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Tampa City Council votes on Wastewater and Water Rates By Mitch E. Perry

09/08/05

For the 2nd time in as many weeks, the Tampa City Council today raised taxes on citizens for basic infrastructure needs.

Last week, the Council originally voted against a proposal to triple stormwater fees – until Mayor Pam Iorio intervened and got Councilmember Gwen Miller to reverse her no vote.

Today, City Staff came before the Council to ask for an increase on waste water, solid waste and water rates.

City Finance Director Bonnie Wise said that when Mayor Iorio took ...

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PIRG News Conference (Ernesto)

09/08/05

The Florida Public Interest Research Group, or PIRG held a news conference today to release their “Made in the USA� report. The study shows that Hillsborough County has some of the highest power plant emissions of Mercury in Florida. WMNF’s Ernesto Difilippo has the story.

An upcomming Senate vote could overturn a March 2005 ruling that allows the most polluting power plants in the nation to ignore existing environmental protection laws. Adam Rivera is the field organize...

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HOLYGROUND HOMELESS SHELTER BUSSES IN KATRINA EVACUEES. Mark Antokas

09/07/05

INTRO: Relief efforts continue nationwide for victims of Katrina, the most devastating disaster in this Nation’s history, and with frustrations over delayed and inept services by local, state and federal agencies, come private efforts to help those displaced in the aftermath of the storm. From Hudson, WMNF’s Mark Antokas has more.

SCRIPT: The scene at the Holyground shelter for the homeless on Denton Avenue yesterday, was one of controlled pandemonium. Cars were being direc...

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ST PETE WILL REEVALUATE EMERGENCY PLANS-Andrew Stelzer

09/07/05

Several members of the St Petersburg city council are calling for a meeting of the whole, to evaluate the evacuation and rescue plans that are in place for the city and improve them using the lessons of Katrina. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.

ACT--Kriseman “if we have learned anything its that we cant rely on the state and federal government..�

Rick Kriseman is the chair of the St Petersburg city council.

ACT--Kriseman

“like most of the city...

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SOURCE TEEN THEATRE WANTS FUNDING BACK-Andrew Stelzer

09/07/05

Last month WMNF reported on a decision by the Hillsborough county commission to not fund the Source teen theatre, a peer education program run by Planned parenthood. The issue will be discussed again at tomorrows county commission meeting. This afternoon, the Source teen theatre invited the media to learn about the program in an effort to educate the public about what they say is an important tool for preventing pregnancy which had is budget line unfairly cut. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports....

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St Pete Takes in Katrina evacuees - By Mitch E. Perry

09/07/05

St Pete city council woman Virginia Litrell said she estimates a couple of hundred Katrina evacuees are now in St Petersburg, and that the city is trying to figure out how to absorb them (roll tape#1 o.q. “on a daily basis�)

Perhaps one local organization that might be able to help those newcomers to the Bay area find housing is the Florida Fair Trade Coalition, based in St. Petersburg.

Eric Rubin is state director of the Florida Fair Trade Coalition(roll ...

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Local Katrina Benefit this Sunday -by Mitch E.Perry

09/06/05

There are many events nationally and locally taking place to benefit the evacuees of New Orleans, and other parts of the Gulf Coast.

This Sunday afternoon, in Ybor City, there will be an event…..Patti White is a local Tampa businessowner (roll tape#1 o.q.�buffet upstairs�)

Patti White says she knows so many people who have wanted to help out since the devastating Category 4 Hurricane hit just east of New Orleans over a week ago, damaging parts of Mississippi a...

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NEW ORLEANS NETWORK FOR RECOVERY OF COMMUNITY-Andrew Stelzer

09/06/05

As hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing into charities offering food, clothes and shelter, one New Orleans based group called the New Orleans network is gearing their fundraising efforts towards reconnecting the communities of one of the most unique cities in the world, and protecting the peoples interests before the reconstruction of new Orleans begins without them. Shauna Sassoon is a New Orleans residents who is now staying in Houston, she is also with the League of Independent vot...

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KATRINA VOX POP-Andrew Stelzer

09/06/05

By the end of last week, accusations of racism, classism, and poor planning were being launched at the Bush administration in the wake of the tremendous loss and life and suffering following hurricane Katrina. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer spoke to some people in West Tampa over the weekend, to get their ideas about the flood relief efforts, and why they were so slow.

KATRINA VOX POP

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PROGRESSIVE RELIEF CARAVAN LEAVING FROM ST PETE-Andrew Stelzer

09/06/05

One of the local donation collection sites in St Petersburg has a caravan of aid leaving for Mississippi and Louisiana tonight at 8pm. It’s been organized by a coalition of progressive local organizations, including St Pete for peace, the green party, and food not bombs, it will leave from the solid rock Christian church at 4128 28th st North in St Petersburg. Reverend Bruce Wright works with refuge ministries solid rock church.

REVREND WRIGHT

That was Reverend Bru...

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