News & Public Affairs

Tuesday September 30, 2014

AMENDMENT 4 RECOUNT - Mitch Perry

Of the 8 Constitutional Amendment placed on the Florida Ballot earlier this month, the vote on Amendment 4- which would allow Miami/Dade and Broward Counties to vote on allowing for more gambling, was by far the closest.

The measure narrowly won – but the opponents say that there were statistical anomalies that make them question the final result, and today they announced a lawsuit against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, demanding a rccount of all the absentee ballo...

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GENE STONE ON BUSH SURVIVAL BIBLE - Mitch Perry

The Boca Raton News reported last week that more than a dozen traumatized John Kerry supporters have sought and received therapy from a licensed Florida psychologist since their candidate lost to President Bush….

Boca Raton trauma specialist Douglas Schooler said he has treated 15 clients and friends with “intense hypnotherapy� since the Democratic nominee conceded 12 days ago…

Now journalist Gene Stone has come up with a book to help those still depress...

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JUDGE TEMPORARILY BLOCKS 3 STRIKES FOR BAD DOCTORS AMENDMENT - Mitch Perry

A judge temporarily halted a just-approved state constitutional amendment that would yank the license of doctors who commit three acts of medical malpractice, saying that some specifics need to be spelled out before it takes effect.

Circuit Judge Janet E. Ferris agreed in part with hospitals that sued seeking to block the amendment from taking effect until some aspects of it can be clarified, most likely by the Legislature when it meets in the spring, or by the courts.

Ferris barred Ame...

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DESAL PLANT HAS A NEW OPERATOR-Andrew Stelzer

It took over a year to close the deal, but the dysfunctional desalination plant near Apollo beach finally has a new operator. The Tampa Bay water board has unanimously agreed to enter into a contract with American Water-Pridesta, despite a last minute plea by the broken plants previous operator to let them try to fix it one more time. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer reports.

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The water utilities Using a ratings system, they tentatively choose American water from sev...

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Sarasota High Schools Sex Education-Women's Show

MARILYN ANDERSON, Director of Education, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida will talk about the proposal in the Sarasota Public Schools to teach only abstinence as the only method of birth control. There is also a proposal to stop Planned Parenthood from providing sex education in the high schools. They are requesting people to testify on their behalf at the November 16 and December 7 Sarasota School Board meetings. This topic is on the agenda for the December meeting. Det...

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LAURA LOVE - Women's Show

Mary spoke with Laura about her new book and CD this week. Laura and her sister Lisa had a dangerously unstable mother, who lied that their father was dead and threatened their lives as well as her own. The book is a wrenching but ultimately hopeful story of growth, and a young girl's attempt to make sense of her life and her place in it, in searing unadulterated prose. You may remember an interview with Laura on The Women’s Show several years ago when she talked with us about her mo...

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VOICES OF WEST TAMPA. Mark Antokas

INTRO: The long neglected history of West Tampa just got a needed boost, according to community leaders who gathered at last evening’s opening reception and fundraiser for “Our West Side Story�, at the 140 year old Santaella Cigar Factory on Armenia Avenue. The project is funded by the National Endowment for Humanities and the Florida Humanities Council, in partnership with USF. It’s purpose is to document the ethnic diversity and history of the area. About seventy pe...

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NEWLY HOMELESS HURRICANE VICTIMS-Andrew Stelzer

Up to 100 people are calling the Federal emergency management agency every day, with new problems related to their post-hurricane housing situation, and a door to door check by the US army corp of engineers is finding thousand of Floridians living in unsafe conditions. Today, WMNF spoke with Brad Gair, the deputy federal coordinating officer with FEMA.

HURRICANE HOMELESS

That was Brad Gair, the deputy federal coordinating officer with FEMA. If you need housing assistance ...

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ZUNES ON WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IN MIDDLE EAST - Mitch Perry

Steven Zunes is a professor of Political Science at the University of San Francisco, and a keen observer of Middle Eastern Politics….WMNF asked him today if he was surprised that the U.S. sent an UnderSecretary of State, William Burns, as their representative to Yasser Arafat’s funeral. (roll tape#1 o.q.�backed off at that point�) That’s University of San Francisco Political Science Professor Stephen Zunes, discussing the situation that now exists with the Pale...

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