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Sunday April 20, 2014

FILIPINO WWII VETERANS BILL - Grace Santos

Filipino activists have been working on passing a bill, HR 677, which provides that the United States would give Filipino WWII Veterans benefits. WMNF’s Grace Santos files this report.

Jose Sibayan is a Filipino WWII veteran living in Tampa. WMNF interviewed him about the Filipino veteran bills. He wanted to explain some of the things that the Filipinos went through during the war. (Cut – Jose – war story – how POW in his province were burned alive)

Loida Louis, founding m...

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FED EX LAUNCHES NEW HYBRID TRUCKS-Andrew Stelzer

There were 45,000 hybrid vehicles registered in the US last year, Florida ranked third in the nation. Now, the federal Express company has bought 4 hybrid trucks and put them on the road in Florida. Today they held a press conference to show off the new trucks, which run on a combination of diesel fuel and electric power.

ACT ‘the primary cause of air pollution is fuel and diesel from our roadways…through these 4 hybrid diesel and electric trucks from hybrid and diesel.�

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MARTINEZ/CASTOR DEBATE - Mitch Perry

Last night in Miami, the 2nd and final debate took place between Democrat Betty Castor and Republican Mel Martinez in the race to become Florida’s next U.S. Senator.

Unlike the debate in Tampa 8 days ago, last night’s affair was less abrasive…Not coincidentally, the discussion of former USF professor Sami-Al-Arian was only discussed for a few minutes.

One question asked by a member of the studio audience last night regarded Florida’s adoption laws, that ban gays from adopting or...

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HIGH SPEED RAIL AMENDMENT - Radioactivity

THE RAIL TRUTH COMMITTEE supports Florida's High Speed Rail Amendment. Ken Walton is the director the the Rail Truth Committee and he described why voting against Amendment Six next week would be better for Florida's environment, job picture, and economy. Walton claimed that the train will pay for itself and will not be a burden on Florida taxpayers as the project's opponents claim.

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ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR ON THE ENVIRONMENT - Radioactivity

Kennedy is a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. In his new book he charges that corporations have been successful in influencing the Bush administration to reduce environmental protections. Kennedy's new book is called: Crimes Against Nature How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy (Harper-Collins).

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HIP HOP SUMMIT ARRIVES IN ST. PETERSBURG - Radioactivity

Russell Simmons of the HIP HOP MUSIC industry has joined with (ACT) AMERICA COMING TOGETHER, & WAKE UP EVERYBODY to mobilize a non-partisan HIP HOP GET OUT THE VOTE CAMPAIGN that is touring the nation. The St. Petersburg leg of the tour is co-sponsored by the Florida Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Rev. Lennox Yearwood, the HIP HOP PREACHER of BET NETWORK, INC. and Rev. Run of RUN DMC are featured on the HIP HOP TOUR with other renown HIP HOP artist such as LUDICRIOUS, STYLLI...

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MEDEA BENJAMIN ON IRAQ - Mitch Perry

There are over 1,000 U.S. Servicemen and women who have been killed in Iraq since the U.S. invaded Iraq last year… Bringing an extremely personal meaning to those deaths this weekend in Tampa was Cindy Sheehan, whose 24 year old son was killed in Sadr City in April.
Sheehan is featured in 1 of television ads made by a group called Real Voices.Org….. Speaking at Viva La Frida on Saturday Night, Cindy Sheehan spoke about the hurt she feels, losing her son to war that she doesn’t beli...

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CARROLLWOOD FORUM - Mitch Perry

Along with voting for President and for the next U.S. Senator, Hillsborough County voters will be choosing State and County Representatives…..

Last Thursday night, the Carrollwood Area Business Association Held a Candidates Forum

In one of the more hotly contested races, former Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn is trying to keep retiring Commissioner Jan Platt’s seat in Democratic hands. He is running against former wrestler Brian Blair.

One of the biggest issues in this race ...

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USF STUDY ON OFFSHORING-Andrew Stelzer

The center for globalization research at USF has just completed a study of the effects of offshore outsourcing of jobs on the Tampa bay area. They presented the findings of their study this morning; WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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ACT “in Tampa bay in 2002, our companies imported a whopping 646 million from foreign countries,

Guy Hagan works with innovation insight; he was commissioned by the University of South Florida to stud...

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RICHARD HOLBROOKE ON WEAPONS LOOTING IN IRAQ - Mitch Perry

Richard Holbrooke is the former US Ambassador to the United Nations….and a key foreign Policy Advisor to John Kerry…..WMNF spoke to him today, and we began with the big story of the day from Iraq - the realization that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosive are missing from one of Iraq’s most sensitive former military installations (roll tape#1 o.q.�war will be the determining factor�)

That’s Richard Holbrooke, a foreign policy aid to John Kerry - and a man rumored ...

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