News & Public Affairs

Sunday November 23, 2014


1n 1998, the State of Florida allocated 70 million dollars for an education campaign to teach young people about the dangers of smoking tobacco. Although the program has been successful in reducing the number of people who begin smoking, funding for the program has been cut every year; it now faces the prospect of being discontinued. The next few days will determine the fate of the TRUTH program; WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more on this story


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Ann G. Kramer, Ed. S. LMHC. Ann discussed her work as a life coach and her involvement with Tampa Crossroads and its program CART (Creating a Responsible Teenager).

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Women's Show - KICK BUTTS DAY River Ridge HS

A group of students at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey are the Bodacious Butt Kickers. Christine Lavin’s latest recording, “The New Street People� was rushed into production for KICK BUTTS DAY, March 31, 2004. Her gracious inclusion of the New Port Richey Bodacios Butt Kickers helped River Ridge High School Multimedia Technology students and SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) members to create a music video of the song for the event. Jayme Hill, Katheryn N...

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Women's Show - "99 cent DREAMS" - play by Judy Lee Oliva

Playwright Judy Lee Oliva saw a sign that read 99 cent Dreams, and a shattered dreams idea seemed to come together. Winner of the Women Playwrights’ Initiative event, her play will be given a world premiere next week in Orlando. “99 cent Dreams� developed in part from mystical characters who occupied Oliva’s thoughts and from her writing of “Woman in a Drum.� She says “The issue of identity is at stake as six characters of different cultures and et...

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Women's Show - Budget Cuts Hurt Women and Children

DEBORAH CUTLER ORTIZ, Director of Family Income for the CHILDREN'S DEFENSE FUND, regarding the statement she issued in response to a New York Times article about the declining number of welfare recipients: "Today the New York Times reported that welfare rolls shrank over the last three years even during a sluggish economy. This counter intuitive finding is not a cause to rejoice. The reasons behind the decline in welfare caseloads are complex. It is clear that not everyone leaving the welfar...

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Women's Show-Kate Michelman on Unborn Victims of Violence Act

Kate Michelman, president of NARAL ProChoice America talks about Senate bill 1019, the so-called Unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), which creates a penalty for anyone convicted of harming a fetus during commission of certain federal crimes. This legislation, which passed the Senate 61 to 38, fails to mention the harm to the woman resulting from an involuntary termination of her pregnancy. Sponsors of the UVVA today made their ideological goal abundantly clear: when given the opportunity ...

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INTRO: With millions of Americans without health benefits in this country, for some, it a comfort and a necessity to have regular acess to a clinic open to Pasco county residents, in New Port Richey. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has the story.

SCRIPT: On Thys road, just north of State Route 54 in New Port Richey is the Good Samaritan Health Clinic of Pasco County. It stands on a parking lot on just over one acre, four single wide mobile homes put end to end and beside each other, to provide ...

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On Tuesday, local political activist Mauricio Rosas was arrested at his Tampa home, on charges of prostitution and criminal transmission of HIV.

According to Tampa Police, Rosas was arrested by an undercover Tampa Police Officer after offering to have sex for $150.

Rosas has refused any comments to the media all week..

Under Florida Statute, it is unlawful for any person infected with HIV to have sexual intercourse with any other person, unless such person has been i...

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Over the past week, there have been an increasing number of Mexican immigrant arrests in the Tampa bay area. At least 20 workers who are in the United States illegally were arrested up at their job site in Dade City, and there have been reports another 20 in Pasco county, Clearwater and north Tampa. Unconfirmed reports of roadblocks to stop Mexicans on their way to church have many in the community concerned.

Ramone Hernandez is the pastor at St Rita’s church in Dade city....

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The Sierra Club began running ads in selected areas of the country this week, taking the Bush administration to task for what they say is their failure to make polluters pay for the cleanup of toxic messes they make....

But their ad in the Tampa Bay Market - which includes problems at the Coronet phosphate facility in Plant City, has led to some controversy, leaving one local station to pull the ads.(roll tape#1 o.q."and communities")

The Sierra Club says the Coronet A...

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