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Friday October 31, 2014

CITY COUNCIL ON MUSEUM - Seán Kinane

Details of the proposed Tampa Museum of Art was discussed at today's Tampa City Council Meeting. WMNF's Seán Kinane files this report.

In one week the Tampa City Council will vote on whether to go ahead with the Museum of Art. Bonnie Wise, the director of Tampa's Revenue and Finance Department describes progress that has occurred since last week's meeting.

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TAMPA FINANCIAL REPORT & CITY AUDIT - Seán Kinane

Accountants from the city of Tampa presented the city's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report at this morning's City Council meeting. WMNF's Seán Kinane reports.

Tampa’s annual financial report for the fiscal year ending Sept 30 2004, was completed without major problems. Chip Jones, accountant for the City of Tampa describes some of the city's most expensive programs and that a surprisingly small amount of the city's revenue comes from property taxes.

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DEBATE: SHOULD SOCIAL SECURITY BE PRIVATIZED? - Radioactivity

Two supporters of President Bush's concept to privatize part of Social Security (Kevin Wright a local activist with the group Generations Together -http://www.generationstogether.net/.- and Derrick Max, who runs two business groups: the Alliance for Worker Retirement Security and the Coalition for the Modernization and Protection of America's Social Security, or Compass) debated Bernard Wassow of the Century Foundation. "Scare Tactics: Why Social Security Is Not In Crisis" was written by Was...

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD - Mitch Perry

Last month the Attorney General in Kansas, a staunch opponent of abortion, demanded the medical records of nearly 90 woman and girls who had late-term abortions, saying he needs the material to investigate crimes.

The two abortion clinics involved in the case say the state has no right to such personal information and are fighting the request in the Kansas Supreme Court.

But Attorney General Phil Kline insists he needs the records because he has "the duty to investigate and p...

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FLORIDIANS MAY BE ABLE TO SHOOT PEOPLE IN THE STREET-Andrew Stelzer

Floridians may soon have a greater ability to shoot people on the street without legal repercussions. A bill introduced in the state legislature, which seems likely to pass, strengthens the ability of people to shoot intruders on their property, and gives them the ability to use a gun if they are threatened in a public space. The bill was authored by State Senator Durrell Peadon; his legislative assistant Roger Robinson, says current state law does not go far enough in protecting people who...

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DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, ROD SMITH. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Democratic State Senator Rod smith, a relatively unknown quantity in South Florida, announced last month his intentions of running for the Governor’s office in 2006. Smith, of Alachua County, came to prominence as a prosecutor who brought to trial the case against Gainesville student killer Danny Rolling. Smith says he expects the high profile case to win him votes across Florida, a feat no Democratic candidate for Governor has done since Lawton Chiles was re-elected in 1994. Sm...

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CONGRESSMAN ADAM PUTNAM HOLDS TOWN HALL ON SOCIAL SECURITY-Andrew Stelzer

Florida State representative Adam Putnam was in Sun city center this morning, holding what he called a town hall meeting to discuss changes to the nations social security program. The republican party had previously had member of congress holding large public events, but because so many people came to complain and protest against the changes proposed by president Bush, they have changed to holding smaller meetings. About 80 people came to the meeting--almost all of the attendees were senior...

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HOMELESSNESS IN HILLSBOROUGH - Mitch Perry

Homeless Advocates in Hillsborough County said today that there are an estimated 11,000 people homeless in the County, a 36% increase since the last survey was conducted a year and a half ago.

Rayme Knuckles is the Chief Executive Officer for the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County…He said there are 2 main reasons that lead to homelessness – lack of affordable housing, and low paying jobs that prevent people from getting the chance to acquire such housing (roll tape...

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