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Wednesday July 30, 2014

POLICE BREAK UP MARCH IN NYC-Bill Hamilton

One of the protest in ne York City yesterday was the “pop peoples march’, organized by the kensington Welfare Rights Union. While by all accounts the march was peaceful, when it approached amdison square garden, chaos temporarily broke out when police attempted to break up the crowd into two groups. WMNF volunteer Bill Hamilton was there, and filed this report.

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TAMPA BAY WATER MOVES FORWARD ON NEW DESAL MANAGEMENT-Andrew Stelzer

The Tampa Bay Water board met today to consider two proposals to fix and rebuild the disastrous desalination plant near Apollo beach. Built in 1997, the plant turns seawater into drinking water for much of Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco counties, but the first two companies who operated it went bankrupt, and the filters have been damaged by not being operated correctly. After a request for proposals was put out in February, two companies submitted proposals to operate the plant for the n...

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SOBAC PETITIONS FOR SOUTH COUNTY HEALTH ASSESSMENT-Lisa Marzilli

According to EPC and EPA data, the air quality in Hillsborough County meets state & federal standards. Yet in 2003, a report by the American Lung Association stated that 16 out of 21 Florida counties did NOT meet Clean Air standards. And Hillsborough was rated one of the worst of the 16. Driven by numerous health complaints by residents living near TECO’s coal-burning power plant in Apollo Beach, the environmental group Save Our Bay, Air & Canals or SOBAC petitioned the Hillsborough ...

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BETTY CASTOR - Mitch Perry

Today WMNF spoke with Betty Castor, the front runner for the Democratic race for US Senate……We asked her when she contemplated running for office last year, did she ever think the Al-Arian controversy would become this big in her campaign (roll tape#1 o.q.� that we’ve lost in recent years�)

That’s Betty Castor, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Senate…..Earlier this month, the Evening News conducted an interview with Peter Deutsch, as ...

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USF JIM WALTER PARTNERSHIP - Mitch Perry

Tomorrow on the USF campus, a program designed on developing leaders in local communities begins its initial session.

The program is being produced by the USF Jim Walter Partnership Center. Jim Walter was a local pioneer in affordable housing in the Tampa Bay Area in the Post World War II era, and his family provided funding at the university to create an endowment to look at creating affordable housing..

Manny Rivero is the Executive Director at the Jim Walter Partnershi...

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LAWSUITS FILED TO STOP SCRIPPS CONSTRUCTION-Andrew Stelzer

The Scripps research institute, a biotechnology village, is planning on moving from California to the west palm beach area, it was lured to Florida with millions of dollars in tax subsidies. But the issue of where to build Scripps has been contentious from the start, and now the first lawsuits have been filed. The Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition filed a suit yesterday in protest of a drainage permit issued by the South Florida Water Management District. Steven bell represents the...

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MCCOLLUM ENDORSEMENT - Mitch Perry

Trying to rally to get the conservative voice in the GOP race for US Senate, today Florida State Senator Daniel Webster announced his endorsement for former Orlando area Congressman Bill McCollum (roll tape#1 o.q."and a social conservative")

Senator Webster was emphasizing the true conservatism of McCollum, in the wake of a teleconference held on Tuesday, in which a group of state and national conservatives blasted McCollum's conservative credentials. The issues that have turned off...

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CJ CZAIA FOR CONGRESS - Mitch Perry

Tonight WMNF concludes our series of interviews with the Democratic candidates running for Congress in the 13th Congressional District, which includes Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee and Desoto Counties - and a portion of Charlotte County.

We’ve spoken with Christine Jennings, Jan Schneider and Floyd Jay Winters…..We conclude our discussion with these candidates with Attorney CJ Czaia.

We asked Czaia what we’ve asked all of the candidates this week - what would one of the...

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CRITICS TARGET ZONING VOTE BY STORMS - Mitch Perry

In Eastern Hillsborough County, more than a dozen residents have now filed complaints with the State 's Ethics Commission against County Commisioner Ronda Storms.

The issue that led to the complaints regards a vote back in June that saw the Commission CHANGE the County Land Development Code, legalizing operations in agricultural zones that used to be confined to commercial areas. The hybrid businesses not only grow plants and trees, but landscape, mow lawns and install irrigation.

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