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Wednesday April 16, 2014

LAWSUITS FILED TO STOP SCRIPPS CONSTRUCTION-Andrew Stelzer

The Scripps research institute, a biotechnology village, is planning on moving from California to the west palm beach area, it was lured to Florida with millions of dollars in tax subsidies. But the issue of where to build Scripps has been contentious from the start, and now the first lawsuits have been filed. The Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition filed a suit yesterday in protest of a drainage permit issued by the South Florida Water Management District. Steven bell represents the...

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MCCOLLUM ENDORSEMENT - Mitch Perry

Trying to rally to get the conservative voice in the GOP race for US Senate, today Florida State Senator Daniel Webster announced his endorsement for former Orlando area Congressman Bill McCollum (roll tape#1 o.q."and a social conservative")

Senator Webster was emphasizing the true conservatism of McCollum, in the wake of a teleconference held on Tuesday, in which a group of state and national conservatives blasted McCollum's conservative credentials. The issues that have turned off...

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CJ CZAIA FOR CONGRESS - Mitch Perry

Tonight WMNF concludes our series of interviews with the Democratic candidates running for Congress in the 13th Congressional District, which includes Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and Desoto Counties - and a portion of Charlotte County.

We’ve spoken with Christine Jennings, Jan Schneider and Floyd Jay Winters…..We conclude our discussion with these candidates with Attorney CJ Czaia.

We asked Czaia what we’ve asked all of the candidates this week - what would one of the...

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CRITICS TARGET ZONING VOTE BY STORMS - Mitch Perry

In Eastern Hillsborough County, more than a dozen residents have now filed complaints with the State 's Ethics Commission against County Commisioner Ronda Storms.

The issue that led to the complaints regards a vote back in June that saw the Commission CHANGE the County Land Development Code, legalizing operations in agricultural zones that used to be confined to commercial areas. The hybrid businesses not only grow plants and trees, but landscape, mow lawns and install irrigation.

Storm...

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POLL OF ARAB AMERICANS FINDS DISAPPROVAL OF BUSH AND INCREASED RACIAL PROFILING-Andrew Stelzer

For the first time in months, a mainstream media poll has been released showing that President Bush is gaining on John Kerry in the race for President this November. A Los Angeles poll times is giving Bush, a three-point lead over Kerry, 47 percent to 44 percent, with independent candidate Ralph Nader, receiving 3 percent. Last month John Kerry led Bush by 2 percentage points last month. But among Arab Americans, Kerry is leaving President Bush far behind, and support for Bush has continue...

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CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE FLOYD JAY WINTERS - Mitch Perry

Tonight WMNF continues our interviews with the Democratic candidates running for Congress in the 13th Congressional District, which includes Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and Desoto Counties - and a portion of Charlotte County.

Tonight we speak to Floyd Jay Winters, a College Professor at Manatee Community College making his first run for Political Office. WMNF asked Winters - why Congress- why now?(roll tape#1 o.q.�more than a career politician�)

That’s Manatee Community...

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BILL PUNISHES CUBA TRAVELERS - Mitch Perry

Earlier this summer, a new Bush Administration policy on travel and remittances regarding Cuban Americans went into effect, deeply dividing Cuban Americans on the new restrictions. Now a Miami State Representative wants to go even FURTHER than the President’s policies….. Republican David Rivera yesterday announced the “Travel and Commerce with Terrorist Nations Act�(roll tape#1 o.q.�here in Florida�) The President’s new policy reduces the allowed n...

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HOUSING SHORTAGE IN AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE CHARLEY-Andrew Stelzer

It’s been almost two weeks since hurricane Charley tore through Florida, and the number of people in shelters is beginning to drop. But where those people will go is a matter of great concern, and there are no easy answers. Wayne Saladay is the director of emergency management for Charlotte County

ACT “We’ve lost over 10,000 structures, 16000 more with major damage..major disaster.�

According to Megari Van sickle executive director of the charlott...

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MEL MARTINEZ CONFERENCE - Mitch Perry

With a week to go before the Republican Senate Primary race, there is the possibility that The White House's choice to be the candidate to run for Bob Graham's seat - former Housing Secretary Mel Martinez - could lose next Tuesday.

To do what they can to avert that from happening, The White House announced yesterday that President Bush will personally campaign for Martinez in Miami this Friday.

Also today, a host of prominent national and state conservative activists held a te...

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JAN SCHNEIDER FOR CONGRESS - Mitch Perry

This week WMNF is interviewing the Democratic candidates for Congress in the 13th Congressional District, which includes Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee, Desoto, and parts of Charlotte County.

In 2002, a newcomer to politics AND to the Sarasota area, Attorney Jan Schneider, came within 5 percentage points of upsetting Katherine Harris in the race to replace then retiring Congressman Dan Miller.

Schneider is again attempting to win the Democratic nomination this year. WMNF spo...

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