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Wednesday October 22, 2014

CITY OF TAMPA'S HOUSEHOLD CHEMICAL AND ELECTRONICS RECYCLING - Radioactivity

The city's recycling manager Barbara Heineken stopped by the WMNF studios to talk about the upcoming April 30th collection where residents can take old chemicals, paints and solvents, automotive products, household cleaners, pool chemicals, mercury thermometers, fluorescent bulbs, lawn and garden supplies, and electronics, including computer equipment and televisions and VCRs. The collection takes place Saturday, April 30, 10:00am to 2:00pm at the City of Tampa Solid Waste Department ; 4010 W...

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A DISCUSSION ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY PRIVATE ACCOUNTS WITH NORM BUNGARD - Radioactivity

Bungard worked for 30 years for the Social Security Administration. He knows the system well and he commented on some of the issues raised during yesterday's interview with Sec. Chao: When will the system run out of funds? Are we in a crisis? How will private accounts affect the overall health of the system? How do the administrative costs of the current system compare to the costs of private systems in other countries? Will retirees benefits or the Social Security fund be impacted negatively...

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WONT HAVE PRE K-Andrew Stelzer

The Hillsborough county school board has decided that they do not have the space and resources to offer the state mandated pre-kindergarten program beginning August. The county is among several who have opted out because of money and space concerns, and its unclear if the state will be able to meet its legal obligations. Susan Morris is the school readiness supervisor for the Hillsborough county school district. She says when the school year begins I august; there may not be enough space f...

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WILL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STERILIZE CHILD ABUSERS?-Andrew Stelzer

Late last year, Hillsborough county Commissioner Rhonda Storms asked county attorneys to find out whether the county could permanently sterilize child abusers.

Today the Hillsborough county commission heard a report back from the assistant county attorney, Deborah Cromartie Mincey. She told the commission that many states used sterilization in the early 1900’s but most of those policies had been overturned or taken off the books because they were illegal or cruel.

ATTORNEY 1...

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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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