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Thursday November 27, 2014

MEDICAL LEGISLATION - Amy Snider

Nurses square off against doctors, and doctors are battling the pharmacists, in professional turf battles at the State Capitol. WMNF’s Amy snider has the story.

The 2004 Florida Legislative Session began on March 2 and ends on April 30. In addition to working on issues such as the state budget and providing health care insurance to uninsured children, each year state legislatures across the country are inundated with proposed bills, which require legislators to referee medical scop...

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BUSH SIGNS KIDCARE BILL - Mitch Perry

Bush signs KidCare bill

Governor Jeb Bush has signed a bill

providing enough money to remove more than 90-thousand children from

a subsidized health insurance waiting list.

 Under the bill, nearly 25-point-3 (m) million dollars from state

and federal coffers will be directed to the popular KidCare

program. It allows families with low incomes to buy cheap health

insurance for their children.

 The bill also tightens how families get into the program. One

chang...

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COUNTY TO BUY LAND - Mitch Perry

Hillsborough County officials are negotiating with property owners to buy a 70 acre site of land east of Interstate 75 on Morris Bridge Road that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers attempted to use as their Training Facility.

But environmental advocates - who were successful in having County Commissioner rebuff an attempt by the Bucs to use the property, now say they need to lobby the County again, to ensure that the park is used for recreation purposes.

Joe Murphy is the Co-Conservati...

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WHOLESALE PHARMACY OPEN IN PALM HARBOR-Andrew Stelzer

As the prices of prescription drugs continues to rise, and more Americans are left without health insurance, trips to Canada and Mexico for affordable drugs have become more common, especially for senior citizens. But now residents of the Tampa bay area have new option—a non=profit pharmacy selling prescription drugs at wholesale. WMNFS Andrew Stelzer has more from Palm Harbor.

For more information about the neighborly care network Pharmacy, call 727-289-5030, or go to www....

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BUSHWOMEN: TALES OF A CYNICAL SPECIES

Radio talk show host and author Laura Flanders, has written a new book (just in time for Women's History Month) in which she charges that women are being appointed to high-level positions in the White House in order to provide cover for the administration's true agenda. Flanders says that the mainstream media has failed to find an interesting story- covering National Security advisor Condoleeza Rice's piano playing and make-up while ignoring her controversial role as a Chevron oil executive. ...

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CHARGES FILED IN JOGGER'S DEATH - Mitch Perry

Tampa Police announced yesterday that the motorcyclist who struck and killed a jogger along Bayshore Boulevard last month has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Tampa Police arrested 35 year old William Napier at McDill Air Force Base yesterday, where he works as a naval petty officer First Class at U.S. Central Command.

If convicted, Napier could spend up to 15 years in prison.

According to reports, Napier was going at least 80 miles per hour in his Suzuki 1000 mot...

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AL SHARPTON - Mitch Perry

Election officials are recommending that Democratic presidential candidate Al Sharpton receive $100,000 in federal matching funds - and be the subject of an investigation into whether he deserves the money.

The mixed recommendation by lawyers for the Federal Election Commission will be presented to the six commissioners tomorrow for a probable vote, after debate over whether the outspoken candidate may have violated campaign finance rules.

At issue are loans and out-of-pocket payments...

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SARASOTA VOTERS - Kimberley Farley

Last night of our reporters was foiled in her original story assignment. Here’s what WMNF’s Kimberley Farley came up with instead.

I was originally assigned to do a story on Dennis Kucinich’s visit to Fogertyville Café in Bradenton last night, but he was hospitalized Sunday for gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu. His website reports it was probably brought on by food poisoning.

So being stuck without a story I decided to conduct a neighborhood stro...

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AL-ARIAN HEARING--FBI WONT SHARE TRANSCRIPTS OF AL-ARIAN TALKING WITH GOV. OFFICIALS-Andrew Stelzer

The pre-trial hearings in the case of Sami Al-Arian continued yesterday. Al-Arian, along with three other Arab-Americans, were arrested over a year ago on charges of aiding Palestinian terrorist groups. Al-Arian was a professor at The University of South Florida; the government claims that he used his position to raise money for Palestinian terrorist groups.

A judge has ruled that the government will pay up to half a million dollars for the translation of documents related to the c...

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THE FBI IS ON MY TRAIL

The cover story in this week's WEEKLY PLANET alleges that former WP senior editor John Sugg is frequently heard on the wiretaps the FBI is using in the prosecution of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian. Al-Arian is awaiting trial on several charges, including raising money for terrorist groups. Sugg was our guest on this segment and he says the FBI wants to question him about what he knows about Al-Arian (especially whether Al-Arian ever lied to the press). Sugg says he will not co-operate wi...

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