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Sunday December 21, 2014

BASEBALL VOTE - Mitch Perry

A 60 (m) million-dollar state commitment to help build a 420 (m) million-dollar retractable roof baseball park in Miami for the Florida Marlins today passed the

state House.

After almost an hour of debate, the House voted 90-to-26 on the economic development proposal with the subsidy for the stadium along with millions of dollars for other pro sports projects.

The House bill diverts $2 million a year for the Marlins and $2 million a year for four spring training sites, as ...

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WELLS FARGO DISCRIMINATES IN HOME LOANS-Andrew Stelzer

A new study by the association of Community Organizations for reform Now, or ACORN is lending ammunition in their campaign against predatory lending, and specifically Wells Fargo. For the past several months, Periodic protests have been held outside the Wells forgo branch on Central avenue in St Pete and at other branches around the country. But now an examination of Wells Fargo’s Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data has found racial and economic differences in the type of leans made by...

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FLORIDA : THE FIRST STATE TO COMPLETELY PRIVATIZE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Florida is now the first and only State in the Nation to have completely privatized it’s child welfare services. Florida’s Governor Jeb Bush has been working eight years to see the privatization of the States welfare system. Florida’s Department of Children and Families, or the DCF, oversee private contractors who manage all foster care and adoption services. The department has been rocked in the past decade by a series of high profile scandals, prompting the priv...

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CONNIE BURTONS TRIAL DAY 2-Andrew Stelzer

The Tampa Housing Authority’s lawsuit to try and evict Robles park resident and community activist Connie Burton continued today. A jury was chosen at the end of the day Monday, it consists of 3 women, and 4 men, none of whom are black. During opening arguments, Burton’s attorney, Guy Burns warned the jury not to confuse the fact that Burton’s son was convicted of selling drugs, with any inference that Burton her self was involved in illegal activity

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MAURA BARRIOS ON CUBA TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS PROTEST-Andrew Stelzer

Last year, the Bush administration stepped up blockade against Cuba and instituted tighter travel restrictions of Cuban Americans who wanted to visit their families. They are now only allowed to travel to the island once every 3 years, where previously they could go once a year. This week there is a national mobilization in Washington DC of people protesting against the travel restrictions. WMNF spoke with Tampa area historian and activist Maura Barrios, one of a contingent on Tampa area r...

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TAKING THE POLITICS OUT OF REDISTRICTING WITH BETTY CASTOR - Radioactivity

Castor is the founder and president of The Committee For Fair Elections, a group tring to get a series of constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot to reduce the partisan politics in the redistricting process. Castor appeared with Committee staff member Kristin Pasicheck. They said that the redistricting process is really the "Incumbent Protection Act" because not a single incumbent state legislator or Congress member was defeated in 2004. They are hoping voters will pass amendments es...

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PETA TO PROTEST AT OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE SHAREHOLDER MEETING - Mitch Perry

Tomorrow at the A La Carte Event Pavillion, the Tampa based Outback Steakhouse company will be conducting their annual meeting – and at the meeting, a member of the animal rights group PETA plan to ask Outback management how seriously they take Animal Welfare.

David Benjamin is Special Projects Coordinator for PETA… (roll tape#1 o.q. “answer a question�)

Outback Steakhouse will conduct their Annual Shareholder Meeting at 10 AM tomorrow at the A...

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CIANA BILL - Mitch Perry

The House of Representatives is scheduled to debate and vote on the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act tomorrow, and pro-choice groups are hopping mad about that.

The Bill has 2 parts – the first has passed the House in past Congresses as the Child Custody Protection Act….That section makes it a federal crime for any person other than a parent to assist a young woman across state lines to access abortion services unless the woman has complied with the parental not...

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US TO BUILD MILITARY BASE ON JAPANESE CORAL REEF - Seán Kinane


Yesterday in Okinawa Japan a benefit concert was held to call attention to opposition by Okinawans to the construction of a US military airbase on a living coral reef off the coast of their island. WMNF’s Seán Kinane files this report.

The Seventh Annual Full Moon Festival was held at Henoko Bay, near the site of the proposed US military base. If construction is successful, the base will be 2.5 kilometers long and will be built by adding land infill on top of a l...

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BUSH'S GROWTH MANAGEMENT REFORM TOUR COMES TO TAMPA - Mitch Perry

Mounting problems with development in Florida has compelled Governor Jeb Bush to put Growth Management Reform at the top of his legislative agenda this year.

Legislators are considering a bill 360 - that could tighten development requirements for counties and put $10 billion into new roads, schools and water projects during the next 10 years. It could also make it easier for local governments to levy more than $4 billion in new sales and gas taxes each year by removing a public-refere...

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