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Wednesday April 23, 2014

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.

ACT “We h...

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NEW SEWAGE RULES-Andrew Stelzer

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to allow new federal standards that would let communities dump partially treated sewage into local waterways during heavy rainfalls.

Policies allowing "sewage blending," a practice in which cities mix untreated sewage with fully treated wastewater during storms, could save millions of dollars, but the new rules also could send more potentially harmful contaminants into rivers, lakes, and oceans across the country. WMNF spoke with ...

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FCC COMPLAINT AGAINST WMNF DISMISSED-Andrew Stelzer

An FCC complaint brought against WMNF has been dismissed. In November, the station was informed that a listener had filed a complaint about indecent language that his wife heard on WMNF. After the station’s lawyer spoke with the FCC it was determined that the listener thought they heard the f-word on 7:30 am on a Sunday. WMNF station manger Vicki Santa says the time of the show, along with the fact that there was no recording, led the FCC to decide the complaint was not valid.

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FORMER WTVT REPORTERS ASK FCC TO NOT RENEW FOX 13's LICENSE-Andrew Stelzer

2 Tampa bay area investigative journalists who were censored by WTVT fox 13 lost their several yearlong battle in court in 2003. Jane Akre and Steve Wilson applied for whistle blower status in 1998 after they were ordered to present false information in a report on Bovine growth hormone, which is injected into cows and can cause sickness in people who people who eat the cows meat or drink their milk. After winning in several courts, eventually a judge ruled that TV news has no legal obligat...

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One Step Forward - OH Election irregularities and Shirley Chisolm

On today’s show we’ll discuss presidential politics of the past, the present and the not too distant future.

Shirley Chisholm running for president in 1972 is one of my earliest and influential political memories. We’ll hear a short speech she delivered about the importance of women entering politics.

But, first we’ll hear about the struggle still being fought over the results of the Presidential elections here in the United States. Tomorrow the newly insta...

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DR PATEL IN INDIA-Andrew Stelzer

Tampa bay area philanthropist Dr Kirin Patel was in Western India when the Tsunami struck, he has been involved in raising money for relief efforts for the eastern shores of India since Sunday, and has set up a challenge fund, pledging to match each dollar donated in the next week, hoping to raise 100,000 dollars. WMNF spoke to Dr Patel today from the Gujarat province of India.

DR PATEL

That was Dr Kiran Patel. For more information about the Patel Foundations challenge fu...

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ACORN SAYS JACKSON HEWITT PREYS ON POOR PEOPLE-Andrew Stelzer

The Association for Community Organization Now, or ACORN is conducting a nationwide campaign against Jackson Hewitt, a chain of tax preparation offices. They say that Jackson Hewitt uses takes unfair advantage of poor people through its holiday loans refund anticipation ,loans and other overprices products. This afternoon, that campaign cam to Orlando, where ACORN held a demonstration outside a Jackson Hewitt branch On Curry Ford Road. WMNF spoke today with ACORD organizer Stephanie Portay...

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