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Friday October 31, 2014

PINELLAS COUNTY BEGINS FLUORIDATING WATER--IS IT SAFE?-Andrew Stelzer

Today, Pinellas count became the last metropolitan area on the east coast to begin fluoridating their drinking water. Supporters of Fluoridation say it helps prevent tooth decay, but a growing number of studies show it may be poisonous, and many citizens are upset about the way the process was carried out in Pinellas County. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer has the story. -------------------

ACT “As of 10:10 this morning, the children of Pinellas County have begun to receive a great be...

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ALEX PENELAS ON GORE COMMENT - Mitch Perry

Miami-Dade Mayor and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alex Penelas today called criticism from Al Gore over the weekend, "highly unwarranted".

Penelas was reacting to a devastating comment the former Vice President made over the weekend to the Miami Herald.........Gore called Penelas " ''the single most treacherous and dishonest person I dealt with'' during the contested 2000 presidential campaign.

Gore's raw comment adds to the vitriol that Penelas fellow South Florid...

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CONGRESSMAN DAVIS ON IRAQ TROOPS - Kristen Friend-Weaver

This afternoon, Florida Congressman Jim Davis met with David Brown, an Army Specialist with the 4th Infantry Division, at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. There the two discussed how Congress and the President could better equip troops to deal with ongoing struggles in Iraq. WMNF’s Kristen Friend-Weaver has more on their discussion…

Congressman Davis first met Specialist Brown while he was serving with the Signal Battalion in Tikrit. There, Davis had the opportunity to...

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FL HOMETOWN DEMOCRACY ISSUE MAY NOT MAKE IT TO NOV. 2004 BALLOT - Mitch Perry

Among the various proposed Constitutional Amendments that state activists are working on to get on the November Ballot include a grass roots appear to put growth controls in the hands of voters……

But it now appears that Floridians will NOT get the chance to try to slow down growth in the state….That’s because the group behind such a plan – Florida Hometown Democracy –is woefully shy of the nearly 500,000 signatures they need to turn in to the Secretar...

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TAMPA BAY AREA CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE-Andrew Stelzer

Arnett Doctor, descendent of a rosewood massacre survivor.

ACT “The Ku Klux Klan was very active during the time we were demonstrating. White citizen council, one dressed in robes and overalls…..came to our meetings

ACT-doctor “Bob sanders came to us and said St Pete better be a part of it because St Pete is the retirement mecca…we had a false impression that racism was a small part of St Petersburg life..we had to sit behind the back sea…I was...

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FLORIDA ACLU ON FTAA - Mitch Perry

A draft report by an investigative panel which is reviewing the actions of the Miami-Dade County Police Department during last November’s Free Trade Area of the America’s Conference, says that demonstrators who came to Miami to protest are due “heartfelt apologies� because they were met by the equivalent of “martial law�……… some cases, police reacted with an ''unrestrained and disproportionate use of force'' and ``civil rights were tramp...

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IMPACT FEE FREE ZONES - Mitch Perry

Yesterday (Wednesday) the Hillsborough County Commissioners voted down a motion proposed by Commissioner Pat Frank that would have allowed Citizens to have their say on a county program that forgives development impact fees….

The County has 8 such no-fee program, meant to encourage development of economically depressed areas...The County’s Impact Fee Manager says the zones have cost the county more than $13 million dollars since it began 4 years ago.

During the public heari...

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VETERANS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT - Radioactivity

Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and Willie Bolden were our guests. Willie Bolden is a civil rights veteran who was active in the SCLC and the Poor People’s campaign in Washington, D.C. in 1968. Fred Shuttlesworth is the legendary leader of the Birmingham, Alabama civil rights struggle in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Known for his courageous stands against Bull Connor and other white supremacists, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1961. Bolden and Shuttlesworth are participating at a co...

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THE DRIVE FOR A LIVING WAGE FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WORKERS AND CONTRACTORS - Radioactivity

Susan Ketterer, Co-Chair of HOPE's (Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality's) Jobs and Living Wage Committee. Ketterer is a leader in the movement to bring a living wage to the county. She discussed the difficulty in providing for a family on less than a living wage. She pegged such a wage at $9.97 and hour- which she says would be enough to lift a worker and his/her family of four just above the poverty line. Her coalition is asking the Hillsborough County Commission to create ...

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