News & Public Affairs

Monday December 22, 2014


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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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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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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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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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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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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