News & Public Affairs

Monday September 22, 2014

GUN BILL - Mitch Perry

Governor Jeb Bush says he will soon sign into law the so-called “Castle Doctrine� bill that critics have said threatens to turn Florida into the OK Corral.

Legislation passed yesterday in the House does away with the legal duty to retreat from an attack and allows a citizen to meet force with force, including deadly force if necessary. Proponents, including the National Rifle Association, say it's about protecting law-abiding citizens. The governor agreed.

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BOB BARR - Mitch Perry

In an event, co-sponsored by the USF Chapter of Amnesty International AND WMNF Radio, former Georgia Republican Congressman Bob Barr began the first of 3 speaking engagements in the Tampa Bay Area last night on the USF Campus…

Barr now works as a conservative radio talk show host, and suprising to some, consults for the ACLU – speaking out against the USA Patriot Act.

At last night’s event, Barr was introduced by local Tampa Bay Area ACLU member Mike Phene...

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NAACP Press Conference - by Emily Reddy

The NAACP held a press conference Monday in St. Petersburg to discuss the need for action to address the uneven distribution of wealth in the city. The group chose the 37th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's murder to highlight the need to create economic opportunity in the African American community. Often evoking the words of Dr King, they called for the inclusion of African Americans in the economic system. WMNF's Emily Reddy reports.

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CRIST ANNOUNCES ANTI-SPAM PROSECUTIONS-Andrew Stelzer

This morning, Attorney General Charlie Crist announced the first instance of charges being filed using Florida’s new anti-spam law. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT “Spam is one of the most annoying things…that can come into the home uninvited and bother people..and fortunately the members of the house an senate passed anti spam legislation…�

Floridas law, one of the first on the nation, makes it illegal to send an email which has a sub...

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PIRATE RADIO STATION IN ST PETE IS SHUT DOWN-Andrew Stelzer

The FCC attempted to raid a pirate Radio station in Downtown St Petersburg Thursday, and the station has since stopped broadcasting. Over the weekend, WMNFs Andrew Stelzer spoke with Bob Noxious, the operator of 99.9fm, the signal had been broadcasting out of his apartment since February first.

BOB NOXIOUS

That was Bob Noxious with 99.9 fm, a pirate radio station in downtown st Pete that has stopped broadcasting after getting word of a pending FCC raid.

There will be a ...

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INTERVIEW WITH LT. GOV. TONI JENNINGS. Mark Antokas

INTRO: In an effort to reduce abortions, Florida’s Governor Jeb Bush has asked the Legislature to spend four million tax dollars to fund counseling to pregnant women and push alternatives to abortion, such as adoption. The highest-ranking woman in the Governors cabinet, Lt. Governor Toni Jennings unveiled the plan in early March. Jennings has consistently pushed for more abortion restrictions in her twenty-year career in the legislature. As Senate president from 1996 to 2000, Jennings ...

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ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER PLEDGES EXPANSION OF JEWISH SETTLEMENTS NEAR JERUSALEM - Mitch Perry

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon pledged today to push ahead with expansion of a large Jewish settlement near Jerusalem, despite U.S. concerns and Palestinian protests it would cut them off from the city.

Sharon spoke to a parliamentary committee a week before he meets George W. Bush at the U.S. president's Texas ranch.

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, responding to news last month of Israeli plans to build 3,500 homes between Maale Adumim and Arab East Jerusalem, said settlement ...

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WEITER ON THE POPE - Mitch Perry

The Reverend Robert Weiter, is an ordained Clergyman in the International Counsel of Community Churches, and studied for the Roman Catholic Priesthood at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.

Currently he is the Senior Pastor at a Congregational Church in St. Louis, and the Pacifica Radio Manager and Program Director in St. Louis.

WMNF spoke to him the Reverend Weiter today…We asked him if he agreed with the sentiment that the Roman Catholic Church – th...

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CHARLIE CRIST - Mitch Perry

As mentioned earlier, Attorney General Charlie Crist was in Tampa this morning…

As political scientists deconstruct the fallout of the Terri Schiavo case, some Republicans have muttered that Crist was earily silent in the case…Some Critics say the Attorney General is only too happy to hold news conferences, sometimes daily, on various issues, such as today’s anti-spam announcement….But he had little to say on Terri Schiavo, o r the legal circumstances around itââ‚...

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FEDERAL COURT VICTORY FOR FLORIDA PANTHER - Mitch Perry

A U.S. district court judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers illegally failed to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the impacts on the endangered Florida panther of nationwide dredge-and-fill permits issued in 2002. The case was brought against the Corps by the National Wildlife Federation and Florida Panther Society.

John Kostyack acts as Senior Counsel for the National Wildlife Federation. (roll tape#1 o.q. “for the panther�)

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