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Thursday October 2, 2014

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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Women's Show-PURA FE - Singing the Blues Native Style

PURA FE. Singer, Composer, Teacher, Poet, Dancer, Actress, and Lion Tamer - Pura Fé has studied with the American Ballet Theatre and sung with the Mercer Ellington Orchestra. She has appeared on Broadway in the "Me Nobody Knows," "Ari," and "Via Galactica." Pura Fé is a guest instructor at the Native Theatre School in Toronto, Canada. Pura Fé (Tuscarora),along with Soni (Mayan, Apache, Yaqui), and Jennifer (Tuscarora) comprise the group Ulali. Founded fifteen years ago, Ulali is...

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CYPRESS CREEK MALL GAINS APPROVAL DESPITE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS. Mark Antokas

INTRO: About three hundred people, homeowners, concerned citizens, environmentalists and business people, crowded into the Historic Pasco County Courthouse in Dade City last night, to comment on plans to put a regional mall on five hundred and thirty three acres of wetlands. Despite environmental objections, Pasco County Commissioners approved the plan by a 5-0 vote. Denise Layne is spokesperson for the Sierra Club-Tampa Bay. Roll Tape:

For the past three years, developers have enticed t...

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AL-ARIAN ATTORNEYS CHALLENGE EVIDENCE - Mitch Perry

Defense Attorneys for former USF Professor Sami-Al-Arian are asking a Federal Judge to throw out nearly all the government’s evidence in his case, saying Al-Arian’s Constitutional Rights were violated by improper searches and inappropriate surveillance.

Al-Arian and 8 other men are charged in a 53 count indictment alleging that they provided material support to the Middle Eastern terrorist group, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

From the time he was arrested 21 mo...

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LOCK STREET IN TOMMYTOWN DESIGNATED. Mark Antokas

INTRO: Yesterday afternoon, at the County Courthouse, the Pasco County Commision added an “Honorary� designation to Lock Street, trying to Solve ethnic divides in the Tommytown neighborhood just north of Dade City. Marguerita Romo asked for a miracle, but all she got was a pat on the back. Romo, the Executive Director of Farmworkers Self Help, asked for Lock Street to be changed to “Calle di Milagros�, street of miracles. Commissioner Ted Shraeder led the other commissi...

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