelzer

Karen Burns, the co-president of the league of women voters of Florida, is on the charter review commission of Pinellas county. As part of that process, she is introducing an idea today, to make the counties supervisor of elections a non-partisan official. WMNF spoke to Burns about the idea, which has broad support, but cant seem to make it into law here in Florida.

KAREN BURNS ON NON PARTISAN

That was Karen Burns of the league of women voters. For more information about ...

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GOVERNOR SIGNS NEW ELECTIONS LAWS-Andrew Stelzer

Governor Bush signed three new elections bills today, regarding campaign finance, the felons voting list, early voting among other issues. Many aspects of the new laws are upsetting to voters rights advocates. Some new laws are focused on election day itself and the early voting process. Early voting, which was considered a success, will now be less flexible---it must be standardized county wide, and be limited to eight hours on weekdays and weekends over a 15-day period before Election Da...

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INTERVIEW WITH TAMPA MAYOR PAM IORIO

Tampa Mayor Iorio joined us for this half hour. Iorio spoke out strongly against the Hillsborough County Commission vote last week to ban county involvement in marking gay pride events. She explained her vision for Tampa's downtown Riverfront. She discussed why the high cost of repairs makes her skeptical about saving Kiley Park. She defended the old federal courthouse as an ideal place for the new Tampa Museum of Art. And she took phone calls from listeners on a variety of topics including a...

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