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Tuesday October 21, 2014

PAIN RELEIF NETWORK AND NOVEMBER COALITION. Mark Antokas

NTRO: Exede twenty eight grams of Percocet, and you will receive twenty five years in prison. But it will take the state a while to find and convict you. Richard Paey sits in prison today for possession of Percocet, containing the opiate Oxycontin. A bill introduced this past legislative session would have made all that much easier for the state. With more and moe insatances of “Doctor Shopping� in Florida, the medication of patients in pain continues to be an issue in Florida and ...

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GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE TOXIC MERCURY LEVELS IN FISH-Andrew Stelzer

Yesterday, WMNF reported on a nationwide day of action to raise attention about Mercury pollution in the nations water and fish. Today, a local non –profit group, the Florida PIRG launched a grassroots campaign to go door to door and get people involved in letting government leaders know that Mercury pollution is an issue that’s important to the people. Standing in front of a 30 foot long inflatable fish, Vance Tys, the owner of Tightlines tackle shop in Tampa, is that the peo...

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G-8 PROTESTORS GO TO TRIAL - Mitch Perry

Tomorrow morning in Glynn County, Georgia, 6 protestors at the G-8 Summit that took place earlier this month go before a Judge for a Preliminary Hearing. The 5 men and 1 woman were arrested for disorderly conduct and giving a false identification......

Media reports indicated that around 350 demonstrators turned out during the 3 day G-8 Sea Island Summit events in Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia.....The Summitt ended 13 days ago with relatively little news produced by the World leaders,...

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RALPH NADER & REFORM PARTY - Mitch Perry

Today the Green Party convention began in Milwaukee...

On Monday, Nader named Green Party member Peter Camejo as his running mate.

The drama in Milwaukee this week is whether the Green Party will endorse the Nader/Camejo ticket, though the 70 year old consumer advocate has consistently said he is NOT seeking its nomination.

Because of the Greens showing in the 2000 election, the party now has access to 23 state ballots...

Earlier this year, the Reform Party, created by R...

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LUCY MORGAN ON FLORIDA POLITICS-Andrew Stelzer

Lucy Morgan has been writing about Florida politics for almost 40 years, she is currently the Tallahassee editor of the St Petersburg Times. Today, she spoke at the Tiger bay club in St Petersburg about state politics. Morgan spoke at length about former House Speaker Johnnie Byrd, who caused controversy at the opening of this year’s session by calling the other republican members of the house ‘sheep’ waiting to be told what to do.

ACT “The legislature en...

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PEACE ACTIVISTS RESPOND TO THE PREMIER OF FAHRENHEIT 9/11 - Radioactivity

When Michael Moore’s new film Fahrenheit 9/11 debuts in over 850 theaters across the country this Friday, MoveOn PAC will hold media events in battleground states, including an event in Tampa at the Sunrise Theatre in Hyde Park Village. MoveOn PAC members will be there to comment on the film. Our guest was David Edeli an organizer for http://www.moveonpac.org

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SENATE CANDIDATE PETER DEUTSCH - Mitch Perry

Media Advisors for South Florida Democratic Candidate for Senate, Peter Deutsch, announced a major radio advertising campaign beginning on Black Urban Radio stations today.

Starting today thru the August 31st Primary, the Deutsch campaign will spend $15,000 a week for the next 11 weeks, beginning in many of the major markets in Florida, but NOT for now in the Tampa Bay area. (roll tape#1 o.q."..now")

Two of Florida's most prominent Black Democrats, Congressman Alcee Hastings a...

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RICHARD PAEY PRISON INTERVIEW . Mark Antokas

INTRO: In April of this year, Richard Paey was sentenced to twenty five years in prison for forging prescriptions and abusing the pain relief medicine Oxycontin. All along, Paey insisted he was guilty of nothing, and he was just medicating himself. While in the Pasco County Sherriff’s custody, Paey was not allowed to speak to the press, he has just recently been transferred to the State and WMNF’s Mark Antokas was able to speak with him.

SCRIPT: Richard Paey sits in a wheelch...

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MORE POISONOUS MERCURY IN FLORIDA'S FISH-Andrew Stelzer

Florida will soon be issuing warnings on eating fish high in mercury; there will include significantly expanded warnings for saltwater fish including snook and other local favorites. And, for the first time, commercially marketed fish will be included in the warning. In response, The National Wildlife Federation is working together with commercial fisherman to pressure the Bush administration to cut down on toxic mercury that’s polluting floridas waters. Today, on the North Pier of th...

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INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER GREG PALAST ON THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - Radioactivity

Palast writes in the San Francisco Chronicle this past weekend: In the 2000 presidential election, 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that no one counted. "Spoiled votes" is the technical term. The pile of ballots left to rot has a distinctly dark hue: About 1 million of them -- half of the rejected ballots -- were cast by African Americans although black voters make up only 12 percent of the electorate." In this interview Palast discussed the reasons that there are more problems getting blac...

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