News & Public Affairs

Saturday November 29, 2014

HILLSBOROUGH NAACP CALLS FOR SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT SUMMIT-Andrew Stelzer

This fall will mark the two-year anniversary of the no child left behind act. Last year, on the first annual report card issued under the bush administration act, Florida had the highest percentage nationwide of schools not making adequate yearly progress, the benchmark for passing. An independent study of school children in Hillsborough County, found that it's black students who are getting the least education. The NAACP is calling for a countywide summit to address the problem to stop th...

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SARASOTA LEFT WING JOCK CANNED - Mitch Perry

For the last year, Bud Beck has been the host of a popular three hour morning talk show on WWPR, 1490 AM Manatee County......Unlike the majority of what's heard on the AM spectrum, Beck has been successful as a Liberal talk show host...

Until today.

Shortly after Beck signed off from his morning shift, WWPR station owner Ray Green summarily fired the left leaning host (roll tape#2 o.q." roll tape#2 o.q.".programming changes")

Beck has hosted the program for nearly...

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RULES TO AID MIGRANT WORKERS ADVANCE - Mitch Perry

Legislation that monitors working conditions for migrant farmworkers and toughens penalties against unethical farm labor contractors passed the House Agriculture Committee in its first -- and toughest - stop last week.

The measure that passed last Thursday gives state regulators more authority to investigate allegations of abuse and creates a commission to monitor the working conditions of farmworkers.

Last week, Governor Jeb Bush held a news conference to announce the legislation and t...

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COURT VICTORY FOR LOCAL ACTIVIST-Andrew Stelzer

ANCHOR INTRO

In a story we’ve been following here at WMNF, a local activist has had charges against him dismissed. It’s the end of a year and a half long legal struggle; WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer has more.

Anthony Lorenzo was arrested in October of 2002, for passing out flyers on the street in Ybor city. The main message of the flyers was for the legalization of marijuana, they also promoted the libertarian party, and had a small advertisement for...

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CAMPAIGN FOR A LIVING WAGE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY-Andrew Stelzer

INTRO:

The citizens of Hillsborough County have two months to create enough public pressure to have a living wage passed. Last night, a coalition of community groups held a rally and organizing meeting to discuss why a living wage is needed, and how to put pressure on county commissioners to make thee vote for it. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.


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TAMPA GETS DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP LAW - Mitch Perry

Gays and other unmarried partners of City employees will be allowed municipal health benefits under an order signed yesterday by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.

The move will become effective on January 1st of next year, after the city's benefits enrollment period in October.

Mayor Iorio said the decision was made after months of legal and fiscal analysis (roll tape#1 o.q."a city that cares about our employees")

The decision puts Tampa among the few governmental entities in Florida...

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TRADE DEFICIT - Mitch Perry

Trade Deficit Topped $500 Billion in 2003

The deficit in the broadest measure of trade swelled to a record $541.8 billion in 2003, according to a government report that comes as trade and the loss of jobs have become major issues in the presidential campaign.

The latest snapshot of trade activity released by the Commerce Department today showed that the "current account" deficit last year was 12.7 percent bigger than the previous all-time high deficit of $480.9 billion in 2002.

On t...

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FARMWORKERS MARCH FOR RIGHTS AND AGAINST MT OLIVE AND PUBLIX-Andrew Stelzer

About 50 people marched through the streets of Lakeland this afternoon to demand rights for immigrant farm workers working in the United States. There are over 1.8 million farm workers in the United States; between 60 and 70 percent of them do not have legal status. Rob Williams of Florida Legal Services spoke to the crowd, telling them that there is a bill in congress this year—the AgJOBS bill, which will give legal status to farm workers, so that they can get drivers licenses, have...

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