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Monday April 21, 2014

ST PETE CITY COUNCIL ASKS CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE WMD INTELLIGENCE FAILURES-Andrew Stelzer

The St Petersburg city council voted today to approve a resolution to write a letter to Florida’s Congressional delegation asking for a full investigation into the intelligence failures regarding weapons of mass destruction and the buildup to operation Iraqi Freedom, when the US invaded Iraq in 2003. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more.

The details of the resolution were worked out in the councils legislative affairs and intergovernmental relations committee; The resolution originall...

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TWO COURT CASES MAY REDEFINE FLORIDA DEPS ROLE IN PROTECTING WATER-Andrew Stelzer

Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection has been found by a court to have been misleading the public in its efforts to protect the states rivers, lakes, and other bodies of waters. The conclusion of the lawsuit suit, which was filed by a coalition of environmental advocacy groups, has been followed by a new lawsuit filed yesterday, which calls on the federal environmental protection agency to take over responsibility for monitoring Florida’s waterways, because the state agency h...

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CARUSON ON DEBATE - Randi Zimmerman

Kiki Caruson is a Political Science Professor at the University of South Florida….In a discussion with WMNF’s Randi Zimmerman today, the professor gave her thoughts on last night’s debate between the Vice President,and his would-be successor (roll tape#1 o.q.�between Bush and Kerry�)

That’s USF Professor Kiki Caruson, speaking today with WMNF’s Randi Zimmerman.

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CONGRESSMAN KENDRICK MEEK ON VOTER REGISTRATION - Mitch Perry

As we reported last night on the Evening News, Civil and Voting Rights groups are calling on Florida Secretary of State Glenda Hood to reverse a ruling that will leave perhaps thousands of would-be voters ineligible for the upcoming election.
The voters failed to check a citizenship box on their voter registration applications, an oversight advocates say should not preclude legal voters from going to the polls next month. Hood maintains that the failure to fully fill out the registration f...

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REPUBLICANS WANT APOLOGY FOR LABOR PROTEST OF BUSH OVERTIME RULES-Andrew Stelzer

As we reported yesterday on WMNF, yesterday the AFL-CIO held simultaneous protests at Bush Cheney headquarters around the country. Union members are upset at a new overtime rule, which went into effect on Aug. 23. The Economic Policy Institute said the rule strips up to 6 million workers of overtime pay under what’s been titled the Fair Labor Standards Act. In Minnesota, New Hampshire, Alabama and other places around the country, Union members tried to get into the campaign offices, some ...

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SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS BUDDY JOHNSON - Mitch Perry

Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson came before the County Commission today to discuss problems in his office eminating from the August 31st Primary election. Last month, Johnson’s office discovered that 245 votes cast during early primary voting were recorded but not added to the election results. Johnson said an elections worker left the machine in "test" mode, keeping the votes from being tabulated. Johnson said the lapse did not alter any election. Missing votes ...

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NATIONAL SUMMIT ON CUBA - Mitch Perry

The University of Tampa will be hosting a national conference on Cuba starting this Friday.

Government and business leaders from around the country are due in town. They'll talk about the evolving relationship between the U-S and Cuba and discuss the implications of opening Cuban markets to U-S business. It begins at 8:45 AM on Friday, and will take place all day….Members of the public can attend for a $150 fee…

Lissa Weinman is a Senior fellow at the World Policy Institute bas...

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SICKLE CELL AWARENESS MONTH - Mitch Perry

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Post Office unveiled a new stamp to increase awareness of Sickle Cell Anemia, the disease that affects 1 in 12 African Americans.

The disease damages blood cells by changing smooth, round cells into sickle shapes, which makes them hard and sticky. As a result, blood flow is blocked and organs are damaged. The disease can cause intense pain, stroke and death. Dr. Willarda V. Edwards is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Sickle Cell Disease Association...

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FORMER INDEPENDENT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOHN B. ANDERSON - Mitch Perry

In Coral Gables last week, Last week Presidential candidate Ralph Nader made a half-hearted attempt to get into the 1st Presidential Debate………Nader sued the Presidential Commission on Debates after he was excluded from the debates back in 2000.

The last time - and perhaps only time in recent memory - there have been 3 candidates present for a Presidential Debate was back in 1992, when Independent Ross Perot joined up with Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

In 1980, there was also ...

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NEW INDICTMENT FOR SAMI AL-ARIAN-Andrew Stelzer

Federal prosecutors laid out new charges against former USF professor Sami Al-Arian this morning. Lawyers for Al-Arian say that the new indictment is a strategy by the government to cover up their past mistakes, and make it harder for the defense to prepare before the trial is scheduled to begin on January 5th. Bill Moffitt, Al –Arians attorney said after this mornings hearing that to review all the charges and prepare a proper defense, will take longer than 3 months.

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