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Thursday September 18, 2014

BERGY FILES SUIT AGAINST BROWNING, ET AL. Mark Antokas

INTRO: The election might be over, but the arguments seem to continue. Pasco’s Republican Supervisor of Elections, Kurt Browning won re-election by a whopping eighty-three percent of the vote to Patrick Bergy’s seventeen percent. The first time candidate Bergy, ran as a non-partisan. Five months after the Election, Bergy has not closed out his account with the Supervisors office, which has prompted Browning to file a complaint with the State, and impose a fine. Bergy has respond...

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ST PETE SAYS THEY'RE GOING TO BECOME A GREEN CITY - Mitch Perry

Three days before Earth Day, St. Petersburg City Council member Jamie Bennett announced an introduction of a Green Cities resolution today, which calls for a citizen task force to work with the city to conduct an inventory and implement environmentally friendly policies(roll tape#1 o.q. “children’s future�)

The initiative to be introduced later this week in the Council calls for using energy efficient technology and practices to save money, creating ‘greenâ€...

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TERRY NEAL GETS A DEAL - Mitch Perry

As reported last week on the Evening News, activist Terry Neal - who was arrested by Tampa Police after being ruled out of order at a City Council Meeting last December – went to court yesterday after the City charged him with trespassing at that meeting.

But before jurors were to be selected for his Court trial, the state offered him a deal.

What was curious about Neal being charged with trespassing is that he was originally charged with that misdemeanor AND dist...

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PRISON COMMISSION ON SAFETY AND ABUSE-Andrew Stelzer

The newly formed Commission On Safety and Abuse in Americas Prisons will be holding 4 sets of hearings around the country over the next 8 months. Today, they held the first of two days of hearings in Tampa, at the studios of WEDU-TV. The commission is made up of current and retired government officials, prisons rights advocates, ex prisoners, and corrections employees; the goal of the hearings is to hear testimony about problems of abuse in the prisons. This morning, the commission heard te...

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ELAINE CHAO, SECRETARY OF LABOR, ON PRESIDENT BUSH'S PLAN TO CREATE VOLUNTARY PRIVATE INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS AS A SUPPLEMENT TO SOCIAL SECURITY - Radioactivity

SECRETARY OF LABOR ELAINE CHAO SAYS EVERONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK AT SOCIAL SECURITY FORUMS, DENIES KNOWING WHETHER OPPONENTS OF PRIVATIZATION ARE BEING KEPT OUT.

Labor Secretary Elaine Chao appeared on Rob Lorei's call-in program to talk about the administration's plans to allow partial privatization of Social Security. Chao described the social security system as "unsustainable" and she talked about the President's outline for a plan to reform the nation's retirement sys...

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AN ACCOUNT OF THE HEALTH INSURANCE CRISIS WITH MARK BEIRO - Radioactivity

Beiro is a local broadcaster who has several part time jobs, makes a moderate income, and has no health insurance. He also has diabetes. In the last few months he's reduced the amount of insulin he's purchased so he can pay for food and shelter. This decision almost cost him his life. He began to get sick a week ago Friday and went to the emergency room at St. Joseph's Hospital. 20 hours later he was admitted to a hospital room. Doctor's treated him for a diabetes-related infection. He's d...

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PHILIP E.WALKER OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN DRAMA CO. PLAYS NEW PORT RICHEY. Mark Antokas

INRTO: This past weekend, Philip E. Walker of the African American Drama Company, presented a one-man play in New Port Richey. The play is called “Can I speak for you brother,� and is a series of short works about black leaders throughout history. Walker was invited for a day of outreach events, and the play on Saturday hosted by the New Port Richey Library was part of their continuing diversity program. WMNF’s Mark Antokas files this report. ROLL TAPE: “a black warrio...

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BUSH ON GROWTH MANAGEMENT - Mitch Perry

Last week Governor Jeb Bush announced that he would “put aside� his long-standing opposition to borrowing and ask voters statewide to approve $9.5 billion dollars in bonds to pay for roads, schools and water systems…

Bush said he has concluded that the state's fractured growth planning system can NOT be fixed by tougher state laws but also needs an infusion of new cash to help pay for Growth Management.

He also announced that Cities and Counties need NOT ge...

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NUCLEAR OPTION - Mitch Perry

Democrats are calling a religious telecast scheduled to be broadcast this Sunday that frames their opposition to certain Bush selected judicial nominees as “Extreme� and “Un-American�.

And they said that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist – who plans to speak on the program – Should NOT be a part of it.

It was reported last Friday that Frist has agreed to give a videotaped speech for “Justice Sunday: Stop the Filibuster Against People ...

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