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Friday December 19, 2014


Joanie Madden, founder and leader of the band, Cherish the Ladies. Joanie started the band with the idea of highlighting the contributions of women to Irish music in America and they released their first recording, “The Back Door� in 1985. It was chosen as best folk album of the year by the Library of Congress. In 2002 they did something no other American group has done, they won the 2002 BBC music award for “Best Group of the Year.� In 1984 Joanie became the only A...

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Although John Edwards withdrawal from the Democratic race for President has in effect given the nomination to John Kerry, Democrats in Tampa this weekend are using Tuesday's Presidential Primary election as a prep for what is sure to be a fall offensive for the White House.

Tomorrow at noon, the Hillsborough County Democratic Primary will host an event at Lowry Park in Tampa , featuring former U.S. Senator Max Cleland from Georgia, who has been an effective campaigning this year for h...

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Next Tuesday , Citizens in Polk County will go to Polls, to vote on whether to raise the local sales tax half a cent for 15 years to fund Polk County's indigent health care program.

If voters approve the tax, which would generate an estimated $26 million a year, the spending of the proceeds from the tax will be overseen by an 11-member committee approved by commissioners last month.

The referendum was proposed after commissioners cut $5 million earmarked for indigent care from the cou...

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KID CARE - Mitch Perry

More than 90,000 children waiting for subsidized health insurance will get it under a measure headed to the desk of Governor Jeb Bush over the protestations of Democrats who say that accompanying changes to the program will ultimately deprive families.

The House passed a measure to spend $25 million in state and federal money to open enrollment in the KidCare program to children who were on a waiting list through January 30th. The popular program allows families with low incomes to buy che...

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KERRY/BUSH - Mitch Perry

Meanwhile, there is now almost 8 full months the country will go to the polls and decide whether to re-elect George W. Bush, or his likely Democratic Party challenger, John Kerry.

With John Edwards withdrawal from the race yesterday, now only Dennis Kucinich and the Reverend Al Sharpton are active candidates as Floridians go to the Polls next Tuesday.

Writing in the Internet magazine Slate.Com, political journalist Chris Sullentrop wrote yesterday that "the whole Edwards-Kerr...

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FMU Student sues for lack of accreditation

INTRO: Earlier this week, a graduate of the for profit Florida Metropolitian University

Sued the school after spending $37,000 earning an associate's degree, only to discover that her credit hours would NOT transfer to a number of other colleges.

34 year old Adrienne Travis completed her Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice at the school's Brandon campus.....But when she decided to transfer to St.Leo University in Pasco County, she le...

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INTERVIEW WITH DENNIS KUCINICH, a congressman from Cleveland, is running for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

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KUCINICH AT USF - Darien Cavanaugh and Beth Wolfe

Last night, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich spoke at USF’s Special Events Center in a public forum hosted by the Student Government.

Voice Over: Nearly 250 people, including students and activists, attended the forum. Students arrived with a broad range of questions, for the democratic candidate.

Brandon hoped to learn of more significant ways for college students to become more active and effective in political activites.

Voice over one:

Kucinich addressed these concerns...

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When President Bush signed a bill in December that changed the Medicare system that provides healthcare to Americans over 60, he claimed that the goal was to provide cost efficient care, and would end up saving seniors money. Many people disagreed with him then, and when it was announced in early February that the plan would cost 134 million dollars more than Bush had announced. Today, in three Florida cities, citizens gathered to try and educate the public about the misleading information ...

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