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Saturday August 23, 2014

LIFE ON DEATH ROW

Juan Melendez was 33 years old when he was convicted of murder in Polk County. A farm worker from Puerto Rico, he spoke almost no English and was convicted on the testimony of a police informant. There was no physical evidence linking him to the murder. After spending nearly 18 years on Florida's death row his attorneys uncovered evidence that the testimony which convicted him was false and that prosecutors had covered up the exculpatory evidence. He was freed from prison last year. In this ...

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EPA "LISTENING TOUR" & SENIOR CITIZEN RIGHTS

The Environmental Protection Agency "Listening Tour" is coming to Tampa. Senior activist Ernie Bach (Florida Action Coalition Team) and environmental activist Susan Glickman stopped by WMNF to discuss their concerns about the EPA event. Bach is concerned that the EPA may curtail its AGING INITIATIVE programs. Those are ways seniors can get involved with various EPA projects. Glickman is concerned about a plan to count the value of senior citizens's lives as only 63% the value of the lives of ...

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A CONSUMER PERSPECTIVE ON THE RISING COST OF INSURANCE

Our guests were Bill Newton and Harvey Rosenfield. Doctors are warning that the high cost of medical malpractice insurance is driving them out of the profession. The MD's blame lawsuits. But our guests have studied the insurance industry and claim that the sharp increases in the cost of most types of insurance are tied to the industry's investment losses and not a sudden increase in lawsuits or pain and suffering awards. Our guests are spearheading a campaign to keep a lid on rising insurance...

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INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER GREG PALAST

Palast reports for the BBC and the Guardian newspapers and in this interview discussed 9/11, the U.S. companies which profited after the first Gulf War, the purging of legally qualified voters from the voter rolls prior to the 2000 election in Florida, and the connection between George W. Bush and Middle East arms dealers.

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ANTI-WAR RALLY - Meredith Yeomans

Today in Tampa, a anti-war rally brought out hundreds of adament protesters. Meredith Yeomans has more…

A vocal crowd of about 230 people attended a peace rally on Bayshore Drive in Tampa this morning.

As police officers lined the sidewalks and motorists streamed by with horns blazing, protesters chanted… Que #1 �when do you want it, NOW�

When the chief organizer of the rally, Maricio Rosas, was asked what he intends to accomplish by holding the demonstrat...

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WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE?

Diane Roberts is a professor of English at the University of Alabama and a columnist for the St. Pete Times. She writes a lot about the doings of the Florida legislature. In this interview she discussed the possible shutdown of the state library, privatization, the budget crisis and the impact of one-party government on Floridians.

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WOMEN IN BLACK HOLD VIGIL - Amy Snider

Women in Black, an international peace organization, gathered at Pioneer Park in St. Petersburg today to hold a silent vigil opposing the war in Iraq. WMNF’s Amy Snider has the story.

Between the sparkling waters filled with luxury boats and the upscale shops along Beach Drive in St. Petersburg, 13 women, 4 men, a child and a baby held hands and stood in a circle, surrounding a small wooden casket adorned with black roses. Most of the participants wore black, despite the heat. Many ...

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PROSPECTS FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Interview with Mrs. Jehan Sadat, widow of Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat. Mrs. Sadat is coming to the area to address a woman's group in St. Petersburg. She discussed the war with Iraq, the mood in Egypt and prospects for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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