News & Public Affairs

Wednesday October 22, 2014

PFAW ON BUSH NOMINATION OF CONTROVERSIAL JUDGES-Andrew Stelzer

President Bush announced this afternoon that he will re-nominate 20 judicial appointees, many of whom are strongly opposed by democrats, and some of whom were either blocked by democratic filibusters in the Senate, or never made it to the point of approval. The list to be resubmitted includes Priscilla Owen, a Texas Supreme Court justice whose nomination to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has been blocked by Democrats since May 2001. She has been criticized over decisio...

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ACORN PROTEST - Jen Germaine

Members of ACORN gathered at the Code Enforement office in Ybor today, to protest what they believe is the city's part in the death of a woman earlier this month. For WMNF, Jen Germaine reports.

A few blocks from Centro Ybor, where people come for the nightlife, resturants, and to spend their leisure time, a burned out housing unit stands. On December 11th a fire in the boarding house killed 1 woman and left 7 people homeless.

About 20 members of ACORN, along with those who surviv...

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HISTORIC DISTRICTS - Grace Santos

The City of Tampa’s Advisory Committee met Wednesday to discuss the Interstate Historic Preservation Trust Fund. WMNF’s Grace Santos was there and files this report.


The City of Tampa adopted an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation in Feb of 2002 with the purpose of decreasing the impact of the interstate highway network on the national registered historic districts – Ybor City, West Tampa, and Tampa Heights....

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FLORIDA'S MIGRANT FARMWORKERS OUT OF LUCK. Mark Antokas

INTRO: The state of Florida Department of agriculture and consumer services, estimates that hurricane damage to vegetable crops at one hundred million dollars. For farmers, there is insurance. But what can migrant farmworkers returning for work and shelter expect? WMNF’s Mark Antokas has more.

SCRIPT: The U.S. Government has earmarked more than three billion dollars for agriculture disaster relief this year, Florida farmers can expect almost two thirds of that. But there is little h...

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1951 CIVIL RIGHTS CASE REOPENED-Andrew Stelzer

Florida’s attorney general Charlie Crist has reopened the investigation on the murder of two black civil rights activists in Mims Florida in 1951. Harriet and Harry Moore were killed when a bomb went off under their house, and the killers were never found. The issue was raised by the Moore daughter, and local civil rights leaders. Bill Geary is the president of the North Brevard branch of the NAACP.

ACT “The national FBI…�

Investigators will be revi...

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CRACKDOWN ON HAITIAN IMMIGRANTS-Andrew Stelzer

The Haitian American community In South Florida has become frightened by an apparent crackdown by law enforcement authorities, who have been arresting Haitian immigrants—some of whom have not been heard from in weeks. The Immigrantion and Customs Enforcement is the only agency communicating with community leaders, but they wont claim responsibility for all of these arrests. WMNF spoke with Jean-Robert Lafortune, the director of the Haitian American Grassroots coalition.

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Funding for Historic Districts - Grace Santos

The City of Tampa’s Advisory Committee met Wednesday to discuss the Interstate Historic Preservation Trust Fund. WMNF’s Grace Santos was there and files this report.


The City of Tampa adopted an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation in Feb of 2002 with the purpose of decreasing the impact of the interstate highway network on the national registered historic districts – Ybor City, West Tampa, and Tampa Heights...

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ORLANDO'S TEEN CURFEW-Andrew Stelzer

As we reported last night, starting this past Thursday teenagers are no longer be allowed in Ybor city after 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Tampa tried instituting a similar citywide curfew 2 years ago, but it was ruled unconstitutional, because it covered the entire city and was too broad. So Tampa's city staff looked to Orlando, where for over ten years they have had a teen curfew, which begins at midnight for an area of downtown. The Orlando curfew was narrowly tailored t...

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