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Tuesday July 22, 2014

VOTING ISSUES FORUM TOMORROW IN ST PETE-Andrew Stelzer

Tomorrow morning, Pinellas county citizens will be holding their second set of public hearings on voting issues. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

The citizens voting verification group was formed in the wake of the 2004 election; the support from the community has helped transform a handful of citizens into the election reform coalition; which includes more than a dozen groups including the NAACP, the local green and democratic parties, ACORN, the national organization for women...

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SCOTT FARRELL FOR CONGRESS - Mitch Perry

Last week Tampa business Attorney Scott Farrell announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Congress, running to succeed Jim Davis, now running for Governor.

Farrell is not a complete political novice…He ran and lost for a state legislative seat back in 2002……

WMNF spoke with Farrell yesterday…We began our interview by asking him what he learned from his first campaign for office? (roll tape#1 o.q.� to talk about it�)

ThatÃ...

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INCREASED FORECLOSURES COMING FOR CODE VIOLATORS-Andrew Stelzer

As we’ve been reporting this week here on WMNF, the increased enforcement of code violations in many Tampa neighborhoods has some residents upset about being targeted for heavy fines. Today The Tampa city council approved 50 thousand dollars for judicial enforcement of code violations, to increase the number of foreclosures on properties throughout the city. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

COUNCIL ON FORCLOSURE

. Stevie Manski, a land use development attorney, warned the counci...

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CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES FUTURE OF ART MUSEUM-Andrew Stelzer

The looming deadline for financing the new Tampa Museum of Art was discussed at this morning’s city council meeting, along with an expected increase in using code violations to foreclose on homes throughout the city. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was at city hall and filed this report.

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Problems raising enough money to pay for the proposed 76 million dollar expanded museum of art have repeatedly delayed the finalization of plans to actually bui...

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FLORIDIANS UNITED AND FCAN MEET IN PASCO TO DEFEAT BUSH'S SOC. SEC. PLAN. Mark Antokas

INTRO: As was reported yesterday, the Florida Consumer action Network has, in cooperation with various labor and retirement groups, banded together to form the group, Floridians United to Protect Social Security, and is endeavoring to hear as many voices throughout Florida concerning the Presidents proposal to change Social Security. In Port Richey today, the group met with about forty retired members of UNITE textile workers, and others, to hear stories and ideas relating to the Presidents p...

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FARMWORKER BABIES BIRTH DEFECTS DUE TO PESTICIDES?-Andrew Stelzer

The recent birth of 3 babies with birth defects to South Florida farm workers has brought on an investigation by state officials.

The farm workers town of Immokalee, In Collier County, is home to up to 15,000 farm workers, depending on the time of year. But as Brian Bennett is the director of Guadeloupe social services a branch of catholic charities in Immokalee explains, the last few months has brought tragedy to the community.

ACT-Bennett “Over the course of a mont...

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THE INVASION OF IRAQ - Radioactivity

1:05-2PM: PEACE ACTIVISTS MARK THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF Lynn Lague and Marianne Huber of St. Pete for Peace are organizers of a peace rally this Saturday (March 19th) in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg from noon 'til 5PM. They discussed their opposition to the war, the toll the war has taken on American soldiers and Iraqi civilians, lack of press coverage of their twice weekly peace vigils and what the group plans in the future.

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TyRon Lewis Gym Grant Changes - Jen Germaine

At last weeks St. Petersburg City Council meeting, the African People’s Education and Defense Fund requested some non-monetary changes to a Community Development Block Grant they received in 2000.

The Block Grant issued by the city funds the All People’s TyRon Lewis Community Gym and Wellness Center on 9th Street South.

Development Block Grants are given out by cities around the country to benefit citizens in the community.

St Petersburg has given passed Block Grants to...

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Protests Against WalMart at St. Pete City Hall - Jen Germaine

Before the evening session of Thursdays St Petersburg City Council, about 80 protesters gathered outside city hall to rally against Walmart.

Walmart has proposed to build a new super center on wetlands off Gandy Blvd, in St. Petersburg, just 4 miles from the largest Walmart store in the country.

Although this issue has yet to come before the St Petersburg City Council, individuals gathered last night in a pre-emptive strike to let the council hear their objections.

The Attorney for t...

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REVISING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY - Radioactivity

Hillsborough County Commissioner Cathy Castor and Hillsborough Planning Commission team leader Shawn College discussed a meeting tonight to begin to update the county's Comprehensive Plan. Castor and College said the meeting will be a way for citizens to discuss county wide environmental issues. The meeting takes place at 6:30PM at 1002 East Palm Avenue.

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