News & Public Affairs

Saturday April 19, 2014

DAVID CATON AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION - Mitch Perry

A year and a half ago, an attempt to put an Anti-Nudity Ordinance on the 2004 Ballot in Hillsborough County was quashed by the Commission.

At the time, it appeared there was a conflict among those who support ridding the County of such clubs…..Some –such as County Commissioner Ronda Storms – wanted the issue to be put on the ballot as a referendum in last month’s election…..Others said the County Commission should vote themselves up or down on the matter.

Ultimately,...

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SETH MNOOKIN ON HARD NEWS - Mitch Perry

Nearly 2 years ago, a full blown crises erupted at one of the country’s preeminent media organizations- the New York Times – when it was revealed that a young black journalist – Jayson Blair – had reporting fabricated and or plagiarized dozens of stories.

But Seth Mnookin’s tale of that time “Hard News� goes beyond the news headlines from the spring of 2003, and presents a riveting story that’s less about Blair than about the management practices at the paper – led ...

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WORLD AIDS DAY - Mitch Perry

Thomas Lister is a nationally known, Tampa based HIV prevention advocate…This morning he was going to 2 High Schools in Hillsborough County to discuss the role young people play in stemming the tide of the pandemic.

Lister was diagnosed as HIV Positive 4 years ago…..He says the 1st barrier in talking to High School kids about the virus, is getting in the front door

(roll tape#1 o.q.�for the average person�)

That’s HIV prevention Advocate Thomas Lister, speaking t...

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EXTENDED ELECTION DAY? LAWSUIT AGAINST TERESA LEPORE-Andrew Stelzer

All 67 of the states elections supervisors are in Orlando this week; meeting to discuss how to improve the states elections systems. Yesterday saw the emergence of a proposal to extend the official election day to longer than just one day, and perhaps make it a week or longer. Under some of the proposals being floated, Voters would also be able to vote anywhere in the county, instead of being assigned a specific voting precinct. WMNF spoke to Hillsborough County of Elections Buddy Johnson...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DISCUSSES GIVING LIGHTNING TAX BREAK-Andrew Stelzer

Tampa Bay Lightning Tax Deal discussed At County Commission

Hillsborough County Commissioners also discussed a proposal to which would allow the Tampa bay lightning to eliminate an annual property tax of $630,000 the hockey team pays for playing at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The team also wants to control of about $350,000 raised each year from a county surcharge on tickets.

The Lightning – And Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio- say the transfer is fair because it put the ...

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CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN - Radioactivity

Our guest was a former business economist named John Perkins. Working as an "economic hit man" (EHM) for an international corporation allied with the World Bank and the U.S. government, John Perkins says he cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. His tools included fraud, rigged elections, payoffs, sex, and extortion. Now, breaking the EHM's code of silence, he reveals how their actions helped transform the once-respected American republic into a hated e...

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CONGRESS APPROVES 35MILLION DOLLAR BUY OUT OF GULF FISHERMEN. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Congress has approved a thirty-five million dollar buyout of commercial long line fishermen on the Gulf of Mexico. This is the first time that there has been a buyout in federal waters in this area. The aim is to stop unplanned bans of fishing in the future. Because of over fishing, on November fifteenth of this year, a ban on red Grouper went into effect. A group of fishermen lobbied congress for the buyout, and suggested that with fewer boats in the fleet, there could be a year-round...

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KIDCARE RENEWAL DEADLINE EXTENDED 5 MORE DAYS-Andrew Stelzer

Tomorrow was supposed to be the cutoff date for parents to submit renewal forms to ensure their children will not be removed from Florida’s Kidcare state funded health insurance program, which currently covers about 300 children. But for the third time, the deadline has been moved back, this time until Monday. According to Rose Naff, executive director of the Florida healthy kids corporation, the office has been struggling to serve those who want to apply.

ACt-Naff ‘Were proce...

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CHARLES SHEEHAN MILES ON PRISONER TORTURE - Mitch Perry

The NY Times reported today that the International Committee of The Red Cross has charged in confidential reports to the U.S. Government that the American military has intentionally used psychological and sometimes physical coercion tantamount to torture on prisoners at Guatanamo Bay, Cuba.

Charles Sheehan Miles is the Executive Director of Veterans for Common Sense, and a former Specialist for the US Army back in Operation Desert Storm. His organization has sent a letter out to ever...

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CABLE CUTTING EPIDEMIC IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY - Radioactivity

Private contractors working to lay hundreds of miles of optical fiber cable for Verizon have cut into local natural gas lines more than 44 times in recent months. They've also caused breaks in sewer and water lines. The problem is so bad that Hillsborough County ordered a temporary stop to the work. Our guest this segment was Danny Johnson, Business Agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Johnson said all of the disruptions of gas, water and sewer lines were caused by n...

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