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Friday July 25, 2014

WILL TOMMY ZEIGLER'S DEATH SENTENCE BE OVERTURNED?-Andrew Stelzer

In 1976, Tommy Ziegler was sentenced to death for the killing of his wife, in-laws, and a customer on Christmas Eve in Winter Garden, Florida. But in the last few years, DNA and blood evidence has emerged which indicates Ziegler’s’ innocence. About 2 dozen citizens gathered this morning outside of the orange county circuit court, before a hearing began to determine if the new evidence can be allowed in court, and if Zeigler could be ordered a new trial. WMNF spoke with one of...

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YBOR YOUTH ON YBOR CURFEW-Andrew Stelzer

This weekend was the first time the new teen curfew was enforced in Ybor city.

WMNF went to the neighborhood east of the curfew zone, to find out how those people most effected by the curfew felt. First WMNF spoke to a group of kids between 9 and 13 years old, who live in the neighborhood east of Ybor city, SOUND

Next WMNF spoke to a group of teenagers who live in the neighborhood just east of Ybor city. All but one of them was under 18.

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ST PETE FOR PEACE PROTEST - Farhad Sabet

On Sunday, the local organization St Pete For Peace gathered on the Pinellas Trail bridge over Park Street and Tyron Blvd to protest against US International Policies.

Farhad Sabet Reports:

With Colorful banners proclaiming "While you buy, They Die" and "Terrorism is the price of Emperialism" among others, the local group St Pete for Peace activists gathered in St Petersburg Sunday afternoon to tell everyone who'd look up to that the proble...

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DR.ROONGNAPA KORPRADITSKUL, Thailand Agriculture-Mary Glenney-Women's Show

Dr. Roongnapa Korpraditskul. She is visiting Rick Martinez at Sweetwater Organic Farm and participated in classes that he taught in Thailand. Roongnapa is from Thailand, where she is Head of Environmental Science Laboratory, R&D Institute of Kasetsart University, Thailand and the Project Leader of the Implementation of Environmental Management System on Organic Farms at the Community Level. She talked about funeral customs in Thailand (her father died last month) and her work with sustaina...

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INITIATIVE COULD OPEN STATE FUNDS FOR RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS - Mitch Perry

A sentence in Florida’s Constitution that forbids the state to use public money to “directly or indirectly� help religious institutions has been mentioned this week as a possible thorn in blocking the Pre-Kindergarten program approved by the Legislature yesterday.

The same line has been used to thwart the state’s school voucher law….

So Florida State Senator Daniel Webster is saying the state should get rid of that line in the Constitution.

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MAYOR CORBINO EXPANSION PLANS FOR ST PETE CLEARWATER AIRPORT-Andrew Stelzer

As we reported earlier this week, the St Pete County commission voted to move forward with a master plan to invest over 220 million dollars for improvements to the St Pete Clearwater airport, despite the complaints of many citizens that they didn’t want the increased noise of more airplanes, and the environmental damage that expanding the airport could have. There was also a consultants report which warned the commission that air traffic is likely to decrease next year, and in the pas...

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PINELLAS CITIZENS FIND DUPLICATE BALLOTS IN TRASH-Andrew Stelzer

The skepticism towards the nations voting systems has been most clearly shown by a group of citizens in Pinellas county. They have been investigating that county’s voting systems, found shredded ballots in the garbage behind an elections supervisor’s office on November 18th. Leonard Schmiege is a spokesman for the citizens voting verification group.

ACT “We went up to the supervisor of election office

The group didn’t contact the Pinellas supervis...

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TAMPA CITY COUNCIL - Mitch Perry

Today the Tampa City Council joined with earlier votes this week by the Hillsborough County Commission, and the Tampa Sports Authority in approving a deal that will allow the Tampa Bay Lightning from paying more than $600,000 in annual property taxes at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The deal shifts ownership of the major arena in Tampa from the Lightning to Hillsborough County. The reason that this shift occurs goes back to the original deal when the Lightning came to Tampa a decade ago....

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