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Tuesday October 21, 2014

REVISING THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY - Radioactivity

Hillsborough County Commissioner Cathy Castor and Hillsborough Planning Commission team leader Shawn College discussed a meeting tonight to begin to update the county's Comprehensive Plan. Castor and College said the meeting will be a way for citizens to discuss county wide environmental issues. The meeting takes place at 6:30PM at 1002 East Palm Avenue.

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WAL-MART ALLIANCE FOR REFORM NOW - Radioactivity

WAL-MART SUPER CENTER PROPOSED FOR UNDEVELOPED AREA ON GANDY BLVD. IN NORTH ST. PETERSBURG. A new group called WARN (Wal-Mart Alliance for Reform Now) comprised of neighborhood residents, the West Central FL Federation of Labor, the Suncoast Sierra Club and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now will testify against the proposed Wal-Mart at tomorrow's St. Petersburg City Council meeting at 5:30PM. A spokesperson for the group, Rick Smith of the Service Employees Internation...

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FLORIDIANS UNITED TO PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY-Andrew Stelzer

President Bush’s acknowledgement that privatizing social security will not solve financial problems the program may face, was in part brought on by massive grassroots efforts across the country to educate the public about the dangers of the plan, and stop it from being passed into law. This afternoon in St Petersburg, a coalition of local groups announced a counter-campaign to Bush’s national tour.

ACT—Schroeder “The social security…talks about d...

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CITY CONDUCTS ANOTHER CODE ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM - Mitch Perry

Last night WMNF reported on how the City of Tampa’s aggressive Code Enforcement program has adversely affected some low and middle income residents in Tampa….

That “aggressive� policy continued today, when the city’s Code Enforcement team announced, “Operation Springs Cleaning�, which will take over the Sulpher Springs section of Tampa for the next 4 days.

Curtis Lane is Tampa Director of Code Enforcement (roll tape#1 o.q.�clean t...

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CITY KEPT QUIET ABOUT MASSIVE SEWAGE SPILL - Mitch Perry

The Sarasota City Commission held an emergency meeting this afternoon, to discuss the

possibility of launching an independent investigation into the operation and maintenance of the City’s wastewater facilities.

The meeting was called for a day after it was publicly revealed that City officials had NOT warned residents of the health hazards posed by a massive sewage spill over a year ago….

Last month, WMNF and Sarasota media organizations reported on a simila...

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LOCAL LEBANESE PROTEST - Mitch Perry

Meanwhile, as hundreds of thousands were demonstrating in Beirut today, a like minded demonstration held by Lebanese Americans was held in front of City Hall in Tampa …(roll tape of chants)

Approximately 1 hundred Lebanese Americans who live in Tampa Bay, holding both American and Lebanese flags, chanted for freedom, sovereignty, and independence to show their support for the Cedar revolution, and today’s demonstration in Beirut, one month after the assassination of f...

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GOVERNMENT IN THE SUNSHINE WEEK KICKS OFF-Andrew Stelzer

This week, thousands of newspapers, TV and radio stations across the country are conducting an orchestrated effort to make people aware of how important it is that government records be open to the public. Its the first ever sunshine week, and its inspired by Florida’s “government in the sunshine� public records law. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.v

In 1909, the Florida state legislature passed what has come to be known as the "Public Records Law,", which provides that an...

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HILLSBOROUGH GROUP FORMED TO CONTEND WITH EXPLOSIVE GROWTH - Mitch Perry

In his State of the State Address given earlier this week, Governor Jeb Bush called for a substantial review of Florida’s approach to Growth Management.

The Governor said “"We need true concurrency between new development and the infrastructure needed to meet the demand on roads, schools, and water resources that the development creates."

The issue of growth has forced its way into the Legislature’s business this spring – and now locally, a new non-p...

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POLICE CHIEF HOGUE AT TIGER BAY CLUB-Andrew Stelzer

Tampa’s police Chief Steve Hogue was at the Tampa tiger bay club today. Hogue was hired in late 2003, and say he’s pleased with the statistics which have recently come through for 2004, his first full year as chief.

ACT “Tampa when I got here was # 1 in property crimes, and # 2, that’s not something to be proud of. Those numbers have come down..You hear police chiefs and sheriffs we claim what a great job were doing, everybody has that stuff, really the ...

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