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Wednesday September 17, 2014

JIM DAVIS ON STATE OF THE UNION - Mitch Perry

Tampa Democratic Congressman Jim Davis sat in the House where President Bush delivered his State of the Union last night.

Speaking to WMNF today, we asked the Congressman what he thought of the laundry list of domestic programs that the President said he’d like to see in the next year, such as increasing Pell Grants, helping Community Colleges, seeing Community Health Centers.

Congressman Davis was skeptical about these programs, saying the President has been known to make s...

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TAMPA GROUPS SAY SOCIAL SECURITY PRIVATIZATION IS DANGEROUS-Andrew Stelzer

Following his state of the union address, President Bush began a 5 state tour to promote his plan to privatize the social security system. Tomorrow evening Bush will be in Tampa, giving a speech about his plans. This morning, concerned area residents and a coalition of non-profit groups began a public education campaign to let people know ho dangerous Bush’s plans are. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer reports.

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ACT--norm “The premise that the sys...

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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL - Mitch Perry

A neighborhood dispute regarding a Dog Park in the Palma Ceia section of South Tampa has now blossomed into a dispute that became a topic for discussion at the Tampa City Council today.

Some neighbors in Palma Ceia area have complained about the Park, saying its popularity is taking up too much parking and creating too much noise for the area….Recently, the issue has become so strained Tampa Police have had to monitor activities there.

And Opponents of the park say they...

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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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