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Friday October 24, 2014

PSC-TAMPA ELECTRIC HEARINGS-Andrew Stelzer

Today was the second day of public service commission hearings regarding possible unfair bidding and pricing practices by Tampa electric. Despite requests by consumers to have the hearing held in Tampa, they took place in Tallahassee. TECO has coal brought across the gulf of mexico by boat; and last year, they resigned a contract with TECO transport, Another subsidiary of TECO. CSX coal claims they submitted a lower bid, but instead of following a proper bidding process, Tampa electric chos...

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CAIR CALLS FOR HUMANE TREATMENT FOR AL-ARIAN-Andrew Stelzer

Earlier, this week, The national chair of the Council on American Islamic relations, or CAIR, traveled from Washington DC to visit Dr Sami Al-Arian and his –codefendants, but was denied access to them, and could not see the conditions they have been held in. Today, Nihad Awad called for an end to what he called inhumane treatment of Dr Al-Arian and Sameeh Hammoudeh, who have still not been tried—they are accused of giving financial aid to terrorist groups, including the Palesti...

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GREG PALAST INTERVIEW PART 1-Andrew Stelzer

Donna Brazile, Chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute, has issued a challenge to Governor Jeb Bush to verify every single name contained on Floridas 2000 and 2004 list of felons ineligible to vote, or to prohibit counties from using the lists at all. Several county election supervisors have already said they will not use the list supplied by the state because they do not trust it to be accurate; in response, governor Bush has reminded them of their legal obligat...

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KILLING OF MARQUELL MCCOLLOUGH IS RULED JUSTIFIED HOMICIDE-Andrew Stelzer

The police killing of 18-year-old Marquell Mccollough in St Petersburg was one of the factors which contributed to a march turned violent in South St Pete two weeks ago. A state attorneys investigation into the actions of the sheriff’s department officers who killed McCullough have found that it was justifiable homicide. One of the more controversial aspects of the incident was that of the two sheriffs cars, which are required by law to have videotape rolling, one had a malfunctionin...

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TOXIC WASTE DUMPED AT THE HONEYWELL PLANT NEAR HIMES AND WATERS AVENUE IN TAMPA - Radioactivity

David Simon's family leased property to Honeywell for about twenty years from 1964-1984. The land was used for a military project to build circuit boards. Toxic waste from the operation was repeatedly spilled on the land, but the property owner and nearby residents were kept in the dark. The 17 acre area is now fenced off with signs warning people to stay away from the contaminated area. Now the property owner is calling on Honeywell to clean-up the mess. There will be a public meeting at th...

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A PETITION CALLING ON THE PRESIDENT TO FOLLOW INTERNATIONAL LAW - Radioactivity

In his first major televised address since U.S. human rights violations at Abu Ghraib were exposed, President Bush remained silent on the issues of humanitarian law and human rights. “The President let our nation down by failing to adequately respond to the evil done at Abu Ghraib. Tearing down the prison is not enough. The President must take action proportionate to the gravity of what occurred and the damage done to America’s standing in the world,� declared Erik Gustafs...

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HIGHER INSURANCE RATES FOR SOME. Mark Antokas

INTRO:With insurance rates skyrocketing in Florida, some are wondering why home and auto rates are tied into, among other considerations, your credit health. Those with good credit scores pay less in insurance premiums. The insurance industry maintains that this is a good thing in that it brings down rates for most. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has this report:

SCRIPT: According to CNBC, the national average for uninsured motorists is at fourteen percent. Florida is at Twenty percent. Talk t...

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FL EXECUTION TO HAPPEN TONIGHT - Mitch Perry

John Blackwelder, the 59th person to be executed by the state of Florida, is scheduled to be executed at 6PM today.... Blackwelder was scheduled yesterday to be executed for the murder of convicted killer Raymond Wigley at Columbia Correctional institution....Blackwelder had previously confessed that after luring Wigley into his cell with the promise of a sex act, he tied Wigley to the bed and strangled him as Wigley begged for mercy.

At 5:45 last night, just 16 minutes before his sched...

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BAYSHORE TASK FORCE GETS DOWN TO NITTY GRITTY - Mitch Perry

Today the Bayshore Task Force met again to get closer to providing a set of recommendations that they will forward to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio on how to make Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard safer for pedestrians.

The Task Force was convened back in February by Mayor Iorio after the death of a jogger - Melissa McKenzie ....McKenzie was the 3rd pedestrian to die along the Bayshore in the past year.....

This morning the TaskForce met at Kate Jackson Park in Tampa's Hyde Park, where among...

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HATE CRIME IN ZEPHYRHILLS? - Radioactivity

Lynda Perry is an African American who has lived in Zephyrhills all her life. Seven years ago she moved to an all-white neighborhood. Since then she says she's been the victim of racial harassment. She has continued to speak out on civil rights issues, including the recent controversy over the renaming of MLK Blvd. On May 15th persons unknown committed vandalism to her property by driving a truck onto her lawn and tearing up her landscaping. She charges that the Zephyrhills police are indiffe...

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