News & Public Affairs

Tuesday October 21, 2014

DEBORAH KOONS GARCIA, "THE FUTURE OF FOOD" - Mary Glenney, Women's Show

DEBORAH KOONS GARCIA, filmmaker. Deborah fell in love with filmmaking when she first picked up a Bolex while a student at the University of North Carolina in 1970. She went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Her educational series, “All About Babies� won a Cine Golden Eagle and a Gold Medal from the John Muir Medical Film Festival. Her feature film, “Poco Loco,� “finds its groove in gentle romantic fantasy� accordin...

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ARMED FORCES CANT MEET RECRUITING GOALS-Andrew Stelzer

LEDE: This week Lawrence Korb, assistant defense secretary under president Reagan, said that he thinks that mid-2006 will be a breaking point for the US military, and a draft will be necessary to maintain US forces overseas. Talk about the increased likelihood of a draft has increased, as the army has been unable to meet its recruiting goals for the past two months, and more of the army reserves and members of the national guard are being sent to fight in wars that they don’t fully un...

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SCHOOL WORKERS - Mitch Perry

Sue Girdler has been driving a School Bus in Hillsborough County for 20 years, and she’d like a little respect from her employer, the Hillsborough County School Distric (roll tape#1 o.q.�paycheck to paycheck�)

Gridler was one of a couple of dozen Hillsborough County School Drivers taking a break between driving students to and from schools today to protest what she and others consider a paltry salary raise from the district (roll tape#2 o.q.� put up with “)...

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GROWTH IN JOB MARKET SLOWED CONSIDERABLY IN MARCH - Mitch Perry

The Labor Department said today that the nation's unemployment rate dipped slightly in March, but job creation was weaker than most analysts had expected.

Employers added about 110,000 jobs last month, about half what Wall Street analysts had predicted, but the unemployment rate declined to 5.2 percent from 5.4 percent the month before.

Over all, the Labor Department report offered a picture of modest but continuing improvement in the job market. It also dampened worries among investor...

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JIM DAVIS ON FCAT AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL-Andrew Stelzer

Tampa Bay area congressman Jim Davis, who is also running for governor in 2006, spent this morning at Middleton high School in east Tampa, working with the principal and talking to the faculty about problems with the no child left behind act and Florida’s FCAT standardized achievement test.

ACT “We are 47th in the country..�

Davis Gail George, who is an English teacher in charge of the FCAT at Middleton, Told Davis that. That FCAT could be a good tool if u...

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N.E. PASCO COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Last night, in Dade City, about one hundred residents of North East Pasco County gathered to share thoughts and offer input on possible changes to the County’s Comprehensive plan, which determines future growth. The workshop was hosted by the county, and a county hired consultant, Glatting Jackson. Growth in Pasco County, especially the growth seen in northern and eastern parts of the county, have been of concern lately due to a burgeoning population. WMNF’s Mark Antokas ...

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ROBERT PUTNAM ON THE DECLINE OF SOCIAL CAPITAL IN THE USA-Andrew Stelzer

Harvard Professor Robert Putnam is the author of Bowling Alone—the collapse and revival of American Community. This morning, Putnam spoke at the Tampa convention center about the decline of social capital and community engagement in a changing America. WMNF was not allowed to record his speech, but our reporter Andrew Stelzer was able to speak to Putnam afterwards, and filed this report.

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Putnam’s research has found that social activ...

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JANET BOWMAN AND DENISE LAYNE ON BUSH PLAN FOR MANAGED GROWTH - Mitch Perry

Governor Jeb Bush is proposing legislation that would install a pay as you go system to ensure that cities, suburbs and rural areas are built with adequate roads, schools and water supplies.

To achieve that, The law would give the state's community affairs and transportation departments more power to enforce the rules linking development with adequate facilities.

The Governor is getting positive attention to his proposal from environmentalists and developers – but all sid...

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URBAN SPRAWL COMMUNITY FORUM - Seán Kinane

A community forum to assess the impacts of urban sprawl was held this morning at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tampa. WMNF’s Seán Kinane reports.

Urban sprawl is one of the most important issues facing the Tampa Bay region. In her state of the city address this week, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said that the city must expand mass transit to ease congestion of roads.

Dr. Reid Ewing is a professor at the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth Research ...

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