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Friday July 25, 2014

COUNTY COMMISSION DISCUSSES GIVING LIGHTNING TAX BREAK-Andrew Stelzer

Tampa Bay Lightning Tax Deal discussed At County Commission

Hillsborough County Commissioners also discussed a proposal to which would allow the Tampa bay lightning to eliminate an annual property tax of $630,000 the hockey team pays for playing at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The team also wants to control of about $350,000 raised each year from a county surcharge on tickets.

The Lightning – And Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio- say the transfer is fair because it put...

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CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN - Radioactivity

Our guest was a former business economist named John Perkins. Working as an "economic hit man" (EHM) for an international corporation allied with the World Bank and the U.S. government, John Perkins says he cheated countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. His tools included fraud, rigged elections, payoffs, sex, and extortion. Now, breaking the EHM's code of silence, he reveals how their actions helped transform the once-respected American republic into a hated e...

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CONGRESS APPROVES 35MILLION DOLLAR BUY OUT OF GULF FISHERMEN. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Congress has approved a thirty-five million dollar buyout of commercial long line fishermen on the Gulf of Mexico. This is the first time that there has been a buyout in federal waters in this area. The aim is to stop unplanned bans of fishing in the future. Because of over fishing, on November fifteenth of this year, a ban on red Grouper went into effect. A group of fishermen lobbied congress for the buyout, and suggested that with fewer boats in the fleet, there could be a year-round...

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KIDCARE RENEWAL DEADLINE EXTENDED 5 MORE DAYS-Andrew Stelzer

Tomorrow was supposed to be the cutoff date for parents to submit renewal forms to ensure their children will not be removed from Florida’s Kidcare state funded health insurance program, which currently covers about 300 children. But for the third time, the deadline has been moved back, this time until Monday. According to Rose Naff, executive director of the Florida healthy kids corporation, the office has been struggling to serve those who want to apply.

ACt-Naff ‘W...

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CHARLES SHEEHAN MILES ON PRISONER TORTURE - Mitch Perry

The NY Times reported today that the International Committee of The Red Cross has charged in confidential reports to the U.S. Government that the American military has intentionally used psychological and sometimes physical coercion tantamount to torture on prisoners at Guatanamo Bay, Cuba.

Charles Sheehan Miles is the Executive Director of Veterans for Common Sense, and a former Specialist for the US Army back in Operation Desert Storm. His organization has sent a letter out to ever...

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CABLE CUTTING EPIDEMIC IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY - Radioactivity

Private contractors working to lay hundreds of miles of optical fiber cable for Verizon have cut into local natural gas lines more than 44 times in recent months. They've also caused breaks in sewer and water lines. The problem is so bad that Hillsborough County ordered a temporary stop to the work. Our guest this segment was Danny Johnson, Business Agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Johnson said all of the disruptions of gas, water and sewer lines were caused by n...

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LAWSUITS MAY HOLD UP CONSTRUCTION OF SCRIPPS INSTITUTE-Andrew Stelzer

Plans to build the Scripps biotechnology institute in Palm beach county are still on track according the government officials, but lawsuits piling up make it seem like it may be a matter of years, not weeks before construction begins. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.

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All the concerned parties say they want the Scripps institute in Florida, but just not in the middle of a former orange grove that is designated for low-density land use.

ACT “Were very supp...

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EARL BLACK ON THE RISE OF SOUTHERN REPUBLICANS - Mitch Perry

Earl Black is a Political Science Professor at Rice University, and the co-author of the book with his brother Merle, The Rise of the Southern Republicans &..Black spoke last Saturday on the USF-ST. Petersburg campus

He says that a newly competitive South politically, makes for more competitive Presidential elections nationwide- and he discusses how the Senate has changed in the House and Senate as well (roll tape#1 o.q. and it s not very attractive )

That s Rice University...

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STATE COULD EXPAND FINANCIAL AID TO GRADUATE STUDENTS - Mitch Perry

Earlier this year in Tallahasee, thousands protested in support of the state s Bright Futures Scholarship Program, fearing that state budget cuts threatens its viability.

The scholarship, created in 1997 by the Florida Legislature, funnels money collected by the Florida Lottery to a scholarship for students with good high school GPAs and high scores on tests such as the SAT. About 110,000 students received Bright Futures scholarships during the 2002-2003 school year, worth about $202 ...

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Women's Show-RIGHTS IS NOT A FOUR-LETTER WORD Ipas

ELIZABETH MAGUIRE, President, Ipas. Ipas, an international nonprofit organization based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, announced that it will discontinue underwriting support for WUNC, its local public radio station. At issue is the phrase “reproductive rights,� which the station removed from Ipas’s on-air underwriting announcement and has refused to restore, despite a groundswell of opposition to that stance from WUNC listeners and others locally and nationally.

The tex...

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