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Thursday October 23, 2014

SHRIMP TARIFFS GO INTO EFFECT. Mark Antokas

INTRO: ON Wednesday, July 28th, the Commerce Department ruled, at George W. Bush's wishes, to impose tariffs on imported shrimp, six nations are affected. FSRN's Mark Antokas has the story: SCRIPT: The Tariffs go into effect immediatly on farm raised shrimp from the countries of Vietnam, China, Brazil, Equador, India, and Thailand. The Southern Shrimp alliance brought the issue up, claiming that the U.S. was a "Dumping Ground" for seafood. John Williams is a Florida shrimper and the...

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JUAN SOSSA INTERVIEW - Mark Antokas

On April 17th, 1961, thirteen hundred members of a covert C.I.A. supported Counter-Revolutionary Cuban force stormed the beaches of Cuba. It was the beginning of a short military action which fast became a foreign policy debacle for President john F. Kennedy. When the conflict abated, one hundred fourteen members of the 2506 Cuban brigade were dead and almost twelve hundred were Castro’s prisoners. Juan Sossa was one. Even though over 40 years have passed, the memory of the failed inva...

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EX-CIA OFFICIAL ON 9/11 REPORT - Mitch Perry

Jeffrey Smith served as General Counsel for the CIA in 1995 and 1996. WMNF spoke to him today about the 9/11 Report, the recent terror alerts, and why the root of terrorism is rarely discussed in American media.

We began by asking him about one of the major recommendations from the 9/11 Report that was endorsed - somewhat - by President Bush on Monday. That being the recommendation of having a National Intelligence Director....But critics note that the President wants to authorize ...

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PETA PROTESTS SUSHI SHOWDOWN - Mitch Perry

Tonight beginning at 6:30, members of the animal rights group PETA- People For Ethical Treatment of Animals - are protesting in front of the Florida Acquirium in the Channelside District of Tampa, after learning that the Acquirium is hosting a fund-raiser they're calling a "Sushi Showdown", a cooking competition to raise money for an aquarium.

WIlliam Rivas-Rivas is from PETA...He says his group couldn't believe what they were hearing upon learning of the theme of tonight's fundraiser ...

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SENATE CANDIDATE SONYA MARCH - Radioactivity

Our guest during this segment was Sonya March, candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. March attended public school in St. Petersburg, is a pilot, an Air Force veteran, and a patent attorney. This is her first run for office and among her positions: she advocates an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba, she is in favor of equal pay for equal work, she opposes abortion, she backs the President's policy on Iraq, and she doesn't think the Iraq war has hurt efforts to combat terrorism...

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JOE REDNER PART II - Mitch Perry

Joe Redner is running as an independent in the race to replace Pat Frank on the Hillsborough County Commission , District 7. The Primary races to select the Democratic and Republican candidates for that race takes place at the end of the month, and those candidates =and Redner will compete in the November election.

The sometimes controversial owner of the Mons Venus says his run is his 4th - or 5th time running for elective office in Tampa or Hillsborough County. In the 2nd of a 2 part i...

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SENATE DEBATE - Mitch Perry

Last night in West Palm Beach, the 3 top candidates running for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate debated on issues of national security, health care, and their experience.

Last night's Debate was televised by all of the NBC Stations throughout Florida , and locally on WFLA News Channel 8.

South Florida Congressman Peter Deutsch is the only candidate in either Political Party who had a vote regarding the authorization to give to President Bush regarding the war on...

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FORD AUTO TO FACE FUEL EFFICIENCY FIASCO - Mitch Perry

Tomorrow the Ford Motor Company will release its new hybrid vehicle, the Ford Escape. But a coalition of environmental and Human Rights groups today used the occasion to blast the American automaker, saying it was a token gesture by a company that consistently produces cars with the worst auto mileage.

The basis for much of the advocacy groups anger is the fact that they say that Ford should improve the fuel economy across their entire fleet of cars.

Andrew Shalit is the P...

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING - Grace Santos

The Hillsborough County Commission met today. WMNF’s Grace Santos was there.


A much anticipated discussion and vote on a Park at Morris Bridge Road in Hillsborough County was delayed until the next Commission meeting later this month.
The debate has centered around whether to use the park for recreational use for children as Commissioners Jim Norman and Ken Hagen have argued for, or whether it should be preserved as a wilderness area.
Lynn McGarve...

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WHAT DID PRESIDENT BUSH KNOW BEFORE GOING TO WAR WITH IRAQ? - Radioactivity

David Sirota is co-author of a new story in In These Times which shows the Bush administration knew before the war that it was mis-stating the Iraqi threat. The article chronologically juxtaposes pre-war intelligence documents with the Bush administration’s pre-war statements to show that on each major charge, the Bush team ignored warnings that its cases for war were weak. The article dispels the argument http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/07/09/senate.intel.ap/ that the intelligen...

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