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Monday May 25, 2015

COUNTY HEALTHCARE CUTS - Jen Germaine

In 1991 Hillsborough County created the Hillsborough Health Care plan for the poor to alleviate the burden of uninsured people who go to the emergency room for routine medical care. The plan was designed to give medical coverage to the poorest Hillsborough County residents so the emergency room was no longer their only opportunity to be treated. The Hillsborough Healthcare Study Committee met last night to discuss the future of the County’s medical plan. Jen Germaine was there, and ...

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CLEARCHANNEL FIGHTS LAWSUITS TO SHUT DOWN AMPHITHEATRE-Andrew Stelzer

Two lawsuits are pending against Clear channel entertainment for concerts they have been putting on at the Ford Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds were back in court today. Since concerts began last summer, there have been complaints by neighborhood residents that the music has been too loud. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was at the county courthouse today and filed this report.

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Angela Mckantz lives on downing circle, on the edge of the Florida state fairgrounds. Sheâ...

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VANISHING WETLANDS IN FLORIDA - Radioactivity

This past Sunday the St. petersburg Times began a two part series on disapperaing wetlands in Florida. Our guests were Craig Pittman, a co-author of the series and Tom Scherberger, state editor. The series describes how 'no net loss of wetlands" has been national policy for fifteen years. But the Army Corps of engineers, which is in charge of issuing permits for development of wetlands, has okayed most permits. The series looked at political pressure from both Republicans and Democrats to oka...

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WHY ISNT THE MEDIA REPORTING ON DOWNING STREET MEMOS?-Andrew Stelzer

Earlier this month, British government documents surfaced describing conversations the President Bush had with British Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2002. These papers, which have been come to be known as the downing street memos, say that Bush had decided he was going to invade Iraq , and that the intelligence and facts to justify the war were being fixed around the policy. The memos have received massive coverage in the British and other international press, but almost none in the US media...

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ARAB VIEW OF THE UNITED STATES - Radioactivity

Journalist Samar Dahmash-Jarrah, co-host of WMNF's Arab Muslim Show has written a new book called ARAB VOICES SPEAK TO AMERICAN HEARTS. She travelled to Kuwait, Egypt, and Jordan to speak to ordinary Arab residents about religion, democracy, women's rights, U.S. foreign policy and the stereotypes that Americans often have about the Arab world. In this interview she described the rich variety of opinions from the people she met and the desire many people in the Middle East have for Americans t...

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PALM BEACH COUNTY APPROVES SCRIPPS-Andrew Stelzer

Palm beach county commissioners unanimously gave the go ahead for Construction of the Scripps biotechnology research institute this morning, despite several lawsuits that are still pending against the planned research park on environmentally sensitive land on the edge of the everglades. The project had been on hold for the past six months. County commissioner Burt Aaronson proposed in December that a freeze be put on the plans until the lawsuits were settled, but today he decided that even...

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UHURUS PROTEST SHERRIFFS REVIEW OF WALKER SHOOTING-Andrew Stelzer

Today the Pinellas county Sheriffs department held a review of the shooting of Jarrell Walker, an unarmed black 19 year old who was killed by a Sherrifs deputy last month. They were also reviewing the departments’ use of deadly force policy and deadly force training program, and several community members were invited to observe the proceedings. Outside in the parking lot, the UHURUS held a press conference to protest what they say is a sham process, which will end up with no justice ...

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JOHN SUGGS ON AL-ARIAN - Mitch Perry

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This afternoon Federal Judge James Moody announced that he will NOT move the Federal Trial of Sami Al-Arian and 3 other co-defendants scheduled to begin in 2 weeks.

The move is a disappointment to Al-Arian’s defense attorneys, who insisted throughout jury selection last week that Al-Arian would not be able to get a fair trial here in Tampa, where he is accused of helping to fundraise for the Middle Eastern terrorist group, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

John Sug...

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CAN CAPITALISTS CREATE A CLEANER ENVIRONMENT? E-FEST'S KEYNOTE SPEAKER RAY ANDERSON - Radioactivity

Our guest, Ray Anderson has been called the "greenest chief executive in America." By combining environmentalism with dedication to his company's success, Anderson has shown that being green can also bring in the profits for business.

When Anderson started Interface, Inc., in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1973, he wasn't concerned about the environment. He'd earned a degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, worked for fourteen plus years in various positions at Deering-Milliken and Callaway Mi...

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