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Sunday December 21, 2014

UHURUS AND DARYL ROUSSON ON JARRELL WALKER-Andrew Stelzer

In St Pete, the controversy stemming from the Pinellas county sheriffs killing of Jarrell Walker, an unarmed 19 year old black man continues. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

ACT-brewer “I wasn’t in Childs park I was home…

Joanne Brewer, lives in the Childs park neighborhood in South St Petersburg. In front of the St Pete police station this morning. She spoke about what happened to her on May 8th, spoke about how she was treated on May 8th, when c...

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DID BUSH AND BUSH PAY OFFER TO PAY TO MUCH FOR EVERGLADES MINERAL RIGHTS?-Andrew Stelzer

In may of 2002, President Bush announced the administration's plans to acquire the mineral rights for land located in the Florida Everglades - from the Collier Resources Company. Governor Bush was on hand for the announcement, and he used it during his campaign to drag about how he was protecting Florida’s environment. But now the Interior Department's top investigator has issued a report saying that the government was trying to pay tens of millions of dollars more than the mineral ri...

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PROTEST TO DEMAND COVERAGE OF THE DOWNING STREET MEMO

A local group of activists is planning a protest tomorrow (June 9th; 4:30PM) at Media General/Channel 8/Tampa Tribune to demand coverage of the Downing Street Memo. That memo was written in 2002 by an aide to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In it the aide writes that the intelligence was being "fixed" to make the case for going to war in Iraq. Our guest was an organizer of the protest, Michelle Kenoyer. She says the media needs to cover the issue so the question of the Bush administration'...

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Supreme Court on Marijuana - a 48 hour perspective - Mitch Perry

In a 6-3 decision, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that those who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend it to ease pain can be prosecuted for violating Federal drug laws, overriding medical marijuana statutes in 10 states.

Some medicinal marijuana advocates say the ruling is not as bleak as it sounded when the Court’s verdict came town. They take solace in Justice John Paul Stevens closing statement of his opinion, in which he wrote that the democratic proc...

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GRASSROOTS ELECTION REFORM COALITION CALLS FOR VOTING CHANGES IN PINELLAS

the Election Reform Coalition of Pinellas County has just issued a report on how to improve the county's election system. The coalition held two public hearings that were attended by hundreds of people. Our guests: Arlin Briley (Vice chair of the Pinellas Democratic Party), Mike Henkel (Co-Chair Green Party of Pinellas County), Leonard Schmiege (Citizen's Vote Verification Group), and Michael Gilson (Chair Libertarian Party of Pinellas County). Among the recommendations: implement a voter ver...

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William Pryor Nomination Opposed - MITCH PERRY

This week some of President Bush’s most controversial Judicial nominees are expected to be confirmed to the Bench – after 14 Senators 2 weeks ago negotiated an impasse to what had been termed a possible “Nuclear Option�…

Senate Democrats agreed to allow for an up and down vote for Justices Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, and William Pryor.

Today, a coalition of groups, including leading Gay organizations, lambasted the selection of Pryor ...

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MUSA YAZID VIGIL - MITCH PERRY

Friends and families of a 33 year old Black man who fatally shot last month by 2 Tampa Police Department officers held a Candlelight Vigil for him last night in West Tampa.

About 50 people showed at Freedom Park to pay tribute to Musa Yazid, formerly known as Gregory Sanderson.….

Yazid was pulled over on May 19th for a traffic violation…But things went horribly wrong shortly after that..Tampa Police say that Yazid gave them a false name, although his mother says he had...

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LAND OF SUNSHINE/STATE OF DREAMS: A Social History of Modern Florida with Dr. Gary Mormino

On the eve of Pearl Harbor Florida was the smallest state (population wise) in the South. Today it is a megastate, the fourth largest in the nation. In his latest book Mormino explores how Disney, Social Security, slick developers, air conditioning and DDT contributed to Florida's modern growth boom. Mormino discussed with WMNF the impact of such things as the Cuban Revolution and creative newspapermen made Florida a magnet for immigration. He also described how the environmnet was pushed to ...

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CAFTA in Jeopardy on Capital Hill-MITCH PERRY

As the House returned from its Memorial Day break today, , CAFTA-DR supporters, who include many business and agriculture groups and most House Republicans, kick off a monthlong sprint to bring the agreement to a floor vote before the July 4th recess.

CAFTA proponents already face a daunting legislative calculus. Ohio Democratic Congressman Sherrod Brown who has been leading House opposition to the pact, said before last week’s congressional recess that he had amassed 4...

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SCHOOL VOUCHERS ARGUED AT STATE SUPREME COURT-Andrew Stelzer

The Florida State Supreme court heard arguments this morning from both supporters and opponents of the states school voucher program. Lower courts have ruled that one particular voucher program is unconstitutional because it diverts public money to religious institutions which use it to promote their religion. The future of the first statewide voucher system in the nation now hangs in the balance. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.

The Opportunity Scholarship program being contested i...

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