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Thursday October 23, 2014

EVERGLADES POLLUTION CASE - Mitch Perry

Supreme Court sidesteps major ruling in Everglades pollution case

Today the U.S. Supreme Court told a Florida Court to reconsider a pollution dispute involving the Everglades, sidestepping a major decision on the government's power to regulate clean water.

The ruling extends a six-year fight between the 500-member Miccosukee Indian tribe and a water district the Indians accuse of illegally dumping pollutants into Florida's Everglades.

The South Florida Water Management Dis...

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DAVID SATCHER - Mitch Perry

At a weekend Conference sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation regarding the AIDS Crises in America, David Satcher, Director of the National Center for Primary Care based at Morehead School of Medicine in Atlanta, and the former Surgeon General of the US, spoke about the situation in AIDS in America right now.

The them of his speech was: Do People even care anymore about this disease, enough to make a difference?

There has been a dramatic change in who is getting exposed ...

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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BATTLE - Mitch Perry

INTRO: After the passage of the Small Class Size Amendment, the High Speed Rail Amendment, and the initiative best known as Pregnant Pigs, there has been anger by Governor Jeb Bush and other state leaders, that the Constitutional Initiative Process MUST be reformed.

Earlier this month, the Senate's Ethics and Elections Committee voted to curtail the way the process currently works...Once a bill comes out of the legislature, the public will vote on these changes - but maybe in Au...

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MIAMI POLICE SPYING ON RAPPERS-Andrew Stelzer

Two weeks ago, Miami Beach assistant Police Chief, and several officers told the Miami herald that the Miami police routinely photograph rap musicians, follow them to concerts and parties, and have a binder of files on them. The Miami police chief has denied those charges, but the Herald stands by its story. Meanwhile, lawsuits are being threatened, against the Miami police, and the New York City police department, who trained Miami’s cops on how to survail hip hop artists.

Henry ...

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FOOD NOT BOMBS ARREST - Mitch Perry

But since Mayor Pam Iorio's election last year, that's been harder to do. In recent months members of the group Food Not Bombs say they've been more harassed by local police when trying to do distribute food.....And yesterday, a member of that group was arrested by Tampa Police in Massey Park in downtown Tampa.. ...he says it was only because he asked the question, "Why couldn't he feed the homeless?"

Tampa resident Mark Parrish explains what happened.....(roll tape#1 o.q."the word...

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CHASCO FIESTA PARADE - Mark Antokas

INTRO:In it’s eighty first year, the Chasco Festival in New Port Richey raises money for children's charities in Pasco County. But the event is not without it’s critics, who say that the parade and festival portrays native Americans in a racist, stereotypical and offensive light. WMNF’s Mark Antokas was there.

VOICE: The Chasco Festival exists to raise money for local non-profit groups. The street parade alone generates more than one hundred and fifty thousand people w...

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TAMPA SAYS NO TO WAR--IN FRONT OF FOX TV-Andrew Stelzer

Some citizens of Tampa did their part in Saturday’s global day of action—nicknamed “the world still says no to war� WMNFS Andrew Stelzer has more. --------------------------------

About 80 people gathered at noon on Saturday in front of WTVT, the local fox news channel. They were there in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people who rallied around the world against the continuing US war against Iraq.

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While some of the...

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SENATOR GRAHAM HOLDS HEARINGS AT BAY PINES-Andrew Stelzer

There are over almost 2 million US military veterans living in Florida, most of them receive full health coverage from the government, through the department of veterans affairs. One of the biggest Veterans medical centers is Bay Pines, in St Petersburg. Last October, a new computer system was installed, and didn’t work correctly; there were soon waiting lists of veterans for surgery. That fiasco, coupled with an letter of complaint about management from several anonymous VA employe...

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