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Friday August 1, 2014

PINELLAS COUNTY OFFICIAL FIRED - Mitch Perry

Dr. Judy Yates, director of the Florida Botanical gardens and the Pinellas County Cooperative Extension Service, was fired yesterday Monday by the County, and the University of Florida – who also employed her, has put her on paid leave, pending a review.

The Pinellas County Extension is a cooperative between the county and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida.

Friends of the 56 year old Yates say they believe the firing is retribution for...

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MARK SHARPE & UTI PROGRAM - Mitch Perry

Last month JPMorgan Chase & Company announced that it would close its credit card call center in Tampa by the end of the year and eliminate 1,900 jobs.

A subsequent investigation found that the call center had been paid or promised nearly $100 million dollars thru Government incentives, even as it now prepares to terminate nearly 2 thousand jobs.

Those incentives included state and local tax breaks for training for workers and utility workers to tax refunds, road work and oth...

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COUNTY COMMISSION DEBATES FUTURE OF INDIGENT HEALTHCARE PLAN-Andrew Stelzer

Today the Hillsborough county commission discussed the future of the Hillsborough County Healthcare Program, which provides free health care for low-income county residents who don’t have health insurance.

ACT—Dr John Carren “We have to look at how the plan has changed, into an insurance plan, has made the health care advisory board into a corporation board,

Dr John Carren is a member of the counties health Care Advisory Board, which oversees the indig...

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STATE OF THE UNION - Mitch Perry

President Bush plans to further his case for remaking Social Security during his State of the Union address tonight, in a speech also expected to touch on the need for strict budget discipline and to celebrate the spread of democracy in the elections in Afghanistan, Ukraine, the Palestinian territories and, most recently, Iraq.

Bush plans to rejoin the Social Security debate by highlighting the system's long-term fiscal problems and explaining why allowing workers to divert a portion of th...

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ERIN BROKOVICH ON CORONET INDUSTRIES - Gina Simmons

Erin Brockovich-Ellis and lawyers from Masry and Vititoe held a meeting Tuesday night for the 1,000 plaintiffs affected by Coronet Industries and other parent companies such as Inota and Mitsui. The meeting at The Lakeland Center held about 300 of the residents affected by the closed phosphate plant in Plant City. Gina Simmons reports.

Erin Brockovich began collecting data after receiving many calls and visits to her website that reported health problems due to possible air and w...

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GOV. BUSH'S JOBS RECORD FALLS SHORT OF PREDECESSORS' - Mitch Perry

New state employment figures show that Governor Jeb Bush has presided over the lowest job-creation rate of any governor since 1970, appearing to call into question his claim that his tax cuts have created new jobs.

Bush, who is proposing more new tax cuts this year, has for years attributed the state's creation of new jobs during his tenure to his tax cuts, which have totaled $11 billion since he took office.

But an analysis of statistics from Bush's Agency for Workforce Innovation show...

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BUSH IN TAMPA - Mitch Perry

As part of President Bush’s Campaign to allow a portion of worker’s payroll taxes for Social Security be put into privatized accounts, the President will travel to a number of cities across the Country on Thursday and Friday, culminating in a “discussion� at the Tampa Convention Center at 6PM on Friday evening.

The President’s plans to alter Social Security are alarming Seniors in particular, and with Florida home to 9 of the 10 congressional districts ...

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EITC PROMOTIONAL KICKOFF AND INDIGENT HEALTHCARE PREVIEW-Andrew Stelzer

Politicians, businesses, and social service agencies from all over Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are teaming up to try and have more area residents apply for the earned income tax credit The credit, abbreviated EITC as created in 1975, but every year, millions of dollars goes unclaimed just in these e two counties alone. This afternoon, the prosperity campaign of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties was launched at the Corporation to develop communities, in east Tampa.

ACT Ã...

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MAYOR SAYS ART MUSEUM MAY NOT HAPPEN-Andrew Stelzer

Next Thursday, the Tampa city council is scheduled to decide whether to approve plans for the new Tampa Art Museum. The plan has become more and more financially unstable over the past year, with the price of construction rising, and the business community coming up short on the amount of money they have to raise under an agreement with the city. In a WMNF exclusive, This afternoon, WMNF spoke to Tampa may Pam Iorio about the future of the new art museum—Iorio told us she doesnâ€...

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