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Friday August 29, 2014

QUESTIONS REMAIN ON CREATING ARTS DISTRICT IN YBOR CITY - Mitch Perry

This morning at the Tampa City Council, a proposal made by Mayor Pam Iorio earlier this year to create a so-called "Village of the Arts" in Ybor City was discussed.

The Plan calls for bringing artists backs into Ybor, by renting out 5 different homes and 4 apartments to artists, and developing the area north of Interstate 4 between 12th and 19th Streets.

Thom Snelling is the City of Tampa's Land Development Chief. He explained how different branches of City Government are ...

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CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE ROADLESS RULE-Andrew Stelzer

When Bill Clinton signed the roadless rule in 2000, it was seen as a victory for the several million Americans who had written letters and come to public hearings in support of closing off over 58 million acres of national forest to development of any sort. But soon after taking office, President Bush began efforts to overturn the rule and open the nations forest for road building. His efforts paid off early this month, with the creation of a policy that lets individual state governors perm...

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PASCO COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDANT RACE. Mark Antokas

INTRO: The Pasco County school system budget this year will be six hundred forty million dollars, will serve over fifty seven thousand students, being the largest employer in the county, and the largest county school district in the United States still electing their school superintendent. The hotly contested race currently between two active Republicans, one Republican write in candidate, and a last minute bid by a Democrat has become a battle ground pitting Republican against Republican, Re...

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ALEX PENELAS VISITS HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-Andrew Stelzer

Miami Mayor Alex Penelas is one of three democratic candidates for Florida’s open senate seat, today he visited the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Tampa, where he spoke about issues ranging from the free trade area of the Americas to the need for affordable healthcare. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story.

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Penelas

Penelas said he is in support of the FTAA and the concept of free trade, but something needs to be done to protect jobs in the United State...

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LAWYERS DROP DOCTOR FEE BALLOT ITEM - Mitch Perry

Florida trial lawyers have decided to scrap a proposal to require doctors to charge all patients alike, one of their three proposed constitutional amendments on the November ballot aimed at doctors.

The executive committee of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers decided over the weekend to drop the proposed amendment, after gathering more than 700,000 voter signatures and winning approval for the ballot language from the Florida Supreme Court.

The lawyers say instead they'll focus their...

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT

Our guest during this hour was Phil Berg, an attorney in Philadelphia who has filed a lawsuit against President Bush on behalf of Ellen Mariani whose husband was killed in a plane that crashed into the World Trade Center on 9/11. Berg commented on today's release of the 9/11 report and what his client sees as the major unaswered questions about the attack.

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IAN SANCHO - Mitch Perry

The Associated Press is reporting that the head of the Supervisors of Elections Association in Florida, - Orange County Supervisor Bill Cowles - earlier this week sent a harshly worded 1 page Letter to Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ian Sancho....Sancho has criticized touchscreen voting technology that will be used in 15 Florida Counties this year.....Cowles said most Supervisors disagreed.

That was followed by another attack on Sancho by Secretary of State Glenda Hood, who said...

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JOHNNIE BYRD AT DEFENSE MANUFACTURING SMALL BUSINESS-Andrew Stelzer

The outgoing Florida State Speaker of the house and US senate candidate Johnny Byrd held an event to make himself seem supportive of small business this afternoon. He chose EEI manufacturing in Clearwater, a company that makes components for missiles and missile defense systems. He was given a tour of the facility by Sue Englander, EEI’s president and owner

SOUND ‘This is the missile warning system�

Byrd has made national defense a cornerstone of his camp...

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BAYSHORE TASK FORCE WRAPS UP - Mitch Perry

A Task Force named by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio to recommend ways to make Bayshore Boulevard safer wrapped up their last scheduled meeting today, and will now forward to the Mayor their list of suggestions.

Among the recommendations the Task Force will submit include reducing the Speed Limit to 35 miles perhour, downsizing the 6 lanes of traffic to 4, and there would be fewer openings in Bayshore's median.

The Task Force was convened back in February by Mayor Iorio after the death...

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MIDDLE CLASS CONSERVATIVES

In his new book, WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, Baffler founding editor and journalist Thomas Frank uses Kansas as a metaphor for the rest of the country in order to examine why so many working and middle-class Americans consistently act against their own self-interests. To unravel this mystery, Frank, one of "our most insightful social observers" (Los Angeles Times), examines the country's growing rancor against the so-called liberal elite and reve...

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