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Thursday October 30, 2014

JEB BUSH ON AMENDMENT 6 HIGH SPEED RAIL-Andrew Stelzer

Governor Bush came to Tampa today to speak in favor of amendment 6, which would repeal the voter mandated high-speed rail train which connect major cities throughout Florida. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

ACT-Jeb “This is a 25 billion dollar mistake.

In 2000, Floridians passed a constitutional amendment which supported the creation of a high-speed rail line to connect major cities; one of the first legs is supposed to run from Tampa to Orlando. But since it pa...

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STORMWATER DISCUSSION - Mitch Perry

In the aftermath of hurricanes Francis and Jeanne creating severe flooding problems in Tampa, the city’s Public Works Director, Steve Dagnault, today gave a presentation on how the city might be able find more money on stormwater projects.

The issue of stormwater runoff has been an age old one in Tampa – but after the severe storms in August and September – it’s an issue that the City Council appears to want to act upon. Dagnault told the Council this mor...

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AMENDMENT ON SLOT MACHINES - Mitch Perry

Attempting to stave off fears that slot machine profits would NOT go to education, South Florida Parimutuel facilities on Tuesday signed a contract guaranteeing 30 percent of their take would go to the Florida School Boards Association.

The money – estimated to be between $300 to $500 million dollars a year – would be distributed to all 67 School Districts.

Amendment 4 would let residents of Broward and Miami Dade Counties vote on allowing slot machines at...

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A DEBATE OVER THE AMENDMENT TO PASS THE HIGHER MINIMUM WAGE - Radioactivity

This coming election day Florida voters will be asked to decide the fate of a proposed amendment to Florida's constitution to increase the minimum wage. Our guests were MEGHAN SCOTT WITH THE PRO-INCREASE GROUP CALLED FLORIDIANS FOR ALL....and MARK WILSON WITH THE FLORIDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GROUP- THE COALITION TO SAVE FLORIDA'S JOBS....

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JOHN EDWARDS IN CLEARWATER-Andrew Stelzer

Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards is back in Florida; he was in Clearwater this morning, holding a rally at the Recreational and Aquatic complex, but the event also served as a chance for Senate candidate Betty Castor to be seen by the public and the media. Tampa area Congressman Jim Davis spoke to the crowd of about 400 people; Davis talked about Mel Martinez., castor republican challenger for Florida’s open senate seat.

ACT “there’s another reason we need...

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EARLY VOTING AT COLLEGE HILL LIBRARY-Andrew Stelzer

Channel 28 reported this afternoon that there were problems with voting machines at the college Hill library on east Martin Luther king boulevard today, which caused an extra half hour delay for people attempting to vote early. Throughout the state, there have been lines at voting sites since early voting began on October 18th. WMNF went to the college Hill library this past Monday afternoon, to speak to people who were casting early votes, and ask them what they thought about the new syste...

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THE ACLU POSITION ON AMENDMENTS AND VOTING ACCESS - Radioactivity

Rebecca Harrison Steele who is the staff of the Florida Chapter of the ACLU discussed the first three proposed amendments on Florida's ballot (parental notification; speeding the time required for grassroots froups to get an issue on the ballot, and limiting attorney's fees in medical malpractice). Steele also discussed the impediments some voters have experienced in casting their ballots.

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FILIPINO WWII VETERANS BILL - Grace Santos

Filipino activists have been working on passing a bill, HR 677, which provides that the United States would give Filipino WWII Veterans benefits. WMNF’s Grace Santos files this report.

Jose Sibayan is a Filipino WWII veteran living in Tampa. WMNF interviewed him about the Filipino veteran bills. He wanted to explain some of the things that the Filipinos went through during the war. (Cut – Jose – war story – how POW in his province were burned alive)

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FED EX LAUNCHES NEW HYBRID TRUCKS-Andrew Stelzer

There were 45,000 hybrid vehicles registered in the US last year, Florida ranked third in the nation. Now, the federal Express company has bought 4 hybrid trucks and put them on the road in Florida. Today they held a press conference to show off the new trucks, which run on a combination of diesel fuel and electric power.

ACT ‘the primary cause of air pollution is fuel and diesel from our roadways…through these 4 hybrid diesel and electric trucks from hybrid and diesel....

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