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Tuesday October 21, 2014

NEW CAMPAIGN TO END FLORIDAS GAY ADOPTION BAN-Andrew Stelzer

Saturday is National Adoption day. To celebrate early, dozens of families officially adopted children at the Criminal justice center in Clearwater this morning. But outside the building, a contingent of social justice groups launched the coalition for fair adoption; a group that will be pushing to have the Florida law changed which makes it illegal for gay couples to adopt children.<p

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ACT “Inside this courthouse, hundreds are having adoption. And we celebra...

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THE LEGACY OF WILLIAM CRAMER AND THE EMERGING OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN FLORIDA - Mitch Perry

After President Bush s relatively easy victory over John Kerry in this year s Presidential Election of Florida, some analysts are now saying that Florida is no longer a swing state but has became a solid conservative or Red State.

Others say that isn t so, and point out to the much closer race between Mel Martinez and Betty Castor for U.S. Senate, in which Martinez edged out the Democrat by just slightly more than a percentage point.

Tomorrow on the USF-St. Petersburg Campus, ...

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CURFEW, ZOO TICKETS PRICES AND HONORARIUMS AT TAMPA CITY COUNCIL-Andrew Stelzer

This morning Tampa’s city council discussed issues related to tickets prices at the zoo, naming streets signs in honor of people, and the teen curfew in Ybor city. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has this wrap up from city hall.

ACT �We were hit fairly hard by the hurricanes and ended up losing over 400,000

Lex Salsbury is president and CEO of Lowry park zoo.

ACT for the first time in our history we ended up without a budget, closed labor day….for years weââ...

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EARLY VOTING GETS ANOTHER LOOK - Mitch Perry

Long lines at Polling Places were one of the images that will endure from the 2004 Election, both here in Florida and nationwide. As a result, the USA Today reports – that at least 3 battleground states – Ohio, Pensylvania and Michigan, are interested in getting more people to vote early to relieve polling place congestion.

Preliminary figures compiled by the National Association of Secretaries of State show early voting was especially popular in Florida, where more tha...

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PINELLAS RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS FORM F.A.S.T. FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE-Andrew Stelzer

Representatives from 23 religious organizations came together last night to form a new organization to fight injustice in Pinellas County. Over 700 people were in attendance, including Methodists, Baptists, Catholics, Jews, Episcopals and others. Organizers said they invited Islamic groups, but none have thus far offered to become part of the coalition. Reverend Willie McClendon from Shilah Baptist Church in largo, told the crowd gathered at Bethel Community Church why they needed to come ...

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TARPON SPRINGS WALMART PROTEST POSTPONED. Mark Antokas

INTRO: There have been more and more instances of dissent against the giant retailer Walmart, and last nights meeting at the Tarpon Springs City Hall was the most recent. About two hundred residents gathered, only to be told that the decision would be postponed. Walmart wants the City to accept a big box superstore on seventy-five of four hundred and thirty-three acres of native wetlands along the Anclote River. The corporate giant submitted a design featuring a “medeteranian� styl...

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BEV HARRIS ON VOTE DISCREPENCIES IN VOLUSIA COUNTY-Andrew Stelzer

Blackboxvoting.org has been the organization behind much of the scrutiny of electronic voting machines over the past four years, and they have made the largest freedom of information act request in US history, in an effort to investigate voting irregularities in every county in the country. Yesterday, blackboxvoting was in Volusia county Florida, and found some discrepancies between Election Day voting machine printouts and the records they were given by county staff. This afternoon, WMNF s...

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OHIO RECOUNT - Mitch Perry

A statewide recount of the presidential vote appears inevitable after a pair of third-party candidates said they have collected enough money to pay for it.

The recount would be conducted after the election results are certified in early December.

Libertarian Michael Badnarik and the Green Party's David Cobb said on Monday they raised more than $150,000 in four days, mostly in small contributions.

Ohio law requires payment of $10 per precinct for a recount, or $113,600 statewide. ...

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