Our guests during this segment included Frank Kopczynski, chair of the Pinellas Ex-offender Re-entry Coalition (PERC) www.exoffender.org The coalition exists to help ex-offenders get the basics- jobs, housing, transportation- whatever they need to transition back into the community after serving time. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s a big job because so few employers want to hire people with criminal records for fear the ex-offenders will cause trouble, steal from them or endanger the other employees or property...
The state Senate soundly rejected Governor Jeb Bush's proposal today that would have asked voters to scale back the constitutional requirement limiting the number of students in public school classrooms.
To reach the ballot, the legislation needed 24 votes in the 40-member Senate. But the measure didn't even muster a simple majority, getting only 19 votes.
The Governor said he was disappointed (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬?I wish them well doing itÃ¢â¬?)
Voters approved the class size lan...
At today's Tampa City Council meeting, the city's upcoming crackdown on illegal drinking on some balconies in Ybor City was discussed. WMNF's SeÃÂ¡n Kinane reports.
Former State Representative and current Ybor City business owner, Sara Romeo, described a tragic death that makes her concerned about mixing alcohol and balconies.
ACT - Sara Romeo, former State Representative and Ybor City business owner [39sec]
"I'm actually a first-hand witness to a lady who top...
Belleair Town Commissioner Gary Katica called for an emergency order at last nightÃ¢â¬â¢s meeting to extend the 30-day review period for the demolition application on the hotel by an additional 60 days. The 3-2 vote failed because emergency orders require a two-thirds majority.
Commissioner Katica spoke to WMNF today about his unsuccessful effort(roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬?safety and security of the peopleÃ¢â¬?)
Last night Town Commissioners suggested that Belleair needs more time to ga...
Today, the Hillsborough county commission heard from citizens concerned about the use of natural land for the county fair. About 40 people came to speak in opposition to a plan to allow the Greater Hillsborough County Fair to use 65 acres of the land east of Valrico at the northwestern corner of Sydney-Washer Road and State Road 60 as the future home of the Hillsborough county state fair. Known as Sydney- Dover Trails, the land has long been used by horseback riders, many of whom oppose the...
For 4 and a half hours Belleair residents hoping to save the historic Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa went head to head with representatives of Urdang and Associates, the Pennsylvania based management firm, that currently owns the townÃ¢â¬â¢s oldest landmark. While last nightÃ¢â¬â¢s town hall meeting gave preservationists a forum to voice their opinions, the status of the Biltmore remains the same. But the stakes to knock down the building just got higher for Bellevie...
Tampa Attorney Michael Steinberg is one of a handful of Democrats who have announced their candidacy to succeed Jim Davis in Congress next year.
Davis will step down from the seat he has held since 1996 to run for governor next year.
Kathy Castor, Les Miller, and Scott Farrell have already announced their candidacies, as has Steinberg. HeÃ¢â¬â¢s never held public office, losing to Kevin Ambler in the race for Florida House seat in 2002Ã¢â¬Â¦.WMNF spoke with Michael Steinberg th...
A 4-year study of the Miami Dade county police has found that there is a difference in how black people are treated once they are pulled over by police, and there are further questions about why the report, which was completed in November, was kept from the public for the past 6 months.
Geoffrey Alpert is a professor of Criminology at the University of South Carolina, his Alpert group conducted the study between 2000 and 2004.
Ã¢â¬Åwe gave Miami Dade ...
Barely a quarter of a mile from where Fletcher Ave meets I-75 sits Morris Bridge Park, part of the conglomerate of parks in the Morris Bridge area. Aside from the parks much of the area is protected land where anyone can get away from city or suburban life.
Members of the Sierra Club played a major role in protecting a piece of land parallel to Morris Bridge Park from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - who, in 2002, wanted to build a practice facility there. The Parks Dept then bought the la...
More than 2 million people are currently living in refugee camps in the Sudan. Oxfam has stated they expect the crisis, in the wake of an attempted ethnic cleansing which has already killed at least 300,000 people in the past 2 years. will last until late 2006. Last week, the University of South FloridaÃ¢â¬â¢s Black Student Union held what they called a Ã¢â¬Åsit in for DarfurÃ¢â¬?. An afternoon of music, movies, and speeches to educate the student body and general public about the gen...