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Wednesday April 16, 2014

COUNTY COMMISSION DEBATES ETHICS GIFT RULES-Andrew Stelzer

This morning, the Hillsborough county commission discussed the issue of whether commissioners should be able to accept gifts worth more than 100 dollars. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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Commissioner Kathy Castor tried to bring up the issue last month, following a series of newspaper articles in the St Pete times which detailed how Jim Norman as a member of the Tampa Sports Authority, sat in a box at Tampa bay bucs games, and got free food and ...

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TRIP SPURS TALK OF BUSH 2008 BID - Mitch Perry

As Governor Jeb Bush continued his tour of tsunami-ravaged South Asia today, speculation again surfaced in certain areas of Florida that the governor , despite denials, is contemplating a run for President in 2008.

Palm Beach Republican Congressman Mark Foley told today’s Miami Herald , “No question about it, people are talking..Jeb is just a natural.�

Just last month, Bush appeared exasperated when reporters asked about presidential aspirations, noting that after his ...

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COALITION ASKING THAT JUDICIAL CANDIDATE REPUDIATE TORTURE - Mitch Perry

Tomorrow morning, President Bush’s choice for Attorney General for his 2nd term, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez, goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1st day of his confirmation hearings – which will be broadcast live here on WMNF.

The questioning of Gonzalez is expected – and hoped – to be pointed towards, Gonzalez, specifically in regards to 1 memo written in his name regarding torture, and 2 presidential orders on the policy of interr...

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THE DEBATE OVER SKYROCKETING MEDICAL MALPRACTICE - Radioactivity

President Bush is traveling to Illinois today to call for limits on medical malpractice awards for patients who are injured by doctors, hospitals and pharmaceuticals. The President says there are too many frivolous lawsuits and those lawsuits are causing doctors and hospitals to limit care. Our guest Frank Clemente who is with the group Public Citizen says that the crisis not as severe as the president claims. In fact the number of medmal lawsuits has been flat for several years and there is ...

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PROTESTS OF CIRCUS FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY-Andrew Stelzer

The circus is in town, and as Ringling Brothers pulls into town each year, so does a traditional protest by people for The Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA. PETA held a demonstration this afternoon to bring attention to the fact that circus animals are beaten, kept in captivity, and sometimes killed while being made to perform in the circus.

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An almost naked woman in chains and shackles laid on the sidewalk with a fake bruise on her back, on the corner of Frankli...

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PETITION TO DENY RENEWAL OF FOX STATION'S LICENSE - Mitch Perry

Last night on the Evening News, WMNF reported on the 2 former WTVT Fox 13 reporters who have filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission to deny renewal of the station's license for ``intentionally airing false and distorted news reports'' in 1997.

Investigative reporters Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, say Fox 13 violated the public trust by ordering them to put a favorable slant on news reports they were preparing about a growth hormone given to dairy cattle in Florida. ...

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HYDE PARK RESTAURANT AIDS IN THAI TSUNAMI RELIEF - Mitch Perry

National Philanthropic groups say the money that has been raised in America and across the world in the first week after the Tsunami disaster that hit South East Asia has been nothing short of phenomenal.

Locally, there are a variety of organizations that have held or are currently conducting fundraisers to contribute to help those in the affected countries pick up the pieces.

In Tampa’s Hyde Park, yesterday began the first of 5 consecutive Mondays where the Royal Palac...

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TEN QUESTIONS FOR ALBERTO GONZALES - Radioactivity

The progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress, is out with a list of questions that it thinks ought to be asked of Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales. His confirmation hearings take place on Thursday. Judd Legum is deputy research director at Center and he says Gonzales should be questioned about his views on torture, indefinite detention of prisoners, the Geneva Convention, the Vienna Convention and his business ties to Halliburton and Enron. The list of qusetions along...

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TWO THIRDS OF FLORIDA'S PROVISIONAL BALLOTS NOT COUNTED-Andrew Stelzer

In 2001, Congress created the provisional ballot to help people who showed up on Election Day and were not on the voting rolls, so that they could still vote and have their problems fixed later. But an analysis of this year’s election in Florida has found that two-thirds of the provisional ballots in that state were rejected. More than 27 thousand people filed provisional ballots in Florida; although final numbers aren’t in, only about of third of those were eventually counted...

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PROTEST OF SCRIPPS AT PALM BEACH BDB-Andrew Stelzer

Construction the Scripps research institute is indefinitely tied up in court, but yesterday some local Palm Beach county activists held a protest at the offices of the local business development board, to show their displeasure at the environmental impact the biotechnology facility would have, and their view that the industry as a whole is not good for the community. Mary McGuiness-mass is the marketing director for the business development board of Palm Beach County.

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