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Thursday October 23, 2014

GOVERNOR WANTS TO REPEAL CLASS SIZE AND RAISE TEACHER SALARIES-Andrew Stelzer

Governor Bush’s latest attempt to prevent Florida’s class size amendment which mandates the reduction of class sizes in the public schools to the extent approved by voters is to offer a new amendment which would offer a slight increase in some teachers salaries. Bush says lowering class sizes to the extent voters approved will cost the state too mush. So far, the idea has been passed by the House Choice and Innovation Committee, and the issue wont be settled for at least anoth...

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TAMPA'S PLANNED MUSEUM - Radioactivity

Weekly Planet columnist Mary Mulhern on decision to scrap plans for Tampa's new art museum and why the city could build a more scaled-down museum that could use one of the several large, unused buildings in downtown Tampa.

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THE OMISSION OF RIGHT WING GROUPS FROM THE DHS WATCH LIST - Radioactivity

Congressional Quarterly writer Justin Rood on THE OMISSION OF RIGHT WING GROUPS FROM THE DHS WATCH LIST The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not list right-wing domestic terrorists and terrorist groups on a document that appears to be an internal list of threats to the nation’s security. According to the list — part of a draft planning document obtained by CQ Homeland Security — between now and 2011 DHS expects to contend primarily with adversaries such as al ...

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AARON GLANTZ ON IRAQ - Mitch Perry

Aaron Glantz is a reporter for FSRN, who reported on the Iraq war for 18 months/over a year…Those reports were heard nightly on the Evening News…We spoke to him in Los Angeles today, asking him if he’s surprised at all about the problems that Iraqi’s seem to be having in selecting their leaders and go forward with writing a Constitution

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That’s Free Speech Radio News’ Aaron Glantz, In June h...

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FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ISNT DOING ITS JOB-Andrew Stelzer

The acknowledgment by The US Fish and Wildlife Service that they used a faulty method to count Florida panthers is the latest development in the case of a local employee who says he was fired for speaking up about the issue. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more on the case of Andrew Eller, and how the culture of the Fish and Wildlife Service may be effected by the appointment of a game hunting lobbyists as the agencies new chief.

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STATE OF TAMPA ADDRESS - Elissa McEwen

Mayor Pam Iorio gave her annual State of Tampa address today at the Convention Center in downtown Tampa. Her speech coincided with the news that the negotiations for the 76 million dollar Tampa Museum of Art project have stalled and may already be dead.
The original plan for the new museum, which would be triple the size of the current bldg., had in its requirements that 40 million dollars in private finances be guaranteed before construction.
Iorio, who inherited the Museum project fr...

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ART MUSEUM IS DEAD-Andrew Stelzer

The city council was scheduled to meet to get an update on progress in funding the art museum. Instead, city finance director Bonnie Wise read a letter from the mayor to the city council, informing them that the museum had fallen short of its fundraising goals.

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Councilwoman rose ferlita said thought the controversial design may have been what kept the financial support for the museum from happening

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GOOD COP - Radioactivity

David Harris author of GOOD COP. Harris is a law professor at the University of Toledo. His book makes the case for better ties between police and the communities they serve. Among the things he favors are citizen review boards, an end to ethnic profiling, and alternatives to lethal force. He says several large cities in the U.S. have instituted reforms and have enjoyed lower crime rates and better community relations.

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SEC. OF AGRICULTURE MIKE JOHANN ON CAFTA - Mitch Perry

Record trade deficits and concerns about outsourcing of jobs overseas has slowed momentum for free trade agreements in the last year…..

One of those agreements that Congress will soon weigh in on is the so-called CAFTA accord, a free trade agreement with five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic. A difficult battle for congressional approval on CAFTA looms ahead because free-traders have, in recent years, lost much of the momentum on Capitol Hill that allowed th...

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LAUNCH OF TAMPA BAY BLACK BUSINESS DIRECTORY-Andrew Stelzer

The Founder of the Tampa bay academy of Hope is planning a major expansion for a grassroots business directory to promote black owned businesses throughout Hillsborough County. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has more.

6 years ago, a group of young African Americans decided that Tampa Bay should have a directory of black owned businesses. Almost every year since then, they’ve published the African American listing, but due to funding limitations, they've only been ...

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