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Friday October 24, 2014

FEDS WILL INVESTIGATE POLICE BRUTALITY IN JACKSONVILLE-Andrew Stelzer

The US justice department has announced they will be looking into the deaths of two unarmed black men in Jacksonville who were in police custody. Although the sheriffs office says the investigation is only to shine some light on the cases and he is sure no officers are guilty of excessive force, many in the community say the incidents are part of a larger pattern that has to be stopped, and point to the recent resignation of an officer as proof of a problem. Isaiah Rumlin is president of th...

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"WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS" - Radioactivity

"WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS" author Thomas Frank. In his best selling book Frank writes that low and moderate income people in his home state of Kansas have increasingly shown a loyalty to the Republican Party. He says this defies their class interests but is consistent with their views on such things as abortion, homosexuality and and social issues. Frank says that with the support of low and moderate income people, the GOP has dominated Kanas politics for many years but has failed to del...

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WILL THE GULF BE OPENED UP TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION?-Andrew Stelzer

Despite promises by the President that he is opposed to opening up the gulf of Mexico to exploration for oil and gas, The chairman of the energy committee has written a letter to the secretary of the secretary of the interior, to ask for Florida’s land in the gulf of Mexico to be opened up to gas drilling. But Florida Senator Bill Nelson he’s not about to let the gulf be opened up. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

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ACT “The oil and gas...

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SIERRA CLUB RESPONSE TO OIL PROPOSAL - Mitch Perry

Joe Murphy is an organizer with the Sun Coast Sierra Club. He said that Floridians SHOULD be concerned about the possibility of Oil drilling off Florida’s Gulf Shores now that President Bush AND Governor Bush no longer need to be elected again in the sunshine state (roll tape#1 o.q.�to Florida’s coast line�)

Last year, led by Nelson and outgoing Senator Bob Graham, Congress killed a provision that would have inventoried gas and oil reserves off Florida's coast, fo...

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SCRIPPS - Mitch Perry

The proposal for the Scripps Research Institute in Palm Beach County got more interesting late last week.

The organization – a world leader in developing medicines and cures is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs from spinoff ventures and companies that relocate to be near Scripps' labs.

But Palm Beach’s problem is that the proposed site – Mecca Farms - is in a rural area that will need hundreds of millions of dollars in road and utility improvement...

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LES MILLER ON UPK - Mitch Perry

State lawmakers are expected to

consider a change to the state's subsidized health insurance

program for minors.

 Parents enrolling their children in the KidCare program would

need a tax return and some form of I-D under the change.

 Lawmakers earlier this year put new eligibility proof

requirements in place for the program to rein in costs.

 Lawmakers hoped to prevent parents who make too much money from

enrolling their children. Advocates say eligible fam...

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TARA BRAE SMITH, author Hawaii Women's Show - Mary Glenney

TARA BRAY SMITH, author of West of Then, was born and raised in Hawaii. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University, she lives and writes in New York City. Her literary debut, WEST OF THEN: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise is an emotionally raw, eloquently written memoir about home, family, and the ghosts that haunt our lives. Against the backdrop of that paradise called the Hawaiian Islands, Smith tells of her struggles to find and save her mother, a homeless ...

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FLORIDA DEMOCRATS LOOK FORWARD TO INITIATIVES TO RE-DRAW DISTRICT LINES TO BECOME MORE COMPETITVE - Mitch Perry

After last month’s Election, the Florida Legislature has become even more Republican in party identification.

Republicans took three more House seats away from the Democrats to expand their total to 84, leaving Democrats with just 36 seats in the 120-member chamber. Not since the early 1970s, when Democrats controlled the House, have the numbers been so lopsided.

In the Senate, there are now 26 Republican and 14 Democrats. But before Democrats consign themselves to perhaps p...

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HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS CHIEF OF STAFF JIM HAMILTON AT TIGER BAY-Andrew Stelzer

Hillsborough county schools superintendent Earl Lennard was scheduled to appear at the Tamp tiger bay club this afternoon, Lennard couldn’t be there; but in his place was Dr Jim Hamilton, the chief of staff for the county schools. Hamilton defended the schools against statistics that show the Almost 200,000 students in the Hillsborough county public schools are not scoring as high on achievement tests as private schools.

ACT “We gotta take every kid that walks in the do...

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COUNTY COMMISSION WANTS AMPHITHEATRE SHUT DOWN-Andrew Stelzer

Since this past July, The Hillsborough county commission has been fielding complaints about excessive noise coming from concerts at the ford amphitheatre at the Florida State fairgrounds. The commission had warned the operator and promoter of the concerts, clear channel entertainment, that fines would be levied if they let the music get too loud, and the number of complaints had been going down. But After an especially loud concert this week by the rock group Korn, the county’s envir...

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