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Tuesday October 21, 2014

REP. DAVIS ATTENDS TOWN HALL MEETING ON MEDICARE-Andrew Stelzer

Congressman Jim Davis attended a town hall meeting on the new Medicare law in Tampa today. Organized by the Florida Consumer action network, the goal of the meeting was to educate seniors and others citizens about the new prescription drug plan, which will end up costing most seniors more money than they pay now, despite the claims of the Bush administration. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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LIVING WAGE TASK FORCE HEARING-Andrew Stelzer

In may, the Hillsborough county commission will be deciding whether to create a standard living wage for county employees and people contracted by the county. Last year, the county decided to have a task force gather public input on the issue before they make their decision—the task force is holding 4 hearings to hear from concerned citizens. So far there have been three task force hearings on the living wage, at each hearing, at least a dozen citizens have spoken in favor of a livi...

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MAYOR IORIO'S ADDRESS - Mitch Perry

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio observed the anniversary of her 1st year in office , by giving a State of the City Address to the Tampa City Council this morning.

Echoing what Presidents and Governors generally say at their annual speeches, the Mayor affirned that Tampa is doing well (roll tape#3 o.q."is good")

Most of the Mayor's presentation came via a 15 minute video, featuring comments by City Councilmembers, neighborhood leaders, and citizens speaking about the positive quality of...

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WALTER CRONKITE HOSTS NEW ANTI-MEDICARE PLAN VIDEO-Andrew Stelzer

Last week, Richard Foster, the man in charge of Medicare, testified to congress that he told the Bush administration that their new Medicare plan would cost more than 100 billion dollars more than Bush claimed it would. Foster said the administration threatened to fire him if he let the information go public. Now that the truth has come out, and the plan has already been passed, all that remains to be done is inform senior citizens that the plan they thought would save them and their countr...

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ST PETE'S POLICE CHIEF MEETS WITH ANGRY BLACK RESIDENTS-Andrew Stelzer

Last night, the police chief of St Petersburg came to a community meeting, to listen to the complaints of citizens about the Saint Petersburg police’s practices of unfairly targeting and harassing black people. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report --------------

About 50 people came to the Uhuru house in South St Petersburg to talk to police Chief Chuck Harmen about problems of racist behavior by police officers. Several members of the Uhuru organiza...

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A LIVING WAGE FOR GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Pastor Willard Lee and Susan Ketterer of the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality discussed why this inner-city group is calling for a living wage. They say that it would be a strong anti-povery program and reduce reliance on public assistance programs. For more information call Sharon Streater at HOPE at 813-221-4673. You can also go to HOPE's website for links to Living Wage research at www.freewebs.com/hopeinhillsborough Current Issues / Living Wage.

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YVONNE RIDLEY AT USF - Mitch Perry

Last night on the USF campus, British journalist and activist Yvonne Ridley spoke to an overflow crowd , estimated to be over 150 people ......

Ridley is a freelance reporter who made headlines when she was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in September of 2001........She was released the day the U.S. began attacking Afghanistan in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks, on October 7th, 2001......

Since her release Ridley has written several books, including "In the Hands of the Taliban"...

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POSTPONED MEETING ON DADE CITY ANNEXATION - Mark Antokas

INTRO: Now that the “Penny For Pasco� has passed and new money will be coming in from the new tax, Dade City has been emboldened enough to try and annex hundreds of acres just outside the city. One such parcel of four hundred and ten acres has become the bone of contention. Mark Antokas has the story.

Script: Picture this: Rolling hills at an elevation of more than four hundred feet above sea level covered with pasture and trees, a few wetlands, deer and raccoon and nesting bald...

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ADULT EDUCATION FACING BUDGET CUTS-Andrew Stelzer

4 years of college education can cost up to 30 thousand dollars, and as anyone knows who’s been through it. A year of training one of Florida’s technical schools usually costs less than 3 thousand dollars, and jobs in the trades people learn there are almost always available—in fact, there is a shortage of able people to work in fields like nursing. But Adult education programs have seen budget cuts over the last several years, and are becoming less able to meet the nee...

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