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Thursday November 27, 2014

NEW SEWAGE RULES-Andrew Stelzer

The Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to allow new federal standards that would let communities dump partially treated sewage into local waterways during heavy rainfalls.

Policies allowing "sewage blending," a practice in which cities mix untreated sewage with fully treated wastewater during storms, could save millions of dollars, but the new rules also could send more potentially harmful contaminants into rivers, lakes, and oceans across the country. WMNF spoke with ...

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FCC COMPLAINT AGAINST WMNF DISMISSED-Andrew Stelzer

An FCC complaint brought against WMNF has been dismissed. In November, the station was informed that a listener had filed a complaint about indecent language that his wife heard on WMNF. After the station’s lawyer spoke with the FCC it was determined that the listener thought they heard the f-word on 7:30 am on a Sunday. WMNF station manger Vicki Santa says the time of the show, along with the fact that there was no recording, led the FCC to decide the complaint was not valid.

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FORMER WTVT REPORTERS ASK FCC TO NOT RENEW FOX 13's LICENSE-Andrew Stelzer

2 Tampa bay area investigative journalists who were censored by WTVT fox 13 lost their several yearlong battle in court in 2003. Jane Akre and Steve Wilson applied for whistle blower status in 1998 after they were ordered to present false information in a report on Bovine growth hormone, which is injected into cows and can cause sickness in people who people who eat the cows meat or drink their milk. After winning in several courts, eventually a judge ruled that TV news has no legal obligat...

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One Step Forward - OH Election irregularities and Shirley Chisolm

On today’s show we’ll discuss presidential politics of the past, the present and the not too distant future.

Shirley Chisholm running for president in 1972 is one of my earliest and influential political memories. We’ll hear a short speech she delivered about the importance of women entering politics.

But, first we’ll hear about the struggle still being fought over the results of the Presidential elections here in the United States. Tomorrow the newly insta...

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DR PATEL IN INDIA-Andrew Stelzer

Tampa bay area philanthropist Dr Kirin Patel was in Western India when the Tsunami struck, he has been involved in raising money for relief efforts for the eastern shores of India since Sunday, and has set up a challenge fund, pledging to match each dollar donated in the next week, hoping to raise 100,000 dollars. WMNF spoke to Dr Patel today from the Gujarat province of India.

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That was Dr Kiran Patel. For more information about the Patel Foundations challenge fu...

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ACORN SAYS JACKSON HEWITT PREYS ON POOR PEOPLE-Andrew Stelzer

The Association for Community Organization Now, or ACORN is conducting a nationwide campaign against Jackson Hewitt, a chain of tax preparation offices. They say that Jackson Hewitt uses takes unfair advantage of poor people through its holiday loans refund anticipation ,loans and other overprices products. This afternoon, that campaign cam to Orlando, where ACORN held a demonstration outside a Jackson Hewitt branch On Curry Ford Road. WMNF spoke today with ACORD organizer Stephanie Portay...

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SUGAR WORKERS ON STRIKE-Andrew Stelzer

For the past two days, Almost 800 employees of at the Florida Crystal sugar mill in Palm Beach County have been on strike. Although contract negotiations have been taking place since October 28th, the workers did not see hope in the talks with management and a federal mediator could not bring the two sides together. Joaquin Almazan is a janitor and works in the parts division at the Sugar mill owned by the Okeelanta Corporation, a subsidiary of Florida Crystal.

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AUTHOR BEN GREEN SPEAKS ABOUT EARLY CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST HARRY T. MOORE. Mark Antokas

SCRIPT: This past Christmas marked the fifty-third anniversary of the killing of Civil Rights activist, and Executive Director of the state's NAACP, Harry T. Moore and his wife, in Brevard County Florida. While it is widely believed the killing was racially motivated and the Ku Klux Klan was behind the killing of Moore and his wife, Harriette, no one has ever been arrested or brought to trial. State Attorney General Charlie Christ has announced that he will direct the FDLE to re-open the inve...

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PROFESSORS DONT WANT FSU CHIROPRACTIC SCHOOL-Andrew Stelzer

Several professors in the Florida State University College of Medicine are threatening to resign if school administrators continue to pursue a proposed chiropractic school. The threatened resignations from assistant professors who work part time reflect a belief among many in the medical establishment that chiropractic is a "pseudo-science" that leads to unnecessary and sometimes harmful treatments. The professors are circulating a parody map of campus that places a fictional Bigfoot Insti...

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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH USA DIVESTMENT IN COMPANIES SUPPORTING ISRAELI OCCUPATION-Andrew Stelzer

This summer a Florida delegation to the Presbyterian Church USA came to the churches bi-annual assembly with a proposal to stop investing in companies which support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and remove all investments that are currently made in those companies. The proposal passed, and now a group on Presbyterians concerns about the religious rift it may cause is trying to get the church to take back the policy. Jerry Van Marter is director of the Presbyterian News servic...

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