News & Public Affairs

Monday December 22, 2014

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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NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY - Jen Germaine

Hillsborough County celebrated National Adoption Day, a week early, with a group adoption at the Hillsborough County Counthouse this morning.
WMNFs Jen Germaine was there.

In the U.S. there are 126,000 children waiting in foster care to be adopted, and over 200 children are waiting for adoptive families in Hillsborough County.

National Adoption Day is November 20th, and Hillborough County got an early start with the finalization of 37 children being adopted by 27 families.

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BIOLOGIST FIRED FOR SPEAKING OUT ABOUT ENDANGERED PANTHERS-Andrew Stelzer

This week, the US fish and Wildlife service announced they were delaying adoption a plan designed to protect the endangered Florida panther from encroaching development. At the heart of the decision is an employee who spoke up about what he calls bad science—that man, Andrew Eller, was fired last week in what he says was retaliation for his trying to do his job and protect the panthers.

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ACT “As a biologist for the fish and wildlife service, and in December ...

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FLORIDA DEMOCRATS RE-ASSESS - Mitch Perry

As state lawmakers return to Tallahassee next week to swear in new members and legislative leaders, battered Florida Democrats are taking a hard look at how to elect more of their own.

The State Republican Party expanded its prodigious dominance in the State House, picking up two open seats and taking a third that was held by a Democrat in Broward County.

Fort Lauderdale Democrat Chris Smith becomes the new House Minority Leader, replacing St. Augustine’s Doug Wiles. H...

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VETERANS FOR PEACE DEMONSTRATE ACROSS FROM BAY PINES-Andrew Stelzer

This morning, several veterans, along with their friends and family, decided to commemorate Veterans Day by participating in a weekly protest across the street from the VA medical facility at Bay Pines in St Petersburg. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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An abandoned gas station on the corner of Bay Pines and 100th way became the site of a temporary vigil---the veterans set up flags for the countries which they say the United State...

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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BANNING SAME SEX MARRIAGE COMING TO FLORIDA? - Mitch Perry

Governor Jeb Bush weighed in on the explosive issue of same sex marriage yesterday, saying he MIGHT support a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage if the courts open the door to such unions in Florida.

It was his strongest statement yet on the issue and came the same day that the Florida Baptist State Convention in Jacksonville unanimously agreed to seek a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Bush said he thinks the ...

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BULLET TRAIN PANEL FORGES AHEAD DESPITE AMENDMENT REPEAL - Mitch Perry

The bullet train panel may be pulling ahead

despite the overwhelming vote to repeal a constitutional amendment

requiring the state to build a bullet train system.

 Authorities said yesterday citizens may have freed the panel to

scrap previous plans and select a contractor and route that makes

more financial and political sense.

 Florida High Speed Rail Authority chairman Fred Dudley said "we

have no mandate" but they do have a good idea.

 The authority's me...
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