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Tuesday September 16, 2014

INAUGURATION DAY PROTEST IN ST PETE-Andrew Stelzer

In St Petersburg, About 75 people gathered in front of the Sembler Corporation building on 58th street and central avenue at noon to protest the inauguration of President Bush; at 2 o’clock they marched down central avenue for several blocks---the rally was scheduled to continue until 7pm tonight. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there this afternoon, and spoke to some of the Tampa Bay citizens who aren’t happy about the country’s elected leader for the next 4 years.

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SCRIPPS EXPERTS STUDY ALTERNATE SITES - Mitch Perry

A team of building experts from The Scripps Research Institute spent yesterday evaluating three properties most likely to become the county's biotech park should the deal to build at the Mecca Farms area collapse.

They were looking to determine how plans to build Scripp's laboratories at Mecca Farms could be adapted for another site.

Pressure has been mounting in Palm Beach County and Tallahassee to begin construction right away. But the Palm Beach county commission has balked, saying ...

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GENOCIDE AND THE HOLOCAUST, PROF. EDWARD KISSI - Mitch Perry

USF Professor Edward Kissi is an internationally recognized scholar on the history of international human rights law and genocide, particularly relating to Africa. He is one of the featured scholars in the 6 hour joint PBS/BBC production of “Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State�, the 1st Part which is scheduled to air tonight

January 27th marks the 60th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of Auschwitz in 1945.

WMNF spoke with Professor Kissi about the p...

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EGYPT LAKE HOMEOWNERS PSYCHED BY COURT RULING - Mitch Perry

Homeowners in the Egypt Lake Area of Hillsborough County, angry at Tampa Electric for their installation of gigantic Power Poles in their neighborhood, won a victory in Circuit Court yesterday when a Judge ruled that she would set aside 2 weeks in September for a trial against TECO.

Hillsborough Circuit Judge Claudia Isom said a trail WILL take place, beginning on September 12th.

Attorney Paul Antinori represents a group of 68 of the Egypt Lake residents. He said his cl...

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CITY OF TARPON SPRINGS GIVES FINAL GO-AHEAD TO WALMART. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Since 1997, after a zoning change which left a 74 acre parcel along the Anclote River as it passes through the City of Tarpon Springs, zoned General Business, the corporate giant Walmart has been methodically positioning itself to place a Big Box super center on wetlands adjacent to U.S. 19, and the river. Despite environmental concerns and a highly mobilized community, attorneys for the giant retailer have cleared what seems to be the last hurdle. Last night, about four hundred people...

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NO MORE FUNDING FOR STREET CAR?-Andrew Stelzer

Yesterday it was announced that The federal program that would have paid for nearly one-third of a 3/8-mile extension to tampa’s downtown streetcar will be canceled after this year. According to the tampa tribune, Hillsborough County could lose $25 million in federal transportation funding during the next five years. A big part of the pot was money from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program, and Florida's air quality has improved to the point that it no longer qu...

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COUNTY COMMISSION ON FOLDING TSA, AND HIRING MORE AUDITORS-Andrew Stelzer

The Hillsborough county commission discussed whether to abolish the Tampa sports authority, today. Commissioner Brian Blair brought the resolution after The St Pete times reported last month that commissioners that were members of the TSAs board were getting free tickets to Bucs football games, and eating and drinking thousands of dollars worth of food and liquor in luxury boxes. Commissioner castor floated a resolution earlier this month to limit the commission from receiving gifts of more...

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HEADLINE: WALMART EXPECTED TO GAIN APPROVAL TONIGHT. Mark Antokas

ROLL TAPE: “I’m concerned about the future of Tarpon Springs…Um, I think the traffic on U.S. 19 is already horrendous, the environment, I just cant imagine, you know, putting it the size of nine football fields right on the banks of a river, have you ever heard of a waterfront Walmart?� 15sec. SCRIPT: Citizens concerned about traffic, environmentalists arguing to keep a sensitive wetland area pristine and natural, big-box super center haters, and lawyers for Walmart. ...

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GOV. BUSH PROPOSES $61.6 BILLION BUDGET - Mitch Perry

Governor Jeb Bush today proposed a $61.6 billion budget, one that cuts taxes by $285 million dollars, and increases spending on public schools by $1.1 billion for the fiscal year beginning July 1st. (roll tape# 1 o.q. “intangibles tax�)

The governor also asked to repeal the per-drink alcohol tax

Democrats criticized the Bush budget for providing tax breaks that they contend benefit only a small number of people at the expense of programs that help the needy take care of th...

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