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Wednesday October 22, 2014

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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DAVID COBB - GREEN PARTY CANDIDATE

DAVID COBB, A CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY RUNNING FOR THE GREEN PARTY NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT. COBB ADDRESSED THE ISSUES OF THE WAR IN IRAQ, HEALTH CARE, RACISM, RALPH NADER AND THIRD PAR THIRD PARTY ACCESS TO THE BALLOT.

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MAYOR OF DADE CITY ON CRACKDOWN ON MEXICANS-Andrew Stelzer

Last week, we reported on the arrests of several dozen illegal Mexican immigrants in Dade City, Clearwater, and the general Tampa Bay area. The first arrest was made when a man who had been working for Florida Frame and Trim, doing construction, was injured on the job. He asked for medical attention, but instead, his boss called the authorities; that man and 16 others were arrested. Following the initial arrests, there were several unconfirmed reports of more arrests throughout the areas. ...

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FLORIDA COMPANIES IGNORING CLEAN WATER ACT-Andrew Stelzer

The Florida state Public interest research group has uncovered information that more than half of large industrial and municipal facilities in the state of Florida polluted the water beyond the legal limits allowed in the Clean Water act. On average polluting companies exceeding their clean water act permits did so by 546 percent. WMNF spoke with Mark Ferullo the director of the Florida PIRG.

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That was Mark Ferullo, with the Florida State Public Interest research gr...

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PENSION CONTROVERSY - Mitch Perry

Eight days ago, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio traveled to Tallahassee to persuade State Lawmakers to approve a proposal that would increase pension benefits for the City's

Police and Firefighters - an issue that is tearing up relations between current and former Police and Firemen..

That organized opposition has gotten the ear of Hillsborough State Legislators who must sign off on the plan....Last week, 2 days after Mayor Iorio addressed State Senator Victor Crist - the Tampa Legislator ...

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PEACE BRIGADES INTERNATIONAL

Kath Nygard is a volunteer with PBI. She's recently returned from working for a year with civilian, noncombatants in Colombia. She says that Colombian civilians are caught between three violent factions: the military, the paramilitary and the guerillas.

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BRITISH JOURNALIST YVONNE RIDLEY

Ridley entered Afghanistan illegally, shortly after 9/11. She was captured by the Taliban and eventually released. Later she converted to Islam. She is a critic of the U.S. role in Afghanistan where she says the U.S. backed government is holding on by a thin margin and the countryside is rapidly being taken over by radical Islamists.

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DAVID COLE SPEECH - Mitch Perry

INTRO: On Saturday afternoon, in a speech co-sponsored by WMNF along with the Tampa ACLU and a group called Tampa Safe AND Free, Washington DC based Constitutional Attorney David Cole spoke to a crowd estimated around 150 people regarding civil liberties in America post 9/11.

Many Tampa citizens are already familiar with Cole, who was one of several immigration and constitutional attorneys who defended fromer USF instructor Mazen Al-Najjar, who was held in Florida jails for over 3 Â...

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THE IMPACT OF CRIMINAL LAWS ON HIV RISK BEHAVIOR - Mitch Perry

Last week Tampa Political Activist Mauricio Rosas was arrested on charges of prostitution and criminal transmission of HIV. Rosas - perhaps best known in activist circles for being 1 of 4 people who were arrested for protesting at a George W. Bush rally in Tampa 3 years ago, was released on $2,500 bail after his arrest last Tuesday.

According to Tampa Police, Rosas was advertising himself on several different web sites when he was identified by somebody who recognized him - and alert...

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